2002 Kia Spectra LS 1.8 4 cylinder
A low cost high performance 4 cyclinder which is very happy in city traffic
A small bracket pin on the CD mounting broke (partly my fault).
Gearbox vibrations cause the gearstick to rattle particularly when slowing/coasting in traffic.
Rear parcel trays and panel vibrations cause rattles and squeaks. This was reduced, but not eliminated by the dealer at the 10k service.
Paintwork is soft and scratches easily.
The Spectra is quite nippy and can easily keep up with traffic (which is increasing speed with the numerous new zippy Mazda's and Toyota's etc. around these days).
I like the seating poisition and the dash layout. It is a low cost 4 cylinder with electric everything and a great CD system.
Body styling is good except for the front which looks too much like a Hyundai, because of the slenderness.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2004