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2004 Kia Spectra

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 29/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2004 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 202 Ratings for the 2000 - 2004 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.3/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

car good for young person

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "price"

Cons: "poor quality interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Have had to replace clutch twice not enough torgue in engine when in the mountains in first you have to ride break off and on to slow down. Not a quality made vehicle"

ALWAYS PROBLEMS WITH THE AC SYSTEM

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,170

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "CHEAP. GOOD QUALITY PAINT. COMFORTABLE INTERIOR"

Cons: "POOR QUALITY PARTS USED IN AC SYSTEM"

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

"THIS VEHICLE HAD AC PROBLEMS SINCE IT WAS BRAND NEW. EVAPORATOR DIED AT 50000 MILES. COMPRESSOR HAD TO BE REPLACED AT ONLY 70000 MILES. THE CONDENSER DIED AT 80000 MILES. IN FLORIDA A CAR WITH A BAD AC IS SIMPLE A DISGRACE. I WILL NEVER EVER BUY A KIA AGAIN.......RADIATOR ( MADE OF CHEAP PLASTIC) LASTED ONLY 85000 MILES.ALTERNATOR HAD TO BE REPLACED AT ONLY 45000 MILES AND ON AND ON AND ON..."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

My Kia gets close to 38 mpg. Love it for the mpg.

By on Monday, February 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 229,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Very Reliable"

Cons: "interior plastic parts break to easily."

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

"I have a 5 spd daily driver. I drive approx. 100 miles a day. Bought this car in 2008 for my long commute. Very reliable. The tranny quit but I replaced it. Other than that, the car has been super reliable."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

good commuter car

By on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gsa mileage, reliable car."

Cons: "hate changing headlight bulbs worse design ever."

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

"196,000 miles & i still get about 35 mpg. the upholstery is wearing out on the driver seat but all around good cheap transportation."

good car reliable

By on Thursday, January 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,547

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"car has been taken care of, low mileage, and comfortable for a small person has had regular check-ups, and serviced. tires are fairly new--all in all, a good car especially for a teen"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Point A to Point B. That's all.

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Simplicity; modern engine technologies."

Cons: "Unacceptable interior plastics."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Lower your expectations with this car. Expect nothing and you'll be satisfied. I've owned this for 4 years now; it was my first car. It's a simply designed car; not as involving as other vehicles on the road. It might be the largest compact car I've ever seen from its year of manufacturing. I can't comment much on the interior. I have the Base model: manual locks and windows. I can say that the grade of plastics are unacceptable. However, this was before Peter Schreyer had ever been involved with Hyundai/KIA. The engine does have some modern technologies: sixteen valve four cylinder with aluminum heads and a iron block. Tough power plant. Can also drive on regular gas as well. I tried to make this as unbiased as I possibly can. This is for someone who strictly needs a commuter vehicle. Nothing more that that."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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