2003 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Well, it wasn't expensive

2003 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Well, it wasn't expensive
By Bexley on


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


For an inexpensive car, the reliability has been outstanding, but over time the "little" things have crept up. Seat(s) have become rather uncomfortable, wind noise is more pronounced, and now a disconcerting noise is coming from the front end, as if a strut is loose ore something. Also, little bits of trim have fallen off, but mechanically, only the brakes have been replaced, at 55,000 mi. I might keep it longer if it weren't becoming so unpleasant to sit in for more than 1/2 hour or so.

Best Features

Price, reliability, a/c works good. Armrest is nice, and storage bin by the maplights has been useful.

Worst Features

Screw it together a little better (probably the newer models have done so) and make it more engaging to drive (again, probably has been addressed in newer versions).
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