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Kia Optima, Sedan
Mar 13, 2010 (7:31 pm)
for the thrill ride, mickeyrom?
#867 of 906 Re: You take the Prius... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 14, 2010 (8:28 am)
Yeah...you know,when it goes out of control and I try to stop it.Isn't that fun?
Mar 14, 2010 (10:39 am)
your Prius will go in to neutral at freeway speeds, right? And you've never experienced any UA issues in your Prius? If it has the automatic brake override you guys should be safe. If it accelerates just hit your brakes and put the car in to neutral. And safely make plans to get off to the side of the road.
Hopefully a drunk won't hit your Prius while you're on the side of the road. Ouch! Ruins a perfectly good day, eh?
#869 of 906 Re: mickeyrom... [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 14, 2010 (4:06 pm)
I just hope that it would go into neutral.Remember,the Prius gear shifter is strictly electronic.If the problem is in the electronics,who knows what functions remain.
Apr 19, 2010 (12:41 am)
Seriously considering purchase of 2008 Optima LX, 4cyl, 4A, 14K miles, one owner, clean Carfax. Are there any areas that have recurring problems with this model?
Currently driving 2009 Ford Focus which I wouldn't have bought otherwise except for super low supplier pricing. Car has been reliable but the driver's seat is killing my back. The Optima is on the Ford dealer's lot where I bought the Focus. Price is 11,300.
Thanks for the input.
#871 of 906 Re: Optima purchase [netranger4]
Apr 19, 2010 (5:37 am)
I have a 2006.5 Optima EX and I definitely would recommend it.After 37,000 miles I have had no repairs.Initially we did have a problem with the passenger air bag,but once the computer was re-flashed it has been fine.
4A? I don't think that they make a 4 speed auto.It's a 5 speed.
#872 of 906 Re: Optima purchase [netranger4]
Apr 19, 2010 (5:38 am)
PS. the 2008 is basically the same as the 2006.5
#873 of 906 Re: Optima purchase [netranger4]
Apr 19, 2010 (5:56 am)
FWIW I've seen 2009 Optimas with that kind of miles at local dealerships for around $12k recently. The 2009 is a refresh year and there's several improvements, including a more powerful (175 hp) I4 that gets better fuel economy than pre-2009. But the biggest thing is, ABS, ESC, and traction control became standard for 2009. Very hard to find on pre-2009 Optimas. That alone is a good reason to go with a 2009, IMO, especially if there isn't much price difference. Also you'll have more warranty left (in time) if you buy a 2009 vs. 2008. Just a thought.
Apr 19, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Thanks, Backy & Mickeyrom for the helpful advice. The local Kia dealer usually has a lot of '08/'09/'10 Optimas. They buy at auctions and from other dealers to keep their huge dealership stocked with late model Kia's and other makes.
It's hard to know where the car's been purchased as they don't offer Carfax. They use another service called, I think 'CarReports'. I do know that some with high miles were in service with Enterprise. An ex-rental car usually has seen some pretty severe service and I'm concerned that regular maintenance may or may not have been done.
They just won the 'Best Kia Dealer in the World' award. Luckily, I am well acquainted with the owner and have been for nearly nine years. With around 300 new Kia's and nearly 100 used Kia's and other makes on their lot, the choice becomes difficult.
A 2009 or 2010 model would be a great choice, but finding just the right one may take some doing.
Thanks for the prompt reply and advice.
#875 of 906 Re: Thanks [netranger4]
Apr 20, 2010 (7:02 am)
You can buy CarFax reports yourself online for a minimal cost. If you value their info, it might be worth the investment once you narrow down your choice to 1-2 cars.