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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback

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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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2004 Spectra
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By Clay Stephenson
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Steering is very stiff and too tight.
Interior could be up graded.
Mileage is only fair for the size of
the car. I get appx 24 city and 28
highway.
Road noise on a scale of 1-10 would be
rated at 6 for me.
Problems within first five months of
purchase. Frequently the speed will
indicate as much as a 24 mph various
higher than actual travel.
Ok for a work car but not of the
quality I expected.
Previous Kia I owned was a 2000 Sophia
and handling and mileage was much
better.
I will likely purchase a different make
on my next purchase


Worst Features

upgrade interior. increase mileage


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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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2001 kia spectra
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By Spickez334
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

i like the car a lot


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My Second KIA
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By Owlteacher
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2004 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is a wonderful commuter car!
I've been impressed with everything
about it, except that the driver's
side seatbelt latch is too close to
the seat. This causes some discomfort
on long trips. I have the 5-door
model, and the cargo room with the
back seats flipped forward is
awesome. I'm sold.


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