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#511 of 609 Re: 2001 Kia Won't Start [haefr]
Feb 09, 2007 (6:23 pm)
What happened with getting your engine replaced? I am going through something similar with my 01 Optima. I bought the car in Sept 2005 with 38000 on it. I only have receipts from the time I have owned the car. They are telling me I have to have all the records from when I didn't own the car. I don't know what to do... I do know they are telling me a bearing went out. I have had the oil changed regularly. The warranty dept. is not overly friendly and there's this mystery District manager that is not "trained to deal with the public" and will not talk to me directly. Kia is supposed to pull the oil pan on Monday and see if there is an abundance of sludge and if so I will owe $2900 for a new engine. Is there going to be much sludge in there? I have 61402 on the car and was told the warranty goes to 72000 due to an error with advertising the horse power. I would appreciate any advice at this point. Thank you ahead of time.
#512 of 609 04 Optima V6 check engine light?
Mar 19, 2007 (11:23 am)
Got a 04 Optima V6, check engine light just came on during normal driving a few days ago. I took it to the dealer and they said as long as its on steady (which it is) and not flashing its not an emergancy so i have an appt in 1 month (soonest they have open) to take a look at it.
My question is, if i take it to some independent shop and have it checked out will the warrenty cover it? The car is still covered under warranty. It only has ~38k on it. Other than that its a perfect car.
#513 of 609 Re: 04 Optima V6 check engine light? [subzeroak]
Mar 19, 2007 (2:14 pm)
I now own an 07 Optima and previously had an 01 Elantra.
My understanding of the engine light is that a steady light isn't critical so you're probably safe to go with the month out schedule.
Also, these things can automatically reset themselves after a certain number of cool-down cycles so it might be best to delay.
I assume you checked your gas cap-- several clicks.
I lost my Elantra gas cap, found a replacement at AutoZone within an hour after realizing I lost it (after midnight). The light never came on. Drove it for a year, the light came on. Took it to the dealer who said they couldn't find out what was wrong with it so reset the light. I was stupid enough to tell them I'd replaced the cap a year earlier. They said, oh yeah-- that will be $110 to reset things and give me the official Hyundai cap. Teach me to blabber at the service desk. Wish I'd waited for the requisite five or ten operating cycles, it might have fixed itself.
As to having a non-dealer's charges be reimbursed by the warranty, I'd think the chances are (very) slim and none.
#514 of 609 Re: 04 Optima V6 check engine light? [csandste]
Mar 20, 2007 (8:56 am)
I dont think its going to reset itself automatically because I've driven the car and turned it on/off/on easily 10 times. And I checked the gas cap already, the car seems to be running good so I'll wait for the dealer service appt.
#515 of 609 Re: 04 Optima V6 check engine light? [subzeroak]
Mar 20, 2007 (10:25 pm)
I don't know much about the subject but I don't think it's turning it off and on, I think it's complete cool down cycles. Let us know if the light goes out or if not what the dealer diagnosed.
#516 of 609 Re: 04 Optima V6 check engine light? [csandste]
Apr 09, 2007 (8:55 pm)
Got it checked out at the dealer today, CEL was on because of a stuck evaporation valve solenoid in the gas tank. It was replaced under warranty and all is well again.
#517 of 609 Speed Sensor
Jun 13, 2007 (5:52 pm)
Can anyone tell me where the speed sensor goes in a Kia Optima '01. Part # SU6021. Thanks!
#518 of 609 flikering headlights
Sep 18, 2007 (5:52 pm)
Drove my wifes car last night. The headlights where flikering on and off.Light switch i think was in auto. Has anyone had any trouble like this.Had it at the dealers today but they can`t find anything wrong.(when the doors were opened the inside lights were flikering too).Any ideas?????
#519 of 609 Re: flikering headlights [redptc]
Sep 28, 2007 (7:36 am)
I can't help you with the specifics. I haven't had my 07 back to the dealer yet and there's been no problems. However, this doesn't appear intermittent, obviously it's affecting the entire electrical system or your inside lights wouldn't be doing it. So why can't they find anything wrong?
Kia, unfortunately is still stuck with some marginal dealers. Have you tried another?
#520 of 609 Re: flikering headlights [csandste]
Sep 28, 2007 (9:15 am)
It hasn`t happened again.Don`t know what it was,but the dealer said i had a weak battery.It was low on CCA`s.Its a sears battery but i haven`t had a chance to go have them check it out.We`ll do that next week or so.My p t cruiser had the same problem and the dealer put a new battery in it,it seems to have fixed the problem.