2003 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Great Value!

2003 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Great Value!
By Nicodemus on


2003 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


My wife and I were second-time new car
buyers and were looking to step up from
the 2002 Spectra we had bought the year
previous. We got the GSX, which has the
power windows and door locks, power
mirrors and tach. The CD player was
nice, but we have our own in it. The
stock speakers have been just fine, and
it rides quite well for a vehicle with
such a short wheel base. The small
engine is our main problem, as we live
in a mountainous area and have to turn
off the O/D and A/C to climb the hills.
Overall, however, we've had NO trouble
out of this car and have only had to
take it in for normal upkeep.

Best Features

Feul Economy, reliability, looks good inside and out, roomy for its size, good sound.

Worst Features

The 2005 Spectra has a little more power (137hp vs. 124hp) and that was really our only complaint. Keyless entry would have been nice as well, although it can be added as a dealer option.
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