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3 brake jobs, 3 batteries, 2 timing belts. Only mechanical failure is an alternator at 222k. Only current issues are cranky AC/heater fan (needs to be spanked to get going) and chattering rear strut.
Driven 300-600 miles per day for work.
 

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Yep... The Spectra (2004.5~2009) is a very well built car... KIA wanted to make a statement that they could build a car for the long run... The heater/AC blower is pretty cheap on Ebay and only requires 3 screws to remove... We have 5 Spectras in our family, a 2014 Optima, 2X 2008 Hyundai Accents, 2008 Hyundai Sonata "limited", and a 2009 Hyundai Tiburon... They make great drive trains (KIA/Hyundai)... ALL of them were salvage/totaled cars I rebuilt...
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Yep... The Spectra (2004.5~2009) is a very well built car... KIA wanted to make a statement that they could build a car for the long run... The heater/AC blower is pretty cheap on Ebay and only requires 3 screws to remove... We have 5 Spectras in our family, a 2014 Optima, 2X 2008 Hyundai Accents, 2008 Hyundai Sonata "limited", and a 2009 Hyundai Tiburon... They make great drive trains (KIA/Hyundai)... ALL of them were salvage/totaled cars I rebuilt...
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New member ...I purchased a 2008 Spectra new, 158,000 never changed auto transmission fluid it's not red, but not dark brown somewhere in between in color, no burnt smell or fine metallic bits in stick.

Shifts like new,I have a gasket,filter and 5 qts KIA fluid is it too late to change filter and replace the fluid from replacing filter?

Thought about draining fluid in new CLEAN pan replace filter and pour 1/2 of the old fluid with 1/2 new fluid back in.

Back in the day (70's) on a GM after 100,000 and never serviced you were asking for more neutral gears. Need advise.
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My daughter-in-laws 2008 Spectra I got with 167k miles on it and she just turned 200k on it... It runs very well and it is quiet...

I would suggest replacing the rear wheel bearings at your mileage... They are only $22 each with shipping on Ebay...
To replace them requires a jack, stands, a 32mm socket, a 14mm and 21mm socket... and an electric Harbor Freight impact tool ($40 on sale) and about 15~30 minutes a side... They wore out at this mileage... It is now quiet all around...

The flexible coupler is another item that fails and it can be replaced with one off of ebay with two "2 1/8th" pipe adaptors and four "2 1/8th" "U" clamps available at your local AutoZone... You cut out the bad coupler (close to the ends), put an adaptor on each end
of the coupler and slide them over the exhaust pipe ends... add the "U" clamps and tighten them down... No more noisy exhaust...

Brakes (rotors and pads) are available cheap at rockauto.com and the job is not hard if you replaced brakes before... These cars are simple to work on and made well...

I rebuilt a 2016 Chrysler 200s this last year and it now has 47k miles and the 4 cyl engine is NOISY... A Chrysler tech on YouTube says to quieten these motors you need to tear down the head, cam shafts, and replace the hydraulic lifters... Imported from Detroit and built with crap... :)
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I had to replace the lug studs on right rear (removed the hub and used a punch with the hub in my bench vise) along with rotor and pads after my wife drove it with rear bake on slightly. My guess the lug studs were weakened from the excessive heat. When I used my torque wrench to remove the rear wheels for a brake job all the studs in that rear wheel snapped off when trying to remove them and yes I was turning counter clock wise :) rotor was discolored and was worn thin at the top had a hard time removing the caliper. So yes I have had the rear hub off.I turned it by hand and it felt smooth not loose etc But I will take your advice , I will order both rear bearings and replace them.

So I have two questions about the stater and changing auto trans fluid/filter.

EDIT read you next post on my starter thread Thank You ... you are 2 years older then me. :)

Have you replaced the starter motor in your 2008 with 200K miles? My GM starters have failed every 85,000 or so YMMV depending on usage daily in town vs a highway use. My wife starts stops the engine 4 to 6 times a day during a work week. We decided to keep the Spectra (she is about to retire like me) as we purchased it new after reading all the different owners posting 200,000 plus miles on the engine and auto trans if serviced correctly not not selling or trading it in. I have changed the timing belt, water pump with a Gates kit at 110,000 miles and the old belt still looked ok. Worried when I read interference engine. Was not going for KIA wanting $500.00 parts and labor every 60,000 miles. No oil or coolant leaks to degrade the belt and auto trans this engine has been driven easy.

My trans fluid is not burnt (smell test) nor black but not pink so somewhere in between a very light tan/pink on white paper towel and no fine grit so I ordered KIA filter/gasket and 5 qts KIA fluid I will change it this week end..several members here posted drain away with the the color and mileage and it's never over heated. 158,000 easy miles wife drives it work and on Hiway trips here in Texas.
Just wanted to make sure on changing the fluid as I have seen GM etc after 100,000 miles of not changing have more neutrals :-( after fresh fluid/filter change my guess the metallic grit was helping the worn clutch plates bite.
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