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2011 KIA OPTIMA Transmission Failure



  • Aren't all of the transmissions the same?
  • clilmacclilmac Posts: 1
    I have a 2011 KIA Optima EX with 15K miles on it, bought in January 2011.
    The Transmission appears to have "blown up". Had all the clunking noise symptoms on the highway and just died. I am very disappointed and really don't want to keep the car at this point. I will know more later today after the Dealer assesses it.
  • Good Luck! We had 3600 miles on ours when it went. We called KIA several times and wanted them to replace the car because we lost confidence in it. Basically, they said "it's yours now, not ours". I f they had any customer service sense, they should have offered free oils changes, free scheduled service, at least something, but NO! We have had the car fail again and leave us stranded. This time it was the brake switch. Again, they know this switch has a design flaw, but they they won't do a recall, because "that looks bad".

    You also should know they have "spin doctors" on all of the public sites that "pose" has owners and refute\play down any problem that occurs. I was even accused of being a Honda salesman. Very sad they they stoop to such low tactics. My dealer won't even give me a ride home, because it's too far - about 13 miles. They should bend over backwards to take care of you when your new car craps out. I have owned many different brands of cars in my life and KIA is the only brand that has failed and left me stranded, while it was "new".
  • lakerfan24lakerfan24 Posts: 24
    edited August 2012
    I'm not sure, but I know with the SX"s turbo, it will put a lot more strain on the tranny... Oh damn, forgot that EX's come in turbo and non turbo too :confuse:
  • I have a 2012 SX Turbo with 18K miles on it. While driving on interstate, I heard a noise as if a rock had hit side window. Originally thought someone had shot a BB or something since it was on the side. Later noticed that my car was indecisive as to which gear it wanted to be in. This morning when I started the engine, I noticed the engine revved more than normal (garage kept). When I put in reverse it jumped as if I had it revved to 3000 rpms. It did not get any better even when it was warmed up. I drove in manual mode the rest of the morning. When I entered my work neighborhood, I put back into auto and it seemed like it was running fine.
  • Holy crap! I have the same year and model as you do :surprise: At least now if it happens to me, I'll know to use the manual shifting :) Did you take it in to the dealer? Please let us know what happens... GL!
  • Your transmission is TOAST. Demand a replacement. It will leave you high and dry at the worst time and place.
  • I took it by the dealer and they searched for any codes. All they came up with was the auto leveling lights had a code ???. They did a quick reset of my transmission and it seems to be fine. At least I am now in the service history. My local dealership (Ted Russell)is great to work with.
  • coluccicolucci Posts: 1
    good for u bro : i live in china and my kia sportage of just 7 months and 9000 miles just blow off the defected since the first day mt6 transmission. the car dealer need 2 weeks to fixed and they dont provvide a lowner . they say they will be quicker to fix but one week has past and they still find escuses to deley the repair . if by monday i dont have or my fixed car or a substitute car i will start to upload video of the problem that i had since brand new. i will post more of these garbage advertising about the new mu kia 6mt transmission and i will post the real video of how the kia transmissions work ( cold weather impossible to select any gears) if i would still have the same problems after the repair i will sue kia and demand my whole money back since i have being cheated. these is the worst thing can happen to a new car and kia dont have clue on how to handle it. hopefully i got some good news by tomorrow becouse otherwise kia will be in more trouble that they can handle.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,038
    I know this thread is old, and may be just a thread troll. With that said, here is what I think of Kia.

    20 years ago I would have never considered buying a Hyundai/Kia. I actually called the early Sonata's So-Not-A- car.

    Now, I proudly own a 2012 Kia Optima EX. After 15 months and 16,000 miles, it still feels tight as a drum, and nothing has broken. Nothing. The car drives very smoothly, better than the 2012 Accord, better than the '12 Camry, and blew away the '12 Altima*; and looks terrific doing it. I have people come up to me all the time in parking lots and especially the gas station, with one enthusiastic female actually getting in and wanting to know what all the buttons did.

    In closing, I can't imagine getting a better car with all of the feature's mine has for $24,260. (window sticker price). After negotiating, I was able to purchase it for $21,880.

    Find me another car with leather seats, dark Zebrano wood trim, 17" alloys, fog lights, dual exhaust, dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, shift knob, armrest, door inserts, keyless entry WITH start button, bluetooth, USB, 2 power ports, and on an on.

    Then add the 100k warranty, which is bumper to bumper for 5 years and 60k. I paid another $950 to extend the full coverage, bumper to bumper, for 100,000 miles! This means that I will still have 4 years and 40,000 miles of full warranty AFTER IT"S PAID FOR!!!

    So, please, let me know if there is a better mid-size sedan deal!!!

    *** At the time of purchase, the new 13's were not out yet. I am comparing the 12 Optima to the 2012 model Camry, Altima, Mazda 6, and Accord.
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