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4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 8 reviews
2003 Kia Spectra Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 8 reviews
As a replacement for the Sephia, the 2003 Kia Spectra doesn't pretend to be anything but a compact economy car, aimed at first-time buyers or city commuters who don't want to spend a lot on gas. Kia's other big draw is its 10-year/100,000 mile warranty, though some drivers report running into problems with Kia finding loopholes to not actually honor that warranty.
The 2003 Spectra gets few alterations this year. Available as a base and LS sedan or GS and GSX hatchback, all are powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC I4 engine that gets downrated to 124-hp this year. A 5-speed manual is standard and 4-speed auto tran is optional. New for 2003 is a standard CD player across the line, an illuminated ignition, and upgraded climate controls. Air conditioning is not standard across the line, however, and the base sedan can only order it as an option. The hatchbacks get a new intermittent rear wiper for 2003, and soundproofing has been added to help reduce road and wind noise. Both the LS and GSX trims carry more power features, as well as tilt steering and a tilt cushion for the driver's seat. ABS brakes are offered on both these models. Dual front airbags are also standard for every Spectra, but side ones are not available.
The 2003 Spectra makes no pretenses at being fun or sporty or luxurious. As a first car, it serves drivers well, and many like the low cost, good fuel economy, and surprisingly agile handling. The interior is comfortable, though rear legroom suffers and the quality of materials used leaves a lot to be desired. Dings and scratches show up easily. Owners would love to have more power and bigger tires as well.
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Kia Spectra Questions
Rattling From The Engine/high Pitched When Rpm's Go High
I just purchased a 2003 kia spectra with 89,000 miles. I love the car and the mileage, but I have 3 things I need help with (as I'm not a car expert). 1. there is a rattling sound coming from the en...
My 2003 Kia Spectra Wont Go Over 30 Mph
My car wont go over 30mph. It sounds like it wants to go into gear but it doesnt.
2003 Kia Spectra Cranks Slowly And Won't Start When Engine Hot.
Things replaced/checked: Battery, alternator, starter, timing belt, thermostat, coolant temp switch. Starts normally once the engine is cool or barely warm. If the engine is hot from running in traffi...
2003 Kia Spectra Is Running Hot. Never Ran Hot And All Hoses Have Been Chec...
My Lights(all) Go Off And On And The Dinger Dings. They Do This For A Whil...
Changed headlight, took battery out and put back and had it cleaned. Lights flash off and on (head, tail, clock and dash) and the dingy dings. Tried all buttons. Could this have something to do wi...