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Kia Optima 2006 and earlier



  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    I found it. Apr. 10 issue. Thanks everybody for the help.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    I just wanted to comment on how well-behaved this particular Kia Optima forum is. Really, go back 20 posts and you'll see what I mean. People who've bought Optima are generally pleased with them. Very pleased. That's what I want to see, I'm considering one after my Sephia. If you put the Optima up against Honda and another car in a forum you get more chaos. Humm? Anybody else enjoy the new Kia commercial as much as I did? A bunch of dressed up people standing next to an Optima at some big event. One of the guys looks at another and says "Isn't that your car, Dave(or whatever his name is)?" The guy pauses just a slight second then slowly gets a smile and says "Yes, that is my car" in a proud way reminiscent of the Optima owners in this forum. Supposed to give you the impression that it's a much more expensive car. I like the way they styled it regardless of it's perceived value. Agree, eh?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • kia99kia99 Posts: 1
    I currently own a '99 Kia Sephia that I purchased new and have been very satisfied with it's performance and longevity. I am a high mileage driver and look for the best value plus economy. I am now thinking of moving up to the Optima, but would appreciate some honest feedback from current owners. 0-60 mph stats are not of importance to me ... reliability and economy is.
  • duly89duly89 Posts: 1
    Hi! I'm considering the Optima SE-V6. I'm open to all suggestions/comments/feedback from current owners! Please e-mail me at
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    This is really weird. I posted a response to you last night. Serpentki posted one as well. Come back tonight and neither post is here. Mondo Bizarro.

    Let's try this again. You ask for news on reliability and economy from current owners but the Optima has only been sold here for a short time. Both Serpentki and I suggested you try the Sonata Topic for info on the reliability question in so far as the Optima is built on the Sonata platform using shared drivetrain components. Perhaps this prompted a 'not on topic' deletion from the host meisters. Who knows? I didn't get anything in the e-mail.

    My '00 GLS V-6 with auto gets 25 mpg in mixed suburban. Pure highway yields 30 mpg or more depending upon load. The car has nearly 16K since last July purchase. My wife is the primary user and she has never felt more safe and confident behind the wheel.

    Good Luck.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    I bought my '99 Sephia new and also am happy with it's lasting power and performance. I seem to be in your boat kia99. I would agree with astrol and value his review on the Optima as far as it sharing platforms with the Sonata and sharing drivetrain components. The input on the Sonata has been fairly impressive as far as I know. Hyundai and Kia are making big strides. I'm probably going to keep my Sephia a while longer and run up it's miles. I have 60,000 now and just had it's timing belt changed. Don't forget the timing belt replacement at 60,000 miles by the way! Hope my input helps kia99 in your Optima quest!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    Hello Kia Posters: Am just wondering what happened to all the Kia bashers that used to show up on these forums. The quality must have improved considerably. Drove an Optima 4Cyl with Automatic and it was very similar to an Accord only it felt heavier and more substantial in every respect. Am waiting for the new Sephia II which as been moderately restyled. Supposedly due in May-June sometime according to my friend who is a local Kia/Daewoo dealer.
  • hal9001hal9001 Posts: 28
    My rental car for two weeks in Portland OR. was a Kia Optima. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it drove and handled. My main car at home is a Nissan Altima and the Optima compared favorably. I went on two 150+ mile driving trips and the only complaint I had is a rather coarse sounding engine. I kept some accurate numbers and got around 27-28 mpg in mixed city and highway driving.
  • giowagiowa Posts: 599
    Was your Optima rental an I-4 or V-6? Manual or automatic? I'm assuming it is an I-4 automatic, but might be V-6 auto.

    The last 3 tanks in my '00 Sonata GLS V-6 w/5-speed manual averaged 28.80 mpg over 900 miles. Mostly rural 2-lane county or interstate roads. I live in a smallish rural city, with only 3 stoplights!
  • t_dugant_dugan Posts: 1
    I bought my KIA Optima in February and have received many compliments. I have the 4cyl. SE model which includes all of the following - Alloy wheels, Michelin tires, leather seats, sunroof, chrome package. While I am pleased with the ride, comfort and gas mileage then it's really the little things that people fail to mention
    - automatic headlight shutoff when you turn off the car (should you forget)
    - chrome kick plates in the thresholds of all 4 doors
    - overhead handgrips for all 4 passengers
    - rear armrest w/storage, cupholders
    - lumbar support for the driver seat (in addition to 8-way power adjustment)
    - interior trunk release (for those times you are kidnapped)
    - First Aid Kit

