Post # 1
So I’ve been in need of a new car since mine decided on January 1 that it would no longer do the major thing required to make a car useful- start. Today, I test drove a 2007 Kia Spectra EX fully loaded with low (16K) miles in good shape with almost every feature I’ve been dreaming about in a new (to me) car. I don’t know much about this kind of car and even my ex-mechanic father is at a loss as to if this is a good car to buy or not.
Does anyone out there own a Kia Spectra? Do you like/love/hate it? Up sides? Down sides? Is it a good communter car? Any advice/warnings?
Post # 3
I have one. My parents bought it for me in 2004, and I haven’t had any problems with it. I used to commute 45 minutes each way when I lived in Boston, but now my commute is only 10 minutes. Like I said, I’ve never had any problems. Kias were pretty bad a while ago, but their newer cars are much safer/better quality. If you have a regular mechanic, I would have him/her take a look at it before you buy just to make sure it’s okay!
Post # 4
@Boston Bee- Thank you for your input! I was reading a TON of bad reviews of pre-2004 Kia owners who said the car was a piece O-S, but the newer cars seem to be getting better reviews. I’ve read a lot about lots of tire problems with this car. Hav eyou had any tire problems? I feel like I ought to get this car, its a pretty good deal for such a new car with so few miles on it!
Post # 5
I generally think of kias as cheap and not particularly safe cars, but I know that they have gotten better in recent years. Still wouldn’t be my top choice unless you were severely limited in budget
Post # 6
We have a Kia Rio and we love it. My parents and my sister all have Hyundais which are very similar (my mom has an old accent, my sister a brand new one, and my dad a newer sonata). My friends have a Spectra and they really like it. Honestly, I don’t know anyone with a Kia or a Hyundai that have said anything bad or had any real issues.
Post # 7
BF has an ’02 Optima. Mum has a ’99 Accent. I like both of their cars, and both of them have held up great, especially considering how my mom takes care of hers…
I am slightly more partial to Hyundai, because when I went to fix my mom’s car, they had a full manual online, taking it apart, putting it together, so and so forth.
For BF’s car, Kia has a website, but it is not the most helpful. It will tell you why your error causes the car to lock into 3rd, but it doesn’t seem to be organized in the most efficient way.
People will make fun of it, because it’s a Kia, but between my mom and BF, I’d says Kiundais are pretty reliable, and I would imagine a Spectra would be easy to DIY repairs, since it shouldn’t be a V6… I guess as long as you avoid any problematic years you should be fine.