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#301 of 463 Re: gas mileage for spectra5 [spmrebel]
Jan 14, 2006 (5:33 pm)
It's settled then, Kia spectra is more comfortable than the Elantra. I know there's more leg room in the Kia for those who are a bit chubby of thigh.
I would really like to trade in my '98 malibu for another kia. Either the spectra or the Rio. We have a 2005 spectra 5 and we really like it. But, like I said in an earlier post, the gas mileage just isn't so great. I read one report on the Rio where the evaluator got over 30 mpg on it. But there is also the money. The spectra is bigger and the price is so freakin close. It seems like the spectra is just more car for basically the same money and possibly the same gas mileage. Am I right?
#302 of 463 one small issue for spectra5 [jimmybrown2]
Jan 14, 2006 (5:57 pm)
I would like to report one small issue we've had with our spectra. The smart airbag on the passenger side isn't all that smart. My wife doesn't seem to set it off most of the time. I mean, the light stating that the airbag is off seems to be on most of the time. It's been reflashed by the dealer a few times now. I think the only option is to change out the mechanical switch, however that's done. But Kia hasn't given the dealer the go ahead on that yet. There is still the possibility of her not being big enough to set it off consistantly, but how big do you have to be? (Ssshhhh, she weighs about 170 to 180). That's as big or bigger than what the government says most men should weigh so I find it hard to believe she's too small. Would they make it so only obese people would be enough to turn it on? A friend of mine who is about 230 sat in it a few times and it turned on ever time. But, the dealer is not giving us the cold should and seems to be doing everything they can to take care of it, so no complaints, yet.
#303 of 463 Re: gas mileage for spectra5 [jimmybrown2]
Jan 14, 2006 (9:36 pm)
I have to disagree that the Spectra is more comfortable than the Elantra, in at least one important area: driver's seat adjustability. I have found the Elantra's driver's seat more comfortable than the Spectra's because the Elantra's bottom cushion has separate adjustments for the front and back, while the Spectra's has one adjustment. I found I wanted to raise the front of the Spectra's seat bottom higher--but I couldn't. It may not be an issue for many people, but it's a significant difference for me.
#305 of 463 Re: one small issue for spectra5 [jimmybrown2]
Jan 15, 2006 (10:13 am)
I had a similar problem with my S5. KIA sent me 2 recalls dealing with the passenger airbag, there was a problem with its programing. The dealer reprogramed the computer and the matter was solved.
#306 of 463 Re: gas mileage for spectra5 [backy]
Jan 15, 2006 (7:16 pm)
I consider both the Elantra and Spectra to be equivalent as far as seat adjustment and both seats are equally comfortable. Spectra has a single lever for height and tilt. The Elantra does the same using two knobs.
#307 of 463 Re: one small issue for spectra5 [bpaula]
Jan 15, 2006 (7:20 pm)
On my grilfriends' 05 Spectra EX whenever she sits in the passenger seat about half the time the airbag sensor is light indicating that the airbag is off. It doesn't seem to think anyone of significant weight is sitting there. Granted she is only 105lbs but still. Its good to know that Kia has a recall. I will take the car in to have the airbag sensor reprogrammed. We never got notified.
#308 of 463 Re: gas mileage for spectra5 [spmrebel]
Jan 15, 2006 (9:23 pm)
Spectra has a single lever for height and tilt. The Elantra does the same using two knobs.
Not quite the same thing. You cannot adjust the front and back of the Spectra's drivers seat bottom cushion independently. You can do so with the Elantra and other cars like the Forenza that have independent controls for those two adjustments.
#309 of 463 Re: one small issue for spectra5 [spmrebel]
Jan 16, 2006 (6:53 am)
Similar issue with Elantras. Mine seems to work okay, but there is a websited devoted to the issue at ElantraAirBags.com. There is a forum and a video showing pretty much what other people are reporting (a fairly slim, maybe 100-130 woman doesn't make the light off, but her 180 father does). If my car did that and it was our primary family car, I'd be pretty agressive in getting it fixed. As far as where the "switch" is, I believe it's a sensor made of a resistor network that's built into the seat.
Note that this is not an "economy car" or "import car" issue; many models are having problems because the Occupant Classification System is a new requirement for U.S. cars and all the bugs aren't worked out yet.
#310 of 463 Re: one small issue for spectra5 [doohickie]
Jan 16, 2006 (11:22 pm)
There is a recall for the Elantra OCS problem--it was taken care of on my '04 GT many weeks ago during a 15k service. It took a little over an hour for everything, including the recall fix, so it must not be a big deal to correct.