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Kia Optima 2006 and earlier



  • you should jump at the offer. the optima does down shift to low gear,but you only notice it when you are cruising slowly. i paid 20900 with1.9 financing loaded all options.your deal has to be cash price- because there are no incentives at this time, or with DEALER financing which is anywhere from 9- 15percent (very expensive in long run) good luck
  • hung0820hung0820 Posts: 426
    If you like the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 2.7 then the 2002 Kia Optima should have the 2.7 too; which will work similar to the Sonata....
  • rhard49rhard49 Posts: 226
    Actually from 7/4 through 9/4 there was a program in the new york area
    giving them rebates on units sold during the period 1-4 500 5-9 1000
    10-14 1500 16 plus 2000 plus 1000 from factory.
  • that may be true , but i just dont see anyone in the nyc area getting the maximum cash back becausethe dealers ive seen have none in stock or maybe 1 if your lucky.also if you order 1 you will have to wait a very long time 2-3 months, not weeks like dealers always is a dealer supposed to sell alot of optimas when people go there and there is absolutely no selection,and without test drives,also if you notice the commercials for optima are not on anymore(plenty of sonata though) rows and rows of sonata available huge savings and overstocked.i think hyundai controls all this and is not pushing optima at all, they want to get rid of sonatas first, and will wait for new 2.7 to promote optimas again.
  • rhard49rhard49 Posts: 226
    There's plenty of them on long Island KIa hempstead has probably 15 Sun in Wantagh has 15 there are over 50 on the local locator list from basic to fully loaded
  • Okies.. so I heard that the next Tiburon will have a 2.7l 214 horsepower V6.. why doesn't the next Hyundai Sonata and Optima have the same horsepower ratings, even though they have the same displacement?

    And if the XG 300 gets a 3.5l next year, can't they give the Sonata, Optima, and the Santa Fe the 3.0l 192 horsepower V6?

    The 2.7l 181 horsepower is enough power for the Sonata and Optima, but the Santa Fe definitely needs a bigger engine, because the Santa Fe is very heavy..
  • Will Tuscani have 2.7 214 horses?

    Well that's pretty interesting, because I heard that Tuscani's new engine will churn 170~180 horses with 6 speed ZF tranny.
  • Ahn-young-ha-sea-yo!!!

    Actually, I've heard from an organization that is directly involved with Hyundai USA that the Tiburon/Tuscani will indeed have a 2.7l 214 horsepower rating. The 2.7l is supposed to be supercharged.

    Bluewind, can you recall the Hyundai-roadster that was introduced in the, urm, 1999 Detriot Autoshow? Well, that roadster, according to EdmundsCOM, has 214 horsepower.. and I possibly heard that the Tiburon will have the same horsepower.

    If I am mistaken about the Tiburon, I will be very disapointed.
  • How are you doing? :)

    Today in Korea, there was a launching event of Tuscani. According to catalog, it puts out 175 horses. The 2.7 engine doesn't have supercharger.

    However, it may be possible that U.S version Tuscani will get a supercharged engine, because Hyundai always put upsize engines on U.S version Sonatas and Elantras.


    Tuscani website

  • Ha, let me say this:

    I admire you.. I have been looking at these message boards a long time, and I really like how you can speak both Korean and English affectively.

    Thank you for giving us tips and etc. to these message boards about Korean cars!
  • A perfect example of his value to these boards is the Kia Sephia site on Edmunds. Bluewinds just cleared up months of confusion by posting links from Korea about Kia Spectra sedan=Kia Sephia II and Kia SpectraWing=Kia Shuma II. These will be 2002 Spectra models in the U.S. and Kia's Sephia goes away for 2002. Go to his last post with the links if you want more info.on this. My point is that Bluewinds cleared it up for us! We were basically just stating our opinions and spinning our wheels.'re invaluable to Edmunds and I want to thank you so much!!!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • More thank yous to bluewind!
  • fangio2fangio2 Posts: 214
    (oops sorry pat)I mean shrewd semantitician(?) as well.Without bluewind's on the spot feedback, us Korean car lovers would be at the mercy of the several homegrown automotive automatrons,who invade our topics and bash our cars.
  • I'm sure that you people here have much more knowledge and passion about car than I have. Whenever I visit these boards, I get a lot of useful information from your postings about car purchasing and maintenance in the States.

    It is great that we can share what we know and what we think through the World by internet.


  • This is an Optima forum, right?!!

    Okies, well, let's talk about the Optima! Optima!
  • future purchases! I'll probably trade next for the Kia Spectra sedan, which bluewinds so kindly pointed out and cleared up once and for all to us is the Sephia II on the Global Korean website. Sorry if you've read that too many times now I'm just still so glad I know the truth and I'm typing it a few extra times for good measure. Bluewinds, you're right, that's how this Internet can be useful. Car enthusiasts can get together from all over the world and share information. I don't know about you guys, but isn't it easy to tell when someone's spreading lies about Kia cars? They're really great cars(no I didn't say good)and I can spot jealous minds from 5,000 miles away. Anyway, Optimize me! That Optima looks great in black, I must say!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • A great big thank you for your confirming information on so many Kia products.
  • This is an Optima TV commercial.(Korean version)

    If you are accessing to fast internet service, you may watch commercial. (3.2 Megabyte...)

    The man who drive an Optima on the commercial is Mr. Lee - CEO of Daum Communication which owns World's 4th largest portal site.

  • this is dreamwind, but i am using my new name, aniryu.. anyways.

    damn, i wish i had dsl. cant see the commercial!!

    oh well.. and thank you, bluewind and fellow koreans, for the obvious support you have given us americans because of the tragedy on tuesday.

    on the news, they showed korean kids praying and crying for americans, which is very touchy. *sobs*..
  • Just passin by. Right click and "save Target As." You may not have a cable or something (what I used), but with 33.6 you could atleast dwnld it and play it back:)
    (98 GS300)
    I think the KIA is a very nice car for the money. I thought it looked at first like a Cadilac Catera (Opel)
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