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harsh ride, otherwise ok
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By Steven
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2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Just purchased this car two weeks ago, mostly based on ratings at this site coupled with the cheap price and good gas mileage. I did not notice on the test drive how noisy the ride is. Every pebble feels like a pothole and need to have radio on to drown out the engine noise. Am told by mechanics that this is how they sound and you get what you pay for. Would rather have an older Corolla.


Best Features

The radio.


Worst Features

Improve ride suspension and do something with that engine.


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By maui
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2003 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have owned my Kia for 2 years and have been very pleased with the handling and driving capabilities of it. I am satisfied with the service provided and would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a 4 door sedan, with all the toys, for an affordable, reasonable price. I am less pleased with the ride but feel that better tires than those initially provided would improve this. Overall, this car has been a wonderful addition to our family.


Best Features

Power one touch drivers door window.


Worst Features

Cruise control would have been a real plus. Considering the other features, this was a big one to not be included.


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Reliable Spectra
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By Sean Watters
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2003 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had this car for the past two years and the only complaint that I have is the fact that it is a smaller car. It is obvious that a car that performs this well on and offroad, (from my experience) that size does not matter. I am extremely satisfied with this vehicle and believe that this car is perfect for college students or the everyday on the go person. It never crossed my mind when I got the car that I would be this satisfied with it. Since I have had this car, I have put 39,000 miles on it and it runs just as well as it did when I first purchased the car. In short, this car is a very reliable car as long as it is well maintained.


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Poor review on my '03 Spectra
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By Myers712924
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2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My Spectra is on the verge of being a lemon. I have had the transmission replaced twice. The rotors have been chewed up by the brake pads and they weren't even 60% used up and the dealership didn't want to cover that one. They say more than 50% and it's not covered. After haggling with them, they FINALLY agreed to replace the rotors, which I'm not sure they did, because 10 months later, I am needing new ones again. They put that they wouldn't cover rotors any longer in the computer last time there was a problem, so now I'm hung out to dry. The pads are AGAIN about 60% used. The driver seat replaced due to springs popping out of it, the seat belts replaced for not working properly, and much more.


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Most impressive is that I was hit by a minivan in the side and it spun me 90+ degrees. Two daughters (6 month & 20 months) in back seat. The outside was SMASHED UP but the inside where my two girls were didn't even budge! Not a scratch on em'. For that, I would by another.


Worst Features

Make the overall operation of the vehicle as efficient as the side crash safety features and you'll have a GREAT car.


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kat drives the Kia
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By kia kat
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2003 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had my Spectra for 28 months now and it has just turned 60,000 miles. I do a huge amount of driving. Have not put a lot of money in to it other than just regular maintenance (very good about getting oil changes at 3,000 miles). I think this vehicle is definitely underrated. I always go by that saying "you take care of it, and it will take care of you".


Best Features

I like the way it looks. It is good on gas, especially now. Although sometimes it is hard to spot in a parking lot, with a sea of SUV's. Hummer, Expeditions, Escalades. You know, the gas guzzlers.


Worst Features

The engine is pretty powerful for only a 4 cylinder. But I have to turn off the air condition if I want to pull out into the highway. Sunroofs, better sound systems.


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