2005 Kia Spectra User Reviews

2005 Kia Spectra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 19 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
"build quality" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"light" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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sadkiaowner writes:
2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 Review
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4

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9 years ran great

Cons

airbag light issues

sadkiaowner
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Good — Drives good, looks good,reliable, airbag light issues. Great little car for 9 years. I have driven the car 84,000 miles in those 9 years. Light issues just started in Nov. Love to drive it handles well now just wont pass inspection and no fixes yet.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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saintago writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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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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jeffwoods38 writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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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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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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Jeff writes:
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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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tsubakorou writes:
2005 Kia Spectra EX Review
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Awesome economy, solid car

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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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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Katie writes:
2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 Review
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Everything was automatic but the transmision

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Front wheel drive

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Alfalfa — Front wheel drive, which sucked. Braked very well. Very spacious, had a infant seat belt for car seats. It got up and went pretty good but nothing fancy. Build was ok. Cost was great for when we bought it. It was def a fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
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The interior is huge.

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I feel it should get better gas mileage.

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Small But Spaceous And Deceivingly Sporty — Performance - it's like there's a chipmunk under the hood. Build Quality - it seems kinda cheap, like at 70,000 miles, the seatbelt started falling apart. It's been pretty reliable, though there's a power steering fluid leek that repair shops claimed to have fixed but it still leaks.

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Love My Spectra By Cooters

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2008 Kia Spectra Reviews

A Good Looking Car For Not Too Much Money By sheath8

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This is a low cost car to drive and maintain and is proof that Kia has made some major improvements since they first came to the US. It has lived up to expectations and isn't like the bargain basemen... Read More

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2007 Kia Spectra Reviews

Great Car For Students Or Couples With No Kids By KingKincaid

This car was handed down to me via parent. We got the car in 2013 and it has been nothing but great. I love the car, she puts in work. It's just not big enough. The car is really good for short people... Read More

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 Little Sporty Car At Low Price By targon

Handling is perfect, great sound insulation. MPG could be better, but maybe it's my driving style. Good breaks. Shifter could be shorter. Seats are comfortable. Great for in town comute. I wish it has... Read More

Great By kia_06_

fun to drive looks great , grate gas mileage, comfortable interior, easy to maintain cheap to insure good tires alluminum wheels four cylinder engines are much cheaper to maintain than six cylinders 2... 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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