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okstate89
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2009 Kia Spectra5 Sx: When I Want To Use My Windshield Washer Fluid It Squi...

I took it in it to get fixed the man claims to have put a new pump in. Soon as i got in the Kia I tried it and boom it worked that one time thought no need to try it again... two days later i needed t...

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Tunesia Spencer
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Why Can't I Shift Out Of Drive To Park

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stevesonhnny
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I Have No Power To The Radio, Fuse Is Good

battery was jumped backwards, replaced alternator, everything but the radio works now

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plumber1
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Why Wont My Trunk Latch Catch

CHECK SPRING RUBBER CAN OPEN LATCH WITH REMOTE CLOSE IT WITH REMOTE ALSO WITH KEY CAN ALSO OPEN CATCH HOOK NOTHING LOOSE NO BROKEN LINKAGE I PUT THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN IT TIED IT DOWN TOOK OUT TREE ...

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stefpoliac
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1998 Kia Sportage 2.0 16v 128hp High Engine Idle (3000 Rpm) And High Fuel C...

checked and replaced: air leakage, fuel pressure,injector, TP sensor, MAF sensor, idle air control valve, EGR and wiring for them. all ok no error code if I disconnect tp sensor or idle air control ...

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Kia History

"Arise from Asia," the translation of Kia's name, is exactly what Kia did in the early 1990s, seemingly out of nowhere. But the South Korean automaker has been in existence since 1994, as a bicycle and later truck manufacturer. In the 1970s, it was the first Korean automaker to produce the internal combustion engine, and the first to produce a passenger car.

Second only to Korean rival Hyundai, Kia's motto was quality cars, with a strong emphasis on safety and low-cost affordability. Its first appearance in the U.S. was as the Ford Festiva in 1987, essentially a rebadged Kia Pride. With a growing Korean economy, Kia decided to launch its first car in the U.S., the Sephia sedan. Its marketing strategy was to introduce the car gradually, starting in the West Coast and moving across the country. Word of mouth about the economy cars quickly enhanced Kia's reputation and the carmaker soon introduced its compact Sportage SUV, which went on to win several awards and a spot on many top ten lists.  

Kia was looking to take over Japan's slot in the compact economy car segment, and in some markets the Sephia even outsold the Protege. However, labor problems, Korea's new openness to foreign imports, and the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s led to Kia declaring bankruptcy. It was acquired by Hyundai in 1998, with a renewed emphasis on quality and reliability.
  
With Hyundai's guidance, Kia introduced more sedans, including the mid-sized Optima and subcompact Rio. The Spectra was a small, but sporty little hatchback and sedan. The Sportage continues to be a popular SUV choice, especially now that it's moved into the crossover segment, and the Sedona minivan was rated as one of the safest minivans by the Insurance Institute. In 2003, Kia had sold over one million vehicles in the U.S., and it is continuing to expand its lineup today, with the recent Sorento SUV and the new 2007 Rondo, a small crossover with three rows of seating.