2005 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: More Pros than Cons

2005 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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Spectra5 Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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More Pros than Cons
By miandyv on


2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Owned for 6 years, 88,298 mls. Purchased for $14,750. Pros: negotiated a very good deal with dealer, inexpensive maintenance, excellent in snow, excellent maneuverability on city streets and highway, spacious interior (my husband is 6 ft 5 in and my son is 6 ft 7 in) both can sit comfortably inside the car (we rode trip alot in the Kia). Now, here are the Cons: poor quality on interior and exterior components - paint peeling and chipping at less than 24,000 mls. Dealership does not want to remedy the problem, glove compartment fell off it's hinges (barely ever opened), Kia logos have unexpectedly fell off, steering wheel tilt handle fell off, hoods props came apart, trunk hooks fell off

Best Features

Low car payment, Spacious interior, Inexpensive maintenance

Worst Features

The Kia is a mechanically sound car, the interior and exterior components need to be of better quality: such as better quality paint on car and windshield wipers; Kia logos, hood props, cushions and trunk hoods need a stronger bond of glue, change the elements that cause the speedometer to inconsistently work
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