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2005 Kia Spectra/Cerato

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    There's a $2000 rebate and a $1000 "conquest" rebate on the new Spectra now. With negotiated discounts, one could pick up a Spectra EX for the low $10s + T&L!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    WOW. What happened? Not enough advertising? I haven't seen any new Spectra ads. Even if you don't negotiate, a loaded Spectra EX that stickers for around 16 grand (I looked at the options pricing list, wrote down every option, added it up on a calculator and arrived at approximately $16K) is just $13K! A Civic can't beat that!
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    Ok I got a chance to see this car in person finally. It was not at the dealership but I saw one in a parking lot. It had the optional 15" alloys. Overall it looked pretty nice. I'm guessing the wheels in the Edmunds first drive pictures are the steel wheels that come standard on LX and EX right? Those don't look half bad either. I peeked through the window to look at the interior. I was really surprised how higher quality it looks compared to pictures. I still don't like the empty holes where buttons would go but other than that it looks to have nice quality materials in it. This car is a great value and getting one between $10k to $12k with the 5/10 year warranty is amazing.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    I don't think it's lack of advertising; I've seen lots of Spectra ads lately. I think the main problem is that the new Spectra has a negative history to overcome. People don't know how good the new Spectra is yet. So until it builds up a positive reputation, Kia will need to draw buyers in with rebates, as they did with the old Spectra. The other thing working against Kia is that Hyundai offers big rebates on the Elantra, which is pretty comparable to the Spectra except for the side air curtains. So Kia will need to match those rebates. A good deal for buyers while it lasts.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    shouldn't they rename it Cerato then?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Are you sure theres a $2000 rebate? Kia's website, autosite.com, and carsdirect.com all show a $1000 base rebate. On top of that, some customers may be eligible for the $1000 conquest rebate.

    But whered the $2000 base rebate come from?

    ~alpha
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    What is a Conquest rebate?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,707
    but I'm guessing that a conquest rebate would be when the dealer can sell a Kia to you and it's the first Kia you've ever bought, or the last car you bought was not a Kia. Kinda gimmicky but go with it because it saves you $1000! I wouldn't hesitate buying one of these new Spectra's a bit-but you all know how I feel about Kia, too! Absolutely great deal on a small car IMO!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is a bit more specified than you mention, iluvmysephia. If you go on Kia's website, theres a description of the program (its not called "conquest" but something similar). You have to own/lease one of the specified vehicles in your household to be eligible for the rebate. For example, if I wanted an All-New Spectra, I would be eligible, because I currently have a Nissan Sentra. But, if I wanted a Sedona, the Sentra ownership wouldnt qualify me- Id need to have a Quest or competiting minivan.

    Hope that helps
    ~alpha
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    I've seen dealers in my town advertising a $2000 rebate plus $1000 "conquest" rebate. Sometimes rebates are regional.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    So if I own a Civic, I can get $1,000 off a brand new Spectra? And if I own an Odyssey, I get $1,000 off a Sedona?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    If Kia's rebates are regional, why arent they posted as such on the corporate website? You can go on www.kiausa.com, click on " Low APR/Cash Back Offers and Owner Loyalty Offers", and it gives you the rebates menu. No zip code entry is required, which to me, indicates that the rebates shown are national. Id guess that maybe its a dealer specific rebate offer?

    Whatever the case, every zip Ive tried for NJ shows only a $1000 rebate on carsdirect.com.

    Jchan- yes.

    ~alpha
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    I'm just telling you what I saw, with my own eyes, in my own local paper (Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities). You can go look through back issues if you don't believe me.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    if someone owns a Lexus LS430 and trade down into a Kia Amanti, do you think they'd give them the Conquest rebate?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Um, I believe you, Im just saying the rebates you posted arent available in NJ.

    jchan- Check out Kia's website- Eligible Competitive Bonus vehicles are plainly posted there.

    ~alpha
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Keep in mind a lot of offers are regional.

    -juice
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    ok. I'll look at the website today.
  • jimjpsjimjps Posts: 146
    Good gallery pix of the Cerato.

    http://www.kia.nl/
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    why's it in the future vehicles forum?
  • granolajgranolaj Posts: 10
    Does anyone know when the Spectra 5-door will be in dealer showrooms?

    thanks!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    I'll close it in the next few days. With an update to an existing vehicle, I like to give you all a while to talk about it til you're talked out on the updates!

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  • jimjpsjimjps Posts: 146
    The Spectra5 hatch isn't out yet. The last I saw was an expected June intro date, but I don't see anything yet. The hatch is what I am waiting to see.
  • monstermonster Posts: 4
    I test drove the 2004.5 a week ago, and although I have not driven the Elantra before, my distint sense was that the shimmy was present at highway speeds. Anyone else have this experience?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    When I test-drove the "All-New" 2004 Spectra (not to be confused with the "old" 2004 Spectra), I detected no trace of shimmy and I took it up to 65-70 mph. This was an EX with 5-speed tranny, standard wheels.

    BTW, I noticed Kia is offering a $1000 Competitive Bonus on the All-New 2004 Spectra, in addition to the $1000 rebate, but it is a strange bonus. It includes most compact cars, but no Hyundais (don't want to compete with the sister company I guess). It also includes most Mitsubishi models, including the Galant and SUVs! It's clear which automaker Kia is focusing on with this bonus--kick Mitsu while they're down! There's also a $1000 Loyalty bonus for current Kia owners. (Can use only the Competitive Bonus or Loyalty bonus, not both.)
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    how can someone use both the competitive bonus and the loyalty bonus? If they drive a Spectra AND a Lancer?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    As I stated, you can use one or the other, not both.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    LOL

    Very imaginative folks here! :-)

    -juice
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Why does Kia's competitor bonus includes all Mitsubishi models? For the Spectra, backy noted that the owner of a Galant or Endeavor could use the competitor bonus and get a Spectra.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Kia's attempt is to mercifully put the ailing and unimpressive Japanese behemoth out of its misery (and it is pretty miserable).

    About rebates- do note that the basic rebate can be combined with EITHER (as backy pointed out) the customer loyalty or the competitive bonus rebate. So you can still get two rebates.

    ~alpha
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