Kia Spectra Model Overview
Used Kia Spectra
Kia Spectra Questions
Why Isn't My Kia Starting Up?
I have a Kia Spectra 2004 1.8 4 cylinder . I was using it and then parked it and then never touched it for 3 to 4 years . I have replaced the battery with brand-new one fully charged , replace th...
Car Wont Start
What Happens If I Don't Fix This Issue
I have a kia spectra 2009.....There is a slushing water sound in the dash.....I was told to bleed the air out of the heater core......My question is....what happens if I just live with this sound an...
About Ctuch On My Car.
Something wrong w my car the ctuch pedal pressure like it should how do I know if ctuch is wrong now I start it after it sat for week and try to put in gear and it dies can anyone help me please
I have a 2002 Kia spectra and I changed the filter and fluid in it now it's making a gurgling sound and will pull till it warms up then starts slipping what would cause that
Older Kia Spectra
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.