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Kia Optima, Sedan
#282 of 609 Go ahead and laugh...
May 06, 2002 (7:52 pm)
I've owned a 2002 Optima SE V6 for a month now, and my friends think it's funny that I bought a KIA. That's OK with me! I feel like I've discovered a secret that no one else knows about. The Optima to me is the perfect combination of price, comfort, good looks and low cost per mile - making it the ideal commuting vehicle. I am actually happy not many people have found out about this car. It doesn't look like every other car on the road, and drives wonderfully. I'll put on 100k on this car in 4 years, and pay nothing for any service (other than maintenance). I am very pleased with this purchase. By the way, I did quite a bit of research on the Optima (and its Canadian twin the Magentis) before I bought. Not one bad review in the bunch! If you want these 30 links, let me know and I'll post them.
#283 of 609 please post your links!!
May 08, 2002 (12:10 am)
Thanx for your offer to post your links. I think they would be very helpful to those considering a
I think KIA would sell more Optimas if they adopted Sonata's model lineup of base, GLS and LX. KIA just has base and SE with engine option.
#284 of 609 OPTIMA ON SALE ON EBAY
May 08, 2002 (6:39 pm)
hello ops, noticed optima 2001 on sale on ebay, loaded, no abs, se v6 leather gold tan, no reserve, interested to see what it sells for.
#285 of 609 Optima Links Are Available!
May 09, 2002 (9:42 pm)
The URL list is rather long, and contains links greater than 115 characters in length. This forum will not support that... So if you would like the list, simply email me at:
and I'll email it back to you...
#287 of 609 Whooweee! That chrome grille is bold!
May 15, 2002 (10:49 pm)
bluewinds-thanks for posting those pictures! I gotta admit-that big 'ole chrome grille really pops out at you! I like the headlight cluster redesign and how the grille forms up with the hood and headlamps, etc. Kia's done it again! What a handsome sedan!
#288 of 609 IMHO the Optima Regal bears much more resemblance
May 29, 2002 (4:05 pm)
to the Elantra/XG350 than the Sonata does. Would be very interested in seeing rear of car.
Of course the family resemblance between the rear end of the XG350 and the Elantra will go bye-bye when the XG350 gets the new, UGLY rear light treatment.
#289 of 609 Gee... I was the last person to post on this board.
Jun 27, 2002 (9:31 pm)
I grabbed it this time because it's been a month and it was about to slide into nothingness. So, why no interest in Kia, or the Optima in particular? If I was looking for a Sonata I'd price the Optima too and get whatever was cheapest. I suspect that Edmunds new format encourages people to post on brand specific gateways and discourages glancing at the entire sedan board. That's where niche players like the Optima get stiffed.
Jul 07, 2002 (5:41 pm)
I doubt its the new Edmunds format. The Optima, like all Kias save the Sedona and possibly the upcoming Sorento, warrants very little consideration. I'd much rather have the Sonata- its more attractive, or anything else in its class- or even a loaded Civic or Corolla. Just as I dont understand choosing a Spectra over an Elantra, I dont understand choosing an Optima over a Sonata, or choosing a Sportage over a Santa Fe. If you need inexpensive and you need the warranty, theres no reason NOT to go with Hyundai, which feature better styling, and an upgraded reputation as of late.