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#1301 of 1409 Kia Amanti Speed control problems
Sep 17, 2008 (9:15 pm)
I purchased a new 2006 Amanti in late 2007. Speed control problems were experienced;
- at minimal throttle the car would lurch; never knew when it would move slowly as intended or act like a bucking bronco; it was an ccident looking for a place to happen
- at other times, the response would be sluggish, much like trying to accelerate with "full choke" in cars of years past
- there were a couple of other strange responses.
I complained weekly to the salesman and the service manager. When the car went in for it's first scheduled service, the service manager had already found an obscure service memo, which obliquely referenced the problem, but not hitting it straight on, and advised to proceed only if a customer complained repeatedly. Because of my technical background, I suspected that the problem was in the software, because it is "fly by wire" as far as the throttle is concerned and kept hammering that point with the service manager.
The repair comprised of uploading upgraded engine control software and took all of 5 minutes. Since then, no problems and the car is a joy to drive, in fact, it's the best driving car I've owned.
Contrary to the experience of many others as noted on this and other sites, my experience was that the problem was found and diagnosed early on. Kia knows that there is a problem; they have issued a service bulletin (even if it is obscure); they have a fix which works and best of all doesn't really cost them anything!. I don't understand why they seem to keep stonewalling on the issue.
Don't accept any B.S from Kia.
#1302 of 1409 06 Amanti engine light
Oct 14, 2008 (9:36 am)
I have taken my Amanti into the dealers several times telling them It took off when I just touched the pedal and then other times I could hold the gas pedal to the floor and it just barely moved. I would just make it to the side of the road. Another time it had to be towed to the dealers. The light would stay on but it would run ok when restarted so they can never duplicate the problem. Monday it happened again and the dealer tried to say I topped off the gas and it probably had gas in the filter. I explained this is not the first time and I didn't top off the gas. Finally they said it was the TPS sensor and they would have to order a new one. I had to rent a car which Kia will not pay for even though this has been an on going problem which they seem to ignore. I called Kia and got no satisfaction. .I explained about this forum and the dangers people have faced and was wondering why Kia didn't do something about this problem. The man said any thing could be a potential danger in a car but didn't mean they would recall it. He stated they had no other complaints with this problem. He explained they only know about warrantee work that can be diagnosed and since they have never found the correct problem I guess they ignore it. If anyone has heard of a class action against KIA I would be interested in joining it. I won't buy another KIA because of this problem. Otherwise I loved my Amanti and get so many compliments on what a beautiful car. To bad KIA isn't listening.
#1303 of 1409 KIA in denial - a business strategy
Oct 14, 2008 (10:23 am)
In regards to the acceleration problem with the KIA Amanti, causing lunging, and other acceleration related problems, they know about it.
I believe that their issue is that they do not want to publicly admit that there is a safety problem with their vehicle, as that might expose them to lawsuits. I am sure that folks have had accidents due to this item. It KIA were to state publicly that there was a problem, and issue a recall to correct the problem, they are announcing to the world that their vehicle had an issue. This would not only potentially affect them civil liability wise, but it would affect the illusion of mechanical perfection of the Amanti. If you search for defects on the KIA Amanti, you essentially won't find any. There is no official record of a 'problem' with the Amanti. When the 'fix' was put out, KIA even kept that low key, it was not made public. You would think that if a vehicle had acceleration problems, that might endanger the safety of the vehicle occupants, that it should be a public announcement--nope.
#1304 of 1409 Re: 05 Amanti [umeweall]
Oct 31, 2008 (7:26 am)
Yes, I would like a copy of the document. Thanks.
#1305 of 1409 Re: Kia Amanti Speed control problems [whm1952]
Oct 31, 2008 (2:28 pm)
thanks whm1952 YOU HIT IT ON THE NAIL..
I AM STILL EXPERIENCING THE PROBLEM & THE KIA IN THORNTON COLORADO REFUSES TO DO ANYTHING AND THE CAR IS NOW 9 MONTHS OLD BUT I HAD REPORTED IT SINCE MONTH 2.
CAN YOU PLEASE SEND ME ANY INFO RELATED TO THE FIX & ANY DOCUMENTATION YOU MIGHT HAVE REGARDING THIS ISSUE.
I AM NOT EXPERIENCING THIS PROBLEM right this second, BECAUSE OF THE COLD WEATHER.
I JUST WANT IT FIXED
CONTACT ME AT:
#1306 of 1409 Re: 06 Amanti engine light [amanti]
Oct 31, 2008 (2:35 pm)
CONTACT ME TOO AMANTI.. YOU HAVE THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM & THE SAME EXPERIENCE WITH THIS TYPE OF DUMB ASS PEOPLE AT KIA,.. I REALLY WANT TO SUE KIA & ALSO AM VERY INTERESTED IN A CLASS ACTION..
please also report your problem to:
#1307 of 1409 Re: 05 Amanti [vanpj]
Oct 31, 2008 (8:52 pm)
I would need an email address to sent it to.
#1308 of 1409 Re: 05 Amanti [umeweall]
Nov 03, 2008 (11:11 am)
#1309 of 1409 Re: 05 Amanti [csandoval2]
Nov 03, 2008 (4:27 pm)
Received. I am sending document.
#1310 of 1409 Re: 05 Amanti [umeweall]
Nov 03, 2008 (6:08 pm)
Sorry about that. E-mail is - jvanpaemelyahoo.com