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Kia Spectra Sedan



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    Aren't cars fun? This is a nifty feature; Hyundai put it on the Elantra starting in the '01 model year. It looks like the Spectra has inherited most of the little features from the Elantra and added some others, e.g. 4-wheel discs on all models.
  • Hey Gang:

    I checked today, and the power moonroof appears to NOT be on the same delayed power circuit as the power windows.

    That means if you've left your moonroof open on your new Spectra, you'll have to fish your keys out of your pocket and turn the ignition over to full power to be able to operate the moonroof.

    To reiterate my previous post however, all four electric windows are still powered up for 30 seconds after removing the ignition key, or turning off the ignition.

    That's your "30-Second Spectra Update"!

  • Hey ILMS:

    That's some fantastic mileage you've gotten off of those Hankooks! Hankook must have mixed up some pretty hard rubber for that kind of lifespan. The most I've ever gotten off of stock tires was around 65k miles off of a set of Michelins.

    KIA appears to be putting Goodyear LS tires on the Spectras exclusively now, based on what's on my car, and what I see on my dealer's lot.

    They're actually Goodyear tires that are made in Japan! Funny, eh? That must cut down drastically on shipping costs.

    So far I'm happy with the traction, ride, and noise. I hope they at least last 50-60k!



    Kia Spectra is a contender

    The names car manufacturers give their products are often entertaining. Sometimes they give us insight into what the car is all about. I imagine the manufactures spend a great deal of time choosing just the right name. Take the Kia Spectra, for example. It sounds a lot like "spectrum," but is also brings to mind "spectacular," and I'd speculate it's no accident. The new 2004 Spectra covers the gamut from comfort to safety.

    (NOTE: This article was first run in August 2004, prior to the IIHS study release.)
  • in my homestate, Missouri! Hey, spectraman, I noted how they liked how quiet the Spectra is. That being from the tires, wind or whatever. I gotta tell ya, our '01 Sportage 4x4 is remarkably quiet for a small SUV with a truck-like ladder frame that it incorporates. We can just talk reasonably-loud and barely have to raise our voices on most road surfaces. The Sport really has a quiet ride. Your Spectra, too?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Interesting interview with Hyundai President and CEO Robert Cosmei in this month's Automotive Industries issue. An excerpt containing info about Hyundai's and KIA's relationship can be found below.


    Q. Will there be any future synergies between Hyundai and Kia?

    A. No, I don’t think so. With the complex ownership on this side, we’re going to have to continue to migrate the brand separately. In fact, in the design center in Irvine [Calif.], we have a separate design head for Hyundai and one for Kia. They just work on Kia projects or Hyundai products. We have to do that because it’s important for us. Right now a lot of the products kind of cross over. It’s a little muddled right now. But you’ll see some products down the road — [Kia] Optima will be one — that’ll be very different from the Sonata. When Kia was going through their bankruptcy, Hyundai had to help out with the R&D, so you saw a lot of the same family looks and we all want to change that.

    Q. So instead of a coming together it’s more of a pushing apart.

    A. Yeah. And I think brand-wise, we’re going to be more refined and confident — we’re going to be more youthful and sporty. And I think you’ll start seeing some product changes over the new few years

    NOTE: After spending 8+ years in the automotive industry, and being a long-term industry observer, I find the these statements interesting.

    I find it hard to believe that Hyundai and KIA won't share *tremendous* amounts of "synergy" as far as the platforms and mechanicals of their cars go. Those are the big $$$ items that are the most logical to share and enhance corporate profit and quality.

    I'm interpreting what Cosmei's saying above is that Hyundai and KIA will *not* share any direct body and interior tooling, which the mentioned Sonota and Optima plainly do. What do all of you think?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    now you've done it! I don't know if you recall some of my posts on the issue of Hyundai and Kia synergy before. A lot of people tend to think that Kia is some Korean "Yugo" with no headstrong design direction of it's own. Foolish thinking! I have researched Kia extensively and there's a reason Peter Butterfield says "he hates it when people say that Kia is a subdivision of Hyundai." They are separate companies and finances are accounted for separately. Sure, Hyundai's help was fantastic. But the two companies have their own distinct design direction-I've always seen it! Kia made something like $14B in revenues in 2004 and they have 30,000 separate, distinct Kia employees.

    I like the decision to be youthful and sporty. I have always felt like they were designed like that, anyway, going back to my 1999 Sephia. Sportage? See what I mean? It is a sports-crazy world, isn't it?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    I agree with your assessment. We already know that several Hyundai/Kia models share or will share platforms and engines (Accent/Rio, Elantra/Spectra, Sonata/Optima, Tuscon/Sportage, Sedona/future Hyundai minivan). But style-wise the companies clearly have a different strategy, and they will have a few unique models (e.g. Sorento and Santa Fe).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    The 2005 Kia Spectra is rated "acceptable" on the IIHS frontal offset crash test for cars made after January 2005, due to a change to the driver's air bag:

    Quick work by Kia!
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    should be commended on its speed to offer a fix. Very impressive. Acceptable isnt exactly a great showing, but its much improved, and shows a strong committment to the product and customer, IMO, on Kia's part.

