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My 2000 1.8L 16V Automatic Kia Sephia Needs a New Engine and I Really Need to do that as Fast as Possible; so I Really need your Help to Know Which Kia (or other Brand) engine could be a Direct Replacement for my Kia's T8D engine.

Could the 2006 / 2008 Spectra / Cerato Engines Work in my 2000 Sephia???

is there an 2.0L engine that Fits on my Sephia's engine room???

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Nothing is a direct replacment for the T8D.
You would have to have someone fab up a whole new mount system for the engine and tranny mounts.
NO ONE HAS DONE THIS! You would be the first. So there would be no one to help you.

If your thinking about room issues, thats not your problem as there are tons of Mazda RX7s with chevy 302/350 swaps. Thats a V8 fit into a car that has a 1.3L. Point, room is not an issue usually when it comes to swaps. Its ecu's, and the biggey, what would you do for mounting it?

Going from a 1.8L to a 2.0L in my opinion would be a waste. As those spectra 2.0L only have 10 hp over that T8D, and as far as mods, there isn't anything you can get for that 2.0 that you cant get for the 1.8. The 2.0 is heavier, and will most likely be slower than that 1.8 anyways.

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OK, Understood... Thank You for your Complete and Kind Answer!

Now I Forgot about the Newer Spectra 2.0 Engines, Just Focus on the 2001 Sephia 1.8L and the 2002/ 2003 Spectra 1.8L Engines:

  • Are those the Same T8D Engine Found on my 2000 Sephia?
  • Could those be a Direct Replacement for my 2000 Sephia?
  • Would the ECU Work on those Engines?

I Really Need the info ASAP 'cos I'll be Hunting for a New engine around Next Week.

I'm Really Thankful for your Help!
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I'll be hunting down engines to replace mine as well. I'll most likely just be doing another 1.8L if I remember correctly the 2002/03 1.8L will work because they are still a T8D. T8D is a T8D. I don't see how they are different at all. Trying to remember everything I've read on them. I believe there's an issue of the intake or throttle body having a bigger opening or something like that on the 02/03's verses the 2nd Gen Sephia.
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Our Local Kia Dealer Kia Honduras Won't give any info like That...
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... I believe there's an issue of the intake or throttle body having a bigger opening or something like that on the 02/03's verses the 2nd Gen Sephia.
But Those Still could fit There? ... Or Shall I Need to Swap intakes, using the One from the Old Engine on the New one?

Maybe I Just need to Pick up the Air Filter's Box linkage too...

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... if I remember correctly the 2002/03 1.8L will work because they are still a T8D. T8D is a T8D. I don't see how they are different at all. ...
Somethin' that Worries me is the Location of the Engine Mounts, Could those have Changed position from Spehias to Spectras???
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Somehow is Sad for me to Change the Kia's engine... My Yellow Subaru (On my Avatar) is Over 25 Years old and over 300,000 Miles and I've only Changed Both Headgaskets and the Oil Pump; Also my '69 Mercury has its engine still "Standard" so far...

OK, I Just Found a 2003 Spectra in a Junk Yard, its engine seems to be immaculate, with 67,000 Miles, clean oil and at an affordable Price (Buying it without Both Manifolds, EFi Stuff, etc; Long Block only) I Think I'll buy it...

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THe manifold are the difference, you cannot use yours on an 03 motor. Port sizes are different. And your efi stuff is going to be different.
Very Very Respectfully, let me Tell you This:

Fortunately You was Wrong!!!

Last Weekend I Went to Hunt for a New Engine for my Kia Sephia (my Kia Sephia was Built in Late 1999) and I Found a Donor Car which was a 2003 Kia Spectra.

I Only Purchased the Long Block Assembled as it came from Factory, in other Words: my Wallet wasn't enough big to purchase the Complete engine with its manifolds, etc. from the Junk Yard, so they Taken off all that Parts from the Engine: (Parts Removed in order to Lower the Price)
  • [♪]intake Manyfold complete.
    [♪]Exhaust manyfold Complete.
    [♪]Flywheel.
    [♪]Front main Pulley.
    [♪]Engine Mounts, except the one in front of the Timin' Belt Cover. (The old one Damaged)
    [♪]All the E.F.i. Stuff, including ignition Coils, etc...

My Sephia still Ran with its original engine (Blowin' a Cloud of Smoke) when I Went to Purchase the New engine Driving it; so I Take a Picture of the New (to me) Engine on the Trunk:



I've Worked this whole Week during Night time to do the Swap...
  • [♪]First Night I Removed the Sephia's Old & Worn T8D Engine.
    [♪]Then with Both engines Lyin' on the Floor, I Swapped intake Manifolds.*
    [♪]Then the Other Parts, such like Starter, etc...
    [♪]Brand New "Denso" U-Groove Sparkplugs.
    [♪]Brand New "Motul" SAE 15W~40 Oil & Luber-Finer Filter.
    [♪]Placed the New (to me) Spectra's T8D Engine on the Sephia's Bay.
    [♪]New "ShellZone" Coolant.
    [♪]...and That's it!

The Spectra Engine Fired Right on the First Key Turn and Purred like a Kitten!!! Just half hour ago...

*So, 1fastkia was Right about the Port Differences: the Port Shapes are Different, let me Explain: The Sephia'a T8D engine Ports are Oval while the Spectras T8D Engine's Ports are Squarier and bigger: But the intake Manifolds of the Sephia Covers Perfectly the ports on the Spectra Engine: I've Just "Been There, Done That" So I Used my Sephia's Engine Stuff on the Spectra engine and Worked 100% Well!

Now I'm So Tired...

I'll Have enough time to Test the Sephia this comin' Holy Week, in a Very Long Travel, also I'll Post More pictures & Explanation.

Kind Regards.
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