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#425 of 609 suped up optima
Apr 24, 2005 (9:26 pm)
I just found this forum and I am sooo happy. Well, let me tell you my situation. I have a 2001 Kia Optima with 9000 miles on it. nope thats not a type O, Here is how. About 3 weeks ago, I was driving on the express way when all of a sudden something poped and my car just died. When I went to start it, the belt would spin but the engine didn't turn. Thats right folks, the timing belt snapped. So I took it to the dealership and they said that it would be about $2000.00 to fix all the bent pistons and heads and since my car had 64,000 miles on it, that $2000.00 was coming out of my pocket. So I was thinking and figured I call my regular mechanic and see what he thought. He called me back about an hour later and said that he could get a 2003 optima engine and install it for $2200.00. Sure I don't need to tell you what I choose to do. So, long story short, with a new clutch I paid $2400.00.
Now for the reason I'm posting. Since I have no warrenty now, I'm want to trick it out. I want to get a body kit for it and a supercharger or turbo for it but the only problem is I'm having a little trouble finding these things. I noticed that Beemerwacker said that he'll be putting on a zefiro front bumper and a next gen dual exhaust. Just wondering if you (beemerwacker) or anyone for that matter could point me in the right direction of finding these add on's. expecially the body kit. Thanks.
#426 of 609 Re: suped up optima [zimer]
Apr 25, 2005 (7:45 pm)
Can you look at my post a few up about the RPM's and tell me your RPM numbers at 70 mph?
#427 of 609 Re: suped up optima [zimer]
Apr 30, 2005 (6:47 pm)
try this website, I beleive its canadian, but maybe they have US affiliates
#428 of 609 Re: Any regrets Kia Optima 2002 owner? [tahugoreng]
May 26, 2005 (1:02 pm)
i have lots of regrets now. don't buy one. you will spendmore money in the long run fixing it.
#430 of 609 '06 Optima
Jun 04, 2005 (6:53 pm)
When will it hit dealers and is it based upon the Hyundai Sonata?
#431 of 609 Re: '06 Optima [jcvesq]
Jun 13, 2005 (1:07 pm)
I gathered all this info from random forums and press releases from Kia themselves. The all-new Optima should hit NA showrooms this December. It will make its official debut at the Franfurt autoshow then later at the Miami autoshow in the US. It will share platforms with the recently released 2006 Sonata but they will not be rebadges or share as much as they do now. The Optima will be slight smaller than the Sonata and they even have more unique interiors this time around. The Optima will get the new 160hp 2.4l 4cyl found in the new Sonata but rumours are that it won't get the new 3.3l V6, instead it might get a revised 2.7l V6 with VVT producing about 200hp. Kia is aiming more at the youth than Hyundai so expect something in the lines of the Mazda6 and Nissan Altima when it comes to the character of the vehicle. It seems the Sonata was mainly developed with the US market in mind while the Optima was developed more with the Europe market in mind. Spy pics are extremely hard to find for this vehicle and often are confused with the next Elantra(know one seems to know what either will really look like). I've seen some where the shape of the greenhouse(side-windows,etc) was similar to the Acura TSX and the last gen Galant. If anyone can find any post links here...
#432 of 609 KIA 2001 SE 2.4L at 119,000 miles
Jun 24, 2005 (9:42 pm)
I posted here in 2003 when the car had $89K on it. It now has 119,500
Since then I have had to replace:
- both power window regulators: $27.00 per door.
- serpentine and alternator belts (at 118,000 $35)
- fusable link (at 92,000K -- $5)
- take it to the shop when the check engine light came on: (at 118,000K -- $200 -- turned
out the battery terminal had corroded affecting the voltage and confusing the computer
into thinking there was a problem with the air bags and the engine
- replaced the spark plugs (118K these were worn down -- $6)
- addressed a corrosion issue on the 'spark plug springs' that act as spark plug wires for
two of the four cylinders (when I replaced spark plugs)
- replace air filter ($12)
- replace CV boot ($30) Unfortunately I should have changed the Axle nut when I did this . I didn't and there was never enough torque when I retightened the old one and the
wheel bearing went out--can't blame that on the car (blame it on the mechanic: me)
another $50 for the wheel bearing (and axle nut )
- We took it camping up some dirt roads and hit a large rock that bent the rear right lower
control arm. I litterally hammered this back into shape, put it back on, had the car
realigned and the shop said it was fine.
- I probably need to have the brake rotors turned, but have been too lazy to do it.
In my opinion, that is not a lot of work for a car to have done during its 90K to 120K mileage range. The car is still very quiet and solid to drive. No rattles, although I believe a slight squeak has developed between the dash board and the windshield.
It has been so reliable and felt so solid even with high mileage that we went out a bought a brand new 2005 KIA Sportage.
#433 of 609 01 Optima + timing belt out--need advice
Jul 14, 2005 (3:31 am)
HELP! It appears at 68K miles my car stopped as a timing belt broke. The belt was replaced but my mechanic is still getting no compression from the engine. Today he will start checking each valve---
How much could this potentially cost? This is purely a commuter car 130 miles daily. The purpose of buying this car!
I've never had a timing belt break like this and know the damage could be bad I just don't want to dump $1500 now & find out that my wallet will continue to be sucked dry..
Need help fast.
A woman w/no car sense
#434 of 609 Re: 01 Optima + timing belt out--need advice [anravel]
Jul 16, 2005 (10:22 am)
Bending valves is never a good thing, that's why I replaced my Elantra with a Malibu Maxx, sometimes low tech has its rewards. As an option to digging into the engine, try to find a used one (assume a Sonata would work)