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We went yesterday and looked at a 2005 Kia Spectra5. It has power everything, leather, DOHC motor, and an automatic transmission. The car has just over 102k miles and the owner has recently replaced the timing belt, water pump, and power steering pump. I know absolutely nothing about Kia's but do know my way around a car. I was just wondering what to look for on this car and common problems that may be in store for my future. I also read somewhere that the struts and springs from a Hyundai Tiburon will fit these cars. Is that true? What year range Tiburon? Any modification needed to make them work? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
 

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The "odds" are you will be happy with the Spec5...102K miles is "low" as far as the main drive train is concerned. (they can go 300k with proper maintainence).
The body has very good rust prevention and should last you also..
The engine is a second generation (beta) upgrade by KIA of an older Mazda (1998) design and has proven it's self over the years. The timing belt is it's "weak link" and should be replaced every 60k miles. Good oil and filters and you're set. The transmission (automatic) is a ford/mazda design and will serve you well "if" the fluids are replaced every 30k miles (drain/fill..aprox 5~6qts..KIA/Hyundai "brand" of type III. They are still using it (updated) in the current Mazda2, and it has been in use in Ford Escorts/Focuses.
If you are comfortable with the Mazda drive train..KIAs are EASY and pretty well "thought out"..
I'd suggest replacing the plugs (use NGK Platinums) and wires.
I just posted what happens when you don't change the oil and filters in the Spectra section..That car has 135k mile and was ignored and was still running before teardown to remove the sludge... Good videos to watch to gain info on the engine layout and accessability.
The drive train is shared between the KIA Spectra (2004.5~2009) and the Hyundai Elantra (2005~). As far as the Tiburon is concerned it does share many parts with the Elantra and it's cousin The Spectra...I have read where the Tib V6 engine and tranny has been "moved" to a Spectra with minor changes in harness/ECM/and mounts... I have not compaired struts/springs between the two but you can check rockauto for part#s for both and see if they match.
I/We seldom find complaints about the newer Specs (2004.5 on)..They can be a real gem in the rough... Read throuh the Spectra sections of the forums and you will "see" what the common problems are...
It's a good car... As good as it's Japanese competitors.
Dave
 

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Thanks for the feed back. We were actually looking for a Mazda Protege5 but weren't having luck finding one. I drive a 2003 Mazda Protege and I love it. I am glad to hear you make a connection there as well as the Ford Focus. We just got rid of a 2001 Focus. I think we are going to pull the trigger on the Spectra5.

I would still like to hear from someone with experience on doing Tiburon suspension.
 
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