2003 Kia Spectra Overview

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2003 Kia Spectra Overview

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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    Door Lock

    my passenger side door on my 2003 kia spectra is locked and now i can't get it unlock from the inside or outside and i need to get it where it can open

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 days ago)

    What Else Could Be The Issue?

    i have replaced the battery, altenator and starter. it still wont start.

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    2003 Kia Spectra Wont Stay Running Unless Im Holding The Gas Pettle

    my 2003 kia spectra will start but stop right away unless I'm giving it gas. any ideas on what it could be? it just recently got a new starter, alternator, and battery.

    14 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)

    Just Figured I'd Ask

    My 03 Kia spectra keeps leaking from in between the transmission and motor and it only comes out when I hit the gas

    7 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)

    Car Won't Accelerate Right Away

    Just today my car started acting like it did not want to accelerate right away when I pull off from a complete stop it takes it a while before it jumps into gear. Any help would be great to what ...

    58 views with 3 answers (last answer 10 months ago)