You need to check the VIN plate for the date of manufactor as there is a 2004 and a 2004.5 ... The 2004.5 can use 2004.5~2009 engine. The 2004 uses the earlier engines.
The 2004 is an "Alpha" version.
The 2004.5 and up has VVT (variable valve timing) and is a "Beta" version.
Also engine numbers are on the front of the engine just right of center. (under the plastic top cover)
You have a 2004.5~2009 engine confirmed with the fifth digit being either an "E" or a "2".
Yours is probably a "2" unless your car came from California and has their emissions standards.
The good part is the engine and tranny are in plentiful supply and can be gotten for very reasonable prices... See what kind of a deal they are by comparing similar Toyota/Mazda/Nissan engines... This engine CAN go 300k if taken care of. (replace the timing belt EVERY 5yrs or 60k miles).
Keep us posted on your progress...
Hi again Jim..
I got you this far from my research and past knowledge...
You are serious about what you are doing (some are not) so the next step is to get you on... kiatechinfo.com and do it properly...Here's a cut/paste on how...
Just go to "kiatechinfo.com",
register, and all the info you need is right there.
You need to be running
Microsoft Windows (XP,Vista,7) and
Microsoft IE (Internet Explorer 8 or higher).
You also need to download and install a free "plug-in or app" called Adobe SVG
(Scaled Vector Graphics). There is a link to this software on their site.
and a valid email address to send the password to..
This is the only known good way to get onto this site..
There is a moderate learning curve as things aren't always where you would think they should be...but a little looking gets everything you could possibly need.
They should have all the info you need on engine/transmission replacement and proper specialized tools to do the job...
This may have sounded like I am dumping you...but...that's not the case...Just more and better info straight from KIA (USA).
Do keep us posted! You will help others immensely!
Manual and automatics are the same engine..some difference with bolt ons and ECM...
just move from old engine.
So don't let that scare you... You'll find more with automatics.
$600 for one with 16k is very good for being in California (pollution add ons).
My son was looking for a an engine for a Mazda6 4cyl (2004) and they wanted >$2000 for one with 90k miles on it!
If you can take pictures and document "problems" you may come across..
I believe with a little work the engine can separate from the tranny and come up and out through the top..Other posters should pitch in with comments and ideas.
The kiatechinfo site should have information on needed tools (jigs)..
I haven't "pulled" an engine on a Spectra (Yet!) but have on my old Fords and Chryslers so I'm not positive on the above...
I ask questions also...Just asked about fitting an oil pressure gauge in my Spectra and the required "plumbing" changes needed..
We help each other here.