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#230 of 464 Another new Spectra feature discovered....
Feb 21, 2005 (11:00 am)
Well I stumbled onto another obscure 2004.5/2005 Spectra "feature" today.
It appears that KIA equipped the new Spectra with a timed delay power window shutoff.
It appears that all of the power windows (I haven't tried the moonroof yet) function for approximately 30 seconds after the ignition key is turned off and removed.
I accidentally discovered this fact this morning after parking my car, taking the key out, and then accidentally bumping one of the window switches.
After experimenting a little in the quiet of the parking structure, I could hear a distinctive solenoid "click" about 30 seconds after removing the key. Prior to hearing the click, the windows still work. Immediately following the click, they don't.
To restate, this behavior appears to be a "convenience" feature for the owner who gets out and realizes he/she left a window open, but have already pocketed the car keys.
The amount and frequency of these little "discoveries" has slowed down, but I'm still finding little "Easter Eggs" like this 7 months after buying my car!
#231 of 464 Re: Another new Spectra feature discovered.... [spectraman]
Feb 21, 2005 (11:24 am)
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.
#232 of 464 Moonroof not part of the power-delay feature....
Feb 23, 2005 (7:09 am)
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"!
#233 of 464 Re: I liked the body design of the late [iluvmysephia1]
Feb 23, 2005 (7:16 am)
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!
#235 of 464 Kia Spectra is a contender - Southeast Missourian
Feb 24, 2005 (1:50 pm)
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.)
#236 of 464 Nice article from a paper
Feb 24, 2005 (5:58 pm)
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?
#237 of 464 Interview w/Hyundai Prez re: Hyundai and KIA future synergies
Feb 28, 2005 (7:36 am)
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 donít think so. With the complex ownership on this side, weíre 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 itís important for us. Right now a lot of the products kind of cross over. Itís a little muddled right now. But youíll see some products down the road ó [Kia] Optima will be one ó thatíll 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 itís more of a pushing apart.
A. Yeah. And I think brand-wise, weíre going to be more refined and confident ó weíre going to be more youthful and sporty. And I think youíll 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?
Feb 28, 2005 (6:41 pm)
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?
#239 of 464 Re: Interview w/Hyundai Prez re: Hyundai and KIA future synergies [spectraman]
Feb 28, 2005 (6:49 pm)
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).