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#269 of 464 Kia earns its sporty tag
May 11, 2005 (4:28 pm)
"Kia soon will offer a variety of budget-priced but dealer-installed body, exhaust and wheel packages for those who want to give their Spectra a "sport compact" treatment."
"...If warranty issues can be addressed, Kia would like to offer a supercharger option to boost the output of the Spectra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from its stock 138 to more than 200 horsepower.
I recently drove several souped-up Spectra 5 prototypes and was impressed with the quality of the parts for the body kit and with both the look and the tone provided by the cat-back exhaust system.
The lowering springs make the car's handling more dynamic. That performance can be enhanced by 18-inch wheels and high-performance tires; cars I tried wore Goodyear Eagle F1s or even grippier Nitto Neo Gens.
The supercharger installation fits nicely between the engine and firewall. For those who can afford another $3,000, the performance boost is impressive."
200 hp with a supercharger, eh? Wow. I wonder if they've got any goodies in their engineering grab-bag to handle the ensuing torque-steer that's bound to come with such a HP increase?
#270 of 464 Bumper fit on Spectra sedan
May 11, 2005 (7:36 pm)
I think someone may have hit my parked Spectra while backing up, and I don't know if there is damage to the bumper. I was wondering, all of you current-generation Spectra owners, how is the fit of your front bumper? Is the black painted part completely flush with the grayish plastic piece on either of the sides near the wheel-wells, or is it distinguishably separated a tiny bit? Is there a bit of slack in the bumper when you push or pull on it? It seems just the slightest bit loose, but it is hardly noticable, only if you push on it or pull on it with a significant amount of force. I think I may just need some black touch-up paint and it will be fine, in which case, how much will a small amount of touch up paint cost me at a local dealership? I can't imagine that, even if the bumper is damaged, it will require any sort of repair, but if it does, do you know if it is covered under warranty, or how much it will cost? It would not require any new parts to the best of my knowledge. Has anyone had a similiar experience? I think the person who struck the car was not moving at much more than a roll.
#271 of 464 Automakers Watching Consumers Online
May 12, 2005 (6:36 am)
Automakers Watching Consumers Online
Consumers posting their criticisms online about the cars and trucks they drive may not realize their views are being closely monitored by the automotive industry. Most of the major automobile companies employ marketing firms to keep close tabs on customer sentiment and how it's being reflected on blogs, discussion groups, listservs, and enthusiast sites.
There is no way to opt out. Like it or not, people who write their opinions online are making their voices heard loud and clear with the big automakers. Meanwhile, Detroit is doing its best to make sure negative perceptions from dissatisfied customers don't sink the reputations of its latest models or its carefully crafted, expensive ad campaigns.
#272 of 464 Re: Bumper fit on Spectra sedan [dsch8]
May 12, 2005 (6:39 am)
What year and model of Spectra do you have? Is your car a U.S. or Canadian speced car? A Spectra, or a Spectra5? Your front clip description doesn't seem to match my car's front end. Here are some pics from the side and the front of a U.S. model:
Here's a pic of a Canadian Spectra5:
In any case, my front clip is securely attached and doesn't move. I'm with you though, that if the problem isn't very noticeable then leave it be. The repair will probably be expensive and be more noticeable.
#273 of 464 Upstart Hyundai/KIA guns for Big Three
May 15, 2005 (5:23 am)
Upstart Hyundai/KIA guns for Big Three
Once seen as a joke, S. Korean automaker is now the world's fastest-growing.
SEOUL, South Korea -- Toyota Motor Corp. may scare Detroit's automakers, but there's one rival out there that worries Toyota.
It's South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. Already the fastest-growing major automaker, Hyundai says it wants to supplant Toyota as the industry's vehicle quality leader in three years.
Such a goal sounds gutsy, coming from a carmaker that was a running gag on late-night TV not so long ago. But U.S. and Japanese auto executives take Hyundai very seriously now.
"We're always looking in our rear-view mirror, and they're one that's coming up quickly," said Dennis Cuneo, senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America Inc.
In just a few years, Hyundai has emerged as the industry pace-setter, after achieving huge strides in sales and quality -- and in about half the time it took Japan's leading carmakers.
The family-run automaker, which also controls Kia Motors, has leapt from 16th in the global sales rankings in 1998 to seventh last year, just behind DaimlerChrysler AG.
#274 of 464 Re: RPMs at 70mph w/auto - RESTATED
May 18, 2005 (7:47 am)
I misspoke when I wrote:
"My rpm at approximately 70mph is pretty low at around 2250 rpm. I'm very happy with the performance of the 2.0 Beta engine. It is smooth and *extremely* quiet at idle at 900 rpm. It definitely can be heard when I put my foot into it, but when the 4th gear overdrive kicks in, the engine sounds almost disappear. "
After having my car out on the highway yesterday for the first time in a long time, I realized that I had the RPMs wrong in this quote. My Spectra's 2.0 liter automatic is actually turning around 2,750 rpm at 70 mph. It's still true that there's hardly any engine noise all the way up until slightly past 3,000 rpm.
#275 of 464 Initial quality UP
May 18, 2005 (4:47 pm)
According to J.D. Power's latest Initial Quality Survey, the Spectra was one of the most improved cars from last year (no surprise since it was a much-improved new design), improving 64 points from last year to finish 2nd behind the Prius in the Compact car category.
(Use the "2005 Initial Quality Survey" link)
#276 of 464 (In Homer Simpson voice) Spectra's #2! Spectra's #2
May 19, 2005 (5:10 am)
Wow! The Spectra's #2 overall in the compact segment! That backs up my experiences posted online here at Edmunds!
Here's the direct link to the Initial Quality page graphic that's listed on the page that Backy references. The section about the Spectra is in the upper left-hand corner.
The Civic and Corolla tied, and came in 3rd behind the Spectra!
I'll bet KIA's happy about this one!
#277 of 464 J.D. Powers Spectra quality info
May 19, 2005 (9:02 am)
Here's a little composite graphic I put together to save you all the web surfing and parameter-entering hassles.
The links I pulled this data from are included on the graphic, so feel free to verify them for yourself!
#278 of 464 Finally! Some good news on the MPG front!
May 23, 2005 (5:13 am)
After making it known that I haven't been exactly enthralled with my Spectra EX's gas mileage, I've finally seen a ray of hope.
I had an opportunity yesterday to put about 270 highway miles on my car. I drove (on average) between 70-75 mph, and was able to take advantage of my cruise control quite a bit, plus I didn't need to run the air conditioning.
My Spectra has the 4-speed automatic, so I guess the 25 (City/Everyday) mileage I'm getting now that the weather's warmer, coupled with the nearly 35 mpg I got on the highway yesterday is nearly identical to its EPA ratings. My car also turned over 10k miles too, so maybe the engine's finally fully broken in?!?
A side note.... Due to a weather taking a turn for the better towards the end of the day here in Michigan, I was able to full open my moonroof, all the way back. I'm very impressed at how little noise or air enters the cabin at the speeds I was driving (70-80 mph). Good job KIA! The little pop-up air foil at the front of the roof opening really works.