2007 Kia Spectra LX 2.0L 4-cylinder 138 hp from North America
Durable and incredibly cheap to own
Timing belt broke causing valve damage; the head had to be replaced $525 (caused by negligence on my part for not sticking to the schedule).
Water pump and idler pulley replaced with each timing belt service - $325.
Clutch and CV boots replaced at 210,000 miles - $380.
The car was purchased in 2009 as a cheap, throwaway car to tide me over until I could afford something more substantial. Quite frankly, I never expected to own the Kia Spectra long-term, and certainly did not expect a cheap car to hold up as well as it has.
At this time it doesn't use oil and gets great gas mileage. It has the original struts, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, and has been in four car accidents. Because it's presently an ugly junker and worth nothing I will continue to drive it until the engine dies.
I attribute the car's durability to the fact that it has been driven gently (despite the accidents), mostly on the highway; plus fluids and filters were changed to schedule. As long as I have owned the Kia it has only been serviced at independent.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2017