2003 Kia Spectra Overview

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Trims

Base
39 national listings
GS Hatchback
10 national listings
GSX Hatchback
5 national listings
LS
30 national listings

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Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 8 reviews

Loove It by Michelle
 — I loved my Kia Spectra. As funny as she may have looked. Opposite of a mullet I called it. Party in the front bussiness in the back. Only problem I had was one head light blew out twice, I accidently... Read More
Buy This Type Of Car. by Amanda
 — I love this vehicle. It is a great road vehicle and it has great Performance, Build Quality, Appearance, Cost of Ownership, and Fun Factor. this car has great gas mileage. It is also very fun to drive... Read More
2003 Kia Spectra by Caleb
 — i own a 2003 kia spectra ls sedan. tinted windows, black hood black bumper gray paint job. it has been a great car for me i have been around the world in this car with no problems out of it Read More

2003 Kia Spectra Overview

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2003 Kia Spectra

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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Kia Spectra 2003 Will Not Go Forward Or Backwards, What's Wrong?

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2003 Kia Spectra Clutch Has No Pressure

I have an '03 Kia Spectra. She's been grounded for a month or so because of paperwork issues and a lot of needed basic maintenance. I tried to start her up to take her to the mechanic, but met with ...

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While driving tonight all of a sudden all lights came on and car quit running and would not recrank, what do I need to check for first, going to try and jump start. This car I just paid cash 2 days ...

113 views with 4 answers (last answer 4 months ago)
Jane Rivers
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2003 Kia Spectra Wont Move But Gears Shift

the car will turn on and you can move theshift handle through gears but car wont move

125 views with 4 answers (last answer 6 months ago)