2008 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: First and Last Kia

2008 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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Spectra5 SX Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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By stoneattic on


2008 Kia Spectra Spectra5 SX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


If you use the stereo aux with a satellite radio or charging ipod there is a very noticeable alternator whine. The dealer had it twice, now claims that's the way it's supposed to work. If you are going to have a convenience feature it should work properly. As annoying as this is the real clincher is that the parking lights will go on by themselves in the middle of the night for no reason, draining the battery. I'm not the only one with this. Search Kia forums and you will find many with the same issue. Kia claims a new BCM will fix it, but it hasn't corrected mine. Then there's the goofy shift points, but there's not enough room to list all of my complaints. Dealer is awful too.

Best Features

Styling is nice and is overall a nice looking car. Except for the 1-2 gear shifting it's not bad to drive.

Worst Features

Fix the light issue or have a buzzer when the lights are left in the auto/on position. Filter/isolate the power ports so the aux port is useful. Correct the goofy shifting/gearing. It pulls from a stop well then falls on it's face. Figure out what causes that horrible wind noise if there's crosswind
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