I bought this car with 34k miles to replace my 05 Honda Civic, which was totaled in a highway accident. I loved my Civic, and was very squeamish about getting a replacement that could live up to its reputation, but my little Spectra has been amazing! I average 28 mpg city, 35 highway. I've put 30,000 miles on it in a year and a half, and it hasn't had one single problem whatsoever. Regular oil changes every 3k miles, tires and gas are all the money I've put into it, and it runs beautifully in every condition - snow, ice, 110* heat, torrential rain (that's St. Louis weather for you).
Fantastic stock sound system. The MP3 jack is awesome, I just plug my iPod in and go. Great gas mileage. Very comfortable seats, especially for long distance trips. And of course the reliability!
The EX model didn't come with cruise control, and I had to get it installed afterward. Not a big deal but it would've been nice to have originally.
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