2004 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Good Car for the Price

2004 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Good Car for the Price
By lorijohnston on


2004 Kia Spectra 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


I am surprised at some of the other reviews.
I bought this car used with 16,000 in early 2005.
At the time, I needed an inexpensive and reliable car to get me back and forth between work, home and school.
Six years later, I still own the car and I still love it.
The only major expense was a timing belt change at 102,000 miles.
Over the years I have had only one mysterious problem.
The transmission at times would stick in one gear.
Every time I have encountered this issue, I simply pulled over, put the car in park for a second, returned the car to drive and the problem ended.
I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone who needed reliability & affordability.
I own 2 Kias today!

Best Features

Decent gas mileage 25-30 gallons and the reliability - no major repairs until over 100,000 miles.

Worst Features

Investigate the mysterious sticking transmission.
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