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Kia Spectra Model Overview

Kia Spectra Questions


What Is Oil Alt N Kia Spectre

checking fluid notice oil alt what is this and did not see overflow so dose antifreeze go in radiator

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Reverse Light Harness Wire Color?

I am installing a double din stereo and it has the ability to use a reverse camera. I cannot find the wire to switch over the camera when put in reverse. It is the reverse light harness wire.

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My 2003 Kia Spectra Wont Go In Reverse Because Of The Brakes Why

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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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Whre Is The Ecm Terminal Locatedin Kia Spectra

car wont run properly we were advised to check ecm terminals.

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Older Kia Spectra

2001 Kia Spectra Overview
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2000 Kia Spectra Overview
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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.