2004 Kia Spectra Overview

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Trims

Base
11 national listings
EX
Avg. Price: $5,302
GS
11 national listings
GSX
4 national listings
LS
Avg. Price: $4,475
LX
32 national listings

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3.75 stars

Based on 7 reviews

2004 Kia Spectra 1.8l by lysh1977
 — I bought my 1.8L base model Kia Spectra for $9,000 brand new in 2/2004. I will be hitting 100,000mi in a month. I have never had any problems with this car. I don't even change the oil as often as ... Read More
Blue Spectra 04 by Yves
 — Performance: The acceleration on the manual is better than expected, and the brakes do a great job of stopping the car. When taking normal turns at higher speeds the car does have quite a bit of under... Read More
Great Little Car! by TheJohnstons
 — I bought this car with 16,000 miles on it in 2005. Today, I have over 130K miles on the car and it still runs great. Other than routine maintenance, I have had to put very little money into it. On ... Read More

2004 Kia Spectra Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 7 reviews

2004 Kia Spectra

In the something old, something new department: 2004 is a bit of a confusing year for Kia Spectra buyers as there are two 2004 nameplates this year representing the last generation of Spectra and the completely restyled and rebuilt new generation.  For clarity, the "new Spectra" has been referred to as the 2004.5.  For the old 2004 Spectra, there are few changes besides a standard tachometer for the base sedan and GS hatchback.  Both the sedan and hatchback feature the same 1.8-liter, 124-hp I4 with choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.  

While the 2004 Spectra GS and GSX hatchback continue through the year, the 2004.5 Spectra features two new sedan trims -- the LX and EX.  A stronger chassis, longer wheelbase (by two inches), and a more powerful 138-hp, 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine are found in the new Spectra sedans.  The transmission choices remain the same.  The longer wheelbase means an inch more legroom for backseat passengers and two cubic feet more in the trunk.  Headroom has also increased for both front and rear passengers.  The biggest addition, however, makes the 2004.5 Kia Spectra unique in the compact class by offering six standard airbags.  Dual front, front-side, and rear-side curtain (a first for compacts) earn the 2004.5 Spectra four-star crash ratings from the NHTSA.

The LX is still pretty base, with only a CD, intermittent wipers, sunglasses holder, and tachometer standard, but the EX adds power windows, air conditioning, remote entry, and foglights.  ABS brakes replace the new disc brakes only on the EX.  Rear seats split-fold 60/40 and feature a trunk pass-through.  Price and long-term warranty are the biggest draws for both 2004 Kia Spectras, but the new 2004.5 wins raves from drivers for its sportier look, comfortable interior room, improved dash layout, and handling.  Despite the engine upgrade, acceleration is still labored at high speeds and can be noisy.  Owners also report a rattling in the dash in the old 2004 Spectra.

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Kia Spectra Questions

Amy Debona
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Speedometer And Gas Gauge

car is running fine, but gas gauge and speedometer both stopped working today at the same time

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Why Is It When I Drive Off And Go To Change Gears Why Does It Feel My Gas P...

I have went to get the check engine light and was told was either the gas cap or censor. it doesn't jerk or pause to get going just feels like im still pressing on the gas pedal

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How To Align Low Beam Headlight On 2004 Kia Spectra

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How To Turn On Passenger Airbag

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