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#68 of 107 caesarslegion-I haven't used synthetic oil yet
Mar 16, 2002 (10:20 am)
but many at the Sportage website I go to have switched and recommend doing synthetic oils. I'll be calling to schedule the 15,000 mile appt. for the Sportage soon(maybe today) so I'll let you know what I go with. Evidently the Sportage needs front and rear differential fluids, transfer case oil and manual tranny fluid replaced at 15,000 miles plus it's due for another oil change now. So I'll call and get an appointment to get it all done at once(looking at next Saturday to probably get it in). I'm thinking synthetic is what I'll go with. I've never heard that Kia has had a problem with honoring the warranty with those who switch. Worth calling them about probably. alfist1-'03 might be a good year to buy a new 2003 Kia Spectra hatchback or sedan. I haven't heard reliability feedback much from owners but I would be real sure Kia's straightened out the brake problems that they had with the Sephia model. My Sephia's brakes lasted till 64,000 miles but the rotors were shot by then, too. I didn't have a problem with that but some had their brakes go earlier. I think the way in which they're used has something to do with that, too. Good tip on the downshifting to save brake wear a bit. I try to do that with my '01 Sportage as I have a 5-speed. My point about the '03 Spectra's is that it will be the 2nd model year for the newly-designed Spectra's and any initial flaws should be worked out by '03. I think I'll call the dealer this AM and schedule the fluid change appt. for next Sat.AM. I trust my dealer to do the job right but the closer shop I was thinking of calling, even though ASAE-certified, might miss something because of not being familiar with Kia's Sportage like the dealer would be. I'm real happy with the service dept.'s work at my dealer so far. I'll let you know, caesar.
Mar 16, 2002 (7:58 pm)
yeah i was asking around about the synthetic oils because i think my next new car will have synthetic in it.and about those spectras,i think the hatch backs are awesome.my girlfriend likes sedans,but i figure i can fit more into a hatch.its cool you have a good dealership to work with.everytime i have my tracer worked on it comes back with more problems.i think i will be looking at those spectras sooner than i though because my tracer has all of a sudden developed an engine knock.when i drive down the street all you can hear is ..knock knock knock.anyways i want a black spectra hatch back with the 5 speed.in my opinion they are sharpest looking little car out there.
Mar 17, 2002 (10:28 pm)
Well found out friday that the Type K will not be out until it gets the new tranmission from korea as it should of the first time. I was wondering why my car was just sitting there in the same spot since monday. The first time my tranmission sliped, the service department told me that the tranmission was new, but this time they told me that the general manerger approved, that the car can get a brand new tranmission and not rebuilt. What im trying to say is that they told me that its was new, but was rebuilt, I could tell this when i first got back in the car, and watch my rpm's, they were differnt. And if i would stop, then accelerate the car would chunk into gear not finding the gear. I was thinking of getting the kia optima SE top of the line 4cylinder,(that is a huge 4cylinder which should go in the sportage/spectra aswell) But the general manager said " that if the car does this again we will try to lemon the car off" they would give me my full $15,839.00 back, so that i would not have an upside down trade. The optima was priced at 16,539.00 (with rebate)..
Does any one else have problems with there vheicle like mine let me know so that i don't feel that im the only one with a bad vehicle. I'll miss my spectra gsx. but the optima se is very tempting. I drove my brother's infinitis and optima rides like the I30, but better then the G20. Oh yeah the optima has a very powerful four in my oppion, just which it had 4wheel disc brakes standard, and if i do get this vehicle, im going to tint the windows, add a spoiler, dual chrome exsuslt tips with resenator, and maybe upgrade wheels, or not becasue those wheels look beautiful. But also before i buy i want to know if they are going to restyle or make changes to the 03' model.
#71 of 107 caesarslegion-yeah, the new '02 Spectra I like
Mar 17, 2002 (11:38 pm)
more (hatch or sedan) changes as I look at pics of the different cars! They both look beautiful! I like the little semi-circles inside the headlamps on the sedan at my work. It's that silver one and it looks great. The hatch would be oh so cool as well. My Sportage 15,000 checkup is next Sat.AM. It doesn't need all of those fluids changed just checked. It will get a standard LOF and tire rotation. The front discs will get an inspection, too. If tranny fluid is low or dirty it will be replaced, same with transfer case oil and front and rear differential fluid. Driveshaft/U-joint will be lubricated and door hinges oiled, etc. A good once over at the 15,000 mile mark is what it will be! I'm getting it done at the dealer so I'll go out and gander at the new Spectra's and the Optima's, Rio's, etc. Looking forward to it!
#73 of 107 caesarslegion-you got it!
Mar 20, 2002 (8:40 pm)
I'll have a half hour or 45 minutes to burn so I'll be sure to wander out and look at the Spectra's. I'll get a 5-speed/AC price for both the sedan and hatchback. Yeah-the Sephia I bought in May '99 was my first foreign car bought ever. I drove a '66 VW fastback as a teenager but it was my Dad's not mine. A good little runner with an awesome manual tranny might I add. A smooth shifting little car with a peppy motor. I loved driving that baby blue VW fastback.
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Mar 21, 2002 (7:30 pm)
i never owned any of the imports from japan.all domestics,and some were lemons.i did own a yugo,but we wont talk about that.ha ha ha.
Mar 25, 2002 (6:16 am)
Since My father bought me the 02' Kia Spectra GSX, Im not trading it, or selling it back to kia. Were getting it paid off, my moms 00'impala, and my dads 01' Expedition. The house as well in life insurance coverage. My dad was a very well Known man, and age 16 its very hard for me to take this death of some one so close. When i get enough money from my upcoming job or singing carrier I will be buying either a top of the line sportage, or the the new 03' Kia sorento EX V6 Awd. Because my mother and i will need something to do work with trailers and work horse stuff, IM not using my dad's truck, I want drive it or ride in it. I'll Just wash it. Thank you every body here at edmunds, cosumers, and the enthuisits of all vehicles who read these short brief messages. And again Thankn you for taking the time to Read this Message. God Bless.
Mar 25, 2002 (6:17 am)
Since My father bought me the 02' Kia Spectra GSX, I'm not trading it, or selling it back to Kia. Were getting it paid off, my moms 00'impala, and my dads 01' Expedition. The house as well in life insurance coverage. My dad was a very well Known man, and age 16 its very hard for me to take this death of some one so close. When I get enough money from my upcoming job or singing carrier I will be buying either a top of the line Sportage, or the the new 03' Kia Sorento EX V6 Awd. Because my mother and I will need something to do work with trailers and work horse stuff, IM not using my dad's truck, I want drive it or ride in it. I'll Just wash it. Thank you every body here at edmunds, cosumers, and the enthuisits of all vehicles who read these short brief messages. And again Thankn you for taking the time to Read this Message. God Bless.