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#150 of 431 Spectra Reliability / Depreciation
Feb 18, 2004 (6:29 pm)
I have owned my 2001 Spectra GSX for 3 years now. The ONLY trouble that I have seen in the entire 3 years of ownership was the automatic transmission which was replaced at approx. 22K miles. It did not die, but rather started to exhibit a slight whining noise which became only slightly louder upon acceleration. It could have been an easy fix, but the dealer decided to replace the whole thing. I can now honestly say the car drives EXACTLY the way it was when new, even with the new transmission. I have ripped and roared the hell out of the car, and enjoy driving it.
Like many others, Kia owners probably want MORE, and the new 2005 Spectra should deliver. As far as depreciation is concerned, my $14K sticker car is now worth no more than $5K... ouch! But the car has over 65K miles now and can honestly say there has not been really any other trouble with it, just routine oil changes, tire changes, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. The warranty is really comforting, and you would think that resale would be much higher given that fact, but unfortunately it is not...yet, anyway. Eagerly anticipating the 2005 model!
#151 of 431 yugoboy-I must comment on your post
Feb 18, 2004 (8:15 pm)
and the post just above. As my handle suggests I loved my Sephia and I presently love the Kia vehicle I traded the Sephia in for, my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4. Kia has been in the business of making vehicles a long time. Both of mine have had a few minor fixes required, everything has been picked up at no cost to me by the generous Long-Haul Warranty. Oh, as to the comment about only buying Hyundai's or Kia's because of the Long-Haul Warranty: doesn't work with this padre. I buy what I like and I like Kia the best-out of any and all worldwide car manufacturers. Period. They are peppy, reliable, great looking and affordable cars. Just like Kia advertised them to me when I knew nothing about them. I would advise anyone who wants a good deal on a good car to buy one. Resale value is an issue that shouldn't be an issue but it is. If you like to keep your rigs until the wheels fall off of them then Kia's make a lot of sense to buy. If you finance one and then intend on trading it in on another rig in a year or two, you're gonna take a hit-a large hit. Truth. That's not an issue for me so I buy them.
As for the new 2004 1/2 Kia Spectra, I say it looks great and with an MSRP of $12,620 it's a great deal once again. I really like the styling on this car and it's plopped on a Hyundai Elantra base-none too shabby. Side airbags, side curtains and 4-wheel disc brakes are standard equipment as well. That IMO is a lot of car for the money and I'll be keeping my eye on it.
#153 of 431 the dream is over!!!!
Feb 26, 2004 (4:18 pm)
saw my first 2005 kia spectra beautiful little car, very big on the inside from what i could tell, a huge improvement over the old model, HOWEVER i was looking at an lx model with most of the ex options, minus the nice front and rear chin spoiler and 16 inch wheels, 18950 canadian funds, i am guessing this car well fetch over 20000 with the cosmetic upgrades this is just too expensive for kia to be competitive, very nice design though, i still want to take it out for a spin and see how she performs.......
#154 of 431 yugoboy...where 'ya at? Canada?
Feb 26, 2004 (4:42 pm)
They've already got the new 2005 Kia Spectra's over there? Notice I said "over there" and not "up there?" I want to see one in person, too!
Feb 26, 2004 (5:27 pm)
the only problem I have with any Korean (and domestic) automaker is the resale value compared to the Japanese. Then again, I throw 100,000 miles on my cars in six years, then trade em' in on a newer model.
Feb 26, 2004 (7:23 pm)
It seems to me you are a perfect candidate for a Kia (or Hyundai)--you can use up every bit of the 100k warranty and buy a new one. What's a six-year-old Civic or Corolla with 100k on it worth anyway?
Feb 27, 2004 (7:25 am)
At that mileage the difference is small.
I had a '91 Ford Escort, with 107k miles and 7 years old it was totalled. I got $3000 from the insurance company.
Funny thing was the Honda and Toyota were only $1000 more, yet they would have cost $3000-4000 more to buy in the first place.
So I think you have a point. If you can get a good purchase price and then drive it that many miles...
#158 of 431 first in Vermont
Feb 27, 2004 (2:31 pm)
Just bought a new LX, they just came out yesterday. $15175.00 color, ICE BLUE,
Feb 27, 2004 (2:33 pm)
I had an Accord Coupe that fetched $7,500 in the resale market with 100,000 miles on it. The Civic will be worth much less though. At that point, the Kia will be worth just as little.