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#39 of 93 Re: reliabilty [Vipergg]
Mar 06, 2009 (8:15 pm)
Kias have improved a lot in reliability over the past few years. One data point on the Optima is that Consumer Reports has the 2009 Optima as "Much better than average" (its top mark) in predicted reliability, based on the 2006.5-8 Optimas. It rates the 2006.5 as "above average" and 2007 as "much better than average". It didn't report on the 2008 model in its April auto issue because of insufficient sample size from their subscriber survey.
The I4 does not use a timing belt, but a chain. It has no specified replacement interval. The V6 does use a timing belt however. But consider that the difference in hp between the I4 and V6 is pretty small, just 19, so with the extra maintenance and fuel costs of the V6, plus extra money up front, you might want to go with the I4.
#40 of 93 Re: reliabilty [backy]
Mar 07, 2009 (6:33 am)
Seems like you "stole" all of my comments,lol...
I think that under the skin the 2009 is pretty much the same car as my 2006.5.It has been very reliable so far.Other than having a real trip computer.Why didn't they have that MPG indicator in the earlier models?I have put on over 25K miles and it has been virtually trouble free.Once we got the issue with the passenger side air bag light fixed,it has been great.
#41 of 93 Re: reliabilty [mickeyrom]
Mar 07, 2009 (6:40 am)
The big change "under the skin" for 2009 is the upgraded I4 with 175 (vs. 162 hp), and I think the old V6 got a little more power also. I don't understand why Kia still bothers with a V6 that is far outclassed by every other mid-sized sedan. Why not just use the 3.3L from the Sonata?
#42 of 93 Re: reliabilty [backy]
Mar 07, 2009 (7:21 am)
Oops, I forgot what might be an even bigger change "under the skin" for 2009: standard ABS, traction control, and ESC ! Those were very hard to find on the Optima before, so that is a welcome addition.
#43 of 93 iPod cable for 09 Optima
Mar 13, 2009 (2:51 pm)
The new 09 Optima has a USB/Aux port. Unfortunately you can't use just the iPod sync cable since that won't work right. In order to solve this you must buy a special iPod cable for $30. The Kia dealer should have it but the Hyundai version works just fine. 08620-2L000 is the part for the Hyundai cable and it's about $30. You can get the cables at your dealers parts department. They should be able to get it for you. You get full iPod integration with this cable.
#44 of 93 Re: reliabilty [backy]
Mar 30, 2009 (4:01 pm)
Based on my understanding and from what I heard, Hyundai-KIA are trying to make distinctions between Sonata and Optima. KIA wants (or they intend) to have bigger engine market customers to go with Hyundai and buy 3.3 V6 Sonatas thus giving Hyundais more upscale look and feel than the KIAs.
#45 of 93 Re: reliability [Vipergg]
Apr 26, 2009 (6:15 am)
I own a 2006.5 Optima, and it's been virtually trouble free.I just crossed 26,000 miles recently and I love the car.I realize the 2009 looks totally different,but I believe under the skin it's pretty much the same car.
The timing belt is an issue only with the 2.7 liter V6 engine.The I4 has a timing chain.I have the 4 cylinder model and it has plenty enough pep for me.I get about 25MPG in mixed driving,although it isn't too hot in the city,the highway real world is at least as good as the EPA rating.I have on one occasion exceeded 40MPG.
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#47 of 93 2009 Kia optima Lx 2.4 175Hp
Jul 28, 2009 (9:08 am)
I just Bought the 2009 a few days ago. There are a few changs. Stryling is right there now with any other midsize car. Also they have made the Traction control standard (ESC) ABS Standard and Sirus sadalite radio and sport shift standerd on all optima's in any trim package. I owned a 2002 and liked it untill I drove it to 80,000 on the original timing belt and took out the head. I sold it in 2006 and made a big mistake and got a windstar. After a tranny, starter and electrical problems I traded it in on this 2009 Kia Optima when I found out that they replaced realy the only major problem with there cars which was the timing belt and made some excellent changes in styling. The interior is suprisingly close to the 2002 in seating ( they have had good leg room since than I can fit in the back seat at 6'4) front in back but the dash is completly diffrent with a two tone Black and Beige. One last thing They do not come standard in any trim package with tinted windows, I would suggest that you make them through it in. I got 7,000 in rebates and only paid $12,500.00. Everyone is hungery for sales, so work your dealer over and they will bend over backwards All in all I am pleased to have bought a brand new car booked a 21,000.00 for 12,696.00.
#48 of 93 Re: 2009 Kia optima Lx 2.4 175Hp 
Jul 28, 2009 (2:42 pm)
HI. I have driven the LX listed at $19,720. The salesman says he can only give me $7000 off ($2500 Kia cash, $1000 comp bonus for owning a Camry and $3500 cash for clunkers). I know they can do better - your deal proves it. Would you mind breaking down the price for me? Not sure what your sales tax is - mine is 7%. For that extra 1K+, did you get an SX or V6 or roof? Thanks!