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#842 of 882 Re: 2012 Optima throttle problem [ijennings1]
May 15, 2012 (3:55 pm)
Have a 4 week old '12 Optima Hybrid. Has the same issues - worst in morning after sitting all night, but does it all the time until the engine is warmed up. Response to varying throttle pressure is random. Gets better with the ECO off at start. Dealer started with "all cold engines do this" but by end of day said Kia US was aware that other cars have reported same. No known cause or proposed diagnosis at this point - "operating as designed"!
Have no way to gauge if this affects gas mileage. Here's hoping a fix is eventually found before I need to sell (and explain to the next owner)
#843 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [ivan_99]
Aug 01, 2012 (2:28 pm)
If anyone can give me an idea how they like the optima after 6 months
#844 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [suzy14]
Aug 01, 2012 (4:29 pm)
Have the 2012 Hybrid and at 5 months, lovin' it. Car is not perfect but a lot of bang for the buck.
Saw the new 2013 SXL (not a hybrid) with all the toys now with some smokin' deals. With MRSP of $35K, it was offered for $29K. That's a lot of car for the money.
#845 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [carnaught]
Sep 09, 2012 (9:44 am)
In what part of the country did you see the deals for the sxl? thanks. rr70
#846 of 882 Re: 2012 Optima throttle problem [ijennings1]
Sep 09, 2012 (9:48 am)
What you describe is what was happening with 2003 Nissan Muranos. It turned out to be the drive by wire sensor under the gas pedal. An easy fix, but you would be surprised how many transmissions were first replaced before they figured out the problem. Later on, in high milage muranos, the same problem occurred, but it was related to something in the tranny, which is a CVT tranny. Try turning off the engine and restarting to see if the problem contiues or goes away. No check engine light?
Hope that helps. rr70
#847 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [roadrunner70]
Sep 09, 2012 (1:13 pm)
#848 of 882 Re: 2012 Optima throttle problem [roadrunner70]
Sep 09, 2012 (2:41 pm)
Thanks RR. That's makes sense. I wish the two dealers I took it to had looked at that. Anyway, I've now sold the Optima. It's a good car with tremendous balance of ride and handling, but I just could not put up with this throttle problem, now running a Camry Hybrid.
#849 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [suzy14]
Oct 18, 2012 (9:21 am)
I can tell you after a year in the EX I have had zero problems with the purchase price, the car, or the dealer service. I have 10,600 miles on it, and purchased it 12/28/11. Stickered at $24,500. Paid $20,500.
I have paid two visits to the dealer for oil changes and routine service. Tire rotation was $20...(well spent). Oil and filter changes are FREE FOR LIFE, as well as topping off fluids. I am a car guy and have NO idea where the windshield washer fluid is. The dealer just takes care of everything.
If you buy one do not fall for the "tire warranty" crap. Just get the BASIC service, or you will be paying $160 for all these "12,000 checks" and "chassis lube" the car does not need any of that, and if you buy an EX you will want better tires as your second set anyway. The Nexen's that come with it are fine though for real.
#850 of 882 Re: Optima or Altima [cski]
Oct 20, 2012 (6:27 am)
suzy.... I agree with your comments on the Nexen tires. I have the EX Turbo with Nexen's. Although I didn't like them, I will admit, mine wore very well. I replaced mine early only because I curbed one of them and ripped a side wall. They had 30,000 miles on them and still looked new. If you're waiting for the day they wear out to upgrade, be patient if you're caring from the properly.
FWIW, I went with Continentals. If anyone is wondering if it'd be worth replacing early.... I'd say it's a toss up. Given my experience now, I'd probably run the Nexen's until they wear out before upgrading.
#851 of 882 Smelly Kia's
Oct 24, 2012 (8:13 am)
We bought a 2012 ex turbo optima the end of April this year. Within the first week we notified the dealer there was a distinct damp and mold smell from the car vents when you use the heating/cooling system. Turns out various models since 2011 have had this problem and Kia released a patch fix with tsb 016 which basically sprays dissenfectant down the vent tubes. it kills it temporarily but always returns. The mold and spores grow as condensation is trapped in the vents particulary when the a/c is used. Kia now want another 2 months to "discuss this" I will never buy or reccomend a Kia to anyone