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Kia Spectra, Kia, Hatchback, Sedan
#98 of 107 CD player
Dec 18, 2002 (7:57 am)
My brother's girlfriend picked up her Spectra GSX hatchback Monday. Everything is working except the AM/FM/CD. It is on but there is no audio. I wonder if there is a code. They wouldn't mess up the unit. And they have to order a new and replace it this weekend at no charge. What a disappointment! I am glad my Sorento works fine and got no problem.
#99 of 107 lok888-that's what The Long Haul warranty is for!
Dec 18, 2002 (9:40 pm)
Their job is to make the after-purchase totally right for her. She'll have her stereo working fine by weekend's end for no charge.
#100 of 107 Re: CD player
Dec 27, 2002 (8:39 am)
The AM/FM/CD player is working when it arrived to the service. They properly figure out the password or code on the CD player. They didn't need a new unit. By the way, if you have a dead battery or have it disconnected, you need to go back to the service. I don't remember the service gave him the code for the unit.
Dec 31, 2002 (6:46 pm)
I can't believe how well it runs. In fact, I keep checking out ALL the KIA sites to justify my spending almost $12K. I couldn't find a maintenance free vehicle....the closest I got was a 100K mile warranty.
Jan 21, 2003 (9:51 am)
Just purchased a 2001 Spectra, it's got a little less than 17,000 miles on it. I like it a lot and for the first few days things were great. Now the brakes have turned really mushy. I've got to put the pedal to the floor before I can get the car to stop. Checked the brake fluid level and its fine. I looked on the NHTSA web site and found that someone had filed a complaint about the same thing. Anyone else experience this problem? The dealer will be taking it in to service it in a couple of days. What should I expect to hear him/her?
Jan 24, 2003 (4:51 pm)
Mushy brakes are a couple of things. You only have 17k so I would expect them to bleed the lines to get the air out. Brake pads are $20 per axle and frontrotors are $25ea., at your local Pep Boys/Advance Auto, but you should NOT need either of them, unless it has a disconnected speedo and has more like 35K+ miles, but that's something else. I hope not, tho. Let us know what they say.
#105 of 107 spectra recalls and issues
Jun 22, 2003 (6:15 pm)
I have a 2002 Hatchback.
We have about 12,000 mile on it.
Here are some recent technical issues to watch for
1.) Engine software revised to improve starting- the factory has released a new computer software to enhance cold starts. I am planning on trying it. Normally the engine has to turn over 4 times before it fires up.
2.) Fuel Filler neck problem- Factory says tehy will replace a part of the filler neck at no charge due to finding a weak part of the design. I am going too have this looked at too.
Jul 20, 2003 (11:13 am)
I am looking at getting a Spectra but I have heard that Kias aren't the best cars. I don't want to buy a car that isn't worth the money. Please let me know what you think of you Spectra...my email is LilMiss280hotmail.com.
#107 of 107 velntine3/ re spectra
Jul 20, 2003 (1:08 pm)
you should buy the spectra if you want a good affordable sedan / hatchback that won't let you down in 2-3 years with a major repair job.
If you want a bigger car , go for a Buick Century which they are nearly giving away now at $ 15,000.
If you want a performance car , none of the Kia's will be for you. They are slightly HEAVIER than the competitors and so that makes them slower ( but safer in a crash).
The Honda ELement has great space , but for that money and the skimpy warranty you could get a KIA SEDONA ( which I also have ) and the Sedona beats the stuffings out of the Element for towing , space and comfort.
I have taken family trips , carried firwood ( inside ) and also towed a heavy trailer 800 miles. my Sedona has 25,000 miles and my Spectra has 14,000 miles on it.
Both work well.
I would avoid the Saturn except on a 36 month lease, if you have them throw in the service contract ( oil chnages etc. ) that way you do not get stiffed.
We did ok with a Saturn LEase a few years back.
The engine was not that good though and it worn out quickly.