2004 Kia Spectra 1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Good Car for the Price
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2004 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Good Car for the Price
By lorijohnston on

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2004 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I am surprised at some of the other reviews. I bought this car used with 16,000 in early 2005. At the time, I needed an inexpensive and reliable car to get me back and forth between work, home and school. Six years later, I still own the car and I still love it. The only major expense was a timing belt change at 102,000 miles. Over the years I have had only one mysterious problem. The transmission at times would stick in one gear. Every time I have encountered this issue, I simply pulled over, put the car in park for a second, returned the car to drive and the problem ended. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who needed reliability & affordability. I own 2 Kias today!

Favorite Features

Decent gas mileage 25-30 gallons and the reliability - no major repairs until over 100,000 miles.

Suggested Improvements

Investigate the mysterious sticking transmission.
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