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Kia Spectra, Sedan
Aug 31, 2005 (6:04 am)
what's more-the Kia Long-Haul Warranty really works-Kia does stand behind it. Not in my opinion, it is a fact. I know-I'm on my 2nd Kia in a row, a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4. I loved my 1999 Kia Sephia sedan so much I decided to trade in early-at only 82,000 miles. Our Sportage 4x4 has treated us well.
Kia vehicles aren't perfect, so you may need your Wanrranty. I have found my Kia retialers to be very fair if a repair or Warranty-item is needed.
Oh, your Kia Spectra sedan is also better looking than all the rest, of that you can rest assured. Even better looking than the Mazda 3. Enjoy your Spectra and come on back and share your Spectra experience with us!
#344 of 464 SPECTRA ALERT: SPILLED LIQUIDS AFFECT AIRBAG SYSTEM
Sep 01, 2005 (10:07 am)
Gleaned from an anti-KIA forum online:
ok i got a 2004 kia spectra
14000 miles and the air bag light turns on I bring it to the dealer to fix it they took hours....
finaly thay ask me if its ok to pull the center console "were coffie cups are put "
apparently the drink holders leaked
and what is under the Leaky coffie holders ?
the advanced air bag computer !! my coffie was sloshing and the liquids were pooling around the electronic device causing it to rust..
this air bag computer part cost 800$ At first they were saying its not covered under the warranty
When they said "not covered" I fliped out causing a huge scene in the dealership. At whitch point they agreed to replace the part .
So dont drink liquids in your kia or it might cost you big time
this is no joke real
I email the poster of this complaint to see how the liquid *actually* got under the console, since the cup holders appear (to me) to be leak-free, even if a drink is sloshed into them.
The verdict? The poster's drink cup was dropped and spilled down around the much more vulnerable emergency break handle slot right next to the driver.
So..... be VERY careful with any drinks or other liquids in the front seat area of your new Spectra, and don't allow them to spill onto the emergency brake handle area OR the auto trans shifter slot for that matter!
Else you may have some 'splainin to do to the KIA Service Manager!
#345 of 464 Re: SPECTRA ALERT: SPILLED LIQUIDS AFFECT AIRBAG SYSTEM [spectraman]
Sep 01, 2005 (3:24 pm)
That's good to know. My DW isn't too careful with the beverages she totes in her Elantra, and its design is similar.
Sep 01, 2005 (4:11 pm)
now that's news that Kia Spectra owners can really use! Watch that coffee sloshin' now!
That's effective use of the Internet tool, huh?
Sep 02, 2005 (8:48 pm)
2006 Spectra EX Spec Changes (from previous post):
Delete fog lights on EX 4-door model
Delete 15-inch factory-installed alloy wheel option on EX 4-door model
(available as dealer installed option)
Delete sunroof option on EX 4-door model
Road and Track just confirmed these changes in their recent issue.
I agree with Shawn's statement:
"I really think they made a mistake removing the fog lights and moonroof option from the EX version if this is true. And hopefully the dealers will add on the alloys. Anyway, I think this makes the EX very much less competitive with the competition and the Elantra GLS especially with the removal of the moonroof."
I would definitely regret not having these options on my Spectra EX, and would not like being forced into buying the more "boy-racer" SX to get them. It's these options that help push the Spectra EX into a more upscale experience.
New 4-speed A/T (except SULEV models in CA, MA, ME, NY, VT)
New-generation transmission is lighter in weight, more durable and provides improved operation
This was definitely news to me. R&T didn't mention this one. I'm not surprised, since erratic shifting was the only problem I've seen mentioned on another KIA-centric Spectra message forum. Most of the problems were solved with some reprogramming of the transmission software. I've experienced no transmission problems at all after 13k miles. I'm really hoping that the new transmission was implemented primarily for the weight savings (thus MPG) and NOT the "more durable" adjective above!!!!
I know that KIA's probably trying to improve the profitability of the now "standard" Spectra, but the sunroof, alloy wheels, and fog lights should still be be available at least as an extra-cost feature package on the EX.
I'm the type of guy that likes those features, but doesn't like his front spoiler being scraped off every time I pull into a parking spot.
#348 of 464 Re: [spectraman]
Sep 05, 2005 (5:15 pm)
I agree I don't like having to choose a Spectra SX to get the options they dropped for 2006. Though I like the Spectra SX because of the 16" rims and sportier suspension I don't like the lower ground effects package - especially on the sedan.
#349 of 464 Hard To Change Oil Filter
Sep 05, 2005 (5:21 pm)
I just did the first oil change on my girlfriend's 05 Spectra EX at 2600 miles. I was expecting the job to be as easy on the Spectra as the Elantra. Anyway, everything was similiar except for removing the oil filter. The oil filter is in the exact same location (duh since they use the same engine) as the Elantra but the oil filter is cover by a splash guard that runs under the entire front bumper. I had to remove almost all the screws to be able to get at the oil filter. I wish they had made it similiar to Elantra where they had a small access panel (three bolts) to get to the oil filter. Hopefully they design this in when they do the mild refresh in a few years from now.