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2004 Kia Spectra EXReview
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Great Car! — I really like this car. I usually only buy Toyota's but I was very impressed with the make and model. It was a great car to get my kids in and out of. It is great on gas. Good family car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: -Easy to drive
-Reliable
-Small but spacious

Cons: Clear paint peeling off

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2004 Kia Spectra EXReview
alski1969 writes:
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Awesome! Great Deal And Virtually Worry Free. — 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 reliable and my wife and I have shared it for over 6 years for work, driving the kid to school, and weekend camping trips. Smooth ride, great on gas, and the trunk has lots of room. Plus you can't beat the warranty or the price.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Regular maintenance performed on the vehicle. No major problems with anything. Great warranty, 10 years 100,000 miles. Currently at 140,000+ and still purring like a kitten. Great sound system stock. Large trunk for its size. Full impact front and side airbags (never used).

Cons: Tight engine compartment, slightly difficult to work on as with most compact cars. Timing belt is interrupting type. Can cause serious damage to engine if not replaced in a timely manner. Recommended replacement is at 80,000 miles. Expensive to replace ($400) but well worth it as I've had previous experience with timing belt breakage resulting in the sale or trade in of both vehicles. I've been having to replace the brake light bulbs more often than other cars I've owned in the past, but that is a minor inconvenience. Small back seat space (not very comfortable for in-laws!).

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2004 Kia Spectra LSReview
topsecretauto writes:
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Great Gas Mileage Car!!! — 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 much for the car, So I guess I can't complain!! Once we got all the kinks out of the brakes, the car was a great car!!!! had no other problems with it!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: This car got very good gas mileage!

Cons: had some problems with the rear brakes. Had to replace them and parking brakes.

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2004 Kia Spectra EXReview
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2004 1/2 Kia Spectra Ex (california Model) — I bought this for my wife new, and except for the quirky speedo and the pain in the rear alarm/pwr lock system, she likes it. It gets pretty good mileage, hasn't had any significant maintenance problems, in comparison to the 2005 Ford Focus I bought at roughly the same time. The paint work is crappy on the exterior plastic parts, and the visor vinyl on the driver side cracked after a yr, but other than that a decent car. Not very peppy, but it get's the job done. Looks are not too bad, my wife is short and has no problem with driver ergonomics.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Generally no problems, put gas in it, change oil and tires, that's about it.

Cons: speedometer malfunctions alot; dealer installed alarm system is quirky, ride is kind of rough, interior quality is so-so, paint on plastic front facade peeled, window visors vinyl cracked.

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2004 Kia Spectra EXReview
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Good Gas Saver In The Economy Now — I recently bought this car and it seems to be a reliable car within the first month. I filled the gas tank for about $36 on Feb. 25th and almost a 200mi with 1/3 of a tank left. So far, so good!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Gas

Cons: automatic

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2004 Kia Spectra EXReview
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Blue Spectra 04 — 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 understeer, which is expected since it is a FWD. Quality: Overall I am satisfied with the build quality. The only problem I seem to have is with the transmission which doesn't seem to be build as solid as the rest of the car. Appearance: I find the exterior styling gracious and like the body style quite a lot. The interior is much more spacious than you would expect. With a little modifications the interior can be upgraded nicely, and cheap.

Pros: I have a blue interior lights for the speedometer, and all my plastics are bright silver painted.

Cons: Transmission

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2004 Kia Spectra BaseReview
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2004 Kia Spectra 1.8l — 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 I should (I do use synthetic though). The only maintenance I have done is to take it in for a tune up and timing belt replacement at 60,000mi. It gets about 35mi/gal, has a fairly decent stock stereo system, and looks just as good as most of the standard 4 door sedans out there. I do not have anything extra in the commuter car, but it is fun and easy to drive, and it has never let me down. I was even able to drive it right up to Mt. Baker after a snow storm with no problems. For $9,000 I could not have asked for a better car.

Pros: Inexpensive to own and reliable

Cons: It is an economy car, so nothing fancy on this one

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2004 Kia Spectra BaseReview
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Great Little Car! — 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 occasion the car will hesitate, especially when the air conditioner is on. However, this happens rarely. Lately there has been a rattle that I cannot identify, but hey, it's got 130K miles on it. I get between 25-30 mpg HWY and about 20-25 City. I definitely feel safe driving it, and I would buy another newer model if this one ever stops running.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Gas mileage, low maintenance, looks nice, only required maintenance thus far put into it....very reliable...great on long distances.

Cons: Back seat is small for teenager's long legs.  Wish it had power windows, locks.  Difficult to work on.  

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2009 Kia Spectra Reviews

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2008 Kia Spectra Reviews

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2007 Kia Spectra Reviews

Review By gkr1996

Engine has good pep. Could use a cruise control. Finishes need refined (like plastic chrome peeling off door releases. 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

2006 Kia Spectra Reviews

Review By Tad

Got there to test drive it and there was an undisclosed service engine light. I was told that it was indicating the oxygen sensors need service, which usually means the catalytic converter needs serv... Read More

Great Little Sporty Car At Low Price By Nikolay

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

2005 Kia Spectra Reviews

Review By ray

Great car love the price and look. Im interested. Read More

Good By sadkiaowner

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 wel... Read More

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