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#427 of 464 2005 Spectra Mileage
Mar 19, 2006 (9:16 am)
I purchased my Spectra last Oct. (2005) and just for curiosity started checking the mileage. It was very poor for the most part, There were fluctuations in the performance with mileage as high as 41.5 MPG to a low of 19.6. I have worked with the Kia dealer and have had a great deal of help from them in trying to solve the problem. Get someone at the dealership to check BOTH of the catalytic converters. We have found the first unit attached to the exhaust manifold to be 60 to 70 percent plugged. The vehicle is now breathing easier and appears to be ready to provide much improved mileage. the manifold unit was just replaced last week so do not as yet have actual figures, but I will post the new numbers when available.
#429 of 464 Almost had to go new car shopping.....
Mar 30, 2006 (8:04 pm)
Well.... I can attest to the Spectra's 4-wheel disc brake's stopping power.
On my ride home tonight, some nimrod older (but not elderly) woman drove right across in front of me. Luckily the roads were dry. It was bright and sunny out, with the sun to her back, so I don't know HOW she could have missed seeing me coming. All I know is that I was whizzing along about 55 mph and she decides to pull out from a stop sign to cross in front of me. She never even looked to her right!
She SURE did though when I had to lock my brakes up! The screech was long and loud! Man... did her neck snap then!
Fortunately she didn't freeze up, and she kept going. I swung to the left a bit, and missed her by a pretty good distance. You should have seen the smoke cloud my stop left! I just (quickly) prayed that the person following behind me had the ability to stop quickly too.
The 4-wheel discs stopped the car straight and true. At no point did I feel like I was going to lose it, even though the tires locked up. Like I said, at least it was dry out!
This is the second time that I think the brakes on my car have saved me. I had similar experience a year ago in the winter time when it was slippery.
Just thought I'd give everyone a little update on here.
On the mechanical front, I've had a couple of other very minor issues pop-up. I had to have a headlight replaced last fall due to condensation build up in it. The latest issues are a driver's lower seat cushion that appears to need replaced due to disintigration of the foam, and one of the dual-note horns appears to be not working. I'm sure that both of these things will be remedied without too much fuss by my dealer, so I'm not that bummed out. As I said, both are fairly minor in nature. The car needs an oil change anyway (a freebie from the dealer), so I'll have these issues looked at then. It will probably mean a return visit at a later date to install any parts they need to order. My car's currently at 20.5k miles.
#430 of 464 Re: Help for poor gasmileage! [rollandalong]
Mar 31, 2006 (11:27 am)
HI. Please refer to message 427 posted a week or so back. The milage has improved. Also the reason for my higher MPG is the Canadian gallon is a full litre (quart) larger than an American gallon. The improvement to date since the replacement of the converter, means I am now getting a steady 34/35 MPG which here, in Canada is what we should be getting. The testing for fuel consumption is done on a dyno inside a building with controlled temperature. Tests are done at 50MPH at 68 degrees F. There is no wind, no traffic, no stop signs, no traffic lights, no trucks trying to blow you off the road, no hills ,no valleys. If I stayed in my garage I too could get the advertised mileage.
Keep on your dealer to get what you expect.
#432 of 464 Check Engine Light
Apr 07, 2006 (6:14 pm)
I just bought a 2006 Spectra a week ago, all was well til I left Walmart today, got in the car, started it the engine light was on, checked a few things, no biggie, left the parking lot the car won't speed up properly. I'm taking it in tomorrow but wondered if anyone else has had this issue and what they found it to be. I almost just want them to give me a new car!! It's only a week old!! I shouldn't be having problems already.
Apr 08, 2006 (1:13 pm)
I have a question for ya. As a fellow Kia owner I love my 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 just as I loved my 1999 Kia Sephia sedan. My next rig may very well be a new Kia.
When you go to buy again will you pick another new Kia to trade-in for? Or buy without trading? I am looking casually at cars to trade in for but the actual time to deal could be a year away from now, or even more. The Sportage is holding up well for us.
I'm just curious because of all the new small cars offered now. I am getting a hankering for the 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan, in Barcelona Red and 5-speed tranny. I would have to do a Clinton-esque sales job on my wife, though, to enable a trade in now, but if she would I would go trade in this weekend for the Yaris. I love it's simple yet sporty hot styling, Toyota finally designed a small car I like the looks of. I've also been following with interest the 2006 Scion xA.
But, Kia's 2006 Rio LX sedan and Rio5 are great little rigs that would warrant a serious look from us first!
What'd'ya think, spectrman? Any of 'em caught your eye?
#434 of 464 Re: Check Engine Light [alesha]
Apr 08, 2006 (2:20 pm)
I took the car to Kia today and they are putting in a new tranny. I just feel like they should make some kind of grand gesture to keep me happy and keep my business. Anyone agree??
#435 of 464 Good article about KIA in Detroit News
Apr 14, 2006 (12:39 pm)
Here's a good article from the Detroit News (no less!) regarding the perceived and real state of KIA these days.
The whole article's worth a read. Here's an excerpt:
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/OPINION03/604050376&S- - earchID=73241546650235
It's time for Kia owners to stand up for their choice
"The initial reaction of many who have driven the restyled Sedona minivan and all-new Optima mid-sized sedan is one of pleasant amazement. The ride, handling and performance are on par with any of high-quality competitor. The fit and finish aren't shoddy or cheap, but well-thought out and tasteful. Kia loads a lot of safety features and comforts in the vehicles but the price is significantly less than competing brands.
But today Kia still ranks low in the minds of consumers as a premium brand and will continue to be the butt of jokes -- whether deserving or not. And Kia owners are constantly defending and explaining why they bought a Kia.
If Kia continues on the road of quality improvement with an eye to value pricing, then the number of satisfied owners should continue to swell. Kia owners and intenders will begin to publicly display Kia pride. And one day Kia owners may be counted among the group of discerning buyers who know how to look fashionably fabulous at a competitively low price.
And when that day arrives, who will be laughing then?"
#436 of 464 Leno's Kia comments Stinx but he is only a comic
Apr 16, 2006 (10:01 am)
Kia makes as good a product(for the $)as ANYONE in the car industry. If and when this is seen as the truth depends upon the quality of their service and commitment to the great warranty offered in U.S. The best way to vote is with loyalty in purchase and honestly saying that our cars seem great to us. The old Rio was not the car the new one is, but it was a great value for price. I miss it being offered just as I miss the VW Beetle even though the Rabbit/Golf is a "better car" - at a higher price. Kia should bring the Picanto or a similar vehicle into the U.S. to fill the spot the Rio used to occupy.
I am very happy with the 2005 Spectra but still love my 1982 VW camper which is a completely different driving experience. IMO the Spectra is as a better car than an equivalent Japanese car, dollar for dollar. BTW I am seeing a huge number of Kias and Hyundais locally but not as many when I travel. Good local dealers make a huge difference in perceived quality. George in Wisconsin.