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#891 of 1409 2006 Amanti Release Date?
Aug 20, 2005 (9:03 am)
Does anyone know when the 2006 Amanti is going to be released? (Not able to get any info from Kia...in fact, at this point, can't even contact the company via email...strange, huh?)
Also, do you happen to know whether or not Kia has addressed the "mushy front end" and "lack of horsepower" issues in 2006?
BTW, regarding sales price (which seems to come up often on some of these boards), $25K seems awfully high to me. One dealer here in Phoenix has them marked down substantially from this price...to around $20K+/-, loaded, before taxes, et al, of course.
#892 of 1409 Re: Dealers Desprate to sell [shadow99688]
Aug 20, 2005 (10:20 am)
Just got a call from my local dealer here in Phoenix (today, Saturday, Aug. 20). Amanti, loaded, $7K off sticker. Seems pretty reasonable to me, around $18K don't you think? Going down now for another test drive.
My only reluctance to buy at this point is that I suspect Kia going to address the "mushy front end" and "lack of horsepower" issues in a couple of months when they release the '06 model and I'll be sorry I didn't wait (however, they may not be offering these hefty discounts then, either...who knows). Good luck to you! hawk
#893 of 1409 Re: 2006 Amanti Release Date? [azhawk]
Aug 20, 2005 (10:57 am)
I get different answers from the dealers when I ask when the 2006 will be out, was told August by one dealer, December by another , and a third said January.
I think Kia is dumping the 3.5 engine and going to the 3.8 Aluminum V-6 with Continuously Variable Valve Timing, as the Srento and Sedona are both getting the 3.8 for 2006.
3.8L DOHC 24-valve, V6 engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
Horsepower rpm: 265 6,000
Torque rpm: 257 4,500
As the engine is lighter it should help the front suspension and give much better accelaretion with the reduced weight and more power, will improve gas mileage also
The 2006 Rio even got a new 1.6 Liter engine with CVVT
#894 of 1409 nit picking...
Aug 20, 2005 (3:13 pm)
Based on what the dealers are telling you, 2006's will probably to be built around August and shipped stateside by end of -or beginning of the new year. This is pure speculation on my part. I can't wait to see them, though! -And I hope they have some nice new exterior colors, too!
On a slightly different subject...
I have noticed another minor change between the 2004 & 2005 Amanti's (among those already mentioned here). When I bought my new 1984 Toyota Camry, I always hated the cheap looking rear name tag molded all in one piece. My '04 Amanti has quality, separate letters spelling out the word 'AMANTI' on the trunk. Now, in '05 it is a one piece unit with connecting tabs that look poor (to me). I wonder how much Kia saved?
I understand these things do add up, but -although I love my car dearly, I wonder what else has been done that's hidden to cut corners on future models?
Again, this is just a MINOR observation on my part.
#895 of 1409 Re: 2006 Amanti Release Date? [shadow99688]
Aug 20, 2005 (4:11 pm)
A larger engine sounds like a very good move on Kia's part...sure would help; 200 HP just isn't enough for this vehicle, also would be nice in their smaller (forgot the name) SUV. Think I'll take a "wait and see" position for now. Better safe than sorry, although they did offer to sell me a brand new LOADED Amanti today for 21,300 (approx. $7K below sticker, which ain't too shabby).
Thanks for the info!
Aug 20, 2005 (5:46 pm)
indeed, I have had the same problem you are having with your fuel filler door. This being on my '01 Kia Sportage 4x4, back in 2002. I pulled into a gas station just off of I-5 in the Skagit Valley, walked back to the back expecting to see the filler door open. I didn't forget to push the remote door release, or had I, I remember thinking. I walked back up into the cab and pushed the button to release the fuel filler door again, and nothing had happened, the filler door was stuck shut. Well, I decided to try and pry it open with a screwdriver. Pretty much a "Primitive Pete" idea, but I got the door open. I got my gas and the next time it stuck closed again!
I made an appointment at my Kia dealer for it and they fixed it under Warranty. They had to put a new set of parts-fuel filler door lock/release mechanism parts of some variety. Take yours in and let me know what happens, OK, magmax? I'm sure they'll fix it for free under the Warranty.
#897 of 1409 Re: Car rental Amanti [drew11]
Aug 21, 2005 (8:12 pm)
try enterprise rent a car, i rented one from them when i was in san antonio for a week,
Aug 21, 2005 (8:19 pm)
every time I use the key fob to get back into the car the mirrors go to a different position, it might memorize it one time but then the second time I push it, it goes to a different location. is any body else having a problem with this?
#899 of 1409 Re: mirror memory [futura77339]
Aug 21, 2005 (10:21 pm)
Hi Futura, As I understand the system to work, one position is memorized by one key fob and the second by the second fob, on the assumption that two drivers for two positions means they'll each have a key of their own. So it's possible that you're trying to memorize a second setting on the key fob, which it won't do. You can use the buttons on the door, though, and just ignore the key fob. Anyway, I've never had a problem with mine but then I've only used a single key fob so far.
#900 of 1409 Re: 2006 Amanti Release Date? [shadow99688]
Aug 21, 2005 (10:31 pm)
Like you I've not been successful in finding out anything about the 2006 models here in Canada. But I go in for a service in two days and we'll see what I can pry out of them then. That new 3,8 V6 from the Hyundai Azera seems to be exactly what the Amanti needs -- more power, better mileage -- but I wouldn't hold my breath. I suspect it would take a fair amount of re-engineering to fit that much power into the Amanti without a pretty thorough re-do of the suspension and that would cost. I still feel that Hyundai/Kia need to sit down and decide which brand is going to be the luxury one and which the sporty one. With the Azera coming up, Hyundai will have a super modern upper level car that will compete directly against the Amanti, so why take sales from their own brand? Maybe the Amanti will end up being a slightly modified Azera with a more sporty feel? Of course with that engine the current Amanti could literally blow the Toyota Amanti into the weeds, and for a lot less money too. I've pretty well decided that if this is how they're going, I'll replace my Amanti in another year or two with a new one if it has that engine. At the moment, frankly, there isn't anything on the market that appeals to me as much as the Amanti does, both in fit and finish as well as comfort and the power's fine for me. So my only real gripe is with the fuel consumption but I knew that going in.