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Kia Spectra Sedan

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  • Check out bluewinds' link above and enjoy the new Kia Spectra sedan! Look at that beautiful Spectra sedan and drool! Kia has a definite edge in designing over Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Acura, Lexus, Daimler-Benz, Daimler-Chrysler, GM, Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Renault, Daewoo, Hyundai, Fiat, Yugo(just kidding!), Nissan, etc., etc. Did I leave any out? No kidding. Kia designers smoke no crack my friends. You're getting the whole enchilada and you're getting a hot plate for the beans and rice as well. I've joined the 4-wheelin' world with my 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4(which is flawless, by the way). I can still admire the rest of Kia's stable with joy.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • aniryuaniryu Posts: 61
    "Check out bluewinds' link above and enjoy the new Kia Spectra sedan! Look at that beautiful Spectra sedan and drool! Kia has a definite edge in designing over Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Acura, Lexus, Daimler-Benz, Daimler-Chrysler, GM, Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Renault, Daewoo, Hyundai, Fiat, Yugo(just kidding!), Nissan, etc., etc. Did I leave any out? No kidding. Kia designers smoke no crack my friends. You're getting the whole enchilada and you're getting a hot plate for the beans and rice as well. I've joined the 4-wheelin' world with my 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4(which is flawless, by the way). I can still admire the rest of Kia's stable with joy."

    Please! Iluvsephia! Stop it! You'll embarrassing me!
  • bluewindsbluewinds Posts: 100
    The schedule of new car projets are getting changed because Hyundai got the strong competitor in the domestic market. The launching time is uncertain now.

    bluewinds
  • Been making multiple visits to the coffee machine again, I see. ; )
  • I hate that ugly grill. The Sephia looked better! Although I do like the Spectra hatchback.
  • The American version is SO MUCH better.
  • aniryuaniryu Posts: 61
    I agree with coolguy. It seems that KIA is doing that "triagular" headlamps, like Mazda is doing.
  • that is one, hot, hot looking sedan bluewinds! I would order the bluish-purple color. I think Kia will sell as many of these as they can ship over here. That's the best picture I've seen yet of it. Bring all the information on! I'm in the new SUV owner/vehicle get acquainted stage with my 2001 Sportage 4x4 right now. We're bonding! Don't let your dirty minds get the best of you boys! I'm talkin' serious driving and enjoying. I read where Kia installed upgraded door structure and seals for Sportage 2001. That's why I'm impressed with the low, low cabin noise. The 5-speed is starting to become one with me and I with the 5-speed. The love affair is growing more intense. I've got to go.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I think a lot of people form bonds with their cars. Maybe Iluv is forming one like the guy on Saturday Night Live had with his Mercury Mistress. Did anyone see that sketch?
  • this is aniryu. my interest connection was lost for 12 hours. so i had to make new account.
  • but they'll come back Sunday to even the series at 2 games apiece. The Indians are outplaying their abilities right now. Watch and see. I'm interested if anybody has bought a Spectra sedan in our reading audience. How is the ride?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Saint Louis County, MO. Florida plates. The details on the car (especially the front end) are better than the Sephia. Still think this is going to be an old car if they carry the platform over until 2006, however.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    What were the three top reasons for purchasing your current car? I'm assuming if your a regular in the Kia Spectra Discussion you own a small sedan of some type. I'm interested in, what sold you on your current car!

    I'll go 1st. These were the qualities, I looked for when shopping.

    1.) Roomy Interior-
    2.) Value Pricing-
    3.) Attractive Styling-

    Thank you in advance!

    Repectfully,
    Larry
  • 1. attractive styling
    2. roomy interior
    3. value

    value comes third. i will pay a lot if i like a car. styling is a must. i want something stylish for my 18k. roomy interior is 2.
  • today. My friend, the Kia dealer turned me loose with a new Spectra Base sedan for a test drive. The assembly quality and interior trim is very good. Fit and finish likewise. A number of improvements have made this a better car. Being of small stature, the seats were not comfortable for me, even with the tilt and height adjustments. The seat back was decidedly uncomfortable as was the seat cushion. It felt as though there was a ridge in the center of the cushion. Perhaps with a bit more padding (me and the seat) this would be acceptable for shorter persons. The brakes seemed a bit spongy and slightly non agressive in sudden stops. Possibly when they are broken in... The automatic transmission shifts very smoothly and the car has more than adequate acceleration for most driving conditions. The former 2nd to 3rd lurch is now gone.

    There is a bit of engine roar when moving off from a stoplight. The engine is somewhat noisy at 55-60mph. Not intrusive, but there nonetheless. Overall I was impressed with the refinements Kia has made. The sheet metal seems heavier with better reinforcement. The speedometer seems slightly fast compared with actual speed. I slowed to 20mph and cars were falling far behind me so I slowed to 15mph indicated and that seemed better.

