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2005 Kia Spectra

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 31/Comb 25 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2005 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 342 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Reliable and dependable

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I really like this car. 2008 and still all original equipment except for air filters, oil filters, and tires. 138,000 miles and no problems except for throttle position sensor which was replaced and adjusted"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,500

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
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, nice features"

Cons: "Nothing fancy"

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

"I bought this car from a dealer in Sep 2013 with 85k miles. It now has 111k miles and still going strong. Overall it's been very reliable and required minimal maintenance; routine oil changes and no major issues. I get 28 mpg through town and 30-31 on highway. I also really like the cup holders (there are a bunch), the backseat seems pretty roomy the few times I've been back there, and visors are great; they can pull pretty far out to the side to block the sun. Mine is also a manual transmission. Compared to the 99 civic I had before, it doesn't shift as easily and seems a little more difficult to drive smoothly. Not sure if this is a clutch issue or just how the car is. It took some time to adjust to and can be annoying. Besides that, I have no complaints with this car and think it's a great value for the price."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Love my car

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Trooper"

Cons: "Slightly small rear passenger area"

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

"I put 30,000 miles on my kia every year, I've had it since about 30k miles. It is a work horse and has always been reliable. Great gas mileage, around 27-30mpg."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

KIA, nice power, style and safety for good price.

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "price, paint and mechanics, safe, great handling"

Cons: "leaks, dashboard rattling in cold temp"

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

"This is my second KIA. Flaws have been with leaks to the interior, either through trunk seals or door channels/seals. Plastic dashboard snaps, crackles and pops with New England temperature change. I hope corporate can fix that because I really love this brand. KIA drives great, responds well, has really great power. The exterior paint is superior; I have not had any rust or perforation issues with either car. No major mechanical problems, just basic maintenance and normal wear/replacement. This is a great brand all around, and I have several friends and family that have since bought KIA that have not had the problems that I have had."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

excellent car for the $$$

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: extra car

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, 40 mpg, easy to drive, economical!"

Cons: "lacking better paint choices."

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

"Car is very dependable, excellent response to throttle, smooth handling, 40 mpg and still fast and reliable. Front wheel drive is great in all weather conditions. Low costs maintenance. Best car Owned. Bought another Kia because of it."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Issues at less than 60,000 miles...

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Tranny Issues

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Fun to drive, good gas mileage, good size"

Cons: "Engine problems too early on"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This car was great until suddenly, the tranny decided to go out at just under 58,000 miles. I saw on here that I was not the only one that had to go through that. I took pretty good care of it so this was a shock to me. Good sized car for a mid-twenties someone just starting their lives out. Good for road trips and has a decent amount of pick up. I would still have this car if it weren't for the engine woes..."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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