by K on Aug 17, 2008 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my gsx used and I have had no problems at all with anything. Now has over 90,000 miles and still runs great. The performance is a little slow, but I have been adding some parts to it and they are making a big difference. I would highly recommend this car as a commuter or for performance car that you do not see very often although the part are only available from a few places.
by cjhammen on Jul 26, 2006 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Not only have we had to fork out over $1000 on repairs but Kia finally decided to put a new transmission in at only 58K, but that took 25 payments for them to do that. There is NO power to the vehicle. The seats are uncomfortable and if I didn't drive 50 miles each way to work and needed something to use as a "throw away vehicle" I would never have bought this piece of JUNK. I will not even give it to my 16 year old son to drive.
by Jake on Dec 28, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
The compact hatchback is styled "right".
The day I purchased my Spectra I had the
check engine light reset. It has been
back to the dealership two other times
for the same thing, but I have been out
in less than an hour each time. As a
former line mechanic, I have reset the
computer twice myself: once at high
altitude above Sante Fe and the other on
a foggy morning. It has a dash rattle
which I may not get fixed unless it gets
louder. I change my own oil and keep all
receipts, but I really don't expect
problems with the warranty. It is a
great second generation vehicle which I
rate behind a Corolla or Civic, but I
paid an exceptional price-$3600 below
MSRP-they met my earned interest rate!
by natedawg on May 3, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Very fun, economical, practical and
sporty car. I really am pleased with
the car. The hatchback GSX allows me to
throw whatever I need in there. I've
had a few electrical problems with the
cruise control and dash lights but both
are fixed now. The car warms up quick
in the winter, very economical to drive
(40+mpg) driving it nice. No
transimisson problems with the 5 speed!
Does anyone know anything about the next Spectra? It was supposed to come out for 2004, but that's not going to happen. 2005 is probably the earliest model year possible. I hope this has great quality...
With several well-established choices thriving in the same economy or compact class, the Kia Spectra will likely have a difficult time finding its way among legions of Honda, Toyota and Ford counterpa...
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