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Kia Optima, Sedan
#110 of 609 Welcome aboard ski3166!
May 26, 2001 (9:03 am)
My dealer has dealt with me similarly with my '99 Kia Sephia. It's had one warrranty-covered part go bad and have to be replaced and two recalls. All fixes were done quickly with no cost to me (obviously), there was cheap coffee and TV to watch and beautiful Kia's all over the place to stare at. Dealer aftercare is really important and mine has been fantastic. Yes, a washed car always comes out of the deal, too. You get quality low-priced new cars and great afterpurchase care by your dealer and it goes a long way into turning you into a Kia/Hyundai lifer. I'm glad you like your Optima. I'm looking for owner feedback on Optima and I'm also interested in Kia's new Sephia II coming out this summer. I've read that Optima's ride is quiet and nice and acceleration is fine. I like the looks of the Optima better than the new Sonata Hyundai is debuting this year for 2002. Although Optima people might also consider the new Sonata. Go to the Sonata 2 site at Edmunds.com and see for yourself.
#111 of 609 PURCHASED OPTIMA SE V6 BLACK
May 26, 2001 (10:29 am)
HELLO ALL ,PURCHASED THE OPTIMA LAST NITE.DEALER IS GOING TO LOCATE EXCACT CAR FOR ME,IF NOT WILL ORDER.WILL TAKE 3 WEEKS.TEST DROVE OPTIMA LX V6 WITH ABS+CD+FLOORMATS,CAR IS EXCELLENT,VERY SOLID FEELING,HANDLED TURNS VERY WELL,WITH LITTLE ROLL,STOPPED SMOOTHLY, AND WENT OVER BUMPS WITH EASE,(VERY IMPORTANT ON LOUSY NY STREETS)ORDERED SE V6 BLACK WITH LEATHER,ABS.AND FLOORMATS.CANT WAIT.WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH MORE DETAILS OF THE DEAL,AND ARRIVAL OF BLACK BEAUTY....
May 28, 2001 (8:14 pm)
Why do people start saying bad things when it's "Kia", Hyundai Sonata received all good reviews on almost every site or megazines and when it comes to Kia Optima which is on the platform of Sonata, everyone says "recall problems" and everything...
I dont know... i think it's just overreacting....
#113 of 609 Come on Optima !
May 30, 2001 (3:06 pm)
I first the New 2001 optima got
me some attention but kind of back off
when it has a recall...
You are new on the road and
you are hungry for customers
you should not make any mistakes
the very first time. Don't let
people say " Cheap products are low
on quality " Just like any products
in 99 cents stores,Only candies and
cookies are ok Don't you think so..?
May 30, 2001 (3:50 pm)
Considering the number of major recalls due to very serious defects committed by the "old hands" in the auto industry (GM with the don't-drive-them Trailblazer/Bravada/Envoy, D-C with the don't-drive-them minivans, and Ford with the Escape/Tribute, Focus, and Explorer) - Kia and Hyundai are not doing too bad.
May 30, 2001 (4:10 pm)
I'll ignore what ever that was in 110. Funny, people see certain brands as untouchable in quality and others as junk. My experience with my cars and friends/familys cars have never been perfect.
1998 Ford Mustang GT/power seat shorted out and a recall
1998 Ford Crown Vic/two recalls and traded in for bad transmission dealer couldn't fix
2001 Lexus GS300/Tires replaced with large bulges in the side, roofline trim coming off, fog light fell off
2001 Cadillac Escalade/wood trim keeps coming off
1994 Toyota Corolla/bad wind noise from poorly designed seals, recall, window regulators broke twice
1993 Chevy Blazer/bad leaf springs, broken hinges on back window
1994 GMC Sonoma/computer went bad, a/c switch broken first day
1995 Mazda 626/new transmission after two years
2001 Chevy S-10/brakes replaced, computer chip replaced
So, from what I've personally had and seen I don't see any perfect manufacturers. I'll admit Kia was not on my list of cars to consider not long ago, not even Hyundai. But, so far, 4000 miles on my Optima and I'm totally satisfied. Guess Cadillac, Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Mazda, GMC and Lexus just happen to make one bad car each and get them to me and my friends. Oh well.
#116 of 609 Not bad for 3,000 moving parts per car
May 30, 2001 (9:19 pm)
Has anyone ever heard the line that the average car contains 3,000 moving parts (I suppose they're just roughly counting moving parts not the countless stationary ones)? This sounds close enough to me to be believable so this is my point to ponder. Harryalb2 has made a nice list of his past vehicles and their problems. Does anyone ever get a thought that manufacturer's are doing quite well producing how they are now? If you look past Ford/Firestone's winning combination (!!!!) Just kidding-sort of. I'm REALLY STARTING TO WONDER ABOUT OUR FRIENDS AT FORD. They had a hand in these rollover problems. Duh! Back to what I was saying about manufacturers in general. With all those moving parts in motion on an average car that's a lot of friction and a lot of action going on whenever the vehicle's moving. They're going to mess up. The two recalls and one warranty-covered electronic part that decided to die on my '99 Kia Sephia were replaced in a total of about 3 hours at no cost to me. Add some general maintenance time and what's the problem? If Kia tried to hide a real problem I'd be upset but they haven't. Speaking of recalls the Optima was recalled, harryalb2. Did you hear about it? I think it's all Optima's in this it's initial production year. Sorry! Perhaps you've already had it fixed. Still, if you have a decent dealer coupled with the Long-Haul Warranty you'll be taken care of.
#117 of 609 1 Moving Part Really Counts
May 31, 2001 (7:04 am)
... the owner/driver. If only people would learn more about cars, how to drive them properly, and how to maintain them over time. If the average Joe or Jane wouldn't mistreat or abuse their cars so much, they'd have fewer problems. How many take the time to fully read the owner's manual? How many Explorer owners took the time to look at the tire pressure/weight limit tag built into the door jam?
#118 of 609 The new model cars
May 31, 2001 (7:06 am)
It seems to me that many new models likely to
have some bugs and those bugs will be fixed
when they are recalled. And ofcourse, NO ONE
is perfect. I believe there are some more bugs
on the very new models that we don't really know
and those bugs will be fixed on the next year models and I will have to wait and see how my
wife's future car the new "2002 optima" doing...
May 31, 2001 (9:40 am)
Iluvmysephia1, I know about that recall. Been checked, nothing to fix. I wasn't trying to rag other makes in order to improve my Kia image. My only thing was that some posts are so ignorant in their belief that Kia is the "only" car manufacturer that had problems in the past. I admit, I'm sure my Optima will have little things come up over time, but it isn't the first or last car to do so. Kia, and Hyundai, had problems, and they've made wonderful improvements to fix those problems. We'll have to wait and see how the future holds up, but if anyone really believes that buying some other manufacturers car will exempt them from problems, then I wish them luck.