KIA Spectra5

    I would n't ask here about other brands butit looks like asking about Kia here is like asking about Ford ina Mercury group, or
vice versa.
    I have been looking at something to replace my 3 dr Accent. I really like the small wagon and the body style suites my needs better than the hatchback I now have. That lead me to the Spectra5. Nice and supposedly handles well. What I'm wondering about is if Hyundai is coming out with any wagon models? I do not see any in the line now. Also wondering if there is anything about the KIA that is worth knowing about like the comment that the Accent doesn't like rough roads. I use the car almost exclusively to run around town doing service work so it is constantly potholey street to the expressway to street etc. with the occasional 90 mile run between cities.
Thanks, all comments worth reading will be appreciated.
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To the best of my knowledge, the Spectra is based on the Elantra now, but I haven't looked at the entire car firsthand and have some doubts about the accuracy of the information. There are no plans to my knowledge for Hyundai to introduce a wagon.
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window line down to the rocker panels as the Elantra 5DR. Only some nose and tail differences. From the window line up, it's a bit more rounded than the Elantra.
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Unless they've changed things, the Rio Cinco is significantly smaller than the Elantra and nowhere near as sturdy as either the Elantra or the Accent.
It is about the same size as the Accent and (I believe) has the same 1.6 that's used in the Accent.
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It looks like the Elantra, IMO, from the window line down :)
My friend did say that he has the 1.6L. I did notice that it is a bit smaller. Guess he'll find out.
One thing that puzzles me. He said that the dealer he bought it from didn't have any 2005s on the lot and wouldn't until ALL the 2004s were sold. Is this true? I find it hard to believe.
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Dealers have been known to hide their "new" model year stock until they get rid of their older cars. I wasn't there, so I don't know, but I agree it ranks high on the doubtability scale.
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On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 01:32:53 GMT, "Andy S"

Hmmmmm, between you and hyundaitech I see I have things to think about. I really like the wagon because it puts the package shelf closer to the bumper. That's an issue when you are using it as a workbench. ;-) On the othe rhand I think I need to do a bit more research. I'm thinking Hyundai is playing games with body styles to differentiate the brands. Thanks for the input.
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Either way... If you were to use the shelf as a work bench, I'd put a piece of 1/4 - 1/2 inch ply-wood down first, making sure that the ply-wood was built to fit over the sides by a bit. Say 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch. That way you'd have a bit of stability and you wouldn't have to fear damaging the package shelf.
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