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I am looking very hard for a sensible vehicle. It has to be a manual trans and I really like hatchbacks. I didn't really look at a Spectra5 until I came across this one.

2008 Kia Spectra5 $8,595 - Liberty Subaru - Emerson, NJ 07630-2646 Dealer

2008 Spectra5 SX $8595 Manual Trans 46,000 miles. It seems to be in good shape.

Likes - not a bad looking car, lots of stuff for the value, ipod aux hook up, stick shift, solid reviews in 08 and 09.

This Kia seems to be a couple thousand lower than the Suzuki SX4, a good amount less than the Honda Fit.

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Is this a decent deal?
How do you like your Spectra5?
How reliable is it?
I heard Kia transfers HALF of the powertrain. How do I get an extended warranty from Kia (this Spectra is located at a Subaru dealership)?
 

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I am doing car shopping via the internet since a "local" dealer is a good half hour drive and I sold my WRX before I moved here. I live in Sussex NJ, really rural place. Otherwise I would just walk down the street and drive it and see if I like it.
 

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It looks like it's a clean car.
1-As far as a good deal, that's kind of on an individual basis. How does their price compare with book value? Was the WRX your only vehicle?/Do you NEED a car or is this an upgrade/second car? Are you trading in? A good deal for you may not be for someone else. So if you feel that it is a decent deal, go for it.
2- Since I don't own a Spectra I don't have an opinion on it. I have only driven the short distances during test drives at the shop. I do like the looks. I hate the clutch feel though, just my opinion. If I were in the market for a car like this, I would definitely consider the Spec 5's.
3- The Spectras have been very reliable, especially when taken care of. I've worked on/seen many with well over 150K miles.
4-When purchasing a pre-owned Kia, your warranty will only be the remainder of the 5year/60K. The only way you can get more warranty from Kia would be if you buy it Certified Pre-Owned from a Kia dealer (out of the question in this case). If you want more warranty with this car, you'll have to look at an aftermarket warranty.
 

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Kelly BB says the price is in line...
Both my wife and I own Spectras (06 and 07 four doors) and the cars owe us nothing.
I had a gas tank strap replaced on my 06 N/C and I replaced rear disk pads on my wifes 07..That's about it.
You will need a timing belt replaced at 60k and probably 4 new NGK Plugs...
Good reliable cars.
Dave
 

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My father just gave me his 2008 Kia Spectra5 when he bought a new car. His was very clean and only had 41k miles I just spent 2,700k miles in it driving it from Colorado Springs to Wilmington NC, then to Pensacola FL.

It was very comfotable, drove very well. I am really liking this car so far.
 

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APBTLover...
Just be sure to do required service (and keep it in HIS name for the 10yr/100k drive train warranty). The timing/cam belt MUST be replaced EVERY 5yrs/60k miles or you get to guy an engine. Expect many more miles from your Spec5.
Dave
 
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