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2004 Kia Spectra

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Questionable reliability
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By FASV
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2004 Kia Spectra EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I still like this car; however; only after 55,000 miles the alternator failed and at 67,000 the ac compressor had to be rebuilt. The alternator repair was covered by the warranty but the ac I had to pay for it. Recently I replaced the brakes for the first time and the timing belt and engine belts. Tires twice and battery twice as well. Other than that I still like the car but will think twice again of buying another Kia. The 60,000 miles warranty is for a reason.


Best Features

Ride comfort interior space well designed dashboard and instruments paint quality seats fabric quality


Worst Features

Model already substituted by the forte


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Cleaned out my wallet
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By Bernice
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2004 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought this Spectra used at 32,000. Following year we put in a new clutch. We had 4 CV joints put in and now the Rack and Pinion is gone. Car is at 64000 miles. The dealership wants $1200 to replace. Called Kia and they offered no help. Have spent tons of money on this car and it always makes funny noises. I found a friend to replace rack with a used one for $250.00. I am stuck with this car for now but would never buy anything from KIA.


Best Features

I like a manual transmision


Worst Features

Better quality of parts and take care of your customers. If you take care of the people buying your products they will take care of YOU.


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NEVER AGAIN!
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By nothappy
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2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I don’t know how or where to start. This car has been giving me problems from the start. The engine light goes on and off. The transmission has been replaced 3 times, the computer once, the alternator 1 time; the struts have been replaced twice. OMG! It has been my worse nightmare. I have missed so many days of work because of this. I wanted to sell it, but of course Kia does not hold their value. After I paid over 15,000 for this car, I only get $2,000 after 5 years with only 55,000 miles on it. I swear I would rather walk to work everyday before I buy another Kia. PLEASE do some research before you buy a Kia... They might be affordable, but you will pay so much at the end.


Best Features

Nothing really.. pretty standard.


Worst Features

Everything in this car needs to be improved.


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High gas use
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By Martha
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2004 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car but it uses a lot of gas. I take very good care of the car and go every 3 months for oil change and maintenance. When I drive long distance I get 32 miles a gallon and that is nice but most of the time I drive it in town not more that 8 miles each time and I get only 18 miles a gallon.


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I love everything except the gas use.


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2004 Kia
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By Mack
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2004 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Excellent Vehicle!! I only had to buy new tires and perform the regular maintenance for this vehicles since I purchased it. Not a problem with it. If you take care of this vehicle, it will take care of you. Many people do not take care of their cars and expect them to last a long time. I tell you what, I am keeping my KIA and if I need to buy another vehicle, it will be a KIA! It is cheaper, I have all the toys and it rides great!


Best Features

Automatic headlights shut off becuase I always leave them on.


Worst Features

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