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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback

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Good value
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By K
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Nice exterior and gas mileage


Worst Features

More factory performance


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horrible service/vehicle
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By cjhammen
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

None.


Worst Features

Better customer service and provide a more reliable product for consumers.


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Careful: The Bear Wants Christmas Money!
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By Jake
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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!


Best Features

This mean puppy can be on 75 in no time; at 4500 rpm there is plenty of speed. The heating system is especially good: 2-4 min. or .8 mile! Gas mileage-35mpg! Also, buy the tire road hazard, rotate, and lifetime balance at Discount Tire-about $12 each-new or under 10k mi. Saves dealer charges!


Worst Features

Find out what Toyota and Honda did to reduce the dash rattles! The check engine light issue may fix itself after the engine is fully broken-in; it seems to occur during long accelerations in second gear. Cruise control should be standard on all GSX models; the dealer's retrofit: $465-too expensive!


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kia gsx
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By darrell19712
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

added a power sunroof and keyless entry
which makes this vehicle fun to drive
and practical, actually quite a value
for the dollars notwithstanding the
extended warranty


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Under-rated car, 5speed GSX is KING!!
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By natedawg
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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!


Best Features

Fuel Economy, large hatch, sporty and fun to drive!


Worst Features

More comfortable seats, more head/leg room, little bigger engine maybe.


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