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Kia Optima, Sedan
#447 of 609 A few observations....
Aug 11, 2005 (12:25 pm)
1. I know that this is nit-picky, BUT..... take a good look at the way the window border on the upper right of the rear door is integrated into the angled/rounded roof molding. The molding/flat black area is a nice curved shape, BUT the door line is a straight up-and-down gap that doesn't match the flow of the molding. I consider this a noticeable short-cut. Check it out below just up and to the right of the rear door handle:
2. As much as I've read about the Optima being smaller than the new Sonata, I don't see it. Without having the actual dimension specs in front of me, compare the above picture of a new Sonata to the new Optima. Every angle and hard point in each car look pretty darn close. The sheet metal on both cars IS unique, which is good. But the overall size of the cars look very close.
3. I like the styling of the new Optima. I don't see any glaring faux paus. It looks a bit too much like a Malibu from the direct side shot for my tastes, but even then it omits the many creases and boo boos of that car.
If Hyuan-KIA has engineered the quality of my Spectra EX into this car, along with a decent powertrain AND they keep the prices down, I think they have another "weiner" on their hands!!!
My 1-year old, 12k+ miles, 99.99% defect free 2004.5 Spectra EX ...
#448 of 609 Sonata vs. Optima dimensions
Aug 11, 2005 (3:42 pm)
According to auto123 (canada), the Optima is a TAD bit smaller than the Sonata.
4,735 mm length
1,805 mm width
width of 1,832 mm
height of 1,475
So.. not much of a different. A couple of mm's. But the Sonata IS larger.
I was under the impression that the Sonata is already shorter than the Accord and Camry, yet wider.
I'm loving the Optima. I think I even prefer it over the Sonata. The rear of the Optima seems very Acura-ish.
Aug 11, 2005 (5:22 pm)
cool...your Spectra EX has a spoiler. There's a discussion going on on Edmunds right now about spoilers on cars and what do we all feel about their value, etc. I tend to like certain spoilers on certain cars. Kia has added the spoiler on your 2004 1/2 Kia Spectra EX so that it looks like it belongs there. Kia just plain "has it" in the body design department, IMHO. Nobody can touch them, Mercedes, Rolls, Audi, Bentley, you name the maker and I'll tell you that Kia designs the bodies of their Kia-mobiles in a superior manner, considering the entire stable. I'm talking the entire stable of Kia's holds their own very well against anybody else's entire stable of cars. I'll take it one step further and say they beat anybody at it. Anybody.
Now, this new Kia Optima looks awesome, yes it does. I think it just barely nudges out the 2006 Hyundai Sonata in the looks department, just barely. They both look awesome.
spectraman-what do ya know about this 2005 or 2006 Kia Spectra SX? Is it a 4-door Spectra sedan like yours with the spoiler, etc. and several racing extra's like metal pedals, extra bodykit valances, etc. like the Spectra5, yet on a Spectra 4-door sedan? I can't find a whole lot on the Kia America website but I did find an article on there from May that slipped by me in May. I have now had a chance to read that article and it sounds quite interesting. I may be interested in, say, a 2006 Kia Spectra SX sedan, in a cool color of my choice. What'd'ya'all know?
#450 of 609 picture of new optima
Aug 12, 2005 (5:59 am)
Next generation kia optima (Kia Magetitis in European models)
#451 of 609 Re: picture of new optima [gy563]
Aug 12, 2005 (6:39 am)
Just a small item: it's actually Kia Magentis rather than Magetitis. I know -- it's a weird font.
(Pssst... you may want to check out post #445 Thanks for posting, though!)
#452 of 609 Re: spectraman... [iluvmysephia1]
Aug 12, 2005 (10:38 am)
Thanks for the kind words about my Spectra. I'm not a fan of body cladding or other plastic gimmickry that looks tacked on, BUT I do think that this particular spoiler adds a bit of panache to the basic Spectra body shape.
As far as the Spectra SX goes, I understand it to be basically all of the goodies that KIA put on the Spectra5, but only on the sedan body style.
All of the suspension and interior trim bits are brought over, plus the SX has additional Spectra5-like lower body cladding.
I wouldn't mind having the metal petals and the leather wheel in my car, but as I mentioned above, I'm not a fan of the boy-racer cladding. That's why I have an '88 Mustang LX 5.0, and not the GT. It has the same drivetrain of the GT, but without the body doo-dads.
I'm addressing the lack of a leather wheel in my EX by recently ordering a two tone Euro-perf wheel cover from WheelSkins. It is going to be a light sand color top and bottom, and a dark brown on the sides. This matches my car's interior colors. I also am having only the upper and lower sand colored sections perfed. I've read alot of good things about WheelSkins online, so I'm eager to see how it looks in my car. They claim that the cover will be custom fit to my wheel, so we'll see. I'll post a close-up pic of it on my website after I've installed it.
On the performance side of things, hopefully Hyun-KIA can spare some development dollars for some performance bits on the motor once they get done rolling out their next several car lines. The sooner the better! A nice turbo or supercharged version would be cool!
Look out Cobalt SS and Neon SRT! (chuckle)
#453 of 609 Info Needed ASAP: Kia Optima Brake Failures
Sep 23, 2005 (11:01 am)
I need to find any information that I can on Brake Failures on the Kia Optima (04 & 05 Model Years). The Failures are from a DESIGN DEFECT in the Brake Master Cylinder and it appears that Kia is trying to deny this exists while VERY QUIETLY taking care of any problems that occur. One major problem for them is gonna be me. I was driving a 2005 Kia Optima SE with only 3000 miles on it at 30mph and went to stop suddenly and had a total braking failure and slammed into a Chevy Blazer in front of me. Insurance examiner found a defective Master Cylinder that Kia is not disputing. Strange issue is, my neighbor across the street has the exact same model with only 1700 miles on it and last Friday the same thing happened to his and his wife also wrecked into another car's rear-end. Anyone else have a similar experience? I would be VERY interested in finding out. Thanks
#455 of 609 Re: Info Needed ASAP: Kia Optima Brake Failures [spectraman]
Sep 26, 2005 (7:53 am)
SM and others
As I was severely injured in the crash of the Optima due to the brake failure (BTW this was a rental from Enterprise Rentals), my attorney has reported it to both KIA and the NHTSA. KIA's response was VERY curious, as they didn't even want to inspect the wrecked car to confirm the brake failure but instead ACCEPTED the report from Allstate Insurance Co.'s certified mechanics and immediately referred the issue to the Legal Depatment......VERY CURIOUS don't you all think?
#456 of 609 Info Needed ASAP: Kia Optima Brake Failures
Sep 26, 2005 (9:43 am)
You and your neighbor's problem(s) sound serious!
Here's the NHTSA website where you and your neighbor can and SHOULD
file a complaint:
Faulty brake systems are nothing for a manufacturer to take lightly. I
searched the currently filed complaints for the 2004-2005 Optima, and
couldn't find any that matched your description(s) above.
Let us know how it goes!