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#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.
#754 of 906 Re: Another month of no-trouble driving [csandste]
Oct 12, 2008 (4:04 pm)
Silence is golden?
#755 of 906 Looking for Optima 2006.5 Owners Manual
Oct 13, 2008 (7:04 am)
We just bought a used Kia Optima 2006.5, but can't find the owners manual. Does anyone know where we might be able to download a PDF or purchase one cheaply?
#756 of 906 Re: Looking for Optima 2006.5 Owners Manual [kiafish]
Oct 13, 2008 (9:01 am)
You can look on E-BAY for a manual,or go to KIA.COM &click on owners.They have a owners manual that you can download. GOOD LUCK!
#757 of 906 Re: Looking for Optima 2006.5 Owners Manual [redptc]
Oct 13, 2008 (10:44 am)
Thanks so much for the response!
I went to the KIA Global Information System (http://www.kiatechinfo.com) this morning and couldn't locate it on the Glove Box Materials page, but since then the site has been updated and it's there now. The only problem is that I can't seem to figure out whether I should download the 2006 or 2007 PDF. There isn't a specific PDF for the 2006.5 model.
Here's the page I found on the GIS site that had the list of manuals:
#758 of 906 Re: Another month of no-trouble driving [cmhj2000]
Oct 13, 2008 (12:16 pm)
OK Just got back form a long trip.Put on 358 miles on this tank, and still have a "range" of 220 more miles. How do you like them apples?
#759 of 906 Re: Looking for Optima 2006.5 Owners Manual [kiafish]
Oct 13, 2008 (10:26 pm)
I'd think the 07 would be identical. I think there were no improvements to the 07 v. 06.5, it was done to increase fuel economy for the 06 model year, or so it was speculated. Personally I thought that was bad marketing.
The 06 would probably get you the older car.