Hatchbacks are perfect for younger car buyers since they'll have all the space that they'll need from a bigger vehicle but in a sportier, smaller, and cheaper ride. A great choice under this vehicle class would be the Kia Spectra5. Kia has been in the automotive industry since 1944 and is currently South Korea's second largest automaker right behind Hyundai. Their Spectra5 is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-door wagon that's perfect for the younger generation or for small families. It competes with several other Asian vehicles in the growing market for small hatchbacks. Some of its direct competitors include the Toyota Matrix and the Mazda3.
The Kia Spectra5 is basically a hatchback version of the Spectra sedan. Because of this, they share many similar features and accessories. Standard Kia Spectra5 parts includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, power heated mirrors, and more. It is currently powered by a 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four engine and can be fitted with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Notable safety features include side mounted airbags, active head restraints, and an antilock braking system. With an EPA fuel economy of 25 MPG in city driving and 32 MPG on the highway, this vehicle is perfect for the daily commute or even a weekend getaway. And with a low price tag, the Spectra5 is great as anyone's first car.
The Kia Spectra5 is a fairly recent vehicle, so you won't have any problems getting spare parts for repair or maintenance work. Stick to aftermarket parts that are designed specifically for the Spectra5 and you won't have problems with fit and installation. It's worth noting that the Spectra5 had a couple of different versions over the years. Although most of these were merely "facelifts" or aesthetic redesigns, it's still best to get items and accessories that are designed for your vehicle's specific model year.
Kia Spectra5 Maintenance: The Noises You Should Be Aware of in Your Vehicle
Your Kia Spectra5 produces a wide range of noises as it runs, and most of these noises are normal due to the various metal parts that work and come in contact with each other. However, there are certain noises that spell trouble, weird sounds that usually indicate one or more components are not working properly, some of them already at the brink of complete damage. In order to prevent any more serious problems in your ride, you must pay attention to the various noises that occur in your vehicle as it runs. If there are noises that don't sound natural to you, then you must trace the sound to its source so you can salvage any failing part.
Below, we have listed some of the common sounds heard in vehicles, which indicate problems in various components and systems.
- A squeal whenever you apply the brakes.
A sound coming from the brakes might mean several things. The most common reason is the brake pads already starting to wear out due to normal aging and usage. Some brakes are equipped with a sensor that detects the thinness of the friction materials in the pads. Once the materials become too thin, the sensor would emit a warning sound to let you know it's time to change the brake pads. At other times, if the pads are not replaced right away, the friction materials will continue to deplete until you're left with the metal backing of the brake pads coming in direct contact with the rotors when you brake. This would also cause an abnormal sound, and this could lead to rotor damage when not addressed immediately. In case the pads and rotors are new but you still hear a noise when braking, then another possibility is that you have a metallic pad set installed—these pads normally generate some noise when braking.
- A loud roar that's not quite pleasing to the ears.
A loud roar is not always such a bad thing—some car enthusiasts even prefer a louder roar because they associate it with more engine power. However, if you're someone who likes things quiet and peaceful, then you might not appreciate a noisy exhaust system. The primary exhaust component that deals with this kind of noise is the muffler. You might need to get a different muffler designed for better noise cancellation. In other instances, however, an exhaust noise is not simply caused by a high-performance muffler. Exhaust noises can also indicate leaks. If you notice an intermittent air noise coming from the exhaust, much like a whistling sound, then check for leaks right away.
- An irregular clanking noise underneath the car.
Underneath your car, you will find a wide range of metal components that work together. This can cause clanking due to contact. However, if you hear any sound beyond what's usual, you might want to check parts such as the suspension, the steering, or the axles. A bad ball joint will almost always produce a clanking sound. Damaged springs also create squeaks. If the noise happens in irregular roads or when turning your vehicle, it's time to have it checked.