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Long range review! by Rick of Middleburg, Fl on 02/04/2009. Trim: 2004 Kia Spectra Base, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Bought new, has 5sp manual which makes the 1.8L very peppy and gives me on avg 35 mpg w/o the A/C on!
Cons: Had to have the dash replaced due to buckling. This is caused by the sun thru the windshield. I know that this is a common occurance with Spectra's specifically, any year. Kia may have already addressed this issue.
Overall review: Great car. I have owned 4 Kia's. An '01 Sephia traded for the '04 Spectra, and a '02 Optima SE/V-6 traded for the '04 Optima EX/V-6. Didn't trade because of problems, just because of improved options. Have 93,000 mi on Optima, and 86,000 mi on Spectra. Very few issues with any of them! Whatever issues came up were addressed within the warranty timeframe. At 51 years old I have driven/owned many cars. Will definitely look at another kia again!
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