Last post on Oct 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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Kia Spectra, Hatchback
#454 of 463 Re: Ditto [jmammas]
Aug 17, 2008 (8:51 am)
Press and hold for several seconds. It will reset to zero.
#455 of 463 Saying goodbye to my 06 Spectra5
Sep 30, 2008 (5:34 pm)
Well, after about 2.5 Years I'm saying goodbye to little Blakie.
It's not that it hasn't been a great Car, on the contrary.
What happened is that back in Dec of 06 I was injured on the job and I'm now disabled.
With the settlement I'm getting I wanted to pay the Spec5 off and get a new Car that has an excellent long term Track record.
As much as I love my Kia, I just hear too many stories of what happens down the Road and seeing as how this will be the last time I'll most likely be able to afford any kind of Car, I want something with a proven long term record of reliability.
I know, I know. I'm bailing out on Kia, sorry...
It's just something I have to do to prepare for the future and I can't bet my future transportation on a Car with such a shaky history, not to mention the re-sale value of the 06 Spec5 is in the toilet.
I checked the other Day on the Kelly re-sale - trade in price of the 06 Spec5 in perfect condition with low Miles and it made me sick to my Stomach.
As much as I love this Car and I'm sure most owners do, the general consensus is not good for Kia owners.
After putting 40k Miles on this Car I have had no troubles whatsoever, other than the Clock intermittently turning off, the one Horn that wasn't hooked up at the Factory and the Weather Striping on the front windshield needing to be Siliconed into place because it kept coming lose and flopping around.
It's these little things that have had me a little on edge as to what's going to happen way down the Road that caused me to get rid of it.
I never had the Paint issues but from all I've read, I'm glad I went with Black because every other Color seems to have serious issues.
Mechanically the Car has performed flawlessly, but who knows what will happen in another 30k Miles.
If they forget to hook up the Horn at the Factory, what else could they have forgotten to "hook up".
Kia has come along way from when I first saw them back in the mid 90's.
Far enough to get me to buy one, just not far enough to get me to keep one.
I can hear the big question out there, "What did you replace it with"?
After allot of research as to what I'm looking for in a reliable Car there was only one obvious choice.
I hate big SUV's like Tahoe's, I hate little tiny Cars like Cooper's and forget those "Crossover" Cars like the Flex, way too rich for my Blood.
I wanted all Wheel drive, something that gets good Gas Millage, is comfortable to drive, is reliable, has an excellent track record from ownership history and gets a good insurance rate.
What else could it be, the 2009 Subaru Outback of course...
#457 of 463 Please help me decide
Oct 20, 2008 (8:40 pm)
I'm in the grip of indecision regarding a car purchase.
I've been looking for an affordable car to have for about 3 years.
I have a total of $12,000 to spend on a used car - cash.
I have been comparing hatchbacks with the following characteristics:
- Excellent dependability (by far the most important requirement) !!!!!!!
- Decent gas mileage(doesn't have to be great)
- Decent performance(don't want a really weak engine)
- Preferably a 5-door rather than 3-door
Cars considered: Toyota Matrix, Mazda 3 hatchback, Honda Fit, Suzuki Reno, Hyundai, Accent, and the three below.
I had assumed I could find a fairly new car then buy a manufacturer-backed extended warranty but for under $10,000 before taxes and fees most cars I have found are already out of warranty which then makes them ineligible for the MEW.
I need to decide between three available cars. Please tell me which one you
would choose given the above mentioned.
1. A 2006 Kia Spectra5 5-door with 60,000 miles, FWD, Auto in very good condition
2. A 2006 Suzuki Aerio SX 5-door with 55,000 miles FWD, Auto in very good condition
3. A 2003 Mazda Protoge5 5-door with 80,000 miles FWD, Auto in impeccable condition
The Kia would cost me $2000 less than the Suzuki. The Mazda $1000 less than the Suzuki.
What do you think?
#459 of 463 Cold weather Spectras
Nov 30, 2008 (1:22 pm)
Just wondering if anybody else is having problems with cold weather warm up issues?
Takes a long time for this car to warm up if it less than 30 degrees.
Does anybody else have this issue/what have you done about it?
Was thinking about blocking half of the radiator with cardboard to see if that helps.
Dec 08, 2008 (11:14 pm)
It seems to take two to three miles of town driving for the temp gauge to make it up a couple of ticks. I usually don't turn the heater on for two miles or so, there is no heat there anyway and it just slows the warm up process.
Some people turn the heat on full blast as soon as they start the car, but a car heater is not like an electric heater. It works off the radiator coolant, and the engine has to be warm to make the heater work.
My 07 Spectra doesn't seem either particularly slow or fast to warm up, just typical. I haven't run it yet in cold cold, like 10 degrees. Will note its warming trend when winter sets in a little harder.
#461 of 463 Re: [lamronh49]
Dec 09, 2008 (11:15 am)
I know that, it just seems that my car warms up slower than most other cars that I have had when the tempurature drops below 30 degrees. Was just wondering if other people had the same problem and what they did to fix it.
#462 of 463 new gen 05+ rear wiper blade
Jan 11, 2010 (8:11 am)
(fyi) There's an alternative to going to the dealer for a replacement rear blade on the newer generation spectras (05+). It may first appear that the blade and arm are one piece but if you take a look, you'll see the wiper blade can be replaced and its actually quite simple. It is a special wiper blade though. There may be other alternatives, but the 'trico exact fit rear blade' available online snaps right onto the special rear arm and looks like the factory original. Much cheaper than the dealer alternative and easier/less tedious than messing around with rubber refills. Comes with removal and replacement instructions too. Hope this helps.
Oct 22, 2011 (2:39 pm)
I live in Vermont; I don't own a Kia (yet), but here we put newspaper in front of our radiators in November, and take it out in March or April, for a lot of cars with small engines. Some just are slow to warm up, but you also might need a new thermostat; if it's stuck open, the car may never warm up!