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  • ok,did you buy another kia?and would you buy another one?
  • I didn't buy another Kia--but that was not Kia's fault. I have moved since buying the one in 1995; and, the closest Kia dealer to me now is about a 25 minute drive from me--and in the opposite direction from work. So, had the need for warranty work come up, I would have had to pracically take a day off just to get it to them--plus the pick up if it could not be fixed right away. I am not saying I thought the Kia would have needed warranty work. I am saying I would not buy any car where this is true. For some reason there is not a Chevy dealer within about the same distance. So, while the Malibu was on the "consideration" list, it came nowhere near the final list as the closest dealer was too far away from me. I bought a Saturn SL2. My Saturn dealer is about 2 miles from me and they were great to get along with. This is my second Saturn--and if this one holds up like my first one, I know I made a good decision.

    Another one? Absolutely would consider it. If I move again or if a Kia dealer opens closer to me, I would have no hesitation to check them out. Personally, I like the Optima. The Optima LX is advertised from $13,999 here. For the price of a Civic LX or Corolla CE--or a Saturn SL2--you can get a mid size sedan with a 149 hp dohc engine, 4 wheel independent suspension, side airbags, air, all the power goodies and more. I will check them out in a few years when the time comes. Go ahead and look at them! Good luck to you.
  • my car list has the rio or spectra on not sure which i want side of me wants the spectra,the other thrifty side of me wants the rio.i guess it might come down to now starting to see more and more of them on the road.i always get buyers remorse for a lttle while when i buy a new car,so i hope its not a negative experience like my last new car buy.sometimes dealers can make the process long and hellish.
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  • how fast can the Kia Spectra go. can it get up to 120!. is the Kia Spectra have a quite ride. please tell me.i em looking for a cheap car. i em working at Carl's Jr. and i em makeing 6.75 a h. so is the Kia Spectra a good for me.and for the money! and can i get abs on the Kia Spectra. ok now you can email me at [email protected] or post it. ty all
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    and working at Carl's Jr! Thought something bad had happened to him. I take comfort in the fact that we still have Hardee's here.
  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    What is with this person? I didn't realize Alzheimer's could occur in young people. Maybe if we all ignore it....
  • drkcgraydrkcgray Posts: 10
    We are considering a Kia Spectra for a 16-yr old. I'm interested in owners comments. If you have a is it in terms of ride, reliability, #of repairs?
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    that Kia Spectra commercial is pretty funny, isn't it?
  • I do not have a Spectra; but, I did have a Sephia for almost seven years. The Spectra is the Sephia's replacement. I had no problems out of my Sephia. If you take care of it, it should do the job nicely for you.

    That being said--if you are looking for a car for about 10 grand, check out a couple of year old Saturn SL2. It's safer and Consumer Reports gives them reliability scores right up there with cars like the Civic. Good luck!
  • yeah i laughed when i saw took me back to my high school days.
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    Supreme is back. Check my low end posts. Check my Kia owners posts. With 43650miles on Sephia we recyled it in the sales process for a Spectra.
    That Sephia gave me 33mpg religiously. That Sephia traveled from Green Bay to NYC and GB to Ft Lauderdale. Two months ago I spent $220 for a new set of tires. One month ago I tuned it up for $66. Other than GOF no other expense except the $8650 T&T on 4/28/00. (Sorry,I take it back, I hit a pothole & bent a wheel rim and had to replace it--only other expense $100 w/painting).

    On 4/12/02 I moved to Spectra for a whopping
    $4987 plus my Sephia. That means I got $4100 (thats almost $1000 more than Edmunds estimates the TMV for my old recycled Sephia) and $2000 rebate or $6100! Not too bad, eh? Spectra is superior to Sephia. The ride is smooth,(has anyone read whether the suspension was improved in some way?) drivers seat updated, tranny is in a different class. Map lights, Folding rear seats, enclosed tape compartment. I have about 40 miles on Spectra now. BTW, for a guy who has owned two brand new Kias in two years, let me share with you that those "two brand new cars" cost me less than $14,000. Ride ON! Supreme
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    If I was choosing just between these two vehicles and no others, I would take the Spectra. Bigger car so it seems there is more room and the seats in the Spectra are more comfortable. The ride in the Spectra is better and the engine is less noisy.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Someone asked how the Spectra compares to American cars. Having driven all three, I would like to talk about the Spectra, the Neon, and the Escort.

    If I had to choose among only these three cars based just on driving experience, I would take the Neon. Spectra would be next. And the most recent Escort would be last.

    I think the Neon has a better ride, the seats are more comfortable, and the engine seems more powerful and less noisy.

    The Escort I drove was one I rented. Talk about being decontented. Even at $9.95 a day, I ended up feeling overcharged for what I got.
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    Your reference is "Low End Cars: #1595"

    Briefly stated: 2000 Sephia traded in on Spectra is on dealers lot at $9995 which is identical to the MSRP of April 2000 without the 43,650 miles.
    Go figure. Supreme
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    They gave you more than the car is worth; they know they gave you more than the car is worth; and they are pricing the car for more than they know they will get out of it. Simple explanation really.
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    The whole truth of the matter is that I bought two cars when I bought the Spectra. I got the Spectra deal and told Salesman I also wanted a 10year old Ply Minivan. The oldest one on the lot was a 1995 v-6, traded in by the salesmanagers daughter, listed at $8999 and conveniently marked down to $5692. (83,000 miles)I bought it on Friday and it was a lost leader in Sunday's big auto ads. Timing was everything.

