Kia Spectra Model Overview

Kia Spectra Questions

Soeedinetery/odometer/cruise Control Stop Working. Also Acceleration Issue....

Several years ago, I had an older car that wasn't a Kia, but it accelerated suddenly while I was driving in traffic. The brakes wouldn't work at all. I immediately turned off the ignition key whic...

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Acceleration Problem And Speedo Problem

Speedometer/odimeter/cruise control stop working when my car warms up. Also, acceleration issue.

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The Car Starts And When I Go To Put It In Gear Shuts Off And All The Lights...

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2005 Kia Spectra Speedometer/odometer/cruise Control Stops Working When The...

My 2005 Kia Spectra Speedometer/Odometer/Cruise Control stops working, at about 7 miles of drive time, when the car warms up. If I let the car sit a long time after driving it and it cools off a ...

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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

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Older Kia Spectra

2001 Kia Spectra Overview
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2000 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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