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Kia Spectra5



  • rxmacrxmac Posts: 12
    Header & Cat-Back make quite a difference, eh? Try the KIA performance springs (part #UC050-SG001) and strut tower brace (part#UC050-TB001) $235.00 & $149.00 - Really improves handling with some good low-profile tires. Engine-wise, a cold-air kit (KIA was suppose to offer one but hasn't as yet - I got mine from made a big difference. I buzzed an SS Camero a couple days ago and while I didn't blow his doors off, I stuck to his bumper like glue. Boy, was he surprised to find out a Kia was keeping up with his V8.
  • rxmacrxmac Posts: 12
    Sorry, J. I didn't know how far you'd mod'ed your Kia before I made my suggestions. Color me embarrassed. Read your StreetKiaz profile. Curious, why an automatic trans?
  • I have a 2007 Spectra5 SX. I did my homework on the internet with regard to price and consumer comments. Before buying, I looked at comparable models from Toyota and Mazda and kept returning to the KIA. What brought me back was; price, warranty and the way the car was equipped for the money spent.

    I then shopped several KIA dealers and had some interesting experiences. I had stopped into a dealer near my home for my first hands on look and road test. This dealership had a nice easy going approach and I never felt pressured in any way. This same dealership even let me take the car home for a three day test drive with no strings attached.

    Two other dealers had different tactics. One dealer in particular made me feel like I was back in the 80’s with a real high pressure approach, free 32” LCD widescreen TV (with any KIA purchase) and a “buyers club” which consisted of several hundred dollars of add-on stuff which the dealer had already installed on their vehicles. The third dealer was somewhere in between the other two.

    When it was all said and done, I returned to the easy going dealer which I first visited and asked if the car I test drove was still available (it was). I then set down and talked price. This particular model (Spectra5 SX) has everything except a sunroof. I negotiated an out the door price of 17K (to the penny) which included everything (including sales tax, tag and title. I also made them go one step further and they switched the oil to synthetic before I took delivery.

    This price was thousands of dollars less than a similar equipped Mazda or Toyota and the closest any of the other local KIA dealers could come was 2,500 more than what I paid. The High Pressure dealership started out 5K higher and worked their way down in 500 dollar increments as I walked out. The closer I got to the door the more the price dropped.

    As I was about to leave and opened the door of my car, they got down to their lowest rock bottom price and that was still 3K more than the quote I already had. I asked the salesman if he thought the nitrogen in their tires and some add-on window shades were really worth 3K. He shook his head no and thanked me for “stopping by.”

    My experience so far has been one of simple joy. When driven conservatively, the car gets excellent fuel economy. I am satisfied with the pep & pick-up and more than satisfied with the overall handling and performance.

    I am 6’ 1” tall and my wife is 5 feet tall. Some past cars proved to be a problem when switching drivers, but not the KIA. Although a power driver’s seat would make things slightly easier, we switch back and forth with no problems or hassles.

    When I had about 350 miles on the car, I stopped into the selling dealership’s service center and introduced myself to the service manager. He asked if I was having any problems and I informed him that everything was fine and that I just wanted to come by and meet him prior to needing any service or repairs.

    It was seemingly a slow day for him and he took me on a tour of the shop, introduced me to the Service Writer (the guy who handles the initial write-up in the driveway) and even sent my car back to be washed and detailed (free of charge). It probably helped that (in my former life) I have been a line mechanic, shop foreman, service writer and service manager for foreign cars (VW, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce Volvo and Subaru).

    I came away with a more than favorable impression of the dealership’s service department. The service manager answered several candid questions which I posed about warranty and reliability issues. It is fair to say, not all dealerships are equal. I promise to make further posts after my 3K service and as I rack up more miles behind the wheel.

