2001 Kia Spectra GS 1.8L DOHC 16V from North America


If you love to spend money on constant repairs, this is the car for you


Serpentine belt 4 times: 70k, 85k, 92k, and 100k.

The car was checked for tire and suspension issues at 92k, and nothing was found to be wrong.

Timing belt and water pump replaced as preventive maintenance at 70k.

Emission components (throttle position sensor, EGR valve, etc.).

Fuel pump at 125k (the first time I thought of dumping this car).

Interior pieces broke (rear view mirror fell off, 3 door handles, and the radio stopped working).

The icing on the cake: The timing belt snapped at 129k and required an engine swap ($3,000 out of my pocket).

General Comments:

The car is very peppy, but requires as much money as a high end car would cost to keep running. I had no idea the timing belt was going to snap either, because it was changed at 70k along with the water pump and the first serpentine belt failure. The timing belt is supposed to be changed every 60k. I even contacted the repair shop that repaired it the first time, and they said even though it failed early, they were not going to fix all the damage for free. I went to a different mechanic and had a newer engine put in for $3000, and sold this pile of crap after it was put in.

The ride quality and interior quality was horrible also; at highway speeds this car always felt like it was unstable and going to fall apart. Interior pieces also fell apart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd April, 2015

23rd Apr 2015, 19:08

No surprise there, it's a Kia, what did you really expect quality wise? The newer models may be more reliable and well built, but it's still too early to tell. Early 2000s Kias were horrible money pits and just crappy cars to begin with. I remember a friend sending her Kia Rio to the junkyard with less than 60000 on the odometer; never seen a car that bad ever.

2001 Kia Spectra 1.8 from North America


Nice car, but get it with an extended warranty


So far, the battery, the floater, and the fluids had to be replaced.

General Comments:

We had bought this car off a used car lot back in November of 2009. We had paid $3500 for it, which we feel was right for its low miles.

Since having it, we are very, very happy with it. It has lots of power for a small car. On the interstates, it is really fast.

As far as the interior is concerned, it is quite roomy. Plenty of room for all, as long as the people sitting in the back seat are short to medium in height. The trunk is a nice size, too.

The ride is pretty good, but not perfect. The gas mileage is absolutely great.

We plan on keeping it for a good long while, providing that it does not give us that many problems.

So far, it has been very good to us.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2010

2001 Kia Spectra from North America


This is the worst car I have ever owned


The seals on the doors were faulty.

The belts had to be replaced after 50 miles.

The crank angle and throttle sensors went out.

The trunk lever broke off.

The door chime doesn't work properly.

The stereo ejects CDs on it's own.

The trunk latch broke and I could not close the trunk.

The windshield wipers quit working.

The fuel gage quit working.

The dashboard popped up and separated from the car, twice.

The brake switch went out, which meant I had no brake lights in rush hour traffic.

It constantly burns out the fuel pump fuse. I keep spares in the car now.

General Comments:

I researched this case before I bought it and the only complaint I could find was about the cup holders. I thought I was making a good purchase. I traded in a 1990 Ford Thunderbird with 206,000 miles because I thought this Kia would be more reliable. I was sadly mistaken. This car has left me stranded or been in the shop more times than any other vehicle I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2009