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Kia Optima, Sedan
#744 of 906 Re: Do people look at you strange when you tell them your Kia is a 2006.5 model [csandste]
Jul 07, 2008 (7:19 pm)
What is weird is that Kia had two Spectra models, each designated 2004. That was really confusing. Journalists and others took to calling the new Spectra "2004.5" just to keep it straight from the old one. Similarly, VW didn't officially call the 2005.5 Golf a 2005.5, but the "New Golf." At least we could keep it straight from the old Golf.
Maybe the confusion over the Spectra caused Kia to use the 2006.5 designation on the new Optima. But they could have made it simpler by just calling it a 2007 and extending the model year by a few months.
#745 of 906 Re: Do people look at you strange when you tell them your Kia is a 2006.5 model [jaydean]
Jul 12, 2008 (3:23 pm)
I also purchased a 2007 Kia Optima EX V6 model, fully loaded but without the ESC/ABS. It came with all power options, leather heated seats, sunroof, Infinity stereo, Not sure why Kia would build such a model without ESC/ABS. I bought it because of the very good price, it costs less than a Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra or Honda Civic. The car looks very good and drives well. I decided to add in a few accessories: sunroof deflector, door visor, front & rear mud guards, cargo liner and all weather floor mats. My niece, who owns a 2007 Toyota Camry, has commented that it is a lot more "car" for a couple of thousands less than what she paid for her car.
However, the KIA dealer where I purchased the car provided no aftersales service, there were several minor issues and I will definitely not recommend that dealer. I have not deal with the service center yet, abd I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be better that the sales department. So far I like the car but KIA needs to monitor the dealers or it will lose business to other makes.
#746 of 906 Re: Do people look at you strange when you tell them your Kia is a 2006.5 model [tcsf]
Jul 12, 2008 (6:26 pm)
I think it's stupid for a car that well equiped not to have ESC/ABS...fortunately for me, my 2006.5 Optima EX 2.4 does have those options.The dealer had to get it from another out of state.
The service at that particular dealer was problematic,but after checking out a couple more service depts. I got lucky and now have one that I like.
#747 of 906 Re: Do people look at you strange when you tell them your Kia is a 2006.5 model [mickeyrom]
Jul 13, 2008 (5:14 pm)
I would have liked to get the ESC/ABS but I can live without the options since the car is not for work, mainly for local use. So far it has <600miles after 7 weeks, mostly city driving. To improve the braking, I will properly changed the front discs to EBC slotted/X'ed drilled discs and use their Green brake pads. I am researching to find the best prices for the parts. That should give better braking. I am also trying to find out if AXT (an Australian company) makes brake discs for the car because the accessories I ordered from KIA are all made in Australia. I have used their products before and they are reliable.
#748 of 906 Re: Do people look at you strange when you tell them your Kia is a 2006.5 model [tcsf]
Jul 13, 2008 (6:39 pm)
I drove a similar model with regular brakes before I bought mine and I found them very adequate.It was my wife who insisted with the ABS because she was used to them in our Chrysler mini van.
My experience is almost the oposite to yours.95% of my Optimas time is spent on the highway.Mostly long drives.Really not a whole lot of braking.
#749 of 906 20,000 miles later.....still love our Optima :)
Jul 27, 2008 (5:31 am)
I think it's time to check on all the 2006.5 and 2007 model Optima owners feelings about their car now. Once the air bag issue was resolved....I have had no repairs at all.Of course I change the oil etc. but no repairs or adjustments.I am a happy camper.I use 5-20 Synthetic Mobil 1 oil.I change at 6 month intervals,always less than 6000 miles.90% of my driving is highway.(maybe more)I keep my tires inflated with nitrogen(can't hurt)at 35 lbs.That is about it.I plan to change tranny fluid at 30K or maybe at 2 years,That is what a KIA service manager suggested.
The car has developed a few minor,very slight rattles and sometimes when I get out of the car there is a click from the front end.That is about it.Otherwise it's been running like a swiss watch and a real pleasure to drive always getting at least 30MPG and usually more.
#750 of 906 Help with Kia Optima ex 2004 5 speed
Aug 03, 2008 (5:59 pm)
I have a kia Optima 5 speed with approx 50,000 mls. I got it used with approx 32000 miles 3.4 years ago. No problems at all, its been a great car. A month or so ago I was driving along and it bucked a bit, not when shifting, just as I was driving. Didnt happen again. Last week my gas was low but no light on and I was in 3rd and driving along and it bucked again, I didnt see the engine light on and assumed it was just low gas. So I filled it up with regular gas and it still happened. I then filled it again with mid grade gas, had the oil changed and checked the air filter. It was fine. No engine lights on. I did travel alot these past 2 months, approx 6-800 miles. It is still happening without warning and no lights on. Spoke to dealer and another shop and both want to charge 100 or so to run tests/codes cause they arent sure what is going on. Couple friends have said that maybe it is the fuel filter (was camping with dirt roads for a few days and near the ocean too so near dirty roads) another said maybe plugs. All are baffled that the engine light doesnt come on. Hard part is I am not in a position to pay $100 to diagnose then pay for parts too. Can I change the fuel filter myself? Does it sound like that is it? Should I just change plugs? Would appreciate any input you have. I have another trip this weekend and worried but I need to go so have to find out what the concern is. Thanks
#751 of 906 Re: Help with Kia Optima ex 2004 5 speed [griff252]
Aug 03, 2008 (11:14 pm)
You're posting in the wrong forum. This is a different car.
You might also want to post on the Sonata forum if they have the pre- 2006 car isolated. Five-speed doesn't mean much these days as in the 06.5+ Optimas, all transmissions--manual and auto-- are five speed.
#752 of 906 Louisville Road Trip-- Impressions
Sep 14, 2008 (7:56 am)
It's been 40 days without a post, so I thought I'd keep this thread alive.
The car is comfortable enough for a five hour drive, although I'd still like a little more thigh support in the front seat. Seat is a bit too short. My Maxx is more comfortable as a road car. I think the Sonata might be as well. I'm 6'4 but have only a 32 inch inseam so I'm not that long-legged.
As I stated in the MPG post, I think it's good for 30 mpg, especially if you put the transmission into fifth. D seems to shift down far too often.
Handling is enough tighter compared to my Maxx so that I could see that people not used to GM electric steering would find it a bit sloppy at first drive.
I haven't rotated tires yet, tried to when I got my last oil change at Wally-World but they were confused by the tire inflation indicator. So it's to the dealer or a real tire dealer for the next oil change/rotation. Some wear on front tires at 11K, so these things are going to get less mileage and cost a lot more to replace than the standard sixteen inch tires. They didn't have a base car at the dealer when I made the sale in early 07, having second thoughts about the appearance package being worth it given replacement costs. Definitely will skip the Michelins next time.
#753 of 906 Another month of no-trouble driving
Oct 12, 2008 (8:43 am)
Another month without a post so I'll keep the thread alive by saying its another 30 days without any kind of incident.