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Electrical problems of the 2002 Kia Spectra
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By charlesg56
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2002 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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It has low beam head lights that do not work often. Power windows that blow fuses or fail for some other reason and a check engine light that never goes out.


Best Features

No favorite features. It is so low to the ground that even the slightest speed bump grinds the front into the ground. No suspension that I can tell. It is just a box on wheels.


Worst Features

Sue Kia and turn their factory into a pet rock assembly line. They would probably mess those up too.


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Kia Specrta GSX
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By sporty90
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2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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All and all this car is great for the money, the performance of this car is amazing in my eyes. Fun to drive, with its rated 125 horsepower, add a little aftermarket adjustments this car could have a great future. never had a problem for the engine. now at 109,000 miles still drives like brand new!!!!


Best Features

short, yet stiff gearbox. sound system is very suprising, oh and the 6000k H.I.D's that i installed, the projectors headlights that Kia installed. the leather wrapped stearing wheel has great craftsmanship!


Worst Features

I wish they would have made the dash out of much better qualities. and all other interior parts !


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Been a great little car
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By libertyswanson
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2002 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2002 Kia Spectra in 2006 with 60k miles on it. It now has over 220k. Most of the work as been regular maintenance. I just put in a new head gasket and my clutch is starting to pop. It has been great in the snow (I drive a 100 miles a day in Colorado). And has always started. I've replaced the alternator (no big deal), scheduled timing belts, and front wheel bearings. The back struts are gone and there are a lot of rattles developing. The arm rest is very uncomfortable and my wife hates the seats. But it has been very very dependable. Gas mileage right now is about 35 to 38 mpg. I'm moving up in car class, but have daughter turning 16 and it will be a good first car for her.


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Dependability...


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Got 166,000 miles but with problems
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By julia17
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2002 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My 2002 Kia Spectra just threw a head gasket at 166,000 miles. Previous problems: the a/c went out in 2007 and was repaired for $1400. It went out again about 9 months later and the mechanic wanted another $750. Shortly afterwards, the heat went out. I replaced the clutch 3 times. Also replaced a valve in the braking system for $250. Lots of the cheap plastic interior broke and/or fell off including the driver's side sun visor. The driver'side seatbelt also broke and had to be replaced. I did a lot of driving for work and both knees and hips were hurting me due to driving this car. If you're only going to put maybe 10-12,000 miles/year on a 2002 Spectra, it may be worthwhile.


Best Features

Good gas mileage. Could be a bit sporty at times.


Worst Features

Improved durability of AC/Heater. Better quality plastic on the interior. More comfy seating. More durable seat belts.


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Son's second car
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By alshoe
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2002 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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Purchased our 2002 Spectra 11/23/2011 for our son. Our son had a 2002 Saturn SL that was totaled in a accident. This Kia is very much like his Saturn, a basic car, no power windows, door locks or cruise control. Body has some dings and scratches but overall paint, body and interior in very good condition. Never owned a Kia, but good experience at Kia dealership. Clock was not working so they will replace it at no additional cost to me. I also purchased a two year warranty to cover all major components.


Best Features

The air conditioning and heater work very well. Fuel mileage was 34.5 mpg on the highway and included some stop and go driving do to a accident on the freeway. Car is comfortable to ride in. Engine has adequate power. Climbs hills well. Like the overdrive lock out button on auto shifter, like a Toyota.


Worst Features

Engine and road noise prevalant when driving, but no worse that other compact cars in this price range. Vibration when idling, particularly with air conditioning on. Automatic tranmission shifts normal on most driving conditions. Sometimes tranmission will slip, particlular noticed on two different occasions when exiting off freeway ramp. Plan to change the transaxel fluid soon. Hopefully not a transmission problem but, warrarty purchase will cover if it is.


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