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#1221 of 1413 Re: Acceleration Problem [ppborceb]
Dec 27, 2006 (8:38 pm)
I had acceleration problems with my 2005 Amanti that Kia Corporate said they had no fix for it. It was declared a lemon under the Arizona lemon law and the car was replaced with a 2006 model. I picked up the 2006 model Amanti on 12/23/2006. The same problems exists with this new car and they still tell me there is no fix for it. I am going back through the Better Business Bureau/Autoline and have this one declared a lemon and buy from another manufacturer. This car is dangerous to drive. I love the Kia Amanti but until they come up with a fix I will stay away from them.
#1222 of 1413 2007 Amanti
Jan 01, 2007 (1:31 am)
I had a chance on Dec. 30 to do a quick walk-around inspection of the first 07 Amanti to arrive in Vancouver, BC. It was Pearl White, just like my 05 model. Unfortunately the car was still covered by shipping plastic and was locked. However, here are some observations. The lower hood and wider, lower grille don't really seem to be an improvement. It makes the car look like a Crown Victoria from the front. I believe they should have gone with the Korean market grille, a set of narrow vertical chrome strips that looks much more elegant. The trunk lid is higher and more bulbous at the very rear and the new vertical taillights also don't seem to be an improvement. I see nothing wrong with the rear styling on my 05 and don't think the new one is an improvement at all but then it's not really worse either, just change for the sake of change. The dash is definitely changed but again I think I prefer the current car's wood grain to the new one's dark plastic wood that really doesn't look like wood at all. The use of some aluminum on the console does look nice though, as does the continuation of the dark "wood" trim all around the middle of the centre armrest box so it shows in the back seat too. It looks like the separate rear heat control was retained although it could just be an on/off rotary wheel, I suppose. And the heated rear seats have been deleted, it appears. The dash does look smoother and more integrated than on the old car but I haven't been inside to check it out in detail. From what I could determine by looking through the window, there is only a single CD changer in the sound system compared to the multiple-disk changer in my 05. From the side the car definitely looks different. The front end is lower while the rear is higher. Fortunately they haven't changed the belt line so the windows are still nice and tall. I did like the dual exhaust pipes with chrome tips and am looking forward to driving the car to try it out with its new, firmer suspension and more modern and powerful engine. The price hasn't changed but the 0% financing offer seems to have gone off the table effective January 1. I find that especially puzzling given that the Azera still offers that deal. But there are no 07 Azeras to be seen anywhere and nothing on them on the web either. I intend to drive one as soon as it shows up and then will make the decision whether to trade my 05 in on a new Amanti or an Azera or maybe just go to a top of the line Sonata for much less money and about the same performance and room.
#1223 of 1413 2006 Kia Amanta - Acceleration
Jan 02, 2007 (7:55 pm)
I've read with interest the problems some folks are having with their Kia Amanti's. I have a 2006 with just 512 miles on it...at 211 miles I had "the acceleration problem" you are talking about. Twice I encountered the slow sluggish start, having to pull to the side of the road, etc. until the car decided to move. I finally got it driving and immediately took it back to the dealer. I scheduled an appointment for the next morning. They were unable to find anything in the computer, but cleaned some excessive lubricant off the cables and said perhaps that was the problem. Last week, the slow start to the exit of a parking lot and than the car shot forward, almost "T-boning" a passing vehicle. I returned it to the dealer and told them I didn't want it back until they had solved the problem because it almost caused an accident. They have had it a day and called to say so far they are unable to find anything. I will say that so far the dealer has been very gracious and I have a rental car to use until the problem is fixed. I printed all comments to take to the dealer.
#1224 of 1413 Re: 2006 Kia Amanta - Acceleration [lu06]
Jan 06, 2007 (10:10 pm)
If you go to the KIA Amanti forums, as stated earlier in this thread, you will find many other folks having the same issues, and getting the same results. It appears that KIA is not seeing the issue here, and the potential future threat to the reputation of the Amanti, not to mention a lot of pissed off customers. You have heard the old story of not letting a mole hill grow into a mountain. I believe that KIA may be doing this with the current Amanti issues. They do not appear to be actively pursuing the issue. By the way, with all of the time that my vehicle was in the shop, I was never offered another vehicle to drive. Currently, my vehicle has been sitting in the garage, since the middle of December. I have been waiting for the dealer to find some information to fix my car. After the last 'jerking session' of the car, on a main street, I did not feel safe driving it. Imagine paying monthly payments on something that you can't use! I am preparing to declare my vehicle a lemon, under California Law. My patience has been exceeded.
I don't remember if the following link was mentioned:
It is another spot where Amanti owners have been complaining.
#1225 of 1413 newkidontheblock
Jan 07, 2007 (5:08 am)
I was fascinated with the looks of the Amanti when it first appeared a couple of years ago---sort of a reverse snobbery! Every time a saw one I thought, some day I'll buy one. Even went so far as to chase one at 80+ MPH out in California on the east side of the Sierras to find out how he liked his rental Amanti. (he liked it fine). Anyway, I just acquired an '05, silver and loaded except for Traction Control. Former rental with 34K miles, from a Kia dealer who said it had been used for several months by the owner of the dealership. I figured that was good---maybe they got all the bugs out of it. I test-drove it at least 75 miles and found none of the problems mentioned in this forum, except it appears the tranny whines a bit in certain gears (I kind of like the sound!) So far I love the car, reminds me of my elderly Aunt's 1965 Cadillac!
The dealer had changed O&F and replaced the front rotors before delivery, which was nice. BUT...I checked the oil level and found it at least 1" over the full line! Also, I checked the lug nuts to be sure I could remove them on some cold, stormy night, which is always when you get a flat. They were so overtorqued I had to use a 5' iron pipe over the lug wrench to loosen them. By the way, those KIA hubcaps are a little tricky. Don't the dealers know the specs on these items?
In any event, it's a great car for the price I paid. My wife, who doesn't like the looks of the front end (I love it!), is very pleased with the quietness and smoothness of the ride as well as the beautiful inter ior. donnier
#1226 of 1413 Re: newkidontheblock [donnie]
Jan 08, 2007 (2:16 pm)
I had my first flat tire Saturday and I nor two good samaritians who stopped to help me were able to loosen the lugnuts, they were so overtorqued. Finally a Road Ranger stopped and was able to change the tire for me. I had to get a new tire. It's in the shop, and I told they they loosen them so that a normal human being can loosen them next time. Still love my car.
#1227 of 1413 Power Door Locks
Jan 19, 2007 (6:35 pm)
I had a Trailblazer and the doors locked automatically when shifting into gear, and I was wondering if the Amanti could be programed to do this also, as I have read in the Santa Fe forums that this feature is programmable.
#1228 of 1413 Re: Acceleration Problem [ppborceb]
Jan 20, 2007 (8:48 pm)
I had this problem with a 2005 Amanti and am now having it with a replacement 2006. Dealer could not find a fix to the problem with either vehicle. Mechanic told me not to overfill gas tank as this may be the cause. The surge happens after engine off with either full tank of gas or half tank.
#1229 of 1413 Re: 2006 Kia Amanta - Acceleration [lu06]
Jan 28, 2007 (5:03 pm)
Yes, they claimed that they cleared greese off my cables, and that this was believed to be the problem. It did not change anything.