2005 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

2005 Kia Spectra
4.7
Average based on 9 reviews
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Solid Value in a Fun Sedan

by from Superior, WI on November 18, 2006

I own two, an auto 2004.5 I bought new for my son in medical school and a standard shift 2005 I bought used, with low miles. I have added 16 inch low profile tires and a strut bar in the front of the...
I own two, an auto 2004.5 I bought new for my son in medical school and a standard shift 2005 I bought used, with low miles. I have added 16 inch low profile tires and a strut bar in the front of the 2005, which improved cornering for pretty small $. When I get the chance will put an upgraded anti-roll bar built for the Hyundai Tiburon on the back. Standard gets good economy with up to 37 on highway though mostly 33 if drive moderately. Worst is about 22 in the dead of winter driving a short commute of 1.4 miles in town. Son's car gets a little worse, but he does not keep great records. Stick shift is a little clunky compared to the Volvos and Audis I have owned, but works ok. Auto is smooth and does what it is supposed to. Engines make just enough noise to let you know you are driving a car that has a personality. Plenty of power to my taste, seems to be an obscene amount of gitty-up when I get in after driving my old VW camper! Interior is well laid out. I feared the light colored seats would look bad, but they shed dirt and stains nicely. The drivers seat lacked enough lower back support, but I added an aftermarket device and am a happy camper on long trips now. After owning these was an easy choice to buy a new 2006 KIA van for the little lady. KIA is trying hard to give more value for the dollar. If my experience is typical, they are doing fine.
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I like our Kia

by from Loveland CO on May 15, 2006

We've had a 2004 Kia Spectra EX for almost two years - no problems other than a new O2 sensor being required a month or two ago. Smooth, quiet, easy to drive, my wife loves it. We got it after positiv...
We've had a 2004 Kia Spectra EX for almost two years - no problems other than a new O2 sensor being required a month or two ago. Smooth, quiet, easy to drive, my wife loves it. We got it after positive experience with a 2002 Hyundai Elantra - Kia was more willing to deal. My daughther drove a 2005 SX Spectra this past January and decided, on her own, to buy that. As long as she doesn't wreck it, the warranty etc should prove to be an INVESTMENT. We'll see how our car does driving to Las Vegas this summer taking another daughther to college...the mountains will slow us down but we'll see. If you do break down during the 1st 5 years away from home, Kia even reimburses you for part of your motel bill! I'd would say definitely try one out!
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Alto on June 25, 2012

Gets about 15% greater mileage than the EPA estimated city/highway mileage IF you drive it reasonably.
Gets about 15% greater mileage than the EPA estimated city/highway mileage IF you drive it reasonably.
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Uses car for Commuting

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great car

by from cape coral, fl on April 30, 2009

it has the handling i need for florida driving and the comfort i want to keep the pain away. i love this car
it has the handling i need for florida driving and the comfort i want to keep the pain away. i love this car
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Just bought this car, and my sister owns one also.

by from Iowa on March 21, 2008

I just traded my 2003 mustang in for this vehicle, and so far I love it! It handles really nicely, it looks great on the inside and outside. The factory stereo system really surprised me, as I was use...
I just traded my 2003 mustang in for this vehicle, and so far I love it! It handles really nicely, it looks great on the inside and outside. The factory stereo system really surprised me, as I was used to a custom system in my old car. It sounds great! My sister has had her Kia for over a year and a half and she has not had any other problems than having to put new tires on, but that was at 60000 miles. This is a fun and sporty car.
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Most reliable car I've owned

by from Milford, MI on July 16, 2009

I've had my KIA Spectra for approx. 4 years and I still love it!. This vehicle has not given me any problems. I loved this brand so much I went and purchased a KIA Sportage last month.
I've had my KIA Spectra for approx. 4 years and I still love it!. This vehicle has not given me any problems. I loved this brand so much I went and purchased a KIA Sportage last month.
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Great car for the money!

by from Phx, AZ on October 5, 2006

I was in a desperate situation, and needed to buy a car for under 15k. So, I went to Kia, and decided to settle for the new model kia in 2004(a 2004.5 model). Anyway, it's 2 years later, and I have ye...
I was in a desperate situation, and needed to buy a car for under 15k. So, I went to Kia, and decided to settle for the new model kia in 2004(a 2004.5 model). Anyway, it's 2 years later, and I have yet to have any issues with the car about 45,000 miles later. Great reliability, price, performace, and comfort in a perfect package for just about anyone. Not too mention the great gas mileage!
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Good on Gas

by from Hampton on July 24, 2008

I have owned my car for three years so far. Have not had any major problems and I like the gas mileage I get on the open highway. This is my first new car I purchased myself I feel I made a good choic...
I have owned my car for three years so far. Have not had any major problems and I like the gas mileage I get on the open highway. This is my first new car I purchased myself I feel I made a good choice.
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Love IT

by from AZ on December 3, 2008

I went to the dealer to buy a used Nissan and for the same price I was able to get a car with more features that was new! My car has 75,000 miles and it has only needed routine maint. It has been a gr...
I went to the dealer to buy a used Nissan and for the same price I was able to get a car with more features that was new! My car has 75,000 miles and it has only needed routine maint. It has been a great car. I have only ever owned Honda's or Toyota's and my Spectra has held it's own. It doesn't take sharp mountain curves like my old Honda Accord but it's worth the value to take the corners slower.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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