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Kia Optima, Sedan
#457 of 609 kia optima TSB's
Oct 02, 2005 (9:53 pm)
The site does not take into account the 2001 kia optima 2.4L 4cyl engines with automatic transmittions. I do not know if this limits the TSB Search or not, but the search is incorrect. Rather it does not have all the Optima TSB's. I know of 4 that are missing, and need to know of others that may be missing.
1. window runchannels.(something about them warping I belive)
2. Window Power regulators (replaced all 4 under a "TSB")
3. Alternator (Stock 80AMP insufficent to maintain voltage while idle - replaced with 110AMP)
4. Rear Drum Brakes (new hardware to prevent brakes from wearing too quickly)
I know of those 4 as they have all been replaced on mine... are there any other important ones I need to watch out for?
#458 of 609 INFO NEEDED ASAP: Optima, 4 cyl or 6 cyl?
Oct 04, 2005 (9:03 am)
I'm planning on buying, tonight, a 4 cyl. Optima. I know the 4 cyl is better on gas than the 6 cyl. but is there anything else I should know? Its a 2005 with 15,000 miles. Thanks for the help.
#459 of 609 2006 Optima and the "New 2006 Optima"
Oct 28, 2005 (8:34 pm)
I haven't seen this posted here yet. It looks like Kia is going to pull another Spectra-type trick on buyers with the new Optima. Take a look at:
Scroll down to where you will see:
2006 Kia New Optima 4-DR w/SAB (PC/Me)
2006 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB (PC/Me)
Why do they confuse us like this??
Nov 26, 2005 (8:55 pm)
I've been looking at an 01 Optima; 58000 miles; $6,900. I talked with the owner and he said he replaced the two front window regulators and replaced the front brakes about 5000 miles ago.
What can I expect to start going wrong if I buy this car? It's got less than 2000 miles left on the warranty and a friend said to insist on an extended warranty but I'm not sure what to ask for.
Thanks in advance!
#461 of 609 2001 Kia Won't Start
Dec 18, 2005 (5:28 pm)
I have a 2001 Optima.
Yesterday it suddenly died while driving.
It cranks fine, lights work etc but will not start.
All fuses are ok
Is this a common problem? Any suggestions
#462 of 609 Re: 2001 Kia Won't Start [ka6uup]
Dec 19, 2005 (3:54 am)
You might want to also ask in the "No Start" Problems discussion. Good luck - hope we can help.
#463 of 609 Replacement headlight/headlamp parts
Dec 23, 2005 (1:20 am)
My girlfriend was recently in an accident where she damaged the passenger-side headlamp on her 2004 Optima. He headlamp itself was undamaged but the forward-most plastic part was shattered. To replace the entire headlamp housing through the dealer would be around $400. I found the OEM replacement online for about $250. Really, this should only be a matter of finding the replacement plastic part and then sealing it back onto the rest of the housing. I've done this before on my Honda, but its a lot easier to find parts for my car than hers. Does anyone have any info on websites, part numbers, or just general advice that might help my situation?
#464 of 609 Re: Replacement headlight/headlamp parts [doctornice]
Dec 23, 2005 (10:02 am)
The "lense only" replacement usually doesnt work unlessit's a glass lense, because the whole assembly has to be properly sealed to prevent condensation. The bulb socket itself has a special gasket to prevent water penetration. You might try to find "aftermarket lamps" online not made by KIA. However with the limited production numbers ov these vehicles, chances aren't great. I remember NU-PARTS was a distributor that sold through wrecking yards (now auto recyclers). You might call a local bone yard and get like-new used parts!
#465 of 609 Re: 2001 Kia Won't Start [ka6uup]
Jan 03, 2006 (5:30 pm)
Chuck, I also have a 2001 Optima. I was driving along one day and my car just died in the middle of the road. Turns out it was the crankshaft position sensor(?). I have had nothing but trouble with my KIA from the time I bought it. The car has been towed 9 times. A few months after I purchased the car, my rear tires were as bald as Mr. Clean's head. Turns out the left rear control arm was slightly dented. They blamed it on me. I had to replace the tires at that time, plus pay for the control arm, etc. I think it was dented when they took the car off the semi at the dealership. I've had to replace the alternator. The battery had to be replaced x 2. The windshield washer pump had to be replaced. Wiring had to be replaced at the headlamp. The crankshaft positon sensor was replaced. I had to replace a window runner and 3 window regulators. I had to have the headliner taken off to find out why the door locks, antenna, and interior lights weren't working. It was a shorted wire. I've changed the oil approximately every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. I've had the transmission flushed. I replaced the timing belt prior to 60,000, just like they recommended. I had a major tune-up at 83,000. I changed the oil at 83,000, 88,000 and 92,000 and on Christmas Eve, it spun a rod and a bearing. Now, get this, Chuck, KIA wants me to produce receipts from over 3 years ago showing where I changed the oil. They will not replace the engine, even though they advertise a 100,000 mile warranty on the engine, until I can come up with the receipts from over three years ago. Do you want to know what I think about KIA?
I'm urging anyone with a KIA to save all receipts for everything done to the car. If you change the oil yourself, save the receipt of oil and oil filter and document with the mileage on it. If you replace something as simple as a windshield wiper, keep the receipt.