2002 Kia Spectra Base 1.8 from North America
-Weather strips on every window and door came off/became damaged. The dealer reaplced these, but it is clear the material is very cheap and poorly manufactured so I expect it to happen again out of warranty.
-Up to a 30 second delay when you are shifting to reverse. Dealer claims it is a fluid needing changing (yea, whatever -tempted to say... okay when you change it and it still doesn't work then you will pay for my unnecessary tran fluid change.)
-Driver side window does not close and is incredibly hard to open/close - going to take that into warranty soon. Think this won't be an issue with dealer.
-Engine sounds like crap - loud and whiny.
-Rear middle seat belt stopped snapping in, but warranty covered it. They didn't say why it broke.
-Rear-ended another vehicle bad. Crumpled like crazy... 3000 dollars for insurance to repair. No deployment of air-bag on KIA. Surprisingly on SUV it caused a scratch on did deploy its airbag. Hmm... interesting.
I would never buy one of these ever again. I will never buy any KIA again. This is the worst car I have ever owned.
Don't let the 10 year warranty fool you. It only covers most things up to 6 year/60000 miles anyway.
The car is also poorly manufactured. You definitely get what you pay for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th May, 2005
6th Sep 2006, 12:18
I have had the first four problems listed.
29th Oct 2008, 06:09
Mine has 104000 on it and the tranny does the same as described but sometimes it will go in right away and other times you will have to wait a while, that really sucks. The weather stripping is bad on mine too, not a big deal.