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Why Do We Hear An Occasional Beep In Our 2009 Kia?
After we have been driving around town for a short time we hear a beep (just one), then in a little while another. What could be the issue?
My 2004 Kia Spectra Runs Very Sluggish And Has Check Engine Light But The M...
I have an 04 Kia Spectra LS 1.8. It has roughly 70,000 miles. Ever since I got the car which was in December I noticed that the car would sometimes take it's sweet time to go after a stop sign or ligh...
2008 Kia Spectra Sx Scraping Noise Coming From Rear?
Recently my Kia has had a scraping noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Sounds like the muffler is dragging, but it is not. Could this be a brake problem. 2008 with about 50,000 miles
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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.