2006 Kia Spectra Overview


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4.25 stars

Based on 16 reviews

Spectra To Be Or Not To Be by Cathy
 — my sons car seat doesnt fit very well on either side it has to go in the middle handles corners nice either that or its my driving lol mileage okay could be better in the city other than that good ... Read More
More Then You Expect. by Dustin
 — out of the 150,000kms on it a good 20,000 are sideways K's. Never breaks down, goes 240km/hr, cost less then $20,000 only things done to it mechanically is brakes and fluids.(TIRES!!! lots of tires) I... Read More
Kia Spectra5 2006 by Tangentjude
 — 2006 Kia Spectra5 purchased new currently mileage 35K. All options available including anti-lock brakes and moonroof. Acceleration is adequate for the size of engine even fully loaded. Gas mileage 30 ... Read More

2006 Kia Spectra Overview

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2006 Kia Spectra

Kia has come a long way over the years, improving its quality and refinement, while boosting safety features and retaining the overall economic value of its cars.  The 2006 Kia Spectra is a popular compact economy car for its combination of great fuel economy, surprising roominess, and perky handling around city streets.  There are minor changes for 2006, including a redesigned auto tran and standard cruise control on the sporty SX sedan and Spectra5 wagon.

The 2006 Kia Spectra comes as either a sedan (LX, EX, and SX) or Spectra5 hatchback.  All have a 2.0-liter, 138-hp I4 engine.  A 5-speed manual is standard across the line, and a 4-speed automatic is offered on all but the LX.  As the base model, the 2006 Spectra LX comes with few standard features beyond air conditioning, cloth seats, and a tilt steering wheel.  The EX greatly expands its feature set, offering full power accessories, keyless entry, a CD player, and heated mirrors.  Both the SX sedan and the Spectra5 wagon are more sports-oriented, with a stiffer suspension, sport seats, bigger 16-inch wheels, front and rear spoilers, leather steering wheel, blacked-out grille, and foglights.  A sunroof and ABS brakes are optional only on these two trims.  

All of the 2006 Spectra models come with split-fold rear seats and six cupholders.  Dual front-side and side-curtain airbags are standard for all trims.  The Spectra5 folds down to offer up to 52.8 cubic feet of space.  Though the 2.0-liter engine is noisy when revving up to high speeds on the highway, the overall handling is light and sporty, making it a zippy city car.  At 25/34 mpg, it's also an economical car too.  Drivers of the 2006 Spectra overwhelmingly love the cheaper trips to the gas station.  They also like the price tag of the Spectra and the generous legroom.  Criticisms point out the underpowered engine (especially for the sporty SX) and unhelpful dealers.


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Kia Spectra Questions


Problems After Timing Belt Replacement

I replaced the timing belt, water pump, top O2 sensor, spark plugs, valve cover gasket and front motor mount. I drove the car and it's noticeably louder, but what's really concerning is that after...

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Why Can't I Get The Battery Out Of My 2006 Kia Spectra 5?

I am trying so hard to remove my dead battery from my car for a new one, but everything I've looked up and tried hasn't worked. It's so stuck in there. The front bolt won't come loose, but it seems ...

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Any Clues As To Why My 06 Kia Spectra Quit On Me?

I have an 06 kia spectra ex with 170,000 miles. I have changed the battery, few sets of tires, and brakes. I've heard of this timing belt issue but haven't remembered to put back money to have it fixe...

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What Other Brake Calipers Will Interchange With 06 Kia Spectra

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Royce Newton

2006 Kia Spectra Ex Is Knocking When Turning Right Tie Rod Ends Are Good Bu...

Ball jonits are good and the brake pads are not loose sway bar is good as well all rubber mounts for the control arms are good as well

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