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#11 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [ghostrider1017]
Apr 23, 2011 (8:30 pm)
If those anecdotes are true, they are clearly not the norm.
Honda owners had to go the route of a class action law suit in order to have Honda address the issue of prematurely failing transmissions in a no. of Honda and Acura models.
Toyota settled a class action suit in regards to a transmission defect in the RAV-4, as well as having issues w/ the transmission on the RX.
Not to mention, the class action regarding engine sludge.
And oh, according to JD Power's CSI rankings which looks at customer satisfaction on repair/warranty work within the 1st 3 years of ownership, Kia is ABOVE average and rated higher than EVERY mainstream Japanese brand (all of whom, with the exception of Honda, are ranked BELOW average).
#12 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [j2j]
Apr 25, 2011 (9:08 am)
The build date was 10\10. I have been trying to copy and paste from the repair order to no avail so I will type it in:
"Auto Transmission TECH(s): 4987
Scanned for DTC's P0748 in history cleared and test drove. No recurrance of of concern. Followed flowchart component inspection for pressure control solenoid valce (LP-VFS) ATM solenoid valve connector pin 12 & 17 reading 18.5 ohms 64 degrees . Spec is 5.1 ohms 25 degrees C. Opened tech line case and updated. Advised to check (LP-VFS) cold temp. Measured resistance (LP-VFS) 16.4 ohms 25 degrees C. Updated tech line advised to contact DPSM for A\T replacement. Authorized new AT/ install.
Replaced A/T assembly and flushed A/T cooler lines. Reat A/T adaptive values. Performed dynamic and static relearn verified A/T fluid proper level and test drove. Verified normal operation at this time."
#13 of 31 Re: Wondering If This Is A Real Situation... [jcspohr]
Sep 04, 2011 (7:07 pm)
I can assure you this is a real problem. I had the exact same problem with the exact same fix (new transmission). My car did this 3 times before they changed transmission. It is scary when you have a car with less than 2,000 miles have such a failure especially when it is your first time buying this brand.
#14 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [ghostrider1017]
Sep 04, 2011 (7:09 pm)
I have had the same exact issue and same response from KIA that you have had. I have a new transmission. My transmission failed 3 times before I had 2,000 miles on it. I was devastated and am still not sold on their quality. I pray I am wrong since I have leased the vehicle.
#15 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [ghostrider1017]
Apr 09, 2012 (7:33 am)
I just had the EXACT same problem in my 2011 Kia Optima EX and they are saying that this issue has never occurred before. Do you still have your case number? I am starting to think this is an issue and Kia is some how trying to cover it up.
#16 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [krpeters]
Apr 09, 2012 (6:21 pm)
Sorry I didn't respond sooner. The email containing your reply was in my spam folder and I didn't see it.
I don't have any paperwork that I am aware of, but I will check with my wife who would keep such things. You might want to try kiaforums.com for information also. It seems I saw an official document concerning this very issue. I have a new transmission and haven't had a problem since they replaced it. Someone is either very misinformed at your dealer, or they are not being honest. Hope this helps. If I can find a case number, I will post it for you.
#17 of 31 2011 Optima transmission failure
Jun 13, 2012 (10:20 pm)
While driving at 45mph today, there was a loud bang and the car jolted as if we hit a large animal. No warning lights came on and I continued to drive about a mile until I stopped at a stop sign. When I started off, the car had very little power and as I got on the Interstate, I noticed the RPMs were about 4200 at 70mph. It was obvious that the transmission was probably stuck in 3d or 4th gear. I drove straight to the KIA dealership - Bad news, my 2011 Optima EX with 7800 miles needs a new transmission. My dealership is great - they gave me a loner car until mine is fixed. We love the Optima, however, I hope it does not start falling apart.
#18 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [ghostrider1017]
Jul 12, 2012 (5:12 am)
I bought my Kia Optima in May of 2011. I drive the OHIO turnpike everyday to and from work. Within the first month I experienced the same transmission issue as others. Driving 45-50 mph down a country route a huge noise shook the car (i.e. like an M80 or M120 went off) under the center of the car on the passenger side. I though I hit a herd of deer or ran over a family of racoons; but did no such thing. The car never lost power, however, car ran sluggish just like a stick shift stuck in 4th gear no matter how much peddle you gave to the metal ! Dash lights did not light up; NO sensor, code, or indicator lights eluminating; can't see ghosts! My dealership claims that no one has ever experienced this; No claims or tech reports in to Kia Motors. Really ! DOES ANYONE HAVE A Case Number?
The worst part is that this has happened in May 2011; July-Aug 2011; Oct. 2011; April 2012; July 2012. Each time it has been between 2-5 miles after getting in the car either on my way to work or twice on my way home leaving work. This past event has now caused an oil leak ... think the trany affected the motor now and I'm betting money on a blown gasket!
The dealership will get my car today July - 2012, and I am not looking forward to another "unsolved-mystery" event.
#19 of 31 Re: Wondering If This Is A Real Situation... [jcspohr]
Jul 12, 2012 (9:14 am)
Oh I can tell you that the situation is real and this person is not a Kia hater.
But, I'm sure getting to that point if you have been through what I've been through for 1 year and the dealership said, "if we can't duplicate the problem; then there is nothing we can do".
Not what you'd expect to hear after spending $24k for a Kia Optima - brand new!
#20 of 31 Re: 2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure [sheppie1]
Jul 12, 2012 (9:41 am)
I am sorry that I don't have a case number for you that I can find. My dealership is located in Jackson, MI. Their name is Kia of Jackson, part of Young Automotive Group. When I took my Optima in for same thing, they said it had an error code both times. They then got with area representative of Kia and replaced transmission. Your dealership needs to call them. I can't see how they don't have an error code from your car. My dealership did.