Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Massillon, Ohio, USA
Drives: 2007 SpectraLX, 2006 SpectraSX, Kubuntu
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Welcome condra1234 to kia-forums...
Your my kind of guy..
I also have a "rebuilt salvage" Spectra....It's an 06 SX. Bought in January 2010 with 24k miles on it for $2100. Put a right front door, right front fender, rack and pinion, windshield, and had the frame pulled slightly... It now has just 40k on it.0
We also have an 07 Spectra that my wife drives. Her's we bought used before mine and her's has just turned 60k.. Only things we have done to it was rear pads, timing belt, AC belt, and Plugs (at 58K), and just this week a new battery (ps it's a 90T5 for your info and got it at Advance Auto).. Put NGK plugs in yours when the time comes. Put tires on it (wear item) and that's all..
Both of our cars do not have any problem with the speedometers being off. We're within 1mhp of the GPS.. Your tire size may be off throwing your actual speed off..
These are very good cars and can get 300k miles "if" you maintain them propery..
Timing belts EVERY 60k miles, Drain and refill the automatic trannys every 30k and use ONLY Hyundai/KIA type III fluid, Drain and replace the coolant every 2~3 years, and normal oil changes every 3~5k miles. Use ONLY KIA filters.. There is some real junk out there (FR@M for one)... You can get them reasonably cheap from cobra259 right here on this forum. He's a KIA parts manager in Michigan..pm him if you want parts.
Be sure to check/replace the timing belt (and the AC belt while you are at it) as this engine IS an "interference" type engine and "if" the belt breaks you will have big bucks in repairing/replacing the engine...
I hope you get many miles out of your Spectra..