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#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
#852 of 882 Re: Smelly Kia's [sylus]
Oct 25, 2012 (7:35 pm)
I've had this issue with several different cars over the years, Honda's, Saab, Mitsu etc. Interestingly, I did have this happen shortly after I got my Optima last year. It started after a couple months but it didn't last long and never returned. I have no explanation why but I'm glad I didn't have to do anything for it.
#853 of 882 Re: Smelly Kia's [sylus]
Oct 26, 2012 (6:36 am)
I've also had this issue with multiple car makes, Toyota, Lexus, M.B. and BMW. The problem proved self-limiting for me.
Kia makes a great car for the $, but its service has room for improvement.
#854 of 882 Kia Service Department Experience...
Nov 08, 2012 (9:03 am)
Fairfax Kia has a nice little service department. Art-Deco red tall stools & tables. Free Keurig Coffee right where the cars come in and where the service writers sit. The semi-outside part. Then, there are outdoor chairs outside so folks can sit and enjoy the short wait for an oil change and smoke a stogie.
My 74 yr old mother and I both have Kia's. She has a Forte' EX and I the Optima EX. No problems AT ALL with the car's or the service. She has 21,500 on her 2010 and I have 11,260 on my 2012.
There is also a very nice separate waiting room with cable, A/C and matching red Art-Deco gigantic couch and coffee table. Plenty of magazines, water, etc. It also helps out that the oil change and rotation only took 30 mins.
#855 of 882 Re: Kia Service Department Experience... [cski]
Nov 08, 2012 (12:04 pm)
Congrats, yours is the first nice one I've heard of.
Mine (relatively new dealership) has a waiting room in the back hallway smelling of stale smoke, dirty with 1970's-type chairs and an old discarded CRT television on an old dresser-drawer piece of furniture, strictly low rent. Oh, and there's food available from an old worn-out looking vending machine which looks like a culture medium.
Can't judge the service as all I've had is an oil change,
Nice huh ?
#857 of 882 Re: Kia Service Department Experience... [kirstie_h]
Nov 09, 2012 (3:41 pm)
If you haven't already written one, I'm sure the dealership would appreciate your review of their service dept:
Actually, I'm sure they wouldn't .
#858 of 882 Re: Kia Service Department Experience... [carnaught]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Nov 12, 2012 (9:12 am)
#859 of 882 Re: Kia Service Department Experience... [kirstie_h]
Nov 20, 2012 (1:24 pm)
I just did. There were no service reviews at all. I copied and pasted my review verbatim.
I added (at the end of a glowing review) my only small gripe was about attempts at charging me for additional services that were unnecessary as part of a tire replacement warranty. All I do is tell them that I do not want to participate in that program and they are fine with it. The extra services would have been $160, with no parts or labor chargeable. I wasn't born yesterday.
#860 of 882 Re: Smelly Kia's [sylus]
Nov 20, 2012 (1:34 pm)
You need to go read the December 'Car and Driver' long term review of the same engine in a Sonata with the same problem.
The PCV valve needs to be replaced in CONJUNCTION with a new cabin air filter. The spray just covers the smell for a week or so....it doesn't fix the problem.
It's a simple fix, but I am also SO GLAD that I stuck with the 2.4. ALL the problems I am hearing about are with the turbo drivetrain.