Kia Spectra Model Overview

Kia Spectra Questions

How Do I Get Into The Panels On The Dash Behind Oem Cigarettel Lighter ?

I have a 2003 Kia Spectra and I need to replace the OEM cigarette lighter. Unfortunately the design has been changed so the new one just does not want to pop back into dash. This style has 3 electric ...

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Oil Pan Location On Bottom Or Side

were replacing the tranny and need this info

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Spectra5 Ecu Fuse Burning Out No Fuel

I have a 2006 Kia, Spectra5. It died while I was driving it. I pushed it to a nearby parking lot. Tried starting it. It turns over but won't actually start firing on the cylinders. I checked every ...

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Cluster Fuse

2006 kia spectra cluster fuse keeps blowing why

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Radiator For A Kia Spectra

radiator for a 2004 KIa sprectra

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2001 Kia Spectra Overview
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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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