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2004 All-new Spectra 2.0 LX(Automatic)

Gonna buy a 2004 all-new Spectra 2.0 LX. Would appreciate it if anyone could share his experiences with this model. Though went thru some of relevant Spectra info, still quite puzzled with some questions.
1. Are 2004 al-new Spectra LX and 2005 Spectra LX same thing, or 2005 Spetra LX has just some tiny adds on the all-new Spectra LX?
2. The Spetra engine starts to be remakablly noisy around 3500 rpm, or at hard acceleration. Is it due to KIA's poor engine quality, or Kia's original intension to make Spectra LX sound like sporty as they claimed? Will the noise be getting less after the running in period?
3. Someone said the Kia CVVT 2.0 engine is underpowered, only producing that of a 1.8L engine of a Japanese car. Is that true? How many years, or kilometers can the Kia 2.0 engine last before problems begin to appear?
4. It is said the Spectra has a poor tyre grip especially when cornering with its original Korean tyres. Are there any suggestions for tyre grip improvement, for example change for wider tyres like Bridgestone or the like, to make a stable cornering? Is it also at the expense of fuel economy?
5. Are the Spectra suspensions set too soft so as to tend a body roll?
6. The Spectra LX is not equipped with ABS/EFD, and they are not optional either. This is really a big safety concern. Are there any offset solutions to this defects? For instance change for wider and better brand tyres, etc.
 

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to your questions
1. they are 99% the same

2. kias poor engine quality?? what are you talking about. Ive got 2 kias (99 sephia and an 01 spectra) and the sephia has 120,000 miles with no shop time at all. the spectra I have had for only 1 month or so but it has 30,000 and no problems they run greatt. and the sephia has been used and abused from the track to the street.

3. The 2.0L is by far not underpowered. It has about 12hp and the same amount pound feet of torque more than the 1.8Ls

4. The stock tires arent KOREAN they are kumho brand and are fairly good. although like myself I went to a 17" tire for better grip and handling tire size im running is 204/40/17zr rated. great traction and stability!

5. The spectra sedan doesnt have much body roll the new spectra5 because of its long stance is a bit rolly but with the sedan there are suspension mods from www.kfxperformance that can make that suspension ready for autox easily!

6. as i have read there is an option for abs.



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1fastkia:

Thank you so much for sharing your valuable info.
One more thing, can the 2004 All-new Spectra engine last 10 years?
 
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