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#1244 of 1413 Re: Acceleration Problem [richrose75]
Apr 06, 2007 (11:19 am)
I am having the same problem with my 2006 Amanti. It's been in the shop three times and problem still not resolved. I invoked the lemon law and KIA says that since the dealer service department could not duplicate the problem while they had the vehicle, then THE PROBLEM DOESN'T EXIST. They have offered a cash settlement of $970 and told me to keep the car.
Was your dealer able to duplicate the problem on your '05 Amanti and then they replaced with the '06? Or did KIA take your word for it that there was a problem? Thanks.
#1245 of 1413 Re: Acceleration [umeweall]
Apr 06, 2007 (11:35 am)
Have you been able to come to a satisfactory solution with KIA on your vehicle? If so can you share with me your experience.
I invoked the lemon law and was told by KIA that since the dealer service department was not able to duplicate the problem that the problem doesn't exist. They offered me a cash settlement of $970 and then to just keep the car. I told them this is not satisfactory. May have to take legal action.
#1246 of 1413 Re: Acceleration Problem [vanpj]
Apr 06, 2007 (11:48 am)
No, the dealer stated they were not able to reproduce the problem, when they had it. The dealer had told me that if I was near the shop, and the issue happened, to bring the car in and not shut the motor off. In theory, some 'code' might have been produced, that they could get from the car. I had tried that one time, but the dealer said to forget it, as they were going to reprogram my cars' computer. That was the time that they decided to NOT reprogram the computer.
At the current time, my computer has been reprogrammed and I am going thru a driving period, to see if the reprogramming worked. BTW, KIA supposedly now has a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) out for this issue, for any one having the problem. The 'fix' involves reprogramming the bulletin. So, you could go to the dealer and request that this TSB be used on your vehicle. Supposedly you can go to the KIA website and view the TSB, but I have not tried that yet.
Otherwise, it had been proven that taking the vehicle to the dealer was wasting my time, as they always had the same answer, 'could not reproduce the problem'.
Apr 12, 2007 (6:39 am)
I brought my amanti in Dec 04 because i was expecting. It had decent reviews and seemed quite fine as I thought. Only until I was driving and noticed the sudden jump from lifting off of the gas. I didn't think anything of it at first until I logged onto edmunds. Thank God for Edmunds because I would've never known that this issue was universal to all owners. THOSE WHO HAVE SAID THEY DON'T HAVE THE ISSUE HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE THE ISSUE!!!
I recently had my car serviced 45K and no longer than 2 weeks later I experienced the same problem. This is very frustrating as you all know and i'm a young mom, 25 so this issue is very concerning!!! What do I need to do to go about either getting out of my car or what. I don't want another amanti as I know that the same problem will arise. Please provide the steps that i need to take to resolve or have an understanding about this. All of those in this forum seem to be the only KIa amanti owners in america,lol. I think that we need to all protest this make because these repetitive issues are just not adding up. Please let me know as i so don't want this car anymore becaue of this problem. I almost hit a pedestrian because of the car just wanted to lunge on its own? this is ridiculous and i bet Kia won't do anything until a deadly accident occurs which is terrible. FIX IT NOW BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT!!!!!
Apr 18, 2007 (8:40 am)
I have a 2006 Amanti, and have the same problem, some times it feels like the front end is going to come off the ground it jumps so hard.
Glad I found this site, I am on my way back to the dealer today to confront them with this info.
will keep you posted
Apr 20, 2007 (11:27 am)
Well, for the third time in less than a year, I was pulling out of a parking lot and crossing two lanes of oncoming traffic when my Amanti had no acceleration. This problem is starting to scare me, as if there had been oncoming traffic I would have been hit. Thank goodness my kids weren't in the car! I want to call the dealership but worry about being brushed off. I appreciate hearing from all the others who are having this problem so keep posting!
#1251 of 1413 Re: 05 Amanti [mom2bennett]
Apr 21, 2007 (4:47 am)
You are right on about being brushed off. My '06 Amanti has had the lag/lurch problem since shortly after purchase in April '06. It has happened to me about 15 times. I've had it to the dealer 4 times and finally decided to invoke the lemon law.
Here's the good part - KIA has offered a small cash payment for my inconvenience but say that SINCE THE DEALER HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DUPLICATE THE PROBLEM, THEN IT DOESN'T EXIST. It happens so intermittently that it never has occurred when they had the vehicle. Of course, they only drive it a few miles if at all.
Understand I'm not blaming the dealership. They have tried to be helpful but KIA Central Region, Lombard IL. has been stonewalling me and they just don't care. The dealership informed me that Central Region has taken back 3 Amanti's with this problem however Central will not acknowledge this fact.
The last time I had a problem was coming up to a stop light and was almost stopped when all of a sudden it lurched forward and I had to slam on the brakes to stop about a foot from vehicle in front of me. The lag problem occurred to my wife about a month ago and she WAS ALMOST hit by oncoming traffic.
State lemon laws are on the books to protect the consumer however the Attorney General's office will not pursue any action. A local TV station that has a consumer helpline informed me that there is a law firm in Chicago that only handles lemon law cases. They will charge $250 for filings but after that there are no additional legal expenses. They supposedly recover from manufacturer. The phone number is 1-866-86LEMON. The website is www.autolemonlaws.com but have not tried that avenue yet.
I'm at wits end since we are in process of moving to another state and really don't have as much time to fight this as I would like. Bottom line, I think KIA is playing dumb and stonewalling everyone in hopes that they just go away. Never again will I buy a KIA. For me it's back to TOYOTA since I've owned seven of them with never a bit of problem.
#1252 of 1413 Re: 05 Amanti [vanpj]
Apr 21, 2007 (1:46 pm)
I did contact my dealer and they are going to 'look into it' as they have not had any other complaints and hadn't heard anything like this before. I referred them to this forum. I'll post if I find anything out, but I am doubtful. My guess is that I'll be getting rid of the car as it is not worth it to worry about driving my kids around everyday.
#1253 of 1413 Re: 05 Amanti [mom2bennett]
May 07, 2007 (6:25 am)
Well, I took the car in and the local dealership contacted the Regional Service Manager who immediately knew the fix to this problem. They performed the TSB (as mentioned in an earlier post). I expressed my skepticism that this was such an easy fix when apparently nowhere else in the country has been able to fix it. I did tell them that if it happened again I would be getting rid of the car. I have to say my local dealership was very nice and seemed to work hard in dealing with the problem.