    It was an interesting 35 mile test drive over city streets, freeways and potholed pavement. The ride was smooth with some suspension noise over rough surfaces. A little further tuning and some additional soundproofing here and there will make a vast difference in the driving pleasure.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    If this is such a new car, why so little interest?
  • People just don't pay attention to Kia. I guess the Honda folks are hoping if they ignore Kia long enough they'll go away! The Kia web site is updated with 2002 Spectra sedan and hatchback info ow--if anyone is interested.
  • to 20mph where I live the cars behind wouldn't fall further back. They'd be honking and passing and causing all kinds of chaos around you. Are you sure you didn't mean 30mph? BTW-good review of the Spectra base sedan. Sounds like it's got a lot going for it actually. I'd consider it but iluvmysportage(!) :D

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • My fault for not mentioning that here we have a 20mph limit in school zones which is rigidly enforced. Smokey usually hangs around these areas hoping to catch the inattentive. After these zones, marked with flashing yellow lights, the Indy 500 begins anew.
  • for a story about a guy who pushed his new '02 Spectra a tad bit hard. He's not hesitating to get another one after the wreck. Good sign!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Gee whiz! Ever since the new Spectra Sedan/Hatchbacks have been going on the road, no more complaints, general condemnation or whatever! Apparently, the quality has been vastly improved and threrefore eliminates the torrent of adverse comments that used to appear in this thread OR the unhappy posters that populated most every forum have moved on to lambaste another automotive product or service. In reading the latest Consumer Reports 2002 Auto Special, the verbage used for the Spectra is virtually identical to that used for the last three years in any of their publications that deal with cars. Hmmm!
  • I was going to call them Clodsumer Retorts but I thought better of it! Consumer Reports...hummm...what a quality mag. Is that called laziness when a car maker puts out a brand new car with a brand new design(mostly body design)and a magazine STILL gives the review they hastily spit out 3 years ago? That helps nobody at all. Yes, Kia must have improved upon Sephia with their new Spectra. I've noticed the same absence of flame blitzing through, net.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • We just got back from the local Honda dealership where my fiance gladly traded in a 1998 piece of garbage otherwise known as a Kia Sephia on a 2002 Honda Accord EX. I was thrilled beyond words that the dealer did not charge US to take this pile of junk off our hands. I cannot begin to describe to you how awful this "car" was - brakes that don't last 10,000 miles, a windshield that cracked at the drop of a pin, a dashboard that warped almost immediately (which 2 warranty repairs could not resolve), front door panels falling off (twice), peeling insulation and shakes, squeals, and rattles too numerous to even count. And this car had barely 40,000 miles on it, if that.

    I beseech anybody out there who even thinks about stopping by a Kia dealer, even if it's just to look, please, please DON'T. It will be the worst decision of your life. Do not be seduced by the seemingly low prices and good value - these cars are barely a step above a Yugo. You will pay many, many times over what you save on a Kia compared to something that more closely resembles an actual car, like a Toyota Tercel or Honda Civic, that won't require major surgery every 8 months.

    It is truly a mystery to me how this company has managed to stay in business so long. These cars are fecal matter.
  • ...because these sorry excuses for automobiles howl in protest anytime they are asked to maintain a speed above 20 mph. It will let you know through wind noise, rattles, shakes, and shimmies that you are driving waaayyyy too fast for this car's capabilities. All those little things you noticed and tried to dismiss on your test drive will multiply rapidly in very short order.

    So if avoiding speeding tickets is your goal, a Kia is the vehicle for you.

    I would ask everybody to do this before they buy one of these dogs - ask the service manager the average life of Kia brakes. Not the salesman, the service manager. And if he tells you anything more than 10,000 miles, get it in writing because he is lying and you will want it later for your Deceptive Trade Practices claim.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    so I thought I'd post. Even though I think this car is past its prime and will be Cavalier-old by its next platform (shared with Elantra) in 2006-- I think there've been fairly strong advances in quality control since 1998. I can't believe however, that Kia can't put together a tighter throwing transmission. My old Festiva was no where near that sloppy. Then again I haven't driven a new Spectra sedan, only a Sephia. Minor trim changes as far as I know.
  • Brakes and rotors: First set lasted 12k miles. Second set (kia original, but custom slotted), is still in excellent condition (I have 54k miles on my sephia). Important, you must adjust the rear drum brakes every 20k miles.
    Spark Plugs: I had just replaced them, and mileage-average improved from 28mpg to 33mpg.
    Tires: The Yokohamas H4 are nice runners, but tight cornering is so-so.
    Engine: Best part of this car. It sounds and responds like a Swiss watch (castrol full-syntec oil is a must).
    Dislikes: Uncomfortable driver seat, poor soundproofing, and lack of power locks (last two, I plan to modify this coming summer).
  • It's a shame that so many people feel these are such bad cars--considering many people who feel this way have never riven one. It's a shame about the experience lonesomeduv had, hopefully the new Accord will not have any problems. I bought a Sephia in 1995 and kept it until about 10 days ago. It never left me stranded or failed to start--except one time when the battery was dead. That problem was resolved very quickly. Just take basic care of them and they will take care of you. Will they ever be mistaken for a Mercedes? Of course not, but they do the job fine for what you pay for them.
  • in your opinions would you kia owners say that the spectra and rio are just as good or better than american cars such as escort/cavalier/neon?thanks.
  • As the owner of a Sephia from August 1995 until two weeks ago, I would say mine was as good. But, I took care of mine. Many people consider them to be disposable cars and treat them as such. Of course those will fall apart.
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