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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 354 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

Nice first car

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable powertrain, appearance of the rear"

Cons: "Front appearance, stereo quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The good points: I have this car for 9 months now, and I found it dependable in the Dallas area. Has enough power to overtake long vehicles on 70 mph freeways. It has not developed any mechanical faults. Cheap service and parts. Not so good: The following things have started to go wrong as it ages: 1. Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Speedometer stops working on the hottest days of the year. The ride and handling is not as comfortable as my other car (comparing to my 2004 MB E-class). The check engine light came on one morning in January, with "Evaporative Emission System Pressure Sensor Low", but it went away in the evening. I did not feed any difference in the car."

Great value vehicle

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "lots of pep, good sterio and inside comfort items."

Cons: "cheap coating on door handles, door rubs bk seats."

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

"I bought this new for my son at 16 in 2009. He has taken care of it and changed the oil every 5K mile. It has ran great and has a lot of pep. Interior is starting to show a little wear but the outside is still in great shape. He has used it in 2 years of HS and 4 years of college. He plans to keep it during his 2 years of masters work and then some. Told me he has no plans of replacing it anytime soon. Only complaint I would have is that the window shades on the outside are flimsy and 1 broke off. Also the plastic colored chrome coating on the door handles inside the car came off like tin foil. But has been a great car!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great little car!

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very cheap and reliable."

Cons: "Major cons.... None."

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

"We had 2 Kia Spectras an 06 and an 07. Both were great cars. Had to get rid of one due to a growing family. The 06 had 105,000 mile on it when we got rid of it. It never had one single issue. The 07 currently has about 85,000 miles on it and has also never had an issue. Kia has since revamped the quality of their interior which is the only minor dislike of the Spectra. The interior was a little "boring" but if you are wanting a reliable car with good gas mileage this is a great option."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Does it's job well.

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A+ handling, good engine, mostly reliable, roomy."

Cons: "Paint is meh, lack of interior color options."

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

"We've owned this 2006 Kia EX since buying it used with 12,000 miles on it. It's very fun to drive and it's easy to handle and control. Our Spectra doesn't have many miles considering the age so we haven't done the head gasket yet or other major service work outside of oil changes, transmission oil, coolant, brakes and rotors once, and a timing belt with spark plugs once. We've had two unexpected dealer visits. The thermostat was stuck closed, which blew the radiator. A year ago the Canister close valve (part of the EVAP emission systems) stopped working. The dealer had to remove the fuel tank to get to it. Even though those events have happened since owning this car, I love it. Its great on gas, it looks nice, and I feel safe driving it because it has so many airbags. The paint on the rear-view mirrors is poor, but that's just cosmetic. Good engine, but it lags a little getting from 40-60 mph. After this it cruises along the road nicely. Overall a B+ vehicle. I will buy another Kia because of this car."

It's a good car!

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, aux, easy to handle, sporty, design"

Cons: "subpar paint, light interior"

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

"I bought my 2007 Kia Spectra EX brand new in 2007 with 10 miles on it! I'm glad to say I've never had any problems out of my Kia. Besides routine maintenance such as oil changes and brakes, I've never had to have her in the shop for any major repairs! I did have to replace the battery after after 6 years. The inside is very roomy and comfortable. The headlights are big and bright. The knobs are huge and very intuitive. It has a sporty feel to it. The trunk is very large for such a small car. There is a lot of storage. The paint isn't the best ... there are small chips, but nothing too bad. Also, I would've liked a darker interior, but oh well. My Kia has been such a wonderful car, I have passed her on to my daughter. My Kia has been so reliable. I hope it's just as reliable for my teen."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY KIA SPECTRA 2006

By on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 219,249

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: "GREAT PRICE, FUN TO SHIFT GEARS, AND DEPENDABLE"

Cons: "NO ELECTRIC WINDOW, SUNROOF, OR DOORLOCKS"

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

"I HAVE EXPERIENCE ONLY THE BASIC WEAR AND TEAR ON ANY VEHICLE. ALL I HAVE REPLACE ON THIS CAR IS THE TIMING BELT, SPARKLE PLUG, BRAKE PADS, BROUGHT NEW TIRES. THIS IS THE A VERY DEPENDABLE CAR. I WOULD HAVE NEVER EXPECTED AN 4 CYCLE TO STAND UNDER ME. BUT MY BABY BLUE IS STILL ROLLING PRETTY SITTING ON SOME 17' NOT 10'. LOL"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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