About Kia Spectra5 SX
Kia Spectra5 SX is a compact vehicle manufactured by the South Korean automaker Kia Motors from 2004 to 2009. The first Kia Spectra5 SX was introduced in 2003 as a variant of Kia Spectra, though during that time, Kia Spectra was the first generation Kia Cerato. Being the sport-tuned version of the four-door hatchback Spectra model, Kia Spectra5 SX is very popular among young customers in North America.
When the Kia Spectra5 SX was first unveiled for the 2004 model year in North America, it was actually a designating hatchback. Available as a single trim level, Kia Spectra5 SX auto parts included standard front-seat mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and four-wheel disc brakes. Though it was only offered in one single trim level, Kia Spectra5 SX was powered by 1.5 L U, 1.6 L U, 2.0 L D inline 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines and 1.6 L G4ED, 2.0 L G4GC inline 4-cylinder gasoline engines. And all these engines were fitted along with either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. Kia Spectra5 SX auto parts included standard front-seat mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Kia Spectra5 SX Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though Kia Spectra5 SX is prevalent among youngsters, it is still redesigned in light of criticism and poor sales of the first generation Spectra, so many owners have complained problems on it:
First, engine problems. According to the first-hand information from Kia Spectra5 SX owners, engine failure happens often. Generally speaking, this problem will have symptoms including creating metallic or whining sounds, engine performance reducing, dirty exhaust, hard starting, and an ability to start the car. If your Kia Spectra5 SX is also experiencing overheating and leaking coolant, then besides the oil filter and fuel filter, the thermostat also should get inspected thoroughly.
Second, braking and transmission problems. Braking problems in any vehicle should get ignored as they would endanger drivers' lives. In Kia Spectra5 SX, braking issues would show as noisy brakes, pulsating brake pedals and poorly responded brakes. We can often solve this problem by replacing the old brake pad set. As for transmission failure in Kia Spectra5 SX, it can be attributed to a broken automatic transmission filter as it presents like slipping clutch, making whirring and whining noises and delay in reversing.
In order to keep your Kia Spectra5 SX at the best shape, you need to take more efforts. For example, wiper blade in Kia Spectra5 SX exposes to harsh conditions such as windy, stormy, downpours and snowy, it tends to break easily. And wiper blade is responsible for providing better visibility, so you should practice routine maintenance for your Spectra5 SX wiper blade. What's more, headlight bulb also plays an important role in providing excellent driving visibility, so once it dims or flickers, you should get it replaced as early as possible for your driving safety. While if you want to enjoy a comfortable driving experience, blower motor resistor in your Spectra5 SX should be paid to more attention.
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