2002 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: nice little car

2002 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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nice little car
By dwaters1 on


2002 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


I have had this 2002 spectra for several years and it has performed well with very few issues. There are some basic issues that I have not fixed but do not cause a problem, such as a shock housing that allows the shock to rattle a bit. It not very powerful but for small city driving its fine and a bit fun. Not the most comfortable, it is a cheep car. Turning on the air conditioner will result is a noticeable pull on the engine. The interior is ok to look at but is mostly hard plastic. Starting in 2011 the summer heat from in the south has cause the plastic parts inside to start failing, things just randomly break or fall off or appear to disintegrate.
Just replace belt for $600.

Best Features

responsive steering

Worst Features

better quality interior
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