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Kia Spectra5



  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    what kind of gas mileage are you getting in your new Spectra5?

    Anyone else with a Spectra5, what kind of gas mileage are you all getting? Closer to the 30's or the 20's?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • geomaticsgeomatics Posts: 60
    I have been tracking my milage on since the car was new, I have shared all my data so all users can see it, I am a very spirited driver so take this into account when looking at the mpg. I hope this helps.

    MPG: City - 25, Highway - 33

    PS I love My S5.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    geomatics. Does your Spectra5 handle fairly well? The way the car sits it just looks like you could toss it into turns and it would grip the road well.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • geomaticsgeomatics Posts: 60
    :D The S5, handles better tha my wifes' 98 Miata, if that is any basis for comparison. The handleing characteristics and engine power were the two most important deciding factors for me in choosing this car over the others that I test drove. The handleing is crisp and solid due to the front and rear sport independent, multi-link coil springs, and sport stabilizer bars. The S5 also has a wider body and therefore wider track which hugs the road. The understear is there but well managed and never during my spirited driving has the car felt like it was going to break free. I do have the strut tower brace installed and have noticed moderatly improved handeling on curvy roads but the car felt much the same without it. even before the strut tower brace the car experienced little body roll and has continued to be a complete joy to drive.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    update. It sounds like a really nice car. When I was still living back in Missouri the Sportage 4x4 was in for maintenance and I looked at the Spectra5's they had just gotten in. They looked very well put together and sporty looking. Appealing looking car that invites a person to test drive it.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • smalltownsmalltown Posts: 72
    I have 1650 miles on my Spectra5 now (automatic). After a short trip today, even though the tank was only half empty, I filled up just to check. I went 35 miles in-town, 50 miles on a four-lane, and 150 miles on two-lane and backroads (blacktop but no centerline or other markings) which included slowing down through towns and dealing with slow-moving farm vehicles.Those vehicles easily cover a lane and half on a two-lane road. Unless they move halfway over onto the shoulder, you can't pass them. I got 31.3 mpg for this trip.
  • spec5spec5 Posts: 15
    :D I'm gonna fill up for the first time tomorrow. I drive 6 miles one way to work on a 2 lane residential with a few stop lights. Weekend is usually also just some 2 lane residential and short 5 miles trips on the highway. Well see how things go...
  • spec5spec5 Posts: 15
    I received a call from my Kia dealer today. They were calling to inform me that I will be receiving a survey call from Kia about my dealership experience. She said they will ask me 6 questions and wanted to know if I would be able to give a "10" to all questions. I told her I would have to know the questions first so she went over them with me. There were 2 that I honestly couldn't answer 10 to. 1. How satisfied was I with the cleanliness of my car upon delivery. I answered 8. While they did run it through the wash for the outside, there were smears on some of the glass areas and while not exactly a "clean" issue, there was bits of plastic poking out everywhere. I'm assuming the protective plastic used in shipping. Also things like the film covering the center KIA emblem on the steering wheel was left on. 2. Was the warranty and roadside assistance fully explained to me. It really wasn't. the Suzuki dealer I bought from last year did a much better job. Well, a phone call from service and a free oil change and detail later, I agreed I'd be all "10"s on the survey. I'm not saying to make things up to get free stuff, but if you have recently bought and get a similar call, be honest! I was straight up with them and they satisfied my needs.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    We have an entire discussion just on this topic - Dealer bribes and satisfaction surveys.
  • spec5spec5 Posts: 15
    Fuel mileage aside, I'm beginning to wonder how long I'll drive on 1 tank of gas. I filled up on June 3 and so far it's barely off the full line! I have a very short drive to work and we live very close to shopping and restaurants etc so we don't do much driving. Can I make it a month on a tank of gas?? If so, at least for me, the MPG is a bit less important. $25 a month for gas would be incredible! I'll keep the progress posted! :)
  • geomaticsgeomatics Posts: 60
    when my spectra was new new,(to about 4000km) the gas gage showed me getting about 400km per half a tank then dived quickly after the half a tank line. it has since settled down and now shows the correct readings.

    just though that you would like to know, be carefull not to run out of gas early.
  • spec5spec5 Posts: 15
    Thanks, I've also had cars that seemed to go forever before they move, then when the gauge MOVES. My case however is that I don't drive very much and it could be weeks before I burn a whole tank. Won't that be nice?
  • spec5spec5 Posts: 15
    Well, I filled up today and with driving back and forth to work in very short 6 mile trips I averaged 24mpg. Not bad considering I have less than 1000 miles on it and have been driving more for fun than fuel economy. We'll see how things progress.
  • geomaticsgeomatics Posts: 60
    It is becoming a common occurance for people to pull up beside me and ask how I like the Spectra5. But even after my first oil change 8000km I still am very impressed with the overall quality and funfactor built into the new car.

