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Kia Spectra, Sedan, Wagon
#2 of 20 I am waiting eagerly to see the
Dec 15, 2007 (10:52 am)
new Kia Spectra. It's hard to see inside that masking but what I can see looks shapely and I even like the old Dodge Charger lime green color they've got going there.
#3 of 20 Re: I am waiting eagerly to see the [iluvmysephia1]
Jan 03, 2008 (6:34 am)
looks like it got some styling cues from KND-4 concept car that Kia released in L.A. auto show in December.
#4 of 20 himi...this new Spectra would be
Jan 03, 2008 (8:08 am)
the next Kia I would consider buying because it doesn't look like the Cee'd will come to America. But from the looks of the 2009 Kia Spectra I would get what I need from this car anyway. I have the utmost confidence in Kia designers. I am quite smitten by my '08 Lancer GTS, but, I am watching Kia like a hawk for new product. They are really looking great lately in their new designs, even the ones Peter Schreyer has not had a hand in working on.
Jan 31, 2008 (9:00 am)
Am interested in purchasing a remaindered new 2007 Spectra EX. Although this question is off-topic, it would be refreshing to hear from Spectra owners who have not had defective engines, transmissions and other miscellaneous disabling and unrepairable catastrophes with this model. Given the numbers of this model in service it seems highly unlikely that Kia would jeopardize future sales by continuing to produce vehicles of questionable quality. Perhaps the 2009 redesign will reduce the consumer's sometimes unrealistic expectations.
After a test drive yesterday, I was very impressed with the ride, seating and general performance of this model. Realizing that perfection is never attainable, only approachable, am I about to buy into a mechanized horror story, unable to obtain satisfactory service and/or necessary warranty repairs?
Other user ratings on various Web sites are plentiful and generally favorable.
#8 of 20 Re: Spectra 2009 [netranger4]
Feb 03, 2008 (6:33 pm)
My 2004.5 Spectra EX's performance has been nearly flawless over 45k miles.
I'm am *totally* satisfied with the performance of this car to-date. A couple of niggly items that were corrected quickly is all I've had to deal with. The gas mileage isn't class leading, BUT the engine runs very well, has good power, and hasn't given me a bit of problems. That fact alone must bode well for Kia.
Type "spectra_ex_manyahoo.com" into Google and click on the resultant link to read all the details about my car.
#9 of 20 Re: Spectra 2009 [spectraman]
Feb 05, 2008 (11:59 pm)
Thanks for your input on this possible purchase. A dealer here in Phoenix has a few '07's left. EX/Auto w/cruise control. Price offered $12500. plus T&T.
The price is certainly attractive. I drive a round trip between here and back to Ohio each year and breaking down on the highway is my primary concern. Being a senior citizen the risk of mechanical failure is one that needs to be analyzed before any purchase decision can be made..
Who wants to get stuck in Squash Blossom, with the nearest dealer 50 to X miles away? Probably not on anyone's list of favorite activities.
My cars have always been completely dealer maintained every 3,000 miles and so far (KOW) no disabling failures. It's more expensive in the short run, but has paid off over my normal 5-6 years of ownership. One replacement cam sensor failure in five years on my Ford. That was noisy, but not fatal. At 62000 I replaced the original brake pads and rotors (front). The rears were replaced at 59000. At it's present 65,000 miles the car uses no oil nor has any leaks. Still gives 28-30 miles per gallon with a V-6 when driven at posted speed limits (Ex AZ.) which has some 75 MPH zones on I-40.
Should I decide to go with the Spectra, the factory maintenance schedule will be followed precisely and hopefully will result in the same serviceability that the Ford has provided.
My indecision is based in part on some of the horror stories on the Edmunds website.
After nearly sixty years of motoring with long gone makes such as Hupmobile, Terraplane and Frazer with few problems I hope that my luck continues.
Thanks again for sharing your experience with the Kia Spectra.
#10 of 20 Here's a view of the 2009 Kia Spectra that is
Feb 10, 2008 (9:48 am)
codenamed by Kia as TD. It is camouflaged unfortunately because it is still under development. Early covered looks at it look very promising to me.