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2007 Kia Amanti

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  • I am searching for another car and checked out both the Amanti and the Optima. Both use different steering wheel configurations but both get close to fitting my 6'8" frame. Nothing from Honda, Toyota, or Nissan will. I continue to drive my incredibly roomy Olds Intrigue until I find something...or until it dies.

    Anyway, the Amanti definitely seems like a very nice car, but it sure has that "GrandpaMobile" look to it like no other save for Buick. I know the '07 has the hot Azera engine in there and I plan to take it for a test drive very soon.

    One note: I'm a big music fan and it's interesting to note that while the audio IS Infiniti (which means it runs circles around the mediocre BOSE systems), unlike for the Optima it will NOT play mp3-formatted discs. It is also only about 2/3 the power of the Optima version (225 vs 365w). It does look quite a bit better though--more integrated with panel. I wonder why they "skimped" on the Amanti head unit? I can guess--the 50-75 yr olds targeted have no idea what an mp3 is--and Kia probably figures 6 regular CDs is enough for them :)

    Any comments on the Amanti sound quality from the owners?
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Well, you got me there on the mp3 (I'm 59) lol BUT I will say this, even at the young age of 59 I enjoy blowing the others in the dust. It is fast and love the sound ! :shades:
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Does anybody know what Kia is doing with the lack of 2007 Amantis? I love mine but I never see any in town. I've driven by all six dealerships in town and they have none to sell. My dealer got 3 in Feb. and I bought the first one. They sold the other 2 within a week, but have no more to sell.
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    I know the situation in Canada is a little different for small volume cars like the Amanti but I have yet to see another 2007 model on the road here in the Vancouver, BC area. I know there are some because the dealer keeps telling me that he's sold quite a few but their owners aren't going where I go, I guess. There are three dealers in the immediate area and all have at least one Amanti on display. But there is no advertisement for the car and that's a real shame. I still enjoy the power, the silence, and the luxury of this car and can't think of anything comparable at the price. Now if only they hadn't taken out the cargo tie-down hooks that my 05 Amanti had in the trunk.

    Magmax
  • gary12gary12 Posts: 6
    Went down to Phoenix this weekend. Stopped by one dealer and they had 4 on their lot. There are at least two other dealers in the Phoenix area, but I did not get a chance to check them out. The prices for the ones I looked at ranged from the high 27's to a little over 31. The had a couple of new 06 for around 20,000.

    Gary
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    A buddy of mine went to my dealer to test drive one. They have 5. He walked w/o purchasing, hoping they will call him back and take his offer. Guess that's a smart move. I traded in my 2004 Amanti withint half hour.
  • flc2006flc2006 Posts: 81
    This car cost over $25,000 and it does not include Electronic Stability Control, why should i have to buy the leather package to get that life saving device, it should come standard it is still a great value for the money.
  • cartman2cartman2 Posts: 2
    Hate to say it, but what cought my eye on my 06 was the grill. I really don't care for the new style, but the other improvements are great.

    Bob
  • shadow99688shadow99688 Posts: 209
    At the dealer here the assistant manager bought the only 07 Amanti that they got.
  • shadow99688shadow99688 Posts: 209
    ESC can be good or bad depending on your driving skill.

    The bad side of ESC is I have seen many young drivers going too fast on corners relying on it to keep them out of trouble.
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    When I decided to trade in my 05 Amanti on an 07 model in January I had been looking at the Korean website for information and pictures on the upcoming model. What struck me especially was the elegant grille on the Amanti in Opirus form as sold everywhere except North America. I mentioned this to my dealer's sales manager at the time I bought my car and he said that he could arrange to have a Korean grille sent over through a friend. Well, it arrived last week and I had it installed and the car looks great! It's a grille with a set of fine slightly curved vertical chrome slats that really sets off the interesting headlight treatment of the Amanti. Mine is probably the only one like it in Canada and possibly North America but I wouldn't be surprised to see dealers offering this as an accessory. The grille just bolts into place and fits perfectly. I'll take some pictures of the car in the next couple of days and will post a front shot so you can see for yourselves.

    MagMax
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I definitely am interested in seeing it, as I preferred the grill of my '04 Amanti compared to my '07 but wanted to upgrade due to the faster engine, better fuel economy, and the interior, which is awesome. Can't wait to see the pics.
    Bill H.
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    It's been a while since I've posted -- family crisis -- but I wanted to share that the 2008 Amanti is due to arrive at my dealer's later this week. I understand that the only difference from the 07 model that I have is the return of standard rear seat heaters. Mind you, this is for the Canadian market. Apparently we still won't see the power operated pedals, rain sensing wipers, or even the in dash 6-CD changer. It's the only vehicle in its class that doesn't have a 6-CD changer and neither the dealer nor I can understand why some jerk executive in Kia Canada would have made such a stupid decision. I'll be writing them to ask. I think it's rather strange that the 07 models didn't show up here until the last day of 2006 while now we have the 08s at the end of June. I wonder if they'll replace this body style with something based on the Azera and it's due for mid 2008 as a 2009 model.

