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Kia Spectra GS, GSX (hatchbacks)

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  • Why isnt this discussion listed there?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Good idea! I'll put in the request. ;-)


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  • They really HATE Kia. I remember how they used to describe the Sephia as "if there is a worse car on the market, we certainly don't know what it is." Now that its the Spectra Sedan, it got that distinction in this year's New Car Preview--see page 82. They have not tested one themselves since 1999 and it is just ridiculous. I bought a Sephia in August, 1995 and it has been fine. Sure it's a little beat up cosmetically, but it has only spent 2 days in the shop since I've had it. I'd say that's not so bad!
  • one large waste of time. To them it's gotta be a Dodge Viper or a Toyota Celica or a Chevy Tahoe(or all kinds of other standard middle of the road kinds of cars)or it's not a real car. My two Kia's have led me to believe that Kia's not only building their cars right but their Global Plan is right on target as well. That would be to be in the top 5 automakers worldwide by 2010. I'm thinkin' they'll make it dudes...umm...dudettes...if they ever post here. Where's eneth?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • I bought an '01 Spectra about 8 months ago. For the first 2 months I was VERY happy with the car. Compaired to the boring boring boring boring...(did I mention boring?) Civic that I'd been driving since high school the Spectra was a welcome change. I Like how the car looks. It has a certain je nes c'est pas that makes it stand out in my parking lot. After about 5 months though it had completely lost that new car feel to it. The horn died, it ratteled all over, and started to make a VERY bad sound when it braked. I had the dealer fix the brakes and the horn and I was happy again. Two weeks later the horn was dead...AGAIN! I was kinda fed up at that point so I decided to give the car to my girlfriends little brother. I went and blew my savings on an '02 WRX Wagon. I love this car and I'm pretty sure that I'll be a Subaru owner for life.
    Don't get me wrong, I think Kia is a cool little company. You get a car just as good as most of the Japanese econs but at a fraction of the price. Kia's gonna have to put a lot more into those cars though before they are taken seriously. If you can't afford the over-priced Civic or have too much pride for a Saturn (I feel dirty just saying Saturn) Kia is a great option. Or, blow your savings and get a turbo charged, AWD, fun mobile!!

    Marc
  • For anyone interested, the Kia web site (kia.com) is updated for 2002. Check it out!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Hi claywaterfill-Thanks for the information.

    Btw, you'll also find 2002 Spectra information in Edmunds' New Vehicle Guide. For your convenience, you'll find a direct link in the Additional Resources box on the left side of the page. ;-)

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  • When I had my GSX I was feeling as if I was in a Toyota Supra or Acura NSX-T. But
    that didn't last very long. You see one night coming from out of tow I was driving my
    two-week old Spectra downa curvy-winding-twisted dark road. I soon as I saw the
    regulation sign I slowed the vehicle from 60 mph, it was fine when I went into the curve,
    but when i came out of it i accelarated and the next thing I knew was, the rear of the Spec
    felt Floaty almost like a Cadillac. The car started to go side to side, and since I didn’t
    have ABS (Anti-loc braking system) so I pumped the brakes but it was to late. I hit a
    ditch and the seat belt tighten, there was a flash of light when air-bag came out and a
    burning igniting smell, but had know knowledge of the air-bag deploying. When I hit the
    second time I so the passenger air-bag deployed, and what happed next was my-self
    comming to or waking up and turning the ignition off. I couldn’t open the door, then I
    thought why not the window it went down, I grab my cell and keys (which came right out
    of the ignition), and climbed out of the car. I couldn’t breath, I was triying to get air and
    fell to my knees when a young guy near my age helped me. You should of seen the car it
    was a total loss, the real of the car held up, but wheel and the were both in the back bent
    and broke. but the weird thing out about my accident was I woke up to the car in park and
    already off, the front was in no harm condition, and the rear of the car was intact except
    for the rear left tail-light. The backglass did not shatter or crack. Luckly when I struck the
    ditch from the side on the second hit the roll bar protected the car, (yes a roll bar). Well
    anyway im trying to get another 02’ Kia Spectra GSX but with only ABS, and plan to
    treat this one with dignaty. Oh don’t worry minor injuries, but I still want my next kia to
    be an import winner, because I think its time that we as a club should enter Kia in Import
    tours and tornorments (besides honda, acura, toyota, mitsubitshi, nissan, and focus’s etc).
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    to our Kia Owners' Club, where you'll find direct access to many other Kia discussions throughout Town Hall! While you're there, please take a moment to introduce yourselves in our Kia Owners: Meet the Members discussion. Thanks for your participation. ;-)

