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Kia Spectra GS, GSX (hatchbacks)



  • I was wondering if i get dual exhaust added to my spectra will it void my warranty( I mean cut in the the original pipe line), and also is it possible that the first production spectra gsx's black ground effects, can fit the new spectra hacth-back.
  • aut2noaut2no Posts: 3
    I'm looking for a new little car at a comparitvely cheap price. One of the obsticales I'll have to overcome is the fact that I would have been one of the guys poking fun at Kia owners.
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    "One of the obsticales I'll have to overcome is the fact that I would have been one of the guys poking fun at Kia owners."

    Ignore them. I'm sick of them too, but I wouldn't let someone keep me from buying a car that I like because people make fun of you.

    I don't own a Kia, I just drive one. I drive my mom's 2001 Kia Sportage, the only people that bother me are the people online, and I don't care what they say, either.
  • Kia naysayers, they come a DIME A DOZEN. Frankly Kia and Hyundai(too bad I can't say Daewoo anymore but I like the Lanos replacement called Kalos they are building!)are the only carmakers that I love! You should look at the new Rio for 2003 or grab an '02 Kia Spectra at a bargain price. Both the Spectra sedan and hatch look pretty nice to me. I'm a 2001 Kia Sportage owner but I test drove an '01 Optima(liked it) and looked at the Rio Cinco wagon and the Spectra twins long and hard before choosing the Sportage. Happy hunting!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • My poor spectra was hit by a 18 wheeler truck that was driving in a restricted zone at my company, in other words a no truck zone. Ill let you and everyone know that the little car gave me no problems when I had it and was just as good as the other little compact hatch economy cars out there. Now I have about 10 kia oil filters and no kia car. Next car will be a spectra or elantra but the spectra hatch is much cheaper than the elantra hatch. Maybe I should go with the sedans.
  • I see a couple of them on the street on my way to work pert-near everyday. There's one near where I live that looks great-it's the same color as my '01 Sportage(Pepper Red). It really looks sharp. Kia has kept their standard up with this sedan of superior styling over all Japanese, American and, yep, German sedans. Are you getting closer to being able to serious-shop for a new one?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I test drove both the Elantra GLS and GT before I bought my Spectra GS Hatch. If you got the green, get the GT. Otherwise, the Spectra handles better than the GLS, although the GLS has more power. Could spend money(struts, springs) to make GLS handle better, but just a little bit of $ for strut bars will dramatically improve Spectra handling(so I heard on For me deciding factor was Hatchback.
  • The insurance and everything is taken care of. Im looking and I think any time between now and Christmas is when Ill buy a new one. Im going to look at a hyundai elantra and see how it holds up to my spectra that I had only a short time. Ive been working long hours so Ill try to keep in touch. Talk to ya later.
  • standard 4-door Elantra sedan? I would go for the Spectra but you've already had one-I can see why you'd want to try the Elantra out. It sure gets some respectful articles written by journalists about it.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    My brother's girlfriend picked up her Spectra GSX hatchback Monday. Everything is working except the AM/FM/CD. It is on but there is no audio. I wonder if there is a code. They wouldn't mess up the unit. And they have to order a new and replace it this weekend at no charge. What a disappointment! I am glad my Sorento works fine and got no problem.
  • Their job is to make the after-purchase totally right for her. She'll have her stereo working fine by weekend's end for no charge.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    The AM/FM/CD player is working when it arrived to the service. They properly figure out the password or code on the CD player. They didn't need a new unit. By the way, if you have a dead battery or have it disconnected, you need to go back to the service. I don't remember the service gave him the code for the unit.
  • ofrakinofrakin Posts: 12
    I can't believe how well it runs. In fact, I keep checking out ALL the KIA sites to justify my spending almost $12K. I couldn't find a maintenance free vehicle....the closest I got was a 100K mile warranty.
  • Just purchased a 2001 Spectra, it's got a little less than 17,000 miles on it. I like it a lot and for the first few days things were great. Now the brakes have turned really mushy. I've got to put the pedal to the floor before I can get the car to stop. Checked the brake fluid level and its fine. I looked on the NHTSA web site and found that someone had filed a complaint about the same thing. Anyone else experience this problem? The dealer will be taking it in to service it in a couple of days. What should I expect to hear him/her?
  • ofrakinofrakin Posts: 12
    Mushy brakes are a couple of things. You only have 17k so I would expect them to bleed the lines to get the air out. Brake pads are $20 per axle and frontrotors are $25ea., at your local Pep Boys/Advance Auto, but you should NOT need either of them, unless it has a disconnected speedo and has more like 35K+ miles, but that's something else. I hope not, tho. Let us know what they say.
  • smulveysmulvey Posts: 139
    I have a 2002 Hatchback.
    We have about 12,000 mile on it.
    Here are some recent technical issues to watch for

    1.) Engine software revised to improve starting- the factory has released a new computer software to enhance cold starts. I am planning on trying it. Normally the engine has to turn over 4 times before it fires up.

    2.) Fuel Filler neck problem- Factory says tehy will replace a part of the filler neck at no charge due to finding a weak part of the design. I am going too have this looked at too.

    Happy Motoring.
  • I am looking at getting a Spectra but I have heard that Kias aren't the best cars. I don't want to buy a car that isn't worth the money. Please let me know what you think of you email is
  • smulveysmulvey Posts: 139
    you should buy the spectra if you want a good affordable sedan / hatchback that won't let you down in 2-3 years with a major repair job.

    If you want a bigger car , go for a Buick Century which they are nearly giving away now at $ 15,000.

    If you want a performance car , none of the Kia's will be for you. They are slightly HEAVIER than the competitors and so that makes them slower ( but safer in a crash).

    The Honda ELement has great space , but for that money and the skimpy warranty you could get a KIA SEDONA ( which I also have ) and the Sedona beats the stuffings out of the Element for towing , space and comfort.

    I have taken family trips , carried firwood ( inside ) and also towed a heavy trailer 800 miles. my Sedona has 25,000 miles and my Spectra has 14,000 miles on it.

    Both work well.

    I would avoid the Saturn except on a 36 month lease, if you have them throw in the service contract ( oil chnages etc. ) that way you do not get stiffed.

    We did ok with a Saturn LEase a few years back.
    The engine was not that good though and it worn out quickly.
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