  • a few months ago, i bought a 2005 spectra w/16k looked perfect. while i havent had any major problems, ive had some small annoying things that i feel a newish car shouldnt have (ive always had impeccable japanese cars with perfect fit & finish). for example, ive had the screws/bolts for driver's seat tightened (annoying squeaking noise), the passenger's window makes a clicking sound when rolling up, now passenger's seat is squeaking, and the hood often vibrates when engine idles (but goes away when shift to nuetral). The dealer seems to be shady: the Gaithersburg, MD King Kia dealership strongly hinted to me that if i ever required engine or transmission warranty service, it would greatly help my case if i had regular dealer-provided oil changes. i know this cant be the case, but im weary of Kia's long-term reliability, so ensuring the validity of my warranty is worth the extra $10 that the dealer charges for oil changes.

    also, ive had miserable gas mileage. I've gotten as low as 18mpg in the city (!!!), although the average is 22-25mpg. highway mileage ranges from about 29-33.

    for comparison's sake, i recently drove a nissan versa rental for 2 weeks, and i REALLY liked it, especially the ease of steering...Spectra's wheel, while a bit smaller, is stiffer & harder to turn. Versa has GREAT gas mileage...I got 30mpg in the city with a HEAVY lead foot (read: I kicked the living crap out of that rental and it still got me 30mpg in the city). the spectra has better initial acceleration, thanks to huge low-end torque, but I found the versa to be more athletic at higher speeds. the versa has an override mode, something the spectra lacks. but the spectra has a CVVT transmission, and so shifting gears is smooth and seamless, although it does not result in any better fuel economy over the vera's "standard" transmission.

    the versa is a bit smaller than the spectra, but its taller and the rear seats fold down, so it probably has more cargo capacity. the spectra has some nice touches, like bits of cloth on the door panels and a center-storage console/arm rest that are HUGE oversights in the versa. the spectra uses softer plastics on the console & dash, verses the versa's (ha!) hard & cheap plastics, esp on radio & air control knobs. also, the spectra has some thoughtful touches, like auto-off headlights, engine temperature gauge, illuminated ignition key switch, above-head sunglass storage apparatus, rear cup holders, ceiling and door-mounted courtesy lights, and one-touch trunk-release button. some of vera's well-thought-out features include one-touch down AND up driver's window button (why isn’t this standard on all new cars?), in-dash tire pressure warning light, and impeccable fit & finish (no rattles, squeaks, or other unusual in-cabin noise).

    While im not regretting my decision to buy a spectra, its clear that kia can still learn a lot from its Japanese competitors. All it takes is a bit more attention to detail, because otherwise, I believe kia can have a superior product vis-à-vis similar Japanese cars.
  • camoga01camoga01 Posts: 1
    does anyone know how to remove the mirror from the housing (passenger side view mirror)?
  • jmammasjmammas Posts: 1
    sounds like a dumb ?? but tell me something please I cant keep track of my mielage b/c when I press the button which should reset and keep track seems to only go to Trip A, Trip B,..I tried turning the little knob, nothing. With my other cars its always been so simple. Any feedback would really help. Thanks,
  • tmporttmport Posts: 19
    Press and hold for several seconds. It will reset to zero.
  • Well, after about 2.5 Years I'm saying goodbye to little Blakie.
    It's not that it hasn't been a great Car, on the contrary.
    What happened is that back in Dec of 06 I was injured on the job and I'm now disabled.
    With the settlement I'm getting I wanted to pay the Spec5 off and get a new Car that has an excellent long term Track record.
    As much as I love my Kia, I just hear too many stories of what happens down the Road and seeing as how this will be the last time I'll most likely be able to afford any kind of Car, I want something with a proven long term record of reliability.

    I know, I know. I'm bailing out on Kia, sorry...
    It's just something I have to do to prepare for the future and I can't bet my future transportation on a Car with such a shaky history, not to mention the re-sale value of the 06 Spec5 is in the toilet.
    I checked the other Day on the Kelly re-sale - trade in price of the 06 Spec5 in perfect condition with low Miles and it made me sick to my Stomach.
    As much as I love this Car and I'm sure most owners do, the general consensus is not good for Kia owners.

