2008 Kia Spectra Overview


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2008 Kia Spectra Overview

After a redesign and new sport sedan version appeared in 2007, the 2008 Kia Spectra receives few updates. The four-door midsize budget sedan and Spectra5 hatchback have improved performance and appearance over the years, making them increasingly attractive choices for money-conscious drivers when combined with the 100,000-mile/10-year warranty.

For 2008, the Kia Spectra gets a new black grille with chrome trim on the base LX and upscale EX, along with a new design for the gauges and shifter. Along with the LX and EX, the SX sedan and Spectra5 hatchback offer a sportier version of the front-wheel drive Spectra, with a sports-tuned suspension, larger tires, shocks, an anti-sway bar, leather trim, ground effects, and supportive sport seats. However, the sportiness does not extend to the powertrain, as all models feature the same 2.0-liter, 138-hp inline-four engine with a standard 5-speed manual. All but the LX can opt for a 4-speed automatic with overdrive.

The base model LX starts with a CD player, clock, and tilt steering, but you have to move up to the EX to get power features and air conditioning. The small decklid spoiler is joined by a front spoiler in the SX and Spectra5. Safety is prominent for Kia, and the 2008 Spectra comes with six airbags, including side impact and side curtain for both rows. One drawback is the lack of ABS brakes, which are offered as an option only on the SX and Spectra5. Despite its compact size, the 2008 Spectra rates highly for roominess and comfort, with split-folding rear seats and a 12-cubic-foot trunk. Thanks to its high safety rating, warranty, and low price, it remains a popular and solid choice for a starter car, as long as you're not concerned about acceleration power or noticeable road noise.


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    Brake Light

    Brakes are soft even with fluid full and rotors and pads areally good

    4 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)

    I Replaced My Stereo System In My Kia Spectra 2008, And Now My Car Won't St...

    I had a friend of mine come over to help me replace a radio in my car. Everything went smoothly for the most part, only to find out now that my car won't start. Think he might have crossed some wire...

    26 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    Car Will Not Shift Into Gear No Other Trouble But Low Fluids Added Did Not ...

    runs and starts great had to tow it home and unload bottom drive live on hill next morning went into gear made it top stopped going into gear again

    7 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

    2008 Kia Spectra

    I jumped a car off and after that my windows quit rolling up and down. Changed the fuse and still doesnt work. Does anyone know what could be the problem

    12 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

    Is There A Reason Why Front End Strut And Coil Assembly For 2008 Kia Spectr...

    trying to find front end strut and coil assembly on 2008 kia spectra and almost every model has such a replacement part but the this one. will any of the other year models also fit in this situation?

    19 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)