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#731 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [mickeyrom]
Jun 16, 2008 (6:54 am)
I think things may have changed for 2008. I happen to have a brochure from 2007 and it mentions a "leather package" for the EX. No such package now on the EX.
I did go to kia.com, "build your own" or whatever. Also the list of features there--where it shows both leather and cloth checked off for the EX I4.
Anyway, it may be a moot point. Last night I checked inventory at about 15 dealerships in MN and Chicagoland. NONE had an Optima LX with the ESC/ABS package, and NONE had an EX I4 with just the ESC/ABS package. There may have been a couple loaded EX I4s that included the ESC/ABS package, but that's not what I want. So the Kia sales rep I talked to on Saturday wasn't kidding when he told me ESC/ABS is very hard to get on the Optima, and in fact he tried to steer me to the Sonata (he's with a dealer group that sells Hyundais also).
#732 of 905 Re: Note to Host [backy]
Jun 16, 2008 (6:55 am)
Thanks for the name change!!
#733 of 905 Re: Note to Host [backy]
Jun 16, 2008 (2:31 pm)
Thanks for the suggestion.
#734 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [backy]
Jun 16, 2008 (6:56 pm)
For $500 (at my dealer, negotiated in purchase), I think roadwire's leather package is as good as OEM.
#735 of 905 2008-- MPG indicator?
Jun 16, 2008 (6:58 pm)
Mickeyrom and I have both complained about the lack of a MPG indicator as part of the DIC in 06.5-07 Optimas. I understand that instrumentation in the 08's is enhanced. Do they include a MPG indicator yet?
#736 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [backy]
Jul 03, 2008 (3:21 pm)
I purchased a 2006.5 Kia Optima in January of this year. It was the Lx v6 with the appearance package. No leather. Even though it was 2008 the car was still brand new and I got the car for 14,250. The car is great. I also found out from numerous people and consumer reports that it is very hard to find the ESC/ABS on these cars. I wonder why that is. Fortunately mine came with it. I am very happy with my KIA Optima, and feel sort of special that it came with those features. But as I said, I too am puzzled why it is so hard to find those features on the optima.
#737 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [jaydean]
Jul 03, 2008 (3:30 pm)
I don't know for certain,but I have a feeling that it will be more common on the 2008s and 2009s. I have an EX of the same year,and I had to wait a week until they got such an equiped car from another dealer.I guess KIA is just a bit quirky.
#738 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [jaydean]
Jul 03, 2008 (3:32 pm)
I can only figure that Kia is out to snag the people looking for low price no matter what, and for whom safety is a secondary concern. With all the base LXes I've seen in dealer inventories, I wonder if that is the smartest sales strategy...
#739 of 905 Re: EX I4--leather or not? [backy]
Jul 05, 2008 (1:06 pm)
Update: I talked to the sales manager of a Kia dealership today. It was not about an Optima, but I mentioned I would be buying a car this fall and the Optima was in the running, and that I was concerned about how hard it was to find ABS/ESC. He kind of chuckled and shook his head, and said, "Yeah, Kia doesn't send any ABS cars to the Midwest. They send them to California!" (He obviously thought that was pretty funny,in a frustrating kind of way. So do I.) BTW, they had a good selection of Optimas on their lot--none with ABS/ESC.
#740 of 905 What do you say when people ask you what year your car is.
Jul 05, 2008 (3:05 pm)
People look at me strangely when I tell them my Optima is a 2006.5 model. Most of them dont believe me, and think I am joking and then I have to tell them why that is. But I feel sort of privelidged and uniqe to own a 2006.5. Even though we know it was a model to see if people would like and when it was built at the time of year, but I always tell them the same thing. I actually think they made more 2006.5s with the appearance package and the ABS/ESC to see how the market would do. I do wish they would have had the leather package also, but mine is equipped with everything else. But until I get a new Kia, and now that I own one, I think I will be a Kia person for life, I will stand my ground on debating with people that my car is a 2006.5. At 49 years old I have had many cars, but have never owned a brand new one. I went out with my Dad in January of this year and we pulled into the Kia dealership and he said he wanted to test drive the Optima(he is a very practical man, and in life always wants the best bang for the buck with his money) so we took it out and came back and he made them an offer and then wrote them out a check and threw the keys to me and said here is your first new car. I filled out the paper work and I absolutely love my Kia and the compliments I get on it.