2001 Kia Spectra Overview


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3.85 stars

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6000.00 by Jeanette
 — red, clean interior, small dents & scrapes[only on the corners], everything works, tires are ok, it was my moms car, has less than 50,000 mi. this care has been well taken care of, mom had a problem b... Read More
Kia Spectra - Not A Sally Spectra A Racer by Paul
 — This was a pretty good car for a cheap kia, came with side skirts, mags and a wing so that was pretty cool, did have to have exhaust checked a couple of times under warrenty though... got into an acci... Read More
Great Car To Drive by Caleb
 — To be a 4-cylinder 1.8L engine, the engine has some power. The car has 148,000 miles on it, and I've had the clutch reconstructed and the alternator replaced. The exterior panels look ugly, while the ... Read More

2001 Kia Spectra Overview

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2001 Kia Spectra

Kia's latest American offering is the Spectra hatchback, introduced last year as a sportier and more versatile version of its flagship Kia Sephia compact sedan.  The 2001 Spectra comes in two trims, the base GS and the more sports-styled GSX.  Both are powered by a 125-hp, 1.8-liter I4 engine and standard 5-speed manual transmission.  A 4-speed auto tran is also available.  Dual front airbags are standard, but ABS brakes are optional.

The 2001 Spectra features few new additions this year.  A tethered gas cap comes with the GSX, and both models get dual vanity mirrors and a coin holder.  While the GS is very base, with only intermittent wipers, a radio, and tinted glass, the GSX gets a rear spoiler, side sill extensions, air dams, sports cloth seats, a leather wrapped wheel, a rear window wiper, air conditioning, and power windows and locks.  Most of these are options for the GS.  Rear seats split-fold 60/40, providing an 11.6 cubic foot cargo area in this hatchback.  What gives the 2001 Spectra an appealing look is that it is shaped more like a stylish sedan with a sloped rear roofline.  The only hint of a hatch comes when you open the liftgate.

Also new this year is Kia's 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain and 5-year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which includes unlimited roadside assistance.  Combined with the affordable price tag, that makes the 2001 Spectra an attractive purchase for families on a budget or first-time car buyers, like college students.  Owners report decent gas mileage, and they love the huge trunk for a compact.  The ride and handling feel smooth and precise.  Unfortunately, Kia was still working out the quality kinks, and the 2001 Spectra is in the repair shop a lot.  Other problems include cheap plastic parts that break easily, a dinged up exterior, peeling paint, and slow acceleration when the air conditioning is on or the car is loaded up.


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Want To Change Engine

Hi. I have Kia spectra 1.5 cc 2001 model. Can I change its engine with 1.3 cc. tell me the complications and best suggest??"

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Loss Of Or Hardly Any Power, Does Not Overheat Or Burn Oil, High Miles 2001...

no power barely gets up to 30 mph. no water loss no oil burn, check engine light on what is the problem?

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2001 Kia Spectra Wont Shift Out Of Park...

...I took the cover to the shifter off that says p.r.d.l...etc off and the black box that is marked with 20L05 I moved it around and it worked...what is that box called. It has 2 offset screws

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What Is The Firing Order 1.8

What is the firing order on the 1.8 kia

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i just bought a 01 from a friend. it's a 5 speed manual and i have trouble with 2nd grinding if i don't let the rpms drop down to about 1700. also it seems to run at high rpm, at 60 mph-3500 rpms, jus...

882 views with 3 answers (last answer 6 years ago)