2002 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Reliable but falling apart

2002 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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LS Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Reliable but falling apart
By jojoberry on


2002 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


I've had this car since 2002, and am the original owner. Mechanically wise, this car has run well- especially for a car with over 130K miles now. Only major mechanical problems would be that the AC compressor has been replaced twice now. The major problems I've had are all small and very annoying things, like the dash warping and the dash vents breaking; the doors will lock and unlock without any prompting; most plastic pieces in the car have broken off (i.e., the mirror covers, the armrest, etc.); the paint faded in under 3 years (BAD fading on the bumpers); the doors won't shut on a cold morning; etc. Overall, the car is a good value for the money, but I don't think I'd own another one.

Best Features

The car was very sporty looking when it came out, and drove very smooth and well. It is very reliable and the warranty may be worth overlooking the little problems.

Worst Features

New dash material, which I see the new Spectras already have. Better interior materials, better paint.
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