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#447 of 463 generally disapointed so far...compare to nissan versa
Oct 29, 2007 (3:48 pm)
a few months ago, i bought a 2005 spectra w/16k mi...it looked perfect. while i havent had any major problems, ive had some small annoying things that i feel a newish car shouldnt have (ive always had impeccable japanese cars with perfect fit & finish). for example, ive had the screws/bolts for driver's seat tightened (annoying squeaking noise), the passenger's window makes a clicking sound when rolling up, now passenger's seat is squeaking, and the hood often vibrates when engine idles (but goes away when shift to nuetral). The dealer seems to be shady: the Gaithersburg, MD King Kia dealership strongly hinted to me that if i ever required engine or transmission warranty service, it would greatly help my case if i had regular dealer-provided oil changes. i know this cant be the case, but im weary of Kia's long-term reliability, so ensuring the validity of my warranty is worth the extra $10 that the dealer charges for oil changes.
also, ive had miserable gas mileage. I've gotten as low as 18mpg in the city (!!!), although the average is 22-25mpg. highway mileage ranges from about 29-33.
for comparison's sake, i recently drove a nissan versa rental for 2 weeks, and i REALLY liked it, especially the ease of steering...Spectra's wheel, while a bit smaller, is stiffer & harder to turn. Versa has GREAT gas mileage...I got 30mpg in the city with a HEAVY lead foot (read: I kicked the living crap out of that rental and it still got me 30mpg in the city). the spectra has better initial acceleration, thanks to huge low-end torque, but I found the versa to be more athletic at higher speeds. the versa has an override mode, something the spectra lacks. but the spectra has a CVVT transmission, and so shifting gears is smooth and seamless, although it does not result in any better fuel economy over the vera's "standard" transmission.
the versa is a bit smaller than the spectra, but its taller and the rear seats fold down, so it probably has more cargo capacity. the spectra has some nice touches, like bits of cloth on the door panels and a center-storage console/arm rest that are HUGE oversights in the versa. the spectra uses softer plastics on the console & dash, verses the versa's (ha!) hard & cheap plastics, esp on radio & air control knobs. also, the spectra has some thoughtful touches, like auto-off headlights, engine temperature gauge, illuminated ignition key switch, above-head sunglass storage apparatus, rear cup holders, ceiling and door-mounted courtesy lights, and one-touch trunk-release button. some of vera's well-thought-out features include one-touch down AND up driver's window button (why isnít this standard on all new cars?), in-dash tire pressure warning light, and impeccable fit & finish (no rattles, squeaks, or other unusual in-cabin noise).
While im not regretting my decision to buy a spectra, its clear that kia can still learn a lot from its Japanese competitors. All it takes is a bit more attention to detail, because otherwise, I believe kia can have a superior product vis-ŗ-vis similar Japanese cars.
Mar 22, 2008 (1:47 pm)
does anyone know how to remove the mirror from the housing (passenger side view mirror)?
#453 of 463 Re: Ditto [jcj8008]
Aug 15, 2008 (7:43 pm)
sounds like a dumb ?? but tell me something please I cant keep track of my mielage b/c when I press the button which should reset and keep track seems to only go to Trip A, Trip B,..I tried turning the little knob, nothing. With my other cars its always been so simple. Any feedback would really help. Thanks,
#454 of 463 Re: Ditto [jmammas]
Aug 17, 2008 (7:51 am)
Press and hold for several seconds. It will reset to zero.
#455 of 463 Saying goodbye to my 06 Spectra5
Sep 30, 2008 (4:34 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...