About Kia Spectra
Kia Spectra is a compact vehicle manufactured by South Korean automaker Kia Motors from 2000 to 2009. The first Kia Spectra was introduced in 2000 as the second generation Kia Sephia's liftback variant. In fact, Kia Spectra also is the Kia Cerato sold in United States. As a rebadged version of other models, Kia Spectra still made a difference in the international market. It had been produced through two generations.
The first generation Kia Spectra (2000-2003) was introduced in 2000 for the 2000 model year. It was offered in an entry level "S", slightly upgraded "GS", and the top-of -the range "GSX" in the United States. In Australia, Kia Spectra was also available in LS trim till 2004. It mainly was powered by a 1.5 L, 1.6 L, and 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder gasoline engines mated to 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions. Then the second generation Kia Spectra (2003-2009) was introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback. There were SX and EX trim levels available. Kia Spectra then got power from 1.5 L, 1.6 L, 1.8 L and 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder gasoline or turbocharged diesel engines. These engines were fitted along with still the 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed manual transmission as previous generation.
Kia Spectra Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Inherit from Kia Sephia and Kia Cerato, Kia Spectra can be seen as a fairly well vehicle. However, as accumulation of mileage, problems are still unavoidable to appear on it:
First, problems shifting. Some Kia Spectra owners have complained that the vehicle would slip and not shift right. It is obviously a transmission problem. Because apart from that, the indicator would not match the gear and the vehicle sometimes could not be turned off. Clutch slippage causes the transmission slippage. If you start the Kia Spectra in a gear, it starts in another gear or not goes into gear at all, you are advised to inspect the Spectra shift cable and Spectra automatic transmission filter just for in case.
Second, engine issues. In general, engine issues are often the omens of the whole vehicle is breaking down. So you need pay more attention to the engine. In Kia Spectra, according to drivers, engine problem will present as giving out squealing noise, overheating, performance reduced in power, acceleration and gas efficiency. Sometimes, the engine would stall and fail to restart. Once your Kia Spectra's Check Engine light is also activated, you had better get the Spectra drive belt, Spectra oil filter, fuel tank, water pump and timing belt inspected thoroughly.
In order to lengthen your Kia Spectra's lifespan, you need to do more. First, wiper blade and wiper arm, they are both essential parts in ensuring your driving safety so that your driving vision won't get blocked and meet any accident due to poor visibility. They work under harsh conditions, so they need meticulous maintenance. At the same time, some electrical auto parts such as vapor pressure sensor, fog light, headlight bulb, they are very vulnerable due to ling-time using, so you need to pay more attention to them.
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