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Kia Spectra, Sedan, Wagon
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.
#14 of 20 Check Engine Light On
May 20, 2009 (9:40 am)
Within a week's time when I bought Kia Spectra '09, the Check Engine Light" turned on. Had it towed by the dealer and they fixed the matter saying it's only about the "gas cap." However, very dissapointingly, it turned on again only after a few weeks time. It's very annoying to think that we opted for a brand new car to make sure it won't give us any problems for the next 3-5 years. To think, for 2 months' worth of usage, we have only travelled 1,300 miles. What's up with the Check Engine Light?!? Brand new cars shouldn't have this reccurring problem.
#15 of 20 Re: Check Engine Light On [jjaysd]
May 20, 2009 (12:39 pm)
What was the cause of the 2nd check engine light? If the gas cap is not screwed on tightly each time (for several clicks), the check engine light will come on each time.
#16 of 20 2009 Kia Spectra Check Engine Light
Jun 25, 2009 (9:49 am)
I have had my car less than a week. It has less than 400 miles on it and I have not gased it up yet. So the question of the gas cap should not come into play here. I've driven it 246 miles since I picked it up from the dealer. This morning the check engine light came on. The car is driving fine, no issues there. The question is why?