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2005 Kia Spectra/Cerato

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  • boredbored Posts: 300
    I'm surprised that there are over 30 posts in this topic. Usually, a new Kia does not generate this much fanfare.

    Other than that, the new Spectra is the perfect vehicle for Kia at this time. They desperately need a new compact car that is competitive. The old Spectra is exactly that, OLD. The last time the platform was revised was 1998. Since then, there have only been styling tweaks, and other miscellaneous changes.

    Hope they offer a hatchback in the fall!
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    LX: $12,620

    EX: $13,750

    LX w/auto: $13,595

    EX w/auto: $14,725

    My question is why does Kia charge so much for an automatic transmission? The current Spectra's automatic is $975 also. This has no manumatic feature either. I think the Hyundai Elantra's is about $800. So why is Kia charging so much?
  • pzevpzev Posts: 807
    In Kia's press release they say alloy wheels will be optional for the EX trim but don't mention any for the LX. Also the EX gets "dual body-color heated power outside mirrors and front fog lights." This is extra equipment for the EX trim over the LX.

    The red car has alloys, body-colored mirrors, and foglights so this leads me to believe that it is the EX trim, while the blue one which is slightly different has the body kit.
  • installed. Yeah, however this new Spectra gets optioned by the buyer it is the answer for Kia right now. I happen to really like it's styling...to me it is better than my '99 Sephia styling, although I'm seeing those all over and still really like that body design a lot. This new design tops it-some will no doubt say it blows the old Sephia design away by a lot. This new body design is also better than the Spectra design introduced in the fall of 2001 that we see on the late-model Spectra's now.
       BTW-I was reading on the Kia website a couple days ago and they mentioned that the hatchback version will follow the sedan version by only a few months. The new sedan should start hitting American sales lots in late March-early April.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    should be interesting as it doesn't have the Civic/Corolla competition the sedan has. Just the Focus ZX5.
  • That is probably Kia Spectra hatchback competition of a sorts, too. Although the Kia Spectra hatch will probably attract a little bit older buyer than the Scion Xa will, one could then argue that the new Kia Spectra hatch is not competition for the Scion Xa.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    This car seems to have the basics. The biggest hurdle is going to be to overcome the Spectra's horrendous depreciation. Did you know that, by the slimmest of margins, the incredibly pedestrian RIO has better retained value than the Spectra sedan?

    For 2004, Automotive Lease Guide put the 2 and 4 year retained value on the Spectra Sedan at 31/18, percentage of MSRP, respectively.

    ~alpha
  • yugoboyyugoboy Posts: 161
    once again i must agree with you, this car has what it needs to be very competitive, however your statement about depreciation scares the crapola out of me, hopefully the new spectra can hold it's value.

    I am curious though, how reliable are kia's i know hyundai has made great strides and are neck and neck with honda, but not much is ever mentioned about kia, the Koreans have come along way, i think they are where japan was about 7 to 10 years ago.
  • Hello folks,

    I have owned my 2001 Spectra GSX for 3 years now. The ONLY trouble that I have seen in the entire 3 years of ownership was the automatic transmission which was replaced at approx. 22K miles. It did not die, but rather started to exhibit a slight whining noise which became only slightly louder upon acceleration. It could have been an easy fix, but the dealer decided to replace the whole thing. I can now honestly say the car drives EXACTLY the way it was when new, even with the new transmission. I have ripped and roared the hell out of the car, and enjoy driving it.