    They gave me $200 for my '89Voyager for which I just replaced the radiator--and by the way dont even trust your best repair shops mechanics-keep them arms length & like the MDs get a second opinion before you spend any bucks. Anyway, the salesman worked up a deal that came to $11,995 for the two and I guess he had to massage the numbers to squeeze in the sales tax, title, and whatever(no non-auto options, thats another story, maintenance K)and thats how the numbers fell out. Spectra $4987 and Voyager $5492. So while it was a heck of a deal with the final Spectra numbers, who knows maybe he could have shaved the extra off of the Voyager. Anyway,KBB for Voyager was $6485 and ED was $4659 so my $5492 was probably right for a dealer prepped vehicle, new shocks & family car.
    I am a happy camper and now we have an accepted offer on a Lake front property to close 5/31/02. Either we have lost it or the economy will be turning around. So now you know the whole truth.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Is that lake front property in Arizona? ; )
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    54952 At the Apex of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. 4 Seasons Living.
    I keep discovering more and more enhancements in the Spectra: Sunglass storage compartment with the Map Lites; 2 Vanity mirrors on visors; digital odometer/tripometer; larger hook for hangers in rear; padded drivers armrest that contains a storage compartment(I keep tapes), this lifts to a well storage area. Since I didnt have a factory installed radio in Sephia I cant compare but can observe that Spectra has digital tuner & digital clock. Im sure to discover more & Ill keep you posted. Supreme
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    Discovery: The front visors slide on the rod on which they are attached and thus extend the area they can shield from light. Kudos to Kia. Supreme
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I read your post in the Low End discussion. That form Kia used is better than no extension, but other car companies have the original sunvisor PLUS extensions that slide out which give even more sun blockage rather than just moving the sunvisor to the most convenient location.
  • mvaldivimvaldivi Posts: 24
    "...The front visors slide on the rod on which they are attached and thus extend the area they can shield from light..." Nice! That must be a newer improvement on the sephia/spectra line.
    My sephia's visor will fall off if I pull it out that way. I should probably buy one of those and install it in my '98 Sephia.
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    Remember Kia is at bottom end of Low End. My Spectra which is a base model at the base of the Low End includes the visor feature and all the other features I've referred to at the MSRP of $10,450 which translated into $4987 plus 2000 Kia Sephia with 43,600 miles. I think the $2000 Rebates are gone after April 30th.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    what's with the date and sign off? Both are listed in the header line! Save yourself some
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    I like supreme's posts because they're straightforward and honest. When one of you says something about their plain looking Honda or Toyota that you think is better(yeah right) he comes back and simply reminds you that Kia is low-end. I love it. I love my Sportage, too, but that's a different Kia model and I'll keep comments about Sportage for the Sportage thread. Keep posting, supreme. I'm learning more and more about the 2002 Kia Spectra without even having to test drive one. Kia packs a LOT of value in a very low-priced sedan and hatchback. Good job, supreme and great job Kia!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Okay, well the Corolla and the Echo are low end products too and their quality is better and so is the gas mileage they get.

    That is the truth and I don't see what is dumb or jealous about it.
  • supremesupreme Posts: 38
    2002 ECHO: 10585+1020(no rebate)= $$11605
    + (upgrade to equal Spectra)
    2002 COROLLA: 12568(no rebate)=$$$12568
    2002 SPECTRA: 10995-2000(rebate)=$8995
    I seriously doubt that Echo is worth 22% more than Spectra and that Corolla is worth more than 28% more than Spectra, but that's what you have to pay to get the ?quality? gas mileage?

    Come now, I have already proved that Sephia with
    43600miles two years later is sitting on the dealers lot list for the same MSRP that I inspected when new. You may theoretically tout the praises of Echo & Corolla but real world experience is telling another story, but than again this could be the exception to the rule.

    As for mileage would you pay 22% more for 3mpg advantage? Spectra 1st tank 38mpg; 2d tank 35mpg.
    Supreme. .
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    As has been stated before, what the dealer wants for the car and what the dealer gets for the car will likely be two different things.

    And where are you getting the 3mpg difference between the fuel economy of the Spectra and the fuel economy of the Echo? Are you comparing your numbers for the Spectra with the numbers the government says the Echo will get? If so, that is not an apples to apples comparison.

    One Echo owner posted that he gets around 46mpg which makes it an 8mpg difference over your first tankful and a 11mpg difference on your second tankful. And in this summer of probable $1.50 a gallon [or higher] gas, I would say paying 22% more for the car would be worth it.

    And where did you get the numbers for the costs of the car? Are they the price you paid for your Spectra versus the suggested price of the other two? Given that you did not do an apples to apples comparison of the fuel economy numbers, I wouldn't put it past you.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Supreme, your numbers in your most recent post must be examples of that new math I keep hearing about or was it funny numbers.

    I went to and they show the MSRP of a base Spectra to be $11,490 and the MSRP of a Spectra LS with no additional options to be $13,090.

    BTW, if you buy a base 2002 Spectra, you get an AM/FM radio with cassette and four speakers. You don't even have an option to get a CD player like you do with an 2002 Echo. And you do not have an option to get six speakers like you do the Echo.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    How about we take this discussion of the Spectra v. the Echo to the low end thread? That is what it is there for.
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