    After putting 40k Miles on this Car I have had no troubles whatsoever, other than the Clock intermittently turning off, the one Horn that wasn't hooked up at the Factory and the Weather Striping on the front windshield needing to be Siliconed into place because it kept coming lose and flopping around.
    It's these little things that have had me a little on edge as to what's going to happen way down the Road that caused me to get rid of it.
    I never had the Paint issues but from all I've read, I'm glad I went with Black because every other Color seems to have serious issues.
    Mechanically the Car has performed flawlessly, but who knows what will happen in another 30k Miles.
    If they forget to hook up the Horn at the Factory, what else could they have forgotten to "hook up".

    Kia has come along way from when I first saw them back in the mid 90's.
    Far enough to get me to buy one, just not far enough to get me to keep one.

    I can hear the big question out there, "What did you replace it with"?

    After allot of research as to what I'm looking for in a reliable Car there was only one obvious choice.
    I hate big SUV's like Tahoe's, I hate little tiny Cars like Cooper's and forget those "Crossover" Cars like the Flex, way too rich for my Blood.

    I wanted all Wheel drive, something that gets good Gas Millage, is comfortable to drive, is reliable, has an excellent track record from ownership history and gets a good insurance rate.

    What else could it be, the 2009 Subaru Outback of course... :shades:
  • Hi,
    I'm in the grip of indecision regarding a car purchase.
    I've been looking for an affordable car to have for about 3 years.
    I have a total of $12,000 to spend on a used car - cash.
    I have been comparing hatchbacks with the following characteristics:
    - Excellent dependability (by far the most important requirement) !!!!!!!
    - Decent gas mileage(doesn't have to be great)
    - Decent performance(don't want a really weak engine)
    - Preferably a 5-door rather than 3-door
    Cars considered: Toyota Matrix, Mazda 3 hatchback, Honda Fit, Suzuki Reno, Hyundai, Accent, and the three below.

    I had assumed I could find a fairly new car then buy a manufacturer-backed extended warranty but for under $10,000 before taxes and fees most cars I have found are already out of warranty which then makes them ineligible for the MEW.

    I need to decide between three available cars. Please tell me which one you

    would choose given the above mentioned.
    1. A 2006 Kia Spectra5 5-door with 60,000 miles, FWD, Auto in very good condition
    2. A 2006 Suzuki Aerio SX 5-door with 55,000 miles FWD, Auto in very good condition
    3. A 2003 Mazda Protoge5 5-door with 80,000 miles FWD, Auto in impeccable condition

    The Kia would cost me $2000 less than the Suzuki. The Mazda $1000 less than the Suzuki.

    What do you think?
  • Just wondering if anybody else is having problems with cold weather warm up issues?
    Takes a long time for this car to warm up if it less than 30 degrees.
    Does anybody else have this issue/what have you done about it?
    Was thinking about blocking half of the radiator with cardboard to see if that helps.
  • It seems to take two to three miles of town driving for the temp gauge to make it up a couple of ticks. I usually don't turn the heater on for two miles or so, there is no heat there anyway and it just slows the warm up process.
    Some people turn the heat on full blast as soon as they start the car, but a car heater is not like an electric heater. It works off the radiator coolant, and the engine has to be warm to make the heater work.

    My 07 Spectra doesn't seem either particularly slow or fast to warm up, just typical. I haven't run it yet in cold cold, like 10 degrees. Will note its warming trend when winter sets in a little harder.
  • I know that, it just seems that my car warms up slower than most other cars that I have had when the tempurature drops below 30 degrees. Was just wondering if other people had the same problem and what they did to fix it.
  • jeff618jeff618 Posts: 29
    (fyi) There's an alternative to going to the dealer for a replacement rear blade on the newer generation spectras (05+). It may first appear that the blade and arm are one piece but if you take a look, you'll see the wiper blade can be replaced and its actually quite simple. It is a special wiper blade though. There may be other alternatives, but the 'trico exact fit rear blade' available online snaps right onto the special rear arm and looks like the factory original. Much cheaper than the dealer alternative and easier/less tedious than messing around with rubber refills. Comes with removal and replacement instructions too. Hope this helps.
  • I live in Vermont; I don't own a Kia (yet), but here we put newspaper in front of our radiators in November, and take it out in March or April, for a lot of cars with small engines. Some just are slow to warm up, but you also might need a new thermostat; if it's stuck open, the car may never warm up!
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