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Kia Optima, Sedan
#827 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [mickeyrom]
Jun 13, 2009 (5:41 am)
I can have a "problem" in the fact I would probably own an Optima now would it not be for the hard-to-find ABS and ESC before 2009 MY. And when I was looking high and low for an Optima, new or used, with ABS/ESC I found ONE (EX) I4 model within a 500 mile radius of me (actually it was about 400 miles away, in Schaumburg) in a six-month period. I also found one used 2007 EX I4, but it was sold before I could get to it. I wouldn't call that "many."
#828 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [backy]
Jun 13, 2009 (6:26 am)
Now come on Backy.Having difficulty finding a car with the options you want does not constitute a problem with the car.
I will admit that finding a used EX is not easy.Maybe that is because that once somebody buys one they keep it.That is how I am with my Optima.So far it's been a joy.
#829 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [mickeyrom]
Jun 13, 2009 (9:01 am)
The poster asked if there were "any problems" they should know about. They didn't specify what kind of problem. I think that not having ABS readily available on a modern car is a problem. A big one. If you don't, fine. Can we move on?
#830 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [backy]
Jun 20, 2009 (8:33 pm)
Guys, I need a fast answer, if possible.
What warranty protection do I get on a used 2006.5 (new body style) Optima LX?
I know that the 10 year/100k mile powertrain warranty doesn't transfer, but what about the 5 year/60k bumper to bumper warranty (which includes the powertrain)?
And if that does transfer, how do I prove the previous owner followed Kia's service schedule?
I am under the impression that if the previous owner did not follow Kia's service schedule, even on a minor issue, Kia will try to void the entire warranty if I have an issue.
Any help would be appreciated.
#831 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [mikemartin]
Jun 21, 2009 (5:49 am)
I think that is a question better answered by a dealer.I assume that you don't have the receipts.
Mike,no offense,but why would you buy a car that hasn't been properly maintained.
As far as I know,the only maintenance that would affect the warranty would be the oil changes and the tranny fluid changes.That is only if those two units were to fail.Surely not rotating the tires(just an example) would affect your warranty.
If it were me,I would do a complete service on this car, and thereafter faithfully follow the recommended service while keeping all the receipts.
#832 of 906 Re: I like my Optima [dkh1967]
Jun 21, 2009 (7:35 am)
I find that it shifts up a bit too early, especially when I slowly accelerate up hill. Usually I put it into manual shift and don't shift up till I get to 3500 or 4000 rpm. I might loose a bit of economy, but much easier on the valves.
#833 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [mickeyrom]
Jun 21, 2009 (10:16 am)
mickey, thanks for the reply.
I don't know that the prior owner failed to maintain the car per Kia's recommended service schedule.
What I'm saying is that I'd like to know that they did, and have the records to prove it, in case there's a problem later, and Kia brings the issue up.
#834 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [mikemartin]
Jun 22, 2009 (2:06 pm)
There's not that many options here:
1) You are buying the car from a Kia dealer. You get them to state, in writing, that the car is covered by the remainder of the 5/60k factory warranty. After that, it's up to you to maintain the car according to the manufacturer's recommended service schedule.
2) The owner had the car serviced at a Kia or other service center that maintains computer records. You get a printout of those records and verify the car was maintained properly.
3) The owner has hardcopy records of all servicing, showing the car was maintained properly.
4) The owner makes a written, sworn (before a notary public) statement that he/she performed all service according to the manufacturer's service schedule (not sure that will satisfy Kia if there's a dispute, but it's better than nothing).
5) Carfax shows all servicing was done (not real likely, as I've found Carfax unreliable in showing ALL servicing records).
6) You can't verify that the car was serviced according to the manufacturer's schedule, hence buying the car is a crapshoot, in multiple ways.
#835 of 906 Re: 2008 KIA Optima [backy]
Jun 22, 2009 (4:10 pm)
I'm finding out that warranty issues are an often overlooked technicality by a lot of used car buyers, not just Kia buyers, and if one is not careful, lack of due diligence will come back to bite one in the rear with an expensive and uncovered repair.
#836 of 906 2007 Owner Reviews-- valid or driveby shooting?
Aug 25, 2009 (3:10 pm)
Was surprised to see the overall evaluation of the 07 Optima to be under eight, especially since it was quite high the last time I checked. Note the large block of extremely low rated comments, things I never see on the forum
--- is there some kind of Toyota salesman out there getting even or does the 07 really suck (earlier and later models don't seem to reflect this), and last time I checked
had owners experience with the Optima at the top end.