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Kia Optima, Sedan
#142 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [live4tech]
Oct 26, 2006 (9:22 pm)
The "2006.5" Optima was essentially an early intro 2007 and will be a carry-over at least through the 2007 model year - likely through the 2008 model year, too. Automobile rebates are a marketing tool to move slow selling cars with the unintended consequence of coincidentally reducing later trade-in value.* If KIA division of corporate parent Hyundai gets the directive to offer rebates, it'll happen. Otherwise it won't.
*The real losers in the rebate wars are the poor grunts who pay a non-rebated price and then discover their automobile choice eventually becomes the subject of rebates. They get it coming and going: upfront with the initial purchase and later at trade-in or sell time - without so much as a "Thank you, Ma'm."
#143 of 906 new optima 2.4 with manual tranny
Oct 27, 2006 (7:11 am)
Is there anybody who own or test drove new optima/magentis with manual trasmission? What is your impression of that tranny? How does the clutch and shifter work? What engine revs at 100 km/h. Will appreciate any feedback.
#144 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [ray_h1]
Oct 28, 2006 (7:21 am)
That's why I would be just as happy if Kia stopped offering rebates on all their models, if at all possible. Just sell them at a fair price to begin with. I would not be pleased if I bought an Optima with a small or non-existant rebate at the start of the model year and then learned a few months later that Optimas now had a $2K rebate on them!
#145 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [live4tech]
Oct 28, 2006 (8:55 am)
Kia already sells them at a fair price already! As far a rebates go, hey it's just the luck of the draw if the particular car your buying has a rebate. There should not be any hard feelings down the road if it all of sudden has one.
#146 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [chuck1959]
Oct 29, 2006 (3:39 pm)
Just bought a 4 cylinder automatic LX. MSRP was about $18,500...with rebates, I drove it off the lot for $15,050 including taxes, title and tags Had a 1997 Mazda 626 and got an extra $1500 "competitive rebate" that Kia was touting on their website good through October 31.
Awesome car and can't beat the standard equipment, safety, warranty and the price.
I would strongly recommend as the 2006.5 and 2007 are the identical same car as someone stated above.
#147 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [cableguy06]
Nov 16, 2006 (2:30 pm)
I just bought a new 2006.5 optima LX 5-speed for 11,495!!! The MSRP was 17,040, then I got the $1000 KIA rebate, then I got the $1500 competitive edge rebate, then I got an additional dealer discount of $3045!!!! I never would have considered kia, but Iíve been reading a lot about this new model and wanted to learn more. When I saw an ad in the paper for this "crazy" deal I was skeptical, but intrigued. I went to the dealer where they had three ad cars and I bought one! I drove it and had to get it! The build quality is great, and it drives 90% as nice as an Accord or Camry (I shopped them both, and I actually think the interior is nicer!!!!). Hope others can find the same deal.
#148 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [imacheapsk8]
Nov 16, 2006 (3:02 pm)
Wow! A nicely-equipped (except ABS) mid-size for the price of a stripped subcompact. Well done!
#149 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [imacheapsk8]
Nov 16, 2006 (5:21 pm)
Is it 5 spd. manual or auto?
#150 of 906 Re: 2007 Optimas? [vmokhutov]
Nov 17, 2006 (7:14 am)
it's the manual 5 speed.
#151 of 906 Re: new optima 2.4 with manual tranny [vmokhutov]
Nov 17, 2006 (7:35 am)
I have the 5 speed maual and I really like it! I've owned Nissanís, Toyotaís, and Hondaís in the past (just recently ended a bad relationship with a Saab), and I think the optima shifts every bit a good as any of those. (The Nissan was the best) However, engaging the clutch did seem a little odd for the first 150 miles or so, but itís perfect now... I think it was adjusting (or I was ). I now have 200 miles on the car, and I still can't believe how nice and solid it is.