Last post on Sep 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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Kia Optima, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#873 of 882 Re: headrests [onefunkar]
Feb 11, 2013 (4:26 am)
Hey that is great to know! Thanks for posting. I did give a tug on some of the rests but forget which car. So far I've been finding that they all intrude.
#874 of 882 Re: Test Drive [gimmestdtranny]
Feb 11, 2013 (8:52 pm)
Me defensive? lol... Dude, you sound really angry. Even try anger management?
And no, I didn't see where you post your conversation with the salesman. I only read the post that YOU replied to me with. I had no intention to go find ALL your posts to figure out all of your gripes.
If you don't like the car that's absolutely fine with me. (No defense here...) Maybe you can find yourself a nice moped. I hear they don't have any headrests and even fat people can ride them. GL!
#875 of 882 Re: Test Drive [lakerfan24]
Feb 12, 2013 (10:47 am)
I'm sorry. I found your post way back in the fall. I really did originally appreciate knowing about the click type adjustments.
I guess I am frustrated because so many cars have them that do not adjust. I will make it a point of going in and trying an Optima SX. I think it was the hybrid was last one I sat in as that is all they had at the time. And was told they don't move...by some idiot useless car salesman giving out bad info and shooting themselves in the foot while doing it.
Once again, I'm sorry.
#876 of 882 Re: Test Drive [gimmestdtranny]
Mar 06, 2013 (5:27 am)
When I bought my '12 Optima EX, I was not aware that the passenger seat didn't have a height adjustment. None of my kids could see out of the windshield. (yes they are old & tall enough). Salesman told me to buy a pillow. I wasn't amused.
Since my previous car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, it never occurred to me just how much of an issue that impaired vision would be in my new car. If I could turn back time I would be in the "13 Accord Sport.
#877 of 882 Re: Test Drive [cski]
Mar 07, 2013 (12:11 pm)
I was disappointed with that as well and my wife doesn't like riding so low. One thing that is obvious with the styling of the Optima as well as many other "stylish" sedans is that the bottom edge of all the side window are Very high. That's how they achieve such a Sleek look. The visual results are great but it takes some getting used to when inside. I think it will always feel more comfortable in the Less Stylish sedans. We like Big Windows. I still prefer my Optima over the Accord.
#878 of 882 Re: Test Drive [dski]
Apr 23, 2013 (11:48 am)
It's like driving in a bathtub with windows and gauges, and in hindsight the rear view camera is a must. I don't usually like electronic nannies, but the 2014 has a blind spot sensor that I also think would be a good idea.
#879 of 882 re: Test Drive [cski]
Apr 27, 2013 (7:22 am)
"Electronic nannies"? Trust me, once you have a rear view camera, you'll never want to be without it again. That and the Heated Steering Wheel are to two features I never thought I'd care about and wouldn't want to do without now.
I bought the Optima because I was spoiled by cooled seats from my Saab. When the time comes for a new car, I'll go crazy trying to find an affordable car with Cooled Seats and a Heated Steering Wheel. The Optima pricing is getting out of hand I've noticed. Since they don't offer a Turbo on the EX anymore, it'll cost closer to 40 Grand with all the Options.. Oh, and you can't have a Turbo and a Heated Steering Wheel now. That's just stupid IMO.
#880 of 882 re: Test Drive [dski]
Apr 27, 2013 (9:25 am)
I agree that Kia's pricing is getting out of control. A loaded Kia Sorento SX-L can get up to $41,000 MSRP. Give me a break. That's what a Toyota Highlander Limited AWD V6, which I own, runs. I'm sorry but the ride of my Highlander is hands down more comfortable. Plus there is so much more legroom for passengers in the second row with the sliding seat feature. I owned a 2011 Sorento EX V6 with leather, Pano roof, etc. Traded it for the Highlander. I love the Optima as far as looks and all the goodies, but what they want for a SX-L is ridiculous. I will have them on my list when my 2009 Ford Fusion SEL V6 is ready to be traded in a couple of years, but the pricing will be a concern.
#881 of 882 Electrical Gremlins
Jun 09, 2013 (6:40 pm)
I've been experiencing several odd electrical issues and wondering if anyone else has experienced or diagnosed them. Mine is a 2011 EX-t with the Tech Package. I noticed the first issue during longer trips. When shifting my position in the seat I'd hear an odd clicking sound and the dash lights would Flash bright. I finally realized when this happened at night the Headlights were Flashing off and on which would explain the Dash Lights flashing Bright. Of course the condition can never be duplicated when trying to demonstrate to Service. I also I had one occurrence where the Drivers window would not work. Now I'm having a problem on occasion where the Cruise Control will not turn on. I notice when this happens that the Trip Computer feature is locked unable to toggle through the Modes. That problem has always corrected itself after several minutes, allowing the Cruise to be turned on as well.
One note: the Steering Wheel was replaced under warranty for Leather problems. I add that because I'm suspicious of a wire or connection issue in the Steering Column.
Unfortunately the Dealer has been unable to diagnose the problem and apparently there are no Technical Bulletins. At this point it's just a little inconvenient but I'm concerned it could develop into a major headache before too long.
#882 of 882 Re: Electrical Gremlins [dski]
Sep 16, 2013 (10:27 am)
Sorry you are having trouble on your Optima, and I know this post is old, but I looked into your electronic gremlins by looking up the TSB's on the EX-T model in particular and then for all makes and models.
I could also not find any other owner with any of those problems. 99% of owners report that the Optima is a trouble free car with the exception of some of the 2011's pulling to the left, which was caused by a strut design made by a subcontractor.
34,000 were recalled and the strut replaced along with the Electronic Power Steering Motor (EPS module)if necessary.
I own a 2012, and have had zero problems.