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#1 (permalink) Old 04-17-2008, 10:04 AM
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I have a 2005 kia spectra5. I need to replace the struts. The dealership wants $835 parts and labor. Do I have any alternative solutions? I seen coilovers at KFX for $599 has anyone used them and are they worth getting? Please someone give me an idea of what to do I would appreciate it!!!
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How many miles do your struts have on them, and what were the main type of road conditions they were used in?

Also.... who on here has had their spark plugs ever replaced on their 2004.5 and newer Spectras? What mileage did you change them at, AND did you see any kind of performance gain?

My Spectra's at 47k miles, and the struts and plugs seem just fine..... for now. I know that sooner or later though, it will be time to change'em.

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My Spectra has 95000 mile and I have driven on all road conditions the dirt roads in my are terrible. I replaced my plugs at 60000 due to a coil going bad. I didn't see much of a performance gain with new plugs.
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Definitely time for struts. You will probably do a little better price wise not letting dealer do them.
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Definitely time for struts. You will probably do a little better price wise not letting dealer do them.
KZ:

Who were you replying to?

Bosco's 95k miles statement, or my 47k miles statement?

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With 50k on the clock the struts are probably getting tired. I would check out some tire places first before you go to the dealer for struts. The coilovers you are refering to are actually more like $800.00. They are for performance and are adjustable, but like any performance shock you will trade some ride comfort for better handleing.
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I need to replace my struts as well but so far in my limited web search I'm not having much luck. Does Bilstein, Monroe or KYB make them for the 2005 Kia Spectra5? Maybe someone can tell me where that would be listed?
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Not that I am aware of.
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If ypu can turn a wrench and buy "mini" strut compressor( from harbour freight) tan you could save alot of money.
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KYB makes them but you have to get them for the Hyundai Elantra of the same year. So when you do a search make sure you search of the Hyundai. I don't know why the aftermarket hasn't caught on that they are the same platform and they will work with ours too. That's one of the biggest gripes that I have while trying to find parts.
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