2002 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Never again

2002 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Never again
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2002 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


The Kia was the right price at the time for a college student. However, in driving the vehicle it was not worth it. The trade in value was only 3000 after a year and a half of driving. I was upside down by 6000. The interior was cheap and all the buttons were chipping paint. The exterior paint could be scratched with a finger nail and then rust immediately. The drivers seat broke and some metal rod was sticking out into the middle of your back. The check engine light kept coming on and the dealer could not find anything wrong. It turned out to be the exhaust system causing the problem. The cover for the speaker broke, as did the weather stripping across the hachback trunk.

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Better paint, better gas mileage only got 22 MPG on a good day. Big waste of money, buyer beware.
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