"I bought this car new in the fall of 2003. to drive all over the state for sales. 130,000+ miles later my family and friends always joke that I should make a commercial for Kia. 2 accidents, never been stuck in snow front wheel drive, drove on every back road in Indiana. Never intended to still own it 12 yrs later but here we are. No major repair to engine. only brakes, Battery, a couple body parts. rust just showed up about a year ago and that's probably my fault for parking it on top of damp wet ground for long period of time. Not fancy but most reliable car I have ever owned and Iv had some very nice cars. ie. Mercedes, BMW, oh and my other favorite car Kia Seronto "Nice" just now selling because I'm not driving it. And somebody needs a good reliable A to B car. Price and Value were the reason for purchasing it. dependability, reliability were the reason for keeping it. It has paid for itself 3 times over."
"I just lost my 2004 Kia Spectra to an accident. I really liked that car as it was quite dependable, reliable and did what I needed it to do. I bought it used 21\2 years ago in a unusual situation as the car on had 54,000 miles on it. What little I had to do to it was fairly simple to get done and not very expensive"
"I put 130+ miles on this car 6 days of the week, usually during the day its constantly running or fired up, its an acquired look that you hate/love no matter how beat up she gets, no real problems other than no gas which I've gotten 101 miles on an empty tank, this car is so reliable you will want to keep it running and mod it up, I'm already doing an engine transplant when or if the stock gives out, its worth its cheap price and if you take care of this car it will take care of you, and put 89 in the tank and change with synthetic if your running it all day in the heat"
Pros: "Gas mileage, convenience, size, large trunk"
Cons: "No cup holders in back seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have used this car for many road trips visiting family in several states. I've only had to replace the battery twice and no major mechanical issues. It's been in a couple of accidents and it still runs great! I trust my car over any new vehicle out there."
"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."