2004 Kia Spectra User Reviews

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    2004 Kia Spectra EX Review
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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 EX Review
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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 LS Review
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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 EX Review
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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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    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 EX Review
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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 Base Review
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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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    95

    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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2009 Kia Spectra Reviews

    Love My Spectra By Cooters

    A great car for the money. I have been driving her for awhile and she is a super car. She is very inexpensive to keep up and operates on very little fuel. This is a car I would recommend to any one .... Read More

    Great For Family And Hauling By Becky

    Love the car but am getting married and it is no longer needed!! It has always been dependable and it drives great on mountain roads. I hope to find her a great new owner who will enjoy her as much I ... Read More

    2008 Kia Spectra Reviews

    A Good Looking Car For Not Too Much Money By sheath8

    It's a nice car if you want something a little flashy but don't want to spend too much money. It has also been very reliable to drive to and from work with this car. On long trips it has been comfor... Read More

    Perfect Car For Affordable Transportation From Point A To Point B By jcautospec

    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

    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

    Mommas Car By Kris

    love the gas mileage and the zip its got KIA did a very excellent job on the way they geared transmission to get such power out of the little engines they use, the only thing i cant get over is there ... Read More

    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

    2005 Kia Spectra Reviews

    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

    Very Clean And Dependable. By saintago

    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 momen... Read More

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