2001 Spectra

Consumer Reviews

2001 Kia Spectra

$21 - $4,853  MSRP Range
2001 Kia Spectra

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

3 Reviews
67% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.3 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
2.7 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.3 out of 5 stars Reliability
3 out of 5 stars Performance
3.7 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Great car for your money!

by Raul from on Wed Jan 27 2010

I bought this car brand new in 2001 and has been a great car for the money I payed. Of course I have taken great care of it. This is my first car and it has lasted me through high school, college, and still going. This car has taken many trips across Texas to visit girlfriends, friends, and family. I suggest to not look down upon Kia because they do have quality cars... in my opinion the problem is that Kia doesn't really attract quality owners.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Not the best car ever

by Pam from Chicago, IL on Wed Jun 03 2009

I bought this used with about 45,000 miles on it. Two weeks later, it went to the dealer with problems getting the car to shift. They blamed me and charged me 300 dollars, come to find out, this is a very common problem with the 2001 Kia Spectra. I will have to admit, even when she was overheating, shaking violently and dying(at 100,000 miles) she still made one last trip from Illinois to Portland, OR

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Service at dealer and things will be OK

by Campusbob from Patterson, NY on Thu Apr 01 2010

Have a GSX bought new. Put on better tires and car handles like the Lotus Suspension would hint at. Do not service other than dealer as some garages try and shortcut what shouldn't be. Three problems I have experienced are the shields around the exaust system, the pan under the Auto-Trans and some gas recirculator device that brings the "Check Engine" light on all the time. The Exaust Shields we loose and fall off and whats left rattles till they warm up. The pan under the tranny can scrape and get damaged to the point that it will leak out and you need to get a new tranny if not cared for. As for teh almp teh dealer can fix it but untill you get a new canister teh lamp returns within a month or two. Car is still good looking and has a sporty drive and feel even with 80K.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 2001 Kia Spectra

Kia Spectra answers a question being asked by more and more people, especially younger drivers: What's out there that is stylish, practical and fun but doesn't cost a fortune?

For most, the answer is: a used car. New-car offerings in the sub-$15,000 range are mainly pathetic compromises, basic transportation and little more.

But for a base price just under $13,000, the Spectra's upgraded GLX model comes with a full load of features, a great warranty and a sporty appearance that should appeal to even the most style-conscious. The performance is hardly stellar, but it's no dog, either.

Now in its second year, the Spectra comes in one body design, a four-door hatchback, which is... Read More