Kia Spectra Model Overview

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Park,tail,and Dash Lights Don't Work 2002 Kia Spectra

checked fuses

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Kia Spectra Moves In Reverse But Doesnt Move When Put In Drive

when the gear selector is in reverse the vehicle moves but when shifted to drive it will not

How Do I Get To Fuse Box On Drivers Side Under Dash Board

Need to how to locate fuse to change turning and hazards fuse they are not working

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60k Timing Belt Replacement Required In Warranty Handbook But 80k In Owner'...

bought the car used, low 50's mileage from dealership, original owner's warranty died with them and didn't pass on to me. dealer wants $440 to swap out the timing belt, citing the 60K requirement und...

My Speedometer Doesn't Work On My 2009 Kia Spectra

Does anyone have any clue on what I should do next? I have a 2009 Kia spectra and my speedometer does not work. I just changed the input and output speed sensor and still nothing. I don't know what ...

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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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