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Average User Score
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
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When I put it in reverse it will go but when I put it in drive position it slips badly. could you tell me what is wrong ?
2003 Kia Spectra Rear Seat Bottom Removal
The dog peed on the rear seat on a long trip, and I would like to bring the seat bottom out of the car to clean/dry it. It's much to cold for it to dry anytime soon here.
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2003 Kia Spectra Will Not Start After Sitting 2 Weeks
I have a 2003 Kia Spectra with the 1.8, the car was running fine until it sat for 2 weeks. Went out to start the car and would not start. I tried to put the car into nutral and the shifter will not ...
Car Cranks, Won't Turn Over
We recently replaced the radiator due to a small leak...however it never got over heated. we also replaced the altenator and battery and the timing belt has less than 500 miles