Kia Spectra Model Overview

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Blowing A Fuse When You Try And Start The Car

Kia Spectra 2004 for sale, replaced computer, but when turning ignition switch on, it’s burning the computer fuse

Is It True That The 2004 Kia Spectra Require Factory Brand Kia Transmission...

20004 Kia Spectra Transmission Speed Sensor Code P0501

My 2003 Kia Spectra Wont Go Over 30 Mph

My car wont go over 30mph. It sounds like it wants to go into gear but it doesnt.

Do I Have To Remove The Hub In Order To Remove And Replace The New Lugg On ...

had two luggs on my right front tire snapp off and now i'm trying to replace them.

2004 Kia Spectra Shifts Into Reverse When Headlights Come On

I had the a/c worked on and when I got it back when I turned on headlights it shifted into reverse

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Kia Spectra Overview

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.

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