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Soldier of a car.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Jsp9890
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2005 Kia Spectra EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car with no choice. Mine was stolen, left with little time I bought a 2005 Spectra EX for $3800. It had 98k miles. That was in 2011. I still own it, with 180k+ and she's magnificent. The little 2.0 has power on the highway, without having to go up high in the powerband. The tall gears in the automatic gearing kill performance, manuals are quicker by far. Mine hits 60 in 8.8 seconds with a 4 speed auto, and shes topped out at 126mph. I guess that's about average. The stereo is surprisingly good with a 120 watt 6 speaker setup, as well as interior materials. I previously owned a Honda and Kia is quite close with their quality. I don't care what ANYONE says, Kias are damn good vehicles.


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185,000 Miles!!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By Chad Stevens
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2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I am the 2nd owner of this car. Bought it in 2013 wit 160,000 miles for 3k. The car's exterior was in reasonable condition, minor wear and tears,dents and dings. Mechanically she was sound. After a few thousand miles, the radio went, Clutch went, brake caliper froze up, replaced the timing belt.
However, at 160,000 miles those items are expected to be replaced. Since then, everything has been great, except the transmission synchronizers are starting to fail. I still use this car as my daily driver, and commute my daily 48 miles. To date i have 186,458 miles on it. Not bad for KIA. I may just buy another when this one finally decides to rest. And for sake of argument, i drive very spirited.


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Reliable, good handling, low mantainance, fun.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By kingwong234
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2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I own one since 2005, after 8+ years, 220,000km it still running great! I'll make it 30kkm+. Changed oxygen sensor last year, new stunt, changed front bearing half year age; brake and rotor.... Never down, just oil change and the timing belt. Cd player fail after 2 yrs, got a new one for free.
Cheap but comfort and quiet. Small outside big inside, big leg room.
Fun to drive, not the best for gas.
Want to find a better car after this one, may be a Camry or KIA again.


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Traction control.


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2005 Kia Spectra
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By finngirl
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2005 Kia Spectra EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought the car with 44,000 in 2007, and at 85,000 the engine became completely clogged
with oil despite regular oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles.
The manual recommends changing the oil every 7,500.
A Kia dealership just said to change the oil every 1,000 miles, to clear the clog but that didn't work, and I had to replace the engine.

After the replacement, I've since learned this has been a problem with this particular engine, and Kia has stopped making it.


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what a car for 12,500
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By yankee1957
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2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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bought the car with 12,000 miles on it in 2006. We have really run this car. 140,000 and just oil changes ,tires, batt, and t belt regular required
up keep. sits great in front needs more padding in back. 34-36 mpg to florida. window swithes could you some work also but for a cheap car can't complain about it. If I buy another it would be sorento; just like them and the dealership at tullahoma tn was great haven't seen them much but always helpful. Just drive it you will like it


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