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    Thanks for posting the update, backy.

    Indeed, quick work by Kia.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • spectramanspectraman Posts: 255
    Now the question is......

    Will KIA *voluntarily* pony up the airbag upgrade to the purchasers of the 2004.5 and early 2005 models?

    Enquiring minds want to know!


    P.S. to any KIA reps reading this: What a great accompanying safety-related PR move it would make if KIA actually did offer the upgrade to affected new generation Spectra owners (at least in the U.S. and possibly Canada where all the initial hubbabaloo occurred!)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    you can wait and see if they offer it to you but I'd just call 'em up and demand that they give you the upgrade ASAP. It's a safety thing, matter of fact your recall notice might already be in the mail. It may be categorized as a "good idea" type of thing and not a serious safety concern though(seriously)so a TSB would be generated by the Home Team and available online at your favorite Kia dealer. I'd look into it right away, man, no, it''s...not a bird, it's not a's Spectraman! Enjoy it, man! I'd feel better cruising in my new world order Spectra if Kia did the airbag update tweak for me, though, huh?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    I don't want to be negative, but the fact that the IIHS test report specifically said "for cars made after January 2005" leads me to believe Kia has no plans to offer an upgrade. Recall that when IIHS released the updated frontal offset test results for the '04-'05 Elantra, they specifically said that Hyundai would update cars already sold. But it would be a great PR move and customer-sat builder for Kia to fix the airbags on pre-sold cars--i.e. "safety of our customers is important to us (like it says on our Web site)."
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    backy, Kia should step up and offer to do the airbag fix, for PR's sake. It really would show me something impressive about their line of thinking beyond just collecting the cash and doing minimum, huh?

    It should be for pre-January 2005 Kia Spectra's as well.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • spectramanspectraman Posts: 255
    2004 Kia Spectra

    Redone Econo-Compact Stands Tall: Kia Improves Its Best Seller—And Creates A Sibling


    As far as we can tell from a couple of test drives—and keeping in mind its $13,160 base sticker—we find no conspicuous flaws in the 2004 Spectra. Don’t consider that damning with faint praise; this is almost epiphanic considering past Kias.

    Its shiny, fit-and-finished exterior poses well alongside its Japanese Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla rivals in the compact-sedan market, which overall sells two million cars a year. Spectra’s interior is fine and respectable looking, with nothing too simple or austere for a car in this market.
  • spectramanspectraman Posts: 255
    Kia Keeps It in the Hyundai Family
    Date Posted 02-25-2005


    SEOUL, South Korea — They say nepotism begins at home, and at Hyundai Group there's always a pretty strong chance the top jobs will go to somebody called Chung. This time the job is president and CEO of Kia Motors, and it's going to Chung Eui-sun, the 36-year-old son of Hyundai Motor Group chairman Chung Mong-koo.

    The younger Chung started at Hyundai Motor in 1999 as a purchasing director, having earned an MBA at the University of San Francisco.

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  • arizonajoearizonajoe Posts: 123
    My Spectra EX has hit 11,450 miles (in 10 months). The only problem is an erratic one - sometimes gas will overflow, sometimes it won't. The dealer couldn't reproduce it in their one attempt, and it now happens to me only about half the time.

    I wish ABS had been standard, like it is on the new Sportage. No car in the Phoenix inventory had it (as an option).
  • spectramanspectraman Posts: 255
    S.Korea's Kia: New favourite in the Hyundai group?


    SEOUL, March 15 (Reuters) - South Korean car maker Hyundai plans to strengthen its Kia unit after handing control of the division to a son of its group chairman, an appointment analysts say signals big plans for a neglected brand.

    While investors have often shied away from Korean groups that appear to be putting the interests of their controlling families first, the choice of 36-year-old Chung Eui-sun as president of Kia Motors Corp. has been applauded despite his limited experience.

    Shares in Kia, the country's number two auto maker, rose as much as 10 percent after the appointment was announced late last month. They have gained 35 percent in 2005, more than triple the broad market's gain and far outstripping a 2 percent rise in parent Hyundai Motor Co. .

    "Kia is on the fastest track to success among Hyundai affiliates. It is bound to receive plenty of favours from the group to bolster profits," said Suh Sung-moon, an analyst at Dongwon Securities."
  • axel_roseaxel_rose Posts: 16
    What does the insurance run a new "improved" kia spectra? I just bought the Speck 5 in Spark Blue and have not inquired about how much my insurance is going to cost.
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