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#28 of 103 Re: I bought a 2007 Kia Amanti [billh6]
Feb 07, 2007 (8:03 pm)
Hi Bill, I'm glad to hear about your new Amanti. Our opinions are pretty much the same I'd say: both very complimentary of the car and pleased with the deal. Your gas cap comment is so true. I had a problem with the other car's gas cap from the outset and noticed that this one has no more clicks. It just closes tightly with a single small twist, yet another example of an improvement. Unfortunately, the Canadian specs are different from the US models and while we have only one version available that's supposed to be loaded, it turns out that in Canada we don't get the power adjustable pedals, and I wish we did. They've also deleted the multiple-CD changer from our specs, to say nothing of the rain sensing wipers and the previously standard rear heated seats. And the new spare tire is not full-sized on an extra alloy wheel; now it's a space saver spare. Sure it saves weight but I'd rather have the extra wheel just in case. It turns out that the feature I miss most from my 05 is the trunk net. They've deleted the four chrome fasteners and the cargo net so that there's nothing to keep things from sliding and banging around back there now. All of this decontenting has probably saved them a few dollars in wholesale costs but for someone who was used to having them it's a bit of a let down. I've written to Kia Canada about it, suggesting they recall the 07 models to retrofit the better stereo and the trunk tie-downs. We'll see what they say. I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, though, I'm enjoying the better power and better fuel mileage. Yes, I love the twin exhaust sound when you accelerate!
#29 of 103 Re: I bought a 2007 Kia Amanti [billh6]
Feb 07, 2007 (10:16 pm)
Price you paid?
#30 of 103 Chat transcript is up!
Feb 08, 2007 (5:27 am)
A couple of weeks ago we had Kia Marketing VP Ian Beavis in for a chat with members and guests. Click here to read the transcript. Enjoy!
#31 of 103 Re: I bought a 2007 Kia Amanti [magmax]
Feb 13, 2007 (4:06 pm)
Magnax, well I did not even check out the spare until I read your blog above last night, and rushed to the garage to see you are right, it's the donut. But I was looking at the compartment, and I doubt that the 17" tire would fit in there anyway. I'll live with the donut. My '04 did not have rear heated seats. I never used that trunk net, so no loss for me. My lady friend loves the fact that she can push a button and the brake pedal moves upward. I am averaging 21 mpg in town. And don't you love the sound of the engine with the twin exhaust sound? Mine is cobolt blue, interior is two-tone dark gray upper and light tannish or gray lower. I really like the interior with the darker molding better than the previous dash. I get the stares for sure. Enjoy your ride.
#32 of 103 1300 Km on the Clock of the 07 Amanti
Feb 18, 2007 (12:48 am)
I've now put about 1300 km on the clock and so far it's been totally trouble free. I have to say that I love the power of this car. And the silence at any speed is simply amazing. There's just no road noise, almost no tire noise, no wind noise at all, and you can't hear the engine at cruising speed. The more I drive it the more I like it. We did try to fit the Magentis trunk tie down hooks but they didn't work so I guess we'll wait until Kia comes up with something. Other than that, I'm loving this car. If only they would advertise its genuine value I think it would become a hot seller. Anyone who's thinking of an Avalon or even a Camry or an Accord should drive this. It's an amazing bargain.
#33 of 103 Re: 1300 Km on the Clock of the 07 Amanti [magmax]
Feb 25, 2007 (7:35 am)
Glad you love yours. I feel the same about my new '07. I wonder why Kia Motors is holding back on delivery to dealers. I sis wants one but there's 5 dealers in a 35 radius from us and they only got 7 total and all sold. I think I bought the first one.
#34 of 103 Re: 1300 Km on the Clock of the 07 Amanti [billh6]
Mar 03, 2007 (11:51 pm)
I am searching for another car and checked out both the Amanti and the Optima. Both use different steering wheel configurations but both get close to fitting my 6'8" frame. Nothing from Honda, Toyota, or Nissan will. I continue to drive my incredibly roomy Olds Intrigue until I find something...or until it dies.
Anyway, the Amanti definitely seems like a very nice car, but it sure has that "GrandpaMobile" look to it like no other save for Buick. I know the '07 has the hot Azera engine in there and I plan to take it for a test drive very soon.
One note: I'm a big music fan and it's interesting to note that while the audio IS Infiniti (which means it runs circles around the mediocre BOSE systems), unlike for the Optima it will NOT play mp3-formatted discs. It is also only about 2/3 the power of the Optima version (225 vs 365w). It does look quite a bit better though--more integrated with panel. I wonder why they "skimped" on the Amanti head unit? I can guess--the 50-75 yr olds targeted have no idea what an mp3 is--and Kia probably figures 6 regular CDs is enough for them
Any comments on the Amanti sound quality from the owners?
#35 of 103 Re: 1300 Km on the Clock of the 07 Amanti [smuhlbaier]
Mar 05, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Well, you got me there on the mp3 (I'm 59) lol BUT I will say this, even at the young age of 59 I enjoy blowing the others in the dust. It is fast and love the sound !
#36 of 103 where are they?
Mar 27, 2007 (10:10 am)
Does anybody know what Kia is doing with the lack of 2007 Amantis? I love mine but I never see any in town. I've driven by all six dealerships in town and they have none to sell. My dealer got 3 in Feb. and I bought the first one. They sold the other 2 within a week, but have no more to sell.
#37 of 103 Re: where are they? [billh6]
Mar 28, 2007 (11:41 pm)
I know the situation in Canada is a little different for small volume cars like the Amanti but I have yet to see another 2007 model on the road here in the Vancouver, BC area. I know there are some because the dealer keeps telling me that he's sold quite a few but their owners aren't going where I go, I guess. There are three dealers in the immediate area and all have at least one Amanti on display. But there is no advertisement for the car and that's a real shame. I still enjoy the power, the silence, and the luxury of this car and can't think of anything comparable at the price. Now if only they hadn't taken out the cargo tie-down hooks that my 05 Amanti had in the trunk.