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Kia Spectra Model Overview

Kia Spectra Questions


2009 Kia Spectra Will Not Pull Into Gear Automatic Unhooked A Cable Will...

Had to unhook cable on shifter has something to do with break . So I could put car in gear. Now key won't come out

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Patrick Cole

2007 Had It Jumped Now Radio House Lights Fob Clock Don't Work

I have a 2007 spectra. Recently my battery died had it jumped started now the radio, clock, house lights, fob does not work at all. This is the first time that I have had my vehicle jumped started.

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I Need Picturea Of The Drivers Side Kick Pannel On 2002 Kia Spectra

so I can put it back together

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Daniel Benito

Just Replaced A Nock Sensor And Spark Plugs Cause Of Lose Of Speed .and Sti...

When i floor it. it starts jerking. 20. Mph up hill.

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Erick Leon

Can A 01 Toyota Celica Gt Battery Work With A 2002 Kia Spectra?

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About the Kia Spectra

When it appeared in 2000, the Kia Spectra was a hatchback version of the Kia Sephia compact sedan.  It shared the same 1.8-liter, 124-hp I4 engine and was an economy compact car for families or individuals wanting a bit more cargo space.  Like many of the original Kia cars, it lacked power and quality parts, which seemed to be the tradeoff for a  budget car.  

In 2002, the Sephia sedan was rebadged as a Spectra, and trim levels were carried over to the hatchback lineup.  Base models were sparsely equipped, lacking even air conditioning, which was only offered in the higher trims.  Though a plenitude of airbags were standard (safety being a Kia hallmark), ABS was not an option for a while.  

In 2004, the boring Spectra got a makeover and new trim styles.  The base LX finally came with standard power features, and the EX added on more comforts to that list.  A bigger, more powerful 2.0-liter, 138-hp I4 engine sat under the hood, and overall length increased for more interior passenger room.  Exterior lines were made sleeker and angular, for a sportier look.

The hatchback was redesignated the Spectra5 wagon in 2005.  It was much more sports-oriented than the original hatchback and featured a sports-tuned suspension, sports seats, bigger wheels, a rear spoiler, and fog lights.  A counterpart SX sedan was also added in 2005.  Both the Spectra5 and SX have optional ABS, though standard four-wheel disc brakes are the only offering on all other trims.  

These second generation Kia Spectras were more focused on quality materials to enhance the overall driving experience, while still keeping the Spectra in an economy compact position.  Though it still suffers from a weak engine, particularly when matched with the optional automatic transmission, the Spectra exhibits good handling and overall styling that appeals to many owners.