2004 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Questionable reliability

2004 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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EX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Questionable reliability
By FASV on


2004 Kia Spectra EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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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