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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!
#49 of 93 Re: 2009 Kia optima Lx 2.4 175Hp [mcmax]
Jul 28, 2009 (5:02 pm)
What are you trading in that you're getting only $3500?
#50 of 93 Re: 2009 Kia optima Lx 2.4 175Hp [mickeyrom]
Jul 28, 2009 (5:38 pm)
Caravan 3.3 engine - just qualifies with 18 mpg average. I'll need 28 mpg to get the full $4500, not the case with the Optima.
#51 of 93 Re: 2009 Kia optima Lx 2.4 175Hp [mcmax]
Jul 28, 2009 (5:59 pm)
Have you tried the new KIA compact,I forget it's name.It probably averages 28 or better.Unfortunately since it's a new model,they probably aren't being discounted much.
#52 of 93 Time for a new Optima?
Aug 29, 2009 (6:17 am)
Hi, I have been lurking on the Hyundai and Optima threads for some time, listening to the excellent advice of various members including Backy, Csandste, Ray_h71 and many others. I currently have an 04' Sonata with 84 K miles and wondering if it's soon time to get an 09' or 2010 Optima (I don't like the new Sonata as much, but I love the Genesis). I suspect I will soon be in need of a lot of costly preventative maintenance (tires, brakes and many here say sensors start going etc..). So I guess my question is, do I wait until year end for some Optima deals (as Backy expects) or do I try to get another year or two out of this car? Thanks in advance for all your advice.
#53 of 93 Re: Time for a new Optima? [laflair]
Aug 29, 2009 (6:33 am)
I saw a commercial from KIA yesterday where they are offering cash back as big as $9000 for your trade inn,depending on the model KIA you purchase.Worth a look at your local KIA dealer.
#54 of 93 Re: Time for a new Optima? [mickeyrom]
Aug 29, 2009 (6:50 am)
Thanks mickeyrom, I meant to mention you in the list of helpful people. I think I will take a ride over to a Long Island KIA dealership and see what they have to offer. My wife has on 05' Tucson that has been rock solid (55K). Another idea is to get a car now that would replace her Tucson in 2-3 years. I would drive this new car until her Tucson was retired, allowing me to get another new car in a few years ( I am sure she would love the idea of me doing this )
#55 of 93 Re: Time for a new Optima? [laflair]
Aug 29, 2009 (7:21 am)
No problem man...I don't need credit.Good luck on your car shopping.For me it's always been an exciting time.
#56 of 93 Re: Time for a new Optima? [laflair]
Aug 29, 2009 (8:21 am)
I think you might find the best deal near year-end or even January as the 2009s are being closed out, but as mickeyrom suggested you might find a dealer with a great deal now. For some reason my local dealers are not offering as good a deal now on Optimas as they were earlier in the year. Aftereffect of the C4C perhaps? The other thing is an all-new Optima is expected for the 2011 MY, and spy photos show it will be a bigger car. So if you like the size of the current Optima, you will probably see great deals on the 2010s early next year (depending on when the 2011s come out). You might want to trade before 90k because that is a fairly expensive service. If you are the original owner of the Sonata, then at least you don't need to worry about powertrain repairs for awhile (up to 100k).