2003 Kia Spectra

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$11,695

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2003 Kia Spectra

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

4 trims

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.7
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 3.7
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Drove it off the lot in 2003

I bought this car at the dealership in March 2003 it was brand new. It is now August 2020 it has over 210,000 miles on it and still runs decent. Though I still work for the same company I switch location several times so the car has either traveled short distances of 12 miles round trip or has gone as far as 100 miles round trip 5 or 6 days a week. Highway and stop and go traffic. It hasn't been garage kept so it is a little rusty especially in the rocker panels. I've changed my oil religiously at every 3000 miles. No major issues with the car. If I could get another brand new 2003 kia spectra I'd buy it. I don't know how long this car will last but I'm going to drive it until the wheels fall off.

5.0

Extremely reliable!!

Exceptional vehicle to run a sales route. Great gas mileage, comfortable with cold ac. Extremely reliable.Iwould recommend Kia vehicles for sure, have owned for over 15 years.

3.7

Lasted Much Longer Than Anyone Thought

Great, reliable car. It sat in the backyard for two years including harsh NH winters and only required a new battery to get it running again. I have the GSX and the hatchback can fit a kayak (or bicycle) if you fold down the front passenger seat. I'm 6'3" so there isn't a lot of room and you may have to slouch a little to not hit your head on the roof also it would be uncomfortable for anyone sitting directly behind me, but it's not a big issue. Handles ok in the snow, just don't take fast turns. Winters do take a toll on it, and rust only appears on the edges of the car. Roll down windows might not seat properly after winters, and may leave a tiny gap of air that becomes audible on highways. Defrosters take about 5 minutes to warm up before it starts melting ice, rear windshield takes longer. The inside has only the basic amenities and only a CD player no AUX jack, but you can use the cigarette plug for an FM transmitter. Surprisingly good stereo, though blasting bass heavy songs may vibrate your doors. It has about 88,000 miles and everyone told me that it wouldn't last me through college (I received this car in High School) now I'm a sophomore in college and this baby feels like it could go on forever. The engine light never came on until a mechanic swapped my serpentine belts (I don't blame the car). If you drive a lot you may find yourself at the gas pump often. I'm upgrading (I hope) to a Hyundai but I'm a little sad I have to let this car go.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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