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  • Whoa! Talk about action! I forget-was the pavement wet? Spose I could scroll back up there but my point is is that you've gotta really like the '02 Spectra to want another one. Is this the hatchback, the GSX? I took my '99 Sephia to my dealer with the intention of test driving the '02 Spectra's. My wife took a liking to the '01 Sportages so we went home with a Sporty. We love it! Sounds like you ran your Spectra too hard and fast man! One more point in reply to your post-yes, more Kia vehicles need to be fitted in the aftermarket arena or fitted-up against the rest of the Asian onslaught in different ways. Same old pics of Honda's and Acura's and Toyota's ad naseum. Bleh! Kiasize me!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • About your suggestion that Kia take Consumer Reports to court for slander. Just an FYI, but the word you meant is libel. Remember that slander is spoken while libel is written.

    For what it is worth, I think it all right that Consumer Reports is printing a review of a 1999 vehicle. It is not like they have singled out the Kia for that. There are a number of other reviews for 1999 models and they don't hide this fact.

    Where I disagree with them is their taking the review of the 1999 Sephia and "updating" it to be a review of the Spectra by substituting the word Spectra for Sephia.

    This is all they did and I find it to be wrong.
  • What no words to the person who got rid of their Spectra after about eight months of ownership because of all the problems they had. Kind of blows a hole in your theory that all Kias are great because yours have been.

    And regarding Consumer Reports, you should have chosen some other cars to make the claim that they are not very judgemental. Of the three you mention by name, only the Celica is recommended by Consumer Reports. And I have never seen a review of the Dodge Viper by Consumer Reports for that matter.
  • on Clodsumer Retorts very clear. They're bought off and I don't trust them. They're dishonest and they smell of big, rotten, unclean money. They are the last mag I'd pick up to get info. on a car I'm interested in. They're a joke. Whatever you meant by your reply to the comment I made a while back is going to have to be re-hashed by the major. This seems to happen often, Echo-boy. I have no idea what you meant by your above retort. Consumer Retorts? About that guy's Spectra problems-big whoop. All car makers produce lemons. He's probably a Honda Sticker Boy who doesn't treat quality cars right(doesn't know how to begin to). There's a learned maintenance treatment and also a desire to generally treat a vehicle right that's sadly lacking amongst American consumers. A lot of the crap we read about in these threads was TOTALLY avoidable. A bit more slowing down and using one's brain wouldn't hurt, either, eh?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Thats what you guys seem to think it is. I'm not a "Honda Sticker Boy" in any sense of the phrase. I've never owned a Honda and I have no stickers on my Suby. Please, tell me how my driving had a negative effect on the car's horn. While you're at it, tell me how my driving turned the car from the Korean Uber-car that you speak of into the POS that I drove off of the lot. Face it, Kia isn't a GREAT car! Hell, it's barely an acceptable car! They're under powered, cheaply made, and UGLY! THAT, my friends, is why you can afford them. They're made for people who want a NEW car but can't afford a good one. Thats fine with me. Just stop pretending that Kia is some little secret that only a chosen few experiance. I'd take a stickered-out honda over that POS Kia I had any day.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    however, let's please keep it friendly and be careful about the language used in the messages here. Please refer to member conduct section our Town Hall Membership Agreement for further clarification. Thanks! And now back to the subject of the Kia Spectra.