    Too many pros to mention so I will give you the "cons"
    - It's new so there is no "reference" for value or measure of appreciation as it gets older. In purchasing this car you are a pioneer.
    - My model was recalled for a timing belt cover (the existing cover was not narrow enough to hold the timing belt on adaquately). My wife was in and out of the Service Dept. in half an hour.
    - Intermittent squeaky front breaks (most notably the right one)I have 2,800 miles and this just started.
    - "Thumping" noise when the car is lowered or driven onto an elevated pavement while turning (best I can explain it)Sometimes I get the noise while just turning.
    - Transference of the Warranty clearly states that the second owner is not entitled to the same coverage as the first. Be sure to read the warranty - a copy of this is available on the web at

    I have a free 3,000 mile oil change - they will certainly check out my maladies at that time.

    I envisioned a Honda or Toyota or Nissan when I started shopping - I checked KIA because of their Used Car lot and wound up with the Optima. I am not sorry.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    I'm just curious what the service dept.might have found with your small list of maladies on your Optima.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • fangio2fangio2 Posts: 214
    I have a 2000 Leganza CDX(wifes car)and was planning on getting a 2002 Leganza for myself.I wanted to see if DAEWOO would offer a 6cyl.Two things have made me consider a 2001 OPTIMA instead.First its unclear whether 2002 Leganza will be offered in the US.Secondly,I am quite satisfied with the performance of the 2.2 liter 4 cyl in my wifes Leganza.
    I have seen ads for a 2001 OPTIMA with cd,air,auto,sunroof etc for under $16,000.I assume this is the 4cyl model without leather seats.My question is this-does the 4cyl (Hyundai engine?)perform decent with the auto trans?I am very pleased with the quality of the Leganza ,do you feel the Optima overall quality is as good ie-fit,finish etc?
  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    Have a friend who is a Kia/Daewoo/Isuzu dealer so have driven the 4cyl automatic. Feels like a more substantial 4cyl Accord. Acceleration is adequate, ride and silence is notable. Fit and finish are very good as are thoughtful little extras. Daewoo Leganza (aka 2002 Magnus) will feature a 6cyl inline engine. However, Daewoo's future is still quite uncertain at this writing. Rumors persist that GM/Fiat will purchase. Nothing official has been published to confirm that fact. All Daewoo's feature GM/Australia Holden engine/transmission combo at present. This seems logical to continue if GM/Fiat purchase the company. Concluding..the Optima has been selling very well, however in some areas availability is spotty. My friend can't get V6 models as fast as he could sell them. He had 9 at the beginning of April, now has 2. He is not ordering many Daewoo's since he has been selling only 3 per month for quite a long time. This is sad. The Daewoo product, in my opinion is quite good and was on my short list until the unfortunate bankruptcy became a serious consideration as I'm sure it has definitely become a caution flag for potential buyers.
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    April sales of the Optima are 1795. ytd 6833/90 days inventory
    April sales of the Leganza 2366. ytd 8564/100 days inventory
    According to
    Mitsu Galant 8506 32,725/48 days inventory
    Chevy Malibu (yuck) 15581 53,490/57 days inventory
    Kia Rio (I like em) 4728 16,962/90 days" "
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    See video, photos and highlights of the Optima SE-L concept car.

    Here is a quote from the short write-up: "This is a good looking, feature-laden, relatively inexpensive, competent sports sedan that is a viable and attractive alternative to similarly equipped and priced sedans (for example, the Mercury Sable, Buick Regal, Chrysler Concorde). It should be built."

    Follow the link in the Additional Resources box on the left sidebar of this page and let us know what you think.

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    Just got back from the photos, video and highlights from the Optima SE-L concept car presentation at Chicago's Auto Show. Sounds like Kia has the right idea to satisfy those who are after a sportier, gutsier motor and performance from their Optima. The sportiness of this Optima SE-L shines nicely in new Salsa red. Wood steering wheel? Too many options to list and detail. I'm kind of partial to the Pearl White Optima in a normal model with standard options. They really pack a lot into the entry model for $15,299 but it's not going to hold more serious power enthusiasts. Thanks for the link and continued good hosting! Mucho appreciated as I slowly prepare to purchase my next vehicle.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    How much do you plan to try to sell the Optima for? If I were you, I would keep the Optima and sell the van. At least it's still under warranty, and the van probably isn't.
  • fangio2fangio2 Posts: 214
    something to do with the side airbags,I think.Have the dealers taken care of this?
  • serpentkiserpentki Posts: 20
    I own an Optima but have not yet been informed of a recall. I'll let you know when I hear, and how long it takes for remedy. -SK
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