Used 2001 Kia Spectra

2001 Kia Spectra

2001 Highlights

2001 sees few changes to Kia's sporty five-door hatchback, which was introduced last year to attract younger customers to the brand. The top-rung GSX trim level gets a gas-cap tether, coin holder and dual visor vanity mirrors. Kia's Long Haul Warranty Program has also been introduced for this model year.


  • Low base price, responsive steering and nimble handling, hatchback configuration, killer warranty.


  • Lackluster engine performance, cheap interior materials, dearth of refinement, Kia's initial poor quality reputation.

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Features & Specs

GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Transmission4-speed automatic5-speed manual4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower125 hp @ 6000 rpm125 hp @ 6000 rpm125 hp @ 6000 rpm125 hp @ 6000 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Best car I've ever owned
I bought the Kia used at 18,000 miles, and then drove it for almost 150,000 without a problem. Gas mileage was about 33 mpg highway, and it was rock solid. Sure, the sheet metal is so thin that you could dent the car just by breathing on it, and the rear defroster was useless, but the car was a real trooper. Hatchback was very useful, too, I could load all kinds of things in there. The only mistake I made was not changing the timing belt, and it broke at 145k miles, ruining the engine. At 145k miles, the CV joints needed replacing, and so did the struts, but it was a great car.
2001 Spectra GS
Other than normal wear parts like brake pads, I've had problems with the motor mounts (4 of them) and the upper power steering hose. It has good fuel economy, about 22 mpg city and very good handling, especially when you upgrade the wheels to 15" and sport tires.
Worth every penny
I bought mine new in 2001 and I've put a little over 70,000 miles on it. It's paid off and now I'm really getting my money out of it. It's still running great and drives as good as 2 other new cars I've recently test driven. I have done all the recommended maintenance and it's still running like a top. I had only minor warranty repairs done and have no complaints. I've been looking for a used higher end KIA like the optima to purchase but I think everyone knows how great these cars are they aren't trading them in so there are none available in my area. Can you say watch out Honda someones coming up quickly behind you and their price is better?
Used 2001 Kia Spectra Overview

The Used 2001 Kia Spectra is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A), GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M), GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A), and GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M).

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