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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback

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Horrible VEhicle
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By Kelley W.
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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had nothing but trouble with
this car. It was built cheaply. It
shakes and rattles and every month I
seem to have to pay for something to
get fixed. Warranty is horrible.
Wheels and brakes defective! I've had
them fixed several times and they
continue to cause me problems. It can
only get worse.


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By dover
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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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The only bad thing I have to say about
this car is it is underpowered. The
milage is great, as well as the
reliability. We did not have one
problem with our KIA. We recently were
in a head on collision in the KIA and
this car withstood this impact and kept
my family safe. The wreck was pretty
bad, but the Spectra did it's job
preventing serious injury. The car is
now totaled and I would not hesitate to
get another one...


Best Features

Sound system, latch system for child seats, plenty of trunk room with the GS/GSX model


Worst Features

More powerful engine


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I am alive
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By Charles_wr
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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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On May 1, 2003 I lost control of my car
(my fault) traveled 30 feet off the
road through a barbed wire fence, two
tree and slammed into a utility pole
head on at 70 mph and came to rest 150
on the other side of the pole. Three
hours after the wreck I was at home
resting with only a scratch on my
elbow. Amazingly, NOTHING on the inside
of the car moved from the impact. This
car did save my life.


Best Features

The front/rear crumple zone.


Worst Features

Handling.


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I Love My Kia
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By J-Girl
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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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After driving a Toyota for several
years, I needed a new car. I
ended up buying a Kia. I needed the
peace of mind of the warranty and the
smaller price tag. I loved my Toyota,
but I have to say that I have been
equally happy with the Kia
performance. Sure, the inside is not a
luxury car, but it drives great and
really has a zip to it. The storage is
incredible. I am not too impressed
with the quality of the tires. I have
already put about 7K miles on them and
I think that I will probably only get
another 7-10K by the looks of them. I
think it is an ideal economy car for a
college student or your first car.


Best Features

Lots of room for hauling. I moved furniture in this car when we moved!! Thoughtful interior- lots of little storage places. (Better than my Toyota)


Worst Features

You can't close the air vents. You can turn them up or down, but there is nothing to close them. I can turn the air away from me, but I can't shut the vent so the air won't blow. Cheap tires. Road noise at higher speeds leaves something to be desired.


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I'm Very Happy
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By SPIKE
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2002 Kia Spectra Hatchback GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I enjoy my spectra. The warranty is
great. Kia (The Company) is very nice
to deal with. However, plan to keep
your spectra. The trade in value on
mine with 21,000 miles and clean was
only $6000.00


Best Features

The look of the vehicle. And of course the great warranty.


Worst Features

Improve fuel milage. Make abs standard.


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