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#763 of 906 New to Optima
Oct 18, 2008 (10:15 pm)
Bought a 2007 with 14k on the odometer a couple of weeks ago from CarMax. My 2001 Ford Focus hit 99k and started falling apart at all ends. Read many articles on the net before I decided to buy this car. Tried out Camry and Accord but they were out of my price range. I guess it's true that those two hold strong resale value.
What I read on the Optima... it's well built and can give Camry and Accord a run for their money. My parents bought a new 2008 Accord EX-L, first of the year. A very nice car but this Optima seems just as big and rides the same. It has tons more room than the Ford.
I have been reading the threads here and it seems like you guys are pretty satisfied with your Optimas.
The only issue I had.. it was pulling bad to the right and they did a wheel alignment and that was fixed. I also complained to the guys at CarMax to check the right low beam headlight. It was spotlighting the ditch. They said they would. They said they had to take the car to the KIA dealership for the alignment.
I knew the very next night coming home from work the light wasn't fixed. I took it back. The lights are even and straight but they are "high". I read these "projector" beam lights put out a lot of light but this is extreme. I haven't been bright lighted by anyone yet. I'm a little tired of taking this car back. Does anyone know how to adjust the beams? I want them down a little. Seeing the leafs on the bottoms of high trees doesn't seem right to me..
#764 of 906 Re: New to Optima [dkh1967]
Oct 19, 2008 (4:44 am)
It's likely that your headlights are as they are supposed to be.You'll get used to it...I did.
#765 of 906 Re: New to Optima [mickeyrom]
Oct 19, 2008 (8:49 am)
I guess so. It's better than it was before.
I really like this car. I wanted something a lot more roomy than my old car and I didn't want to give up a 4 cyl. engine. This is by far the strongest I4 I've ever owned. I read one MT review where one guy reported that all the judges thought it was V6.
I didn't think the styling was that big of a deal. But it did turn heads when I drove into work. When people asked what kind of car it was they just kind of chuckled. I just walked on. But I caught a few still turning around and looking at it. I know the old KIA mentality folks have towards its reliability.
KIA would be out of their mind setting a nice 5yr/60k mile warranty on a car that is not up to par. They'd go broke fixing them. Honda and Toyota have the 3yr/36k mile warranty bumper to bumper. Honda and Toyota's power train is equal to my bumper to bumper.
Since I bought it second hand I'm only allowed the bumper to bumper and not the 10yr/100k mile powertrain warranty. While my parent's bumper to bumper warranty on their 08' Accord will run out.. Mine will still be going strong. I feel like a winner....
#766 of 906 Re: New to Optima [dkh1967]
Oct 19, 2008 (9:19 am)
Yep, the Optima has that "power to surprise" a lot of people, doesn't it?
#767 of 906 KIA 2007 EX V6 update
Oct 20, 2008 (3:10 am)
It's been almost 5 months since I have the car. After the initial problem with the engine light coming on after 3 days and the poor service from the dealer where I bought the car, things are a lot better all round.
The service department at the dealer has improved (maybe due to the numerous calls to KIA customer service ???).
Thus far, I had changed engine oil and filter twice, first time after owning it for a week because it was an 07 car and had been sitting in the lot since March, 07 and the oil in it could be > 1 year old. I sent the car in for the "first service" after 3 months. As I have mentioned in my previous posting, the car is seldom used. After 5 months, there is only 2100 miles on it, mostly driven on short trips between 50-150 miles on weekends. I have not checked its MPG. Tires at 35psi, checked weekly.
The interior has held up well over the bumpy NYC roads with all the potholes and uneven surfaces. No rattling sounds, sign of decent (good?) workmanship of assembled parts. A nice feature is the solar glass used, save me $ as I do not have to tint the windows and other glasses. I have compared it to my niece Camry and my sister Matrix, and they both said this car is really more quiet & the ride is better.
I have also "dressed up" the car, adding the sunroof deflector, mud guards front and rear, window visors, trunk cargo liner and the all weather floor mats. I manage to find a KIA dealer out west where the prices are much cheaper than here in NY. The only other accessory added is a simple passive alarm, wired to work with the car keyless entry remote.
After the initial tiny problem, I have to say that the car has been a real surprise.
#768 of 906 Re: KIA 2007 EX V6 update [tcsf]
Oct 20, 2008 (6:55 am)
If I were you, I would not change oil more often than the "severe" service interval for the car (what is that, 3000 miles?) or every 6 months, whichever comes first. However, changing out that original oil real quick was a good idea.
#769 of 906 Variable Valve Timing Control and check engine light
Oct 29, 2008 (9:23 am)
My 2006.5 Kia Optima has had its check engine light come on at 40,000 miles due to the Variable Valve Timing Control (VVTC) according to my mechanic.
Has anyone here had a similar experiance? How was it eventually solved?
#770 of 906 Re: Variable Valve Timing Control and check engine light [bifph]
Oct 29, 2008 (7:04 pm)
Or just take it to your friendly neighborhood Kia dealer and have them fix it, since it's still under warranty.
#771 of 906 2007 Optima 2.4L Fuel Filter Location
Nov 30, 2008 (1:41 pm)
Anyone knows where the fuel filter located on 2007 Optima 4 Cylinder 2.4L?
I'm ready to change it, but like to know if accessible from under the car,
#772 of 906 2007 Optima Cabin Air Filter
Nov 30, 2008 (1:48 pm)
Is there a cabin air filter for the 2007 Optima ?