Kia Spectra Model Overview

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2006 Kia Spectra Emergency Lights Flashing When Parked

emergency lights flashing, how do I turn off?

The Radio In My 2008 Kia Spectra5 Cuts Out When Slowing Or Stopped.

This just started happening recently. Radio cuts on and off in park at idle before staying off. Once I get to about 20-25mph it turns back on with no issues until I'm slowing down or stopping. Wil...

Kia Spectra A/C

so i have a kia spectra the problem i have right is that when i turn the ac the air only blows towards the dashboard not through the front vents what can it be

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My Car Won't Start I Mean It Turns Over To Me It Seem Like It's Not Getting...

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Transmission

Hello, So I have a 2007 Kia Spectra with 145,500 miles on it and my check engine light will go on and then off a few times a month. I went to several places and did a test for the check engine ligh...

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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