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#1375 of 1413 Kia Amanti 2005 - Intermittent shuttering at 40 MPH
Jul 06, 2011 (12:25 pm)
I saw a post from 2008 describing my issue to a T. While driving at around 50 to 60 miles per hour, you slow down to around 40, you press the accelerator and at 40 to 43 miles per hour you get a shuttering or a vibration for 2 or so seconds until you are going faster than 43 then it goes away and all is normal.
Another description is it is like running over the little warning speed bumps before an intersection.
This is an intermittent condition and it does not trigger a check engine light. There is no rhyme or reason to it other than it occurs at about the same speed when it does happen.
Could this be a computer issue? Does the computer need to be flashed?
Any advice or assistance in determining what the cause is would be most appreciated.
#1376 of 1413 Re: Kia Amanti 2005 - Intermittent shuttering at 40 MPH [rfowler643]
Jul 06, 2011 (2:15 pm)
Yep, I am now having the same issue, which just started about five months ago, with 34,000 miles on my 2005 Amanti.
It is just another item to emphasize as to why I would not buy another KIA vehicle.
One day I may wake up and decide, forget the smooth ride and comfort, I want a vehicle that is reliable. At that point, KIA is history, permanently.
#1377 of 1413 Re: Amanti intermittent vibration. [rfowler643]
Jul 07, 2011 (9:54 am)
I had Kia change out the fluid for the tranmittion. plus I made sure they put in the repair log I was having problems with it. so far I have not had any more problems with the car jerking.
as for the computer problems I as having, kia replaced the electrial conetion box under the driver seat. It must have been where the short was because I have not had any problem since then. knock on wood.
#1378 of 1413 Re: Amanti intermittent vibration. [gandpz2]
Jul 07, 2011 (12:17 pm)
Thanks for the info. I suppose it doesn't cost much to do a trany flush. That is the easiest thing to try.
How much was the electrical box change?
Did you have the same symptoms both buckhorn and I described?
#1379 of 1413 Re: Amanti intermittent vibration. [rfowler643]
Jul 07, 2011 (12:50 pm)
I spoke to my dealer about the transmission flush and he said it ran around $89. He stated that the fluid in the KIA was 'life time' fluid and should not require a change, unless an inspection found something wrong. He had no comment on the issue occuring between 40-45 MPH, other than the standard comment that they would have to check the vehicle. In this case, since it happens everytime, in the 40-45 MPH speed range, they could not say that it could not be duplicated. They would just charge to investigate. For me, my warranty is expired, so that would run into extra bucks. The question is if this is just an 'annoyance', or a pre-cursor for a larger problem.
#1380 of 1413 Re: Amanti intermittent vibration. [umeweall]
Jul 07, 2011 (2:55 pm)
Thanks for the update. At this point it is an annoyance but like you said, is it a precursor to a bigger problem.
We have a lot of little issue with the vehicle. In fact we nicknamed the car Chuckie since we feel it is possessed.
We have issues with the climate control and the mirror recall settings. The vibration problem is just one more in a growing list.
We debate if it is worth while to get rid of it but who wants to buy a car that get 19 mpg average fuel economy.
It does ride and look nice.
#1381 of 1413 Re: Amanti intermittent vibration. [rfowler643]
Jul 07, 2011 (3:23 pm)
The reason that I still have mine is simple, it is not practical to buy another vehicle at this time. Other than the issues that I have mentioned in the past, it is a great riding vehicle. The mileage is low, above 65 MPH. At 65 MPH, I get 25 MPG, at 70 MPH it drops down to 19-20 MPG, on level ground. Now with that, I look at new, smaller vehicles with EPA stickers stating 17-23 MPG, or 19-27 MPG. With the EPA sticker, those figures are 'maybe' figures, and are revolving around the 65 MPH range. Many of the cars are what I term as 'plastic' cars. You look inside and see obvious, and ugly, plast trim and parts all over. The cars are made 'lighter', for mileage purposes, which includes molded, 'no-bumper-bumpers'. If you get hit in the rear or front, you essentially have NO bumper for protection, and will be looking at major damage, and potential injury. With the number of trucks/SUV's running around on the road, it is like tossing dice. Personnaly, I do not like, and would not buy a small car. I like metal around me (my last car was a Lincoln Town Car, one of the old 'boat' series, all metal, hydraulic bumpers. I still drive a 1999 Buick Park Avenue, for the same reason. That car, with the V6 engine get 35 MPG, when doing 70-72 MPG. I have averaged 36-40 MPG, if doing 65 or lower. I plan on putting another engine in this car, when necessary. The key item for me is that a car is a losing investment, unless you keep it for a good while. There is a lot of money involved in purchasing, that could go into other areas. I would rather not make a bad investment worst, by trading it in at a loss, and saddling myself up with debt again, hoping that the next one had no 'issues'. I can handle an 'annonyance', versus a real safety problem, that occurs constantly, and makes you afraid to put the key in the ignition. I was that way earlier with this vehicle, when it was having the frequent sudden acceleration issues. I virtually did not drive it, as I did not feel it was safe. I drove my Park Avenue instead. This is why my Amanti is six years old, with 33,456 miles on it.
#1383 of 1413 Accident - Sudden Acceleration 2006 Kia Amanti
Aug 04, 2011 (9:05 pm)
This accident happened last July. I posted it on the Kia Forums.com and reported it to the NTSA. I did find a lawyer on one of the posts that was representing a client who had over 200K in personal injury and is permanently disabled. My husband and I are going to do a video tape deposition in September for the case which will go to trial in Ohio in October. I will also forward him this site, in case he hasn't heard of it. Below is a description of our accident last summer.
When parking and trying to put the car in reverse our 2006 Amanti Kia lurched forward and accelerated down the street. I was the passenger and had unbuckled my seat belt in preparation of getting out of the car. Seeing that I was not belted in, I leaned over and saw that my husband had his foot on the brakes and not on the accelerator.
The brakes did not engage, nor could the car gear down. The car kept accelerating faster and faster. The car was steered around a turn and finally lost control due to the speed and crashed through two tree shubs, through a closed garage door, took out the main post in the garage, and hit the parked car in the garage. The airbags went off and the car stopped.
911 was called and my husband and I were taken to the hospital.
The car was totalled!
There was certainly something wrong with that car. It had only 20,000 miles on it.
#1384 of 1413 Re: Amanti rapid acceleration problem [nohelp]
Aug 04, 2011 (9:04 pm)
My husband and I had an acceleration accident where the car went from a stopped postion in park, he tried to put the car in reverse, and the squelled it rear tires, lurched forward and accelerated down the street. There was nothing he could do to stop the car: he tried standing on the brakes, turing the motor off, gearing down, pulling the emergency brake. The car just kept accelerating faster and faster. We live on a circle and he steered it around the turn, narrowingly missing people standing on the street, and then lost control of the car. The car took out two large tree shrubs, slammed into a garage, took out the main post in the garage, and hit the car parked in the garage. The car stopped and the air bags went off.
So there is a case in Ohio where a driver had the same make and model and has 200K of personal injury and is permanently diabled. We are doing a video tape deposition for that case. Please read the post that I posted.