2004 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Commute, it's off to work we g

2004 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Commute, it's off to work we go
By wildbill on


2004 Kia Spectra GS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Have to drive 60 miles each way. Got a Spectra and it is satisfactory. No extra power, but I keep a steady 2900 rpm going 70 mph on the Garden State Parkway. That is when I am not in Bloomfield and Orange, NJ where the speed drops to 15 mph often. One queer characteristic has popped up once in awhile. The car forgets how to automatically shift. It usually occurs when I pass through the toll booth using EZ-pay. There I don't come to a complete stop, but go from 70 to 15 to 70 mph within a mile. The car comes up to speed, but the rpms go up too, up to 4500 rpm, then I take action. Well, the action is to go to the shoulder and stop the car. Restarting seems to reprogram the car fine.

Best Features

Standard satisfactory car, nothing to get your heart throbbing. Picked the car for the warranty and low cost. It has worked so far.

Worst Features

How about a shorter commute?
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