    Like many others, Kia owners probably want MORE, and the new 2005 Spectra should deliver. As far as depreciation is concerned, my $14K sticker car is now worth no more than $5K... ouch! But the car has over 65K miles now and can honestly say there has not been really any other trouble with it, just routine oil changes, tire changes, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. The warranty is really comforting, and you would think that resale would be much higher given that fact, but unfortunately it is not...yet, anyway. Eagerly anticipating the 2005 model!
  • and the post just above. As my handle suggests I loved my Sephia and I presently love the Kia vehicle I traded the Sephia in for, my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4. Kia has been in the business of making vehicles a long time. Both of mine have had a few minor fixes required, everything has been picked up at no cost to me by the generous Long-Haul Warranty. Oh, as to the comment about only buying Hyundai's or Kia's because of the Long-Haul Warranty: doesn't work with this padre. I buy what I like and I like Kia the best-out of any and all worldwide car manufacturers. Period. They are peppy, reliable, great looking and affordable cars. Just like Kia advertised them to me when I knew nothing about them. I would advise anyone who wants a good deal on a good car to buy one. Resale value is an issue that shouldn't be an issue but it is. If you like to keep your rigs until the wheels fall off of them then Kia's make a lot of sense to buy. If you finance one and then intend on trading it in on another rig in a year or two, you're gonna take a hit-a large hit. Truth. That's not an issue for me so I buy them.
        As for the new 2004 1/2 Kia Spectra, I say it looks great and with an MSRP of $12,620 it's a great deal once again. I really like the styling on this car and it's plopped on a Hyundai Elantra base-none too shabby. Side airbags, side curtains and 4-wheel disc brakes are standard equipment as well. That IMO is a lot of car for the money and I'll be keeping my eye on it.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • yugoboyyugoboy Posts: 161
    here is a nice link to the kia spectra, no new news but some nice video just click on kia spectra when you get to the page, this car is very sharp looking indeed!!!!!

    http://autos.en.msn.ca/as/autoshow2004/video.aspx?xml=streaming
  • yugoboyyugoboy Posts: 161
    saw my first 2005 kia spectra beautiful little car, very big on the inside from what i could tell, a huge improvement over the old model, HOWEVER i was looking at an lx model with most of the ex options, minus the nice front and rear chin spoiler and 16 inch wheels, 18950 canadian funds, i am guessing this car well fetch over 20000 with the cosmetic upgrades this is just too expensive for kia to be competitive, very nice design though, i still want to take it out for a spin and see how she performs.......
  • They've already got the new 2005 Kia Spectra's over there? Notice I said "over there" and not "up there?" I want to see one in person, too!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    the only problem I have with any Korean (and domestic) automaker is the resale value compared to the Japanese. Then again, I throw 100,000 miles on my cars in six years, then trade em' in on a newer model.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    It seems to me you are a perfect candidate for a Kia (or Hyundai)--you can use up every bit of the 100k warranty and buy a new one. What's a six-year-old Civic or Corolla with 100k on it worth anyway?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    At that mileage the difference is small.

    I had a '91 Ford Escort, with 107k miles and 7 years old it was totalled. I got $3000 from the insurance company.

    Funny thing was the Honda and Toyota were only $1000 more, yet they would have cost $3000-4000 more to buy in the first place.

    So I think you have a point. If you can get a good purchase price and then drive it that many miles...

    -juice
  • ray1ray1 Posts: 4
    Just bought a new LX, they just came out yesterday. $15175.00 color, ICE BLUE,

    Nice!!!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I had an Accord Coupe that fetched $7,500 in the resale market with 100,000 miles on it. The Civic will be worth much less though. At that point, the Kia will be worth just as little.
  • ray1ray1 Posts: 4
    Just bought a new LX, they just came out yesterday. $15175.00 color, ICE BLUE,

    Nice!!!
  • a lot more about your new Kia Spectra than that! Coolio Iglasius! Ice blue, I'll bet it's basically gorgeous! What options and features does yours have? Does it have that valance and spoiler body option built onto it? I know that the hatchback isn't out yet so you have that great new sedan style that we've been chatting about for a few months now. You have air conditioning, right? How about the stereo? How's it rock? Way cool...I've got a red Cerato(new Spectra)picture taped to my desk and I DO look at it pert-near every day. Congratulations on your new Kia and good fortune with it. Do post more details about it, too, OK, ray1?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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