2003 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Nothing but problems

2003 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Nothing but problems
By msbolshevik on


2003 Kia Spectra LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


I bought my 03 Spectra new from a dealer, and I have driven it for 9 years.
When I drove off the lot, IT DIED at the 1st intersection.
They had to replace the entire computer system because it was faulty.
Luckily, that was covered under warranty, but everything that followed was not.
The entire engine seized up for no reason about 3 months later.
I had to replace the transmission within the first couple years (and then a second time about 3 more years down the road).
There have been several other smaller issues, but these are the majors.
I don't know why I kept it so long.
I guess the last 3 years it was somewhat more dependable (because I had replaced everything inside)!

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