    Thanks Kia.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    As the "not-quite-as-good" Elantra GT 5 dr. But the enthusiasm on this board makes me want to check out my Kia dealer. I took a quick look at a Spectra5 but the sales lady and I didn't quite hit it off (she had the air of desperation that makes me nervous in sales people).

    It may turn into a Korean shootout for my next car: Spectra5 vs. Elantra 5 vs. Reno... and if I wait until the new models come out, I may even give the Rio/Accent a looky-see.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    to creative nicknames, and humorous ones. Canuckkiafan, that's great! I've caught myself saying "Canuckia" as a silly way of simply stating "Canada". I've also called Canada "Cananada" before. Here's to great nicknames, then, and also great carmakers. I'm currently enjoying my second Kia in a row, I own a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 and the little SUV is a reliable and enjoyable rig to drive.

    I also like the new Spectra5 and have it firmly plopped onto my futures list.

    Make sure you keep us posted of your Kia decisions. If I'm gonna dink around on the Internet I at least want the information I glean to be important information.

    Come on down Tragically Hip! Don't just play Cananada! ;)

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    One of the earlier posters (in what forum?) mentioned Canuckistan. That certainly got into my vocabulary--eh???
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    I will probably go back and forth several times before I buy since I don't plan on buying for a few months yet, but I test drove two cars today: The Spectra5 and the Elantra 5 door (although not GT). I was kind of disappointed by both. I mean, they are okay cars, but the interior materials and design still seemed kind of second-rate, and the ride of both left a lot to be desired. The most disconcerting aspect of the ride of both cars was that when I hit 70 mph I felt the "Elantra shimmy" discussed in one of the Elantra threads.... It was almost comical- I felt the shimmy with the Spectra5 and glanced at the speedo: 70. Same thing with the Elantra. Just like the thread said. I'm driving a Ford Aspire with 115,000 miles and it rides more smoothly at freeway speeds than either of those two cars, brand new. Bummer.

    I was looking around with my son (he's a freshman in high school; this purchase will likely be the car he takes college). After looking at the Spectra5, the Elantra & the Suzuki Aerio & Reno, we went over to the Scion dealer, since I've been looking at the xA. While there we decided to check out all the Scions. If it was just for me, I would prefer the tC coupe.... very very nice, especially for the price, about $17k, including a two-pane sunroof. I figured we would be settling on the xA, and my son saw the xB. He asked, "What's *that*?" so we had the salesman open it up for us. He got in and he was sold, and I have to admit that I was too. There is just SO MUCH room in there, and the materials used on the Scion interiors just seem to be better quality than the Korean models. The auto writers say the new Korean models are up there with the Japanese models. The auto writers lie.

    I guess I can save some money up front buying Korean, but the Scions get much, much better gas mileage. I haven't yet driven the xB, so that could change my mind, but my other son's 95 Escort with 110,000 miles rides a lot better than any of the Korean choices... and has much better acceleration.
  • First, thanks for the comment on the nickname! I kind of like it too.....

    I'm happy to say that I just returned from the cottage & the drive was great. I took the longer scenic route up, but coming home took the highway the entire way and am happy overall with how the car handled. Loved having cruise again, it's definitely a treat.

    I was fairly conservative with the drive, however am still pleased with the spunk that I mustered out of her. Passed with no problem, and found it to be a very quiet ride. I did notice that the engine got a bit louder at @ 120km/hour, but quieted right down as soon as the needle was at @ 118. Not sure if this is just me getting used to it, but it was enough of a difference for me to make mention of it. No shimmying noted though - I had read that on an earlier message. So, the first milestone has passed with flying colours!

    I'm at approximately 300km & have just over half a tank of gas left. Will be interested to see how many clicks on a full tank.

    That's my update for now - am going to go & give her a rinse to keep the volcano blast red shining!

    Hope everyone has a nice 4th of July! :shades:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    I'll bet the Volcanic Red Blast color looks great on your Spectra5. That is probably the color I would order as I have Pepper Red on my '01 Sportage 4x4 and still love it.

    Question for ya (and any Spectra5 owners for that matter): How's the stock Spectra5 stereo rock? Nice and loud? Deep bass (I mean, to a degree)?

    If it's anything like the stock stereo in my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 it would fit the bill just fine.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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