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2005 Kia Spectra User Reviews

2005 Kia Spectra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Kathy writes:
2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 Review
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5

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My car is wonderful.  I like how you can haul so much, the fuel mileage is great! and it handles really nice on the road.  I never had a car I liked this much!     

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The only thing I didn't like is the brakes wear out funny.  I had to replace the rotors twice and some of the other parts in the brakes.  

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This Car Is The Best Ever! — The car is overall the best car I ever owned, mileage is great, nothing went wrong with it. since I bought it. It has 135,000 miles on it now and I replaced the brake rotors on it. That was the only thing I had to fix so far, along with one wheel alignment., The hatchback is great. You can haul 8 foot 2x4's if you have to! Kids fit good in the back too. very roomy for a small car. Too bad they quit making them. I would definitely recommend it, but when I looked for one for sale, I couldn't find one within 600 miles!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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tsubakorou writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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Awesome economy, solid car

Cons

Brakes die really fast

tsubakorou
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I Love It To Death — The car's performance is not fantastic even with aftermarket intake and exhaust systems, but it does its job. It's a really solid car that has taken me all over the east coast of the US and has never complained. The main issue I've had as far as repairs is that the brakes burn up really quick and I've had the rotors go warped on me several times, but I think it's more my fault than it is the car's because I drive very aggressively. The styling of the interior and exterior are both my own, and I've come to love the way my car looks especially with the mods i've done to it. Its extremely good on gas and the parts and repairs for it have always been cheap - as long as you keep up on them (but that's with any car.) I am happy every time i have to drive somewhere and always offer to drive my friends around because the car is roomy enough and is reliable and my sound system (though thats all personal, has nothing to do with Kia) sounds great. Love the car. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a decent priced, reliable car that you can have fun with.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Stephen writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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Cheap, reliable, flexible

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NOT A FAST CAR

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Decent Car — The Kia Spectra was a ruggedly built, reliable, low maintenance car with versatile cab and truck space, a fairly quite ride, and smooth feeling transmission. Its completely lacking in horsepower and handling, but it got people from point "A" to point "B" with safe, dry, and comfortable with little fuss one its own behalf. Also, its was fairly inexpensive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 Review
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4

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I'm unique, not many on the road.

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No bluetooth built in.

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Too Bad They Don't Make It Anymore. :( — A great little car that is fun to drive. Easy on gas and continues to be a fun ride. I enjoy the 5 speed transmission and it handles great on the many windy roads that meander here in Bucks county.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jake writes:
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Awsome reliability, performace, economy, service people.  Great car

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hmmm it's kinda tiny

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First New Car We Ever Bought — I love this car. It has never been anything but reliable. We have not had a problem with it at all. Everything works great.

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Alfaseeh writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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Good space. Comfortable drive. Nice Handling.

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Lack of Power for pick-up.

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Great Value — Probably has the biggest interior space in its category. The features are normal but everything works well and very functional. Safety rating is also more than decent for at its price point. Handling of the car is brilliant. This is car is a practical point to point car and makes a decent cruiser.

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saintago writes:
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5

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Great gas mileage.

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This year model did not come with keyless entry , I had to have it installed, but looks and works great .

saintago
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Very Clean And Dependable. — Great gas mileage. Rides smooth. This car is a great car for a student or a family because it is a medium size car.This is a fun car to drive because it has plenty of engine power if needed at a moments notice such as passing a slow moving dump truck.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joe writes:
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3

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good on gas

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its small for a tall person

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Really Compact And Has Alot Of Storage Places — its really good on gas and its perfect for a family good for commuting for a job and really spacey to store things in a really good investment i like how it handles in the snow i love the features it has

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jeffwoods38 writes:
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3

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run great  burns very little gas

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parts are hard to replace, everything takes a week to get into stock ( ie  inner door assembly or relays). tends to be very light in the front and tends to slide unless tires are in excellent shape

jeffwoods38
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Good Little Car That Lasts A Long Time — this a goood starter car for a young family or person that commutes inner city. Rasy to handle with enough power to cruise at 140kph for an extended time. Can also be used for long trips ( 4or 5 hours) but gets very tiring and boring

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chrissy writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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It's Looks

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Drivetrain and overall performance

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Super — Car runs good, handles great in the snow and ice, it is very sluggish on get up and go, the cost is way to much, and to me it's a fun car to drive, if you like Kia's get one.

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2008 Kia Spectra Reviews

Low Maintenance By kbillmeier

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Great Ride For The Money By JustIn

Fun to drive sleak look. But its a v4, added a couple of performance upgrades goes around 156hp atm which isnt bad. Storage is no problem with this car. I get 25mpg. Brakes go pretty quick on this car... Read More

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2007 Kia Spectra Reviews

Small But Mighty By PrettyBlack1987

I love my small car. At the time it was the right size for a family of 5. Now we are a family of 7 and need more room. I love the v6 engines just because of the power.But for the spectra to be a 4 cyl... Read More

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2006 Kia Spectra Reviews

Great All Around Car. Always Starts Low On Maintenance Costs. By aztec626bf

Got this car two years ago. Put 45,000 miles on never had a problem with it. Car handles nice gets very good mileage. Heater is great in winter warms up very fast. Tires seem to last quite long on thi... Read More

Good Little Car. By Charles

Good little car. OK performance, handling and braking. could use more horse power especially on hills. Tight car no squeak or rattles, excellent gas mileage. Need to do away timing belt on dohc interf... Read More

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2004 Kia Spectra Reviews

Awesome! Great Deal And Virtually Worry Free. By alski1969

Loved how solid it felt while driving it compared to cheaper models like the Rio or a Saturn. The sound system blew me away and I crank it when the family is not in the car! The car has been very reli... Read More

Great Gas Mileage Car!!! By topsecretauto

This car got very good gas mileage! We had some problems with the rear brakes. Had to replace them and parking brakes. It seemed like we were always replacing something with the brakes. Didn't pay muc... Read More

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