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2003 Kia Spectra

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 212 Ratings for the 2000 - 2004 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.3/10
    Styling
    7.4/10
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Extremely reliable and few repairs in 13 yrs

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Aside from replacing the tires and batteries, I've had few repair bills and the engine still runs great at 90,000. The body, however, is in poor shape. The paint is bad and the insulation is coming off around the hatchback. At least I no longer have to care about dings and dents after a couple of kind people have dented it in parking lots."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very good

By on Saturday, January 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Wonder how many more I can get"

Cons: "Paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No major problems Only replace d struts arms tires battery timing belt window motor twice more than 250000 miles always starts paint ruff but great car"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great value

By on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very reliable car. has been very good in handling these WI winters."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

294k and STILL strong!

By on Friday, January 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 294,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive, cheap to fix, good price"

Cons: "Temperature sensitive, paint fades on plastic."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Today, I rolled over the 294,000 mile mark and its still driving as good as it did when I bought it with 22,000 miles. I bought it as a program car and still had the warranty. Its had regular services as recommended and ALWAYS been performed by a KIA certified mechanic. I love the 2.0L 4 cylinder engine for its power going up hills and long grades, it is actually quite fun to take a drive through the mountains. It does have a sensitivity to temperature, 50s and 60s it tends to sound rough but it still does well and never disappoints. Other than the normal maintenance, it was in the shop once for a L-R solenoid replacement in the transmission which just cost about $500 to fix, no big deal. The interior is still doing well, the radio amazingly still does great and the sound system is great as I am a heavy metal fan. It does need a few small superficial fixes here and there and I will probably get on that soon, again, no big deal. Its a great car and Ive more than got my money`s worth from it. The key is making sure its been taken care of BEFORE you get it and staying current on all maintenance after you buy it. If you do you will be sharing this experience yourself."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

You get what you pay for

By on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, drives smoothly, reliable"

Cons: "very basic interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good car, nothing flashy, but hasn't given me any non-standard issues. Great car for a person on a budget who needs reliability!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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