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#313 of 464 After visiting the Kia America website today
Aug 06, 2005 (8:18 am)
I came across some cool new information.
This news item was on the Kia America website in May of '05 and I missed it. Might be really nice-the cool extras of the Spectra5 in a beautiful Spectra sedan.
From Kia America CEO Peter Butterfield:
“We’re ecstatic that Kelley Blue Book has named the 2005 Spectra5 to its exclusive list of ‘cool’ cars under $18,000,” said Kia Motors America president and CEO Peter M. Butterfield. “This reaffirms our belief that Spectra5 delivers style, performance, safety features and value to our customers."
Here's the new and interesting part for me, the new Kia Spectra SX sedan. Check it out! "And to make sporty driving fun for sedan lovers, we’ve just introduced the new Spectra SX, which has all the special features of the “5” added to the sedan, including sport-tuned suspension, interior tweaks and body kit,” added Butterfield.
Reading about the Spectra5 today I couldn't believe all of the undercarriage updates the Spectra5 has for a rig that costs just over $15,000! Incredible value, and that is what enamors me to the Kia brand. A front strut tower, even! Sport-tuned suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars. I can't wait to see a Kia Spectra SX sedan with the body kit on and all. More fun research for me! Kia just continues to improve and continues to offer great value to customers, including the wonderful Long-Haul Warranty, which Kia execs have vowed to continue through the 2008 model year. I bet they keep it beyond that even.
#314 of 464 Re: After visiting the Kia America website today [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 06, 2005 (6:12 pm)
Motor Trend did a comparo on small hot sedans in July; one of them was the Spectra SX. They said some nice things about it, but it did not win the comparo. The Mazda3s did.
#315 of 464 Re: After visiting the Kia America website today [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 06, 2005 (6:13 pm)
Cool. I read in a review (automotive.com? or maybe here?) where in a long term test, they had to repair the front spoiler because it was low enough that they tore it up on a curb. I looked at a Spec5 on the lot, and it appears that you can simply unscrew the bottom part of the front spoiller and remove it without messing too much with the looks of the car.
I did the unthinkable, though: I took the car that the Spec5 resembles, the Mazda3 wagon, out for a test drive. Gawd, what a car! The four-cylinder engine pulls like a V6, the suspension gives better feel (like it was on rails) than the Spec5 but is infinitely smoother; the stereo kicks butt and even gets louder with rpms. I fell in love with the car. Unfortunately, I would have to pay probably 20% more the Mazda3, and I don't know if I can swing that right now. Also, this will likely be the car I send my younger son to college with, and I'm not so sure I wanna give him Zoom Zoom! right off the bat.
The Spec5 is a poser next to the Mazda3 wagon. But for the price, it very well be the best you can get.
Aug 08, 2005 (3:32 pm)
Hi all - I have an update for you on my 2004.5 Spectra EX 5-spd.
I finally got a chance to gauge pure highway mileage. Driving to California, I calculated it at 33 mpg. Coming back to Arizona, it was 36 mpg. This is much better than the 25-27 I had been seeing in the city. I'm now past 19,000 miles.
One problem I have to report: When I cruise at 80 or so, a loud humming/rubbing noise emanates from the front right wheel well. If I slow down, it goes away. This problem recently got worse, when it started happening even at 70 mph. It doesn't always happen - it usually takes 20 minutes of cruising to pop up.
Also, I think the dealer is lying to me. They want to replace my fuel filter as part of regular maintenance - they actually wanted to do this at 15,000 miles. Another local dealer said no, the fuel filter is embedded as part of the fuel pump, and is meant to last much longer than 15,000 miles. They said it's a major operation that need not be done so frequently.
#317 of 464 Re: Spectra update [arizonajoe]
Aug 08, 2005 (6:22 pm)
Consult your owner's manual on the fuel filter replacement--the maintenance schedule will tell you when you need to change it.
#318 of 464 Annoying message Spectra ES
Aug 09, 2005 (1:49 pm)
I just purchased a Kia ES for my daughter. I noticed when driving alone at night the "Passenger Airbag System Off" message is quite bright and annoying. Also the clock illumination is not adjustable and again annoyingly bright for night time driving. Anyone with the same complaints or a solution?
#319 of 464 Re: Annoying message Spectra ES [johnjr]
Aug 09, 2005 (5:26 pm)
For the bright airbag light, I have an idea: I had the same problem with the rear defroster light on my Ford Aspire. I pulled the instrument panel and painted the light bulb with black paint on the tip, blocking most of the light. Now in bright sunlight, I can barely see the light if it's lit, but I can tell. At night I can see it clearly but it's not a pain in the butt.
Another solution on the airbag light is to run the wire to a lit switch under the dashboard. Whenever the light is energized, the switch could be lit. But if you shut off the switch, it would shut off the dashboard light. If it's low enough under the dash, all that would be visible at night would be a faint glow.
Use your imagination...!
#320 of 464 Re: Annoying message Spectra ES [johnjr]
Aug 09, 2005 (5:31 pm)
One idea for the clock light: Hyundai Elantra GT Garage (scroll down to the bottom: "Changing the colour of the dashboard digital clock").
#322 of 464 Spectra EX
Aug 09, 2005 (7:52 pm)
I bought my car on july 5th from atlantic hyundai long island, NY. I paid 12,200 plus tax for the car. Sticker was 16,100 or something like that. Options include alloy wheels and cruise control. Since then i've put in 2600+ miles on it. I love the car so far. few complaints i have are of course the drivers seat need more thigh support. after an hour of drive my leg is begging for a break and I am not tall either only 5' 8". Fuel economy is not at all great. So far i have averaged 26 on highway. Since i drive less than 2% on the city i cant really tell how thats like. if anyone is looking for a fuel miser then this is not the car for you. However this car is definetely value. It has great looks, decent stereo, acceptable rear room. seats are actually comfy except for long drives as i mentioned. and also it has a cigerette lighter however it does not come with a DC power outlet which kinda sucks however you can still get by using the cigerette lighter outlet. i will fill in more as i get time... just sharing a few things that i noticed abt my car.