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Kia Spectra, Sedan
#110 of 464 uga91, you know what they call those that assume
Apr 24, 2004 (2:25 pm)
such things, right? Makes sense to me-I bet if one or more of us peruse available Kia information we can find a statement or two from them on the model year change for Spectra. I think it's a matter of wanting to keep things moving along...the 2004 Kia Spectra that was largely unchanged still had to come out in early 2004 like they normally would and the brand new '04 Spectra just progressed along to the point of release-only it was ready early in 2004 ALSO, just not as early. Almost too early to refer to them as 2005 Kia Spectra's, so they call them both 2004 Kia Spectra's. I'll be snooping around for any releases from Kia America or the big boys in South Korea concerning this and I'll post whatever I can find on it.
Apr 25, 2004 (4:32 am)
But Toyota called their all new Corolla a few years ago the next model year. They had almost 2 years of production under one model year, I believe. Maybe Kia should have just not had a 2004 Spectra until the new one came out since the new one was out so early in the year.
#112 of 464 Yeah, that's a valid point..........
Apr 25, 2004 (5:32 am)
but possibly Kia had their production line busy(these people work fast and they work hard, the operative term around a Kia factory is quickly from what I've read)and they had already committed the old '04 Spectra's to release early and didn't want to mess up the "flow of release". I agree, it might have been a better idea to call the brand new 2004 Kia Spectra sedan and Spectra5 2005 Kia Spectra's. Hey, maybe by calling the Spectra5 Spectra"5" Kia is indeed going to name the hatchback a 2005 Kia Spectra5! Isn't this fun?
#113 of 464 Can an '03 Spectra tow?
May 09, 2004 (7:12 pm)
I have a 2003 Spectra and need to know if it is OK tow an 800lbs jetski? I can have a hitch installed, but will towing this weight harm the drivetrain?
Thanks in advance!
#114 of 464 Re: Can an '03 Spectra tow? [victor2005 #1]
May 09, 2004 (7:41 pm)
Yes, it can tow up to 530 kg(1168lbs), even more with trailer brakes.
This per the Australian web site. Kia USA says that towing capacity is "being researched". I suspect that showing up to claim a drive line problem on your warranty, could be a problem if there is a hitch installed.
May 17, 2004 (1:18 pm)
I just bought the new, rather than the old, 2004 Spectra. It is a silver EX, manual transmission, with three options: alloy wheels, floormats, and cruise control. I paid about $12K even for the vehicle, not including fees, taxes, and negative equity on the trade-in. This is less than invoice, plus $1000 cash back. So far I really like the car - it feels much more expensive than it is. I'm really amazed that it has full curtain side airbags at that price point.
I used Edmunds to get quotes and first contact with the dealers, mainly dealing with Mark Kia and Avondale Kia. Mark threw in some free window tint and some discounted oil changes, so I went with them. Financing was already arranged through Capital One, which is partnered with Edmunds. Good low interest rates.
May 17, 2004 (1:26 pm)
Good going! Good luck to you.
#117 of 464 Whoo-hoo! Coolio, arizonajoe!
May 17, 2004 (5:44 pm)
Congrats on your new 2004 1/2 Kia Spectra! Glad you snagged one. I'm thinking a lot about this car or a new-world-order Kia Sportage for 2005 for my next rig. My Sportage is running great so trading in is not in the current equation-I just love these Kia motorcars so much that I want to pull the trigger a tad bit early, know what I mean? Keep us informed with any problems you might have or any thing that particularly excites you about the car, OK? I sure love the way it looks, for sure. Absolutely great looking sedan from these South Korean automakers. Dig it!
#118 of 464 In today's paper
Jun 25, 2004 (5:25 am)
In Columbus, GA the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ran an article for the 2004.5 Spectra today. It was more of a glorified ad than a review, but they wrote a lot of nice things about it. The article said a new Spectra with things like auto, leather and sunroof was about $15,000. That sounds pretty good. Kia is also running several rebate programs now that look pretty enticing--among them are rebates for current and former Kia owners. I will be interested to see how it does.
#119 of 464 Hey Edmunds!
Jun 25, 2004 (5:29 am)
When are you guys going to update the Kia Spectra info under New Cars to reflect the new car?