Kia Spectra Model Overview

Kia Spectra Questions


Will My Car Work Properly If I Remove 1 Of The Front Brake Calipers?

i went to replace my brake pads andthe caliper on my driver side seized and will no longer compress i need to know if the car wil operate properly without one of the front caipers

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Can I Fix A Broken Interior Door Handle That Wont Open And A Broken Off Ext...

The front drivers door (LH) of my 2006 KIA Spectra is pretty beat up. The interior door handle will not open but is still in place and the exterior door handle has completely snapped off. Is it poss...

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Rattling Noise

On the front end of both sides of my kia it makes a rattling noise not just going over bumps. Got new sway bars and the struts are good I just don't no what it is. Can anyone help??

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Do I Have To Remove The Axles If I Am Swapping The Engine In A 2006 Kia Spe...

The original engine blew a rod so I am swapping it out with another but I am curious if I have to pull the axles or not, It is a 2006 KIA Spectra5.

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I Had My Transmission Oil Changed On My 2009 Spectra And In The Parts List ...

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Older Kia Spectra

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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