2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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.
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.
I had my 2005 kia spectra for 5 years, the car had 148,000 miles on it and it had never let me down. 2 weeks ago my wife and I and our 2 sons were rearended buy a fullsize suv we were waiting to turn into a drive way and we were hit. The driver of the suv didnt even try to stop he hit us at at least 55 mph. my 9 yr old son and my 6 year old son were in the back seat. and even with the impact we all walked away without injurys.
after the accident the car still runs great. I will find a new body to the motor into.
I bought this 2005 Spectra EX new and now have 60,000 miles on it. I change the oil every 3-4K miles. My front tires wore out after about 25,000 because I never rotated them, so I put new ones on just the front. At 60,000 I should probably just change all 4 now. I haven't had so much as a head lamp go out on this car. Original battery and this car has never failed to start or run smoothly. Granted I maintain it well and keep it garaged, but still it has exceeded my expectation for an economical car. Comfort is not bad considering I over 6ft tall and the upholstery has no tears, cracks, or worn spots.
Dependability, Low initial cost, ease of maintenance. 6 air bags. Haven't used them and don't want to. Hope they work if I need them though.
Gas mileage at 30 mpg highway is a little disappointing for such a small car. The radio has really weak reception. They could have spent a few more dollars on a better audio system.
I bought this car new in 2005 for my wife and outside of general maintenance issues it hasn't missed a beat. It's rolling up on 80k.
This car has been so good that I'm considering buying another one for a commuter car since I'm having a hard time justifying driving the SUV with the current fuel prices.
The car seems to average about 30 on mostly highway miles so it's right up there with similar sized cars for mileage.
We are both average sized adults of normal weight and they car fits us very well.
Good fuel economy
Exterior finish and interior build have been great.
Reliable power train....not a single issue to date.
Honestly for what you get compared to what you pay, this vehicle is a steal. I can't think of any improvements.
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