2004 Kia Spectra LX 1.8 from North America
Cheap, dependable, owned it far longer than anticipated
I was negligent about changing the timing belt as scheduled, and at 140,000 miles it broke causing damage to the head resulting in a $370 repair.
Other than brake pads, rotors, and batteries, there have been no problems with the car. It is just now beginning to use a quart of oil between changes. The air conditioning, starter, alternator, and electrical system have been trouble free. I can't say that about my Mercedes-Benz.
I like the car and am amazed at the reliability. Maybe mine has been exceptional, but I have owned a Toyota Corolla long term and would think this a comparable auto.
Spare parts are readily available and very cheap. A recent collision required minor repairs to the left from end, which I was able to do myself by bolting on the new parts in just a couple of hours. However, considering the thickness of the metal which the body is fabricated from, I would hate to have a major collision with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2016