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  • I meant to heck...and lets replace POS with "Poorly made car" PMC :)
  • I just got my 2nd kia spectra gsx hatchback, back, i'm loving it. i plan to fix it up as soon as i get enough money, but take my driving a lot more serious to realize the limits of the spectra, but it does remind me of my 2000 sportage that i trade in for the 2002 spectra gsx, it was the top of the line ex, but for 2003 i plan to get the new Kia sportage EXL with the
    V-6, the works.........Oh yah by the way my second one dosen't have abs either, i looked all over but for the first few production run of the new spectra redisign, but abs could be special orded, and i didn't have time to order it because of my insuran, and kia's special promotions, got it late november.....But had one problem the second week before i got out for the holidays, my transmission started slipping, and man was i mad! It stayed in the shop for a week and few days, and i didn't even get a Loner, like Hyundai, and Daewoo, but im not nokin that, as long as i can keep it out of the shop, But im waiting on the dealer to get back with me to tell me about how/why it slipped up. And if it was like that from the manufacture or bug, im trading it again and im trying to go back with another kia sportage EX with leather abs, 4x4. but plan to also hold out until the new one....but any way i do miss my first Spectra GSX, becase i didn't have so many probs. with it, and a few minor probs i didn't mention like the rear hatch dosen't open when its cold, the back lit beige lights are hard to see at night i wish they were blue/purpple/or red, like a true sports car, and for today my right front hub cap cover is loose, and spins when i accel and deccel. but i do give the 2002 kia spectra its props, it does got excelent breaks, which on dry surfaces slow the car down fast like abs wihtout lock of a single whel, and its easy to manage the pumping action because you can feel the wheel or wheels, which slip all because of kia's merge with lotus to tune the suspension and other componets, mixed with the new lotus elise........That is all for now be sure to reply for more up dates as ill be your betta tester for the new and improve 2002 kia spectra gsx, oh ya the radio/cd has execellent bass, and tune/surround sound like.

    Thanks for reading and keeping me updated in the know.....koren_car_performance@yahoo.com
  • I WAS TOLD BY KIA HEADQUARTERS THAT THEY MAKE THERE CARS AT AFORDABLE PRICES BUT CAN COMPETE AGAINST MANUFACTURES LIKE: BMW, MERCEDES, ACURA, LEXUS, SAAB, AUDI, CADDILAC, MAZDA MILLENIA, ETC. TAKE THE SEDONA, OPTIMA, SPORTAGE, SPECTRA, RIO/RIO CINCO, FOR INSTANCE YOU GET STANDARD FEATURES THAT YOU WOULDN'T FIND ON MORE EXSPENSIVE IMPORT, AND LESS EXPENSIVE DOMESTICS..AND THE, ENGINES PROVIDE DECCENT IF NOT EXCELLENT ACCELERATION, AND IF NOT ACCELERATION FOR YOU LIKE FOR ME THE 4-CYLINDER (I-4) WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING ON, (WHICH DOES DE-POWER THE CARS PERFORMANCE) BUT CAN EASILY FIXED WITH A NON-VOIDABLE AFTERMARKET PERFORMANCE UPGRADE. OR AT LEAST SOMETHING THAT CAN BE ADDED AND TAKEN OFF. BUT DON'T FOR GET SOME DEALERS ARE NICE ENOUGH TO OFFER TO ADD A SUPPER/TURBO CHARGER, TO YOU KIA, IF APPICABLE, AND THEY WILL MAKE SURE IT DOSEN'T VOID THE WARRANTY....
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    And thanks for sharing all the details. We look forward to your updates. Btw, if you have a chance, please stop by our Kia Owners Club and introduce yourself in our Meet The Members discussion. Happy Motoring! ;-)

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  • Spectra review! I went to the owner's club and took a look at the 2002 Spectra hatchback in concept. Looks good to me! I have a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 that I love! I traded my '99 Sephia in for it in September. I just passed 8,000 miles in my Sporty and the only problem is at the 5,000 mile mark my check engine light stuck on. Took it to my dealer and they found a tiny emissions leak in the engine. They replaced a few "caps" somewhere in there and took off the gas cap and made sure it clicked enough times. I'm familiar with the gas caps in Kia's-that you have to tighten them until it clicks a few times so that wasn't my problem. It was this tiny leak they found and patched up. The fix + a car wash took them about 50 minutes and I was out on the road again. 02 spectra r-did you dig the ride and handling in your Sportage? I'm impressed by the ease of steering(speed-sensitive power steering), ease of parking, decent acceleration, good handling and quiet cabin during higher accelerations. My Sportage is a 5-speed in Pepper Red. It didn't come with a radio so I had a Kenwood AM/FM cassette stereo put in that is great. 6-speaker sound if you include the tweeters on the top dash corners(pretty slick-they do add a nice high pitch treble mix in there!). Post back with Spectra updates! Kia rocks!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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