2005 Kia Spectra Reviews

2005 Kia Spectra 5 2.0 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired18 miles
Most recent distance225000 miles
Previous carGeo Tracker

Summary:

Very reliable and fun to drive!

Faults:

First, my original post was deleted from this site or I could not find it. I bought this car new in 2005, owned it for seven years and put 225,000 miles on it. In that time, nothing ever broke down or the car never left me stranded.

General Comments:

My original post had chronicled the life of the vehicle while I owned it, and in that time, all I did was have the routine maintenance done on it - that included three timing belts, five sets of tires, oil changes, fluid changes, two batteries and brake pads.

In seven years and 225,000 miles, the KIA still had the original clutch, the trans axle and the original spark plugs.

The car averaged about 30 miles per gallon, and ran smoothly on the highway at 70 plus miles an hour.

Interior comfort was good and the cloth held up well in that time. All the power options still worked with no issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2012

2005 Kia Spectra 5 2.0 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired27 miles
Most recent distance108456 miles
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

Over 100,000 miles and 6 years, still love this car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great reliable car, worth the money.

Our Daughter owned the coupe of the same year; still has hers as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2012

2005 Kia Spectra LX from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

This is the worst car I ever had!

Faults:

The check engine light comes on repeatly

The starter and battery both went out not long after I had it.

The Heater Coil went out.

The air conditioner quit working one month after I bought it.

Stalls randomly for no reason.

General Comments:

Would never buy another one the only reason they give you the warranty is because it falls apart the day you drive it off the lot. It has been to the shop 36 times since I bought it new in 2005.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th May, 2008

2005 Kia Spectra 5 2.0L 138.H.P. from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L 138.H.P. Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance5300 miles

Summary:

A great "Mom" Car

Faults:

The hatchback latch was off alignment just a bit and would sometimes not latch completely. On a couple of occasions the hatch light ran the battery down. Once fixed, no new issues.

General Comments:

Good room for kids and groceries. Large objects, like bicycles, fit, but at a cost to seating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2006

2005 Kia Spectra EX 2.0L from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance12595 miles

Summary:

A very nice, sensible car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car since I bought it new in July, 2005.

General Comments:

The car has a nice 0-30 (mph) time, but that is because of the way that the first gear is set up. The 0-60 time is less impressive, but is still pretty good for a 2.0L engine.

The trunk is a very nice size for this car.

What's odd is that the driver's seat seems to be a bit softer than the passenger seat. The rear seats are extremely soft however, and I wish that the drivers seat was as soft.

The sunroof is a really nice thing to have and on the Kia it isn't expensive ($700).

The only thing I really would like to have, but don't is Anti-Lock Brakes. The reason I don't have them ($400 option) is because the dealer had only two models with the sunroof/alloy wheels and in the color I wanted, but there were no Anti-Lock Brakes. My parents bought this car for me when I was 16 (Now I am 17) and I was impatient so I didn't care much, but I still wish I had them. A lot of other cars don't have them, and not too long ago, no cars except the Mercedes S-Class had them so I suppose it isn't too much of a shortcoming.

The sunglass holder makes some kind of rattle every now and then and it really bothers me.

I like the fact that it has six airbags, it helps me feel a little safer despite the fact that it didn't get a stellar crash rating.

At 85mph, it is very stable. It never shakes, at any speed - even triple digit speeds. What I did notice is that around 115-120 mph (120 is top speed) it makes an odd, loud humming noise so I don't hit those speeds anymore.

Other than the sunglass holder making a rattle every now and then (which the music can drown out easily) the car is extremely stable and there are no rattles. At times I also drive a Porsche Cayenne S and a BMW X5 4.4i and the RIDE (not the handling) seems about the same. Very sure-footed and solid.

The handling is rather soft, but I suppose that's a good deterrent from speeding around corners.

I mostly drive city and have am very lead-footed, and it shows when I do my gas calculations. (Another thing I wish I had was a trip computer that shows gas mileage). I get about 20-22mpg.

The alloy rims look very nice, but I wish they were 16" or even 17" instead of 15". I suppose that the soft handling can be partly attributed to the size of the tires.

Honestly, the car feels and looks a lot more upscale than it's price would suggest. I'm not saying that it's like a Lexus or anything, but it feels like it costed $20,000 or so instead of the $17,500 it actually was priced at.

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. I know the review jumps all over the place, but I was thinking of things as I went along.

When I drive to New Jersey (I live in central Long Island), I feel no fatigue when I emerge from the car and it also handles very nicely on the Belt Parkway. Anyone who drives on there knows how terrible it is, what with all the pot holes and the sewers every 100 feet.

It also stops very fast and easily.

There was an airbag recall that dealt with a problem when a light person (<100lbs) sits in the front seat. Apparently when you stick the key in, take it out, put it in again and turn it to accessories then turn it off and take it out, close the drivers door and lock it, then unlock it and turn the car on it creates a problem with the airbag. It seemed really weird to me that anyone would do that, but I guess anything can happen. The explanation that the letter sent to me was long and detailed, and alluded to something similar to what was mentioned above. I took it to the dealer and they fixed the problem.

Any questions can be written to taire_pdm@yahoo.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2006

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 13 reviews