(Closed) Kia Spectra Advice Needed! (NWR)

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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2214 posts
Buzzing bee

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 # 5
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651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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

 

http://www.edmunds.com/kia/spectra/review.html

Post # 6
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Bumble bee

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.

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