    MagMax
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I've been waiting to hear from you about the grill, as I would like to change mine, but I understand. I'm so sorry about your family crisis.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    A friend of mine contacted all 6 Kia dealers in our area and only found one, which did not have the features he was looking for, so they are ordering him one. What's the deal? I wonder why they are holding back? Supply and demand thing or are we just testing the '07 for the '08's?? I'm still delighted with mine (except for that white Hummer that gave me my first ding at the gym) :mad:
  • Look here for the Opirus grill for '07 Amanti's.

    http://www.koreanautoimports.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=440

    Amanti 2007 Luxury Chrome Grill
    [KNOPLG1] $295.00

    "Introducing the all new Amanti/Opirus Luxury Vertical OEM Mobis Grill. This upgrade is only available by Mobis in Korea and other European countries. Give your North American Amanti the Stunning style and amazing quality of this Opirus Luxury Chrome Grill. An absolute must have for every 2007 Amanti. Includes the embedded Opirus center badge. Matching Badges and rear emblems also available to complete the Opirus conversion. This Luxury grill is a direct fit to all region Amanti's using factory mounts, no modification needed."

    If I end up buying the Amanti, I will order one of these! I'd like to totally re-badge the car to Opirus. We need for these guys to make available a replacement steering wheel center cover with the Opirus badge, as well as the chrome license plate surround with Opirus replacing the KIA badge. Think of all the people asking "What kind of car is THAT? What's an Opirus?"
  • To follow up on my comments about obtaining the Opirus grille for the 2007 Amanti, I have, on July 3rd, purchased a pewter beige Amanti with leather package (tan interior), ESC/safety package, 17 in. wheels and sunroof. When I started out shopping for a replacement vehicel for my wrecked 2001 XG300, I had not expected to seriously consider the Amanti due to the styling issues I had with the pre-2007 car as well as the reviewers dissing its "floaty" ride and underwhelming engine power. Test driving an Amanti after seeing an article online about the redesign for 2007 was a relevation. I seriously shopped the Amanti vs. the Azera and a couple of other nice sedans, and the Amanti won. I told my wife about the pewter beige Amanti, and when she saw it and rode in it, she was convinced that I had made the right choice. How often does that happen? I paid $26,700.00 after incentives. This car is an amazing value at that price. I am continually being amazed by the quality and features. The power and smoothness of the ride are truly a delight. I'd say this car, for 2007, is the biggest hidden secret on the U.S. market, since Kia is not doing any advertising that I can see. They took a pretty good sedan and turned it into a real quality luxury cruiser. I'd love to see this car in a "sporting" trim with handling improvements and some performance tweaks. It's really that good! But, of course, I'm preaching to the choir in this forum.

    To get to my point, I want to totally re-badge this car to the Korean-market Opirus trim. The one objection my wife had to the car was the KIA logos on the car. Kia, regrettably, has had a reputation in the U.S. for selling cheap cars. Strange that, in Korea, the Amanti is sold as the Opirus, with no Kia nomenclature on the car at all, but here Kia wants to badge it the same as it less expensive cars. Remember that Toyota felt that its image in the U.S. required that they give a totally independent name and dealership system for their top-of-the-line sedans, and came up with the Lexus badge. Well, I want my new car to have that kind of separate identity from the Kia brand.

    Luckily, the folks at KoreanAutoImports.com can supply all of the exterior trim and badges to make the transformation, including the deluxe Opirus grille, and tell me that they sell a whole re-badging kit to folks like me who want a new, mysterious identity for their Amanti's. They don't, at this time, have the all the pieces necessary to completely rebadge the interior, but I'm hoping to find a solution to the steering wheel cover badge and the door sill plates. I'll be photographing the changes and will report on my progress. :)
  • Here's a photo of the new grille:

    http://www.carspace.com/mikewellsesq/Albums/mikewellsesq's Album/Amanti_Opirus.JPG/page/photo.html#pic

    Look in my CarSpace photo album under MikeWellsEsq for more photos as the project progresses.
  • gary12gary12 Posts: 6
    Looks Good. Did you do the work yourself?

    Gary
  • Yes, although I would advise having the grille replaced by a professional if you don't have the right tools. What you really need, and what I did not have, is a good offset Philips head screwdriver or a racheting screwdriver, because several of the screws that hold in the grille are in places with very little clearance, and getting enough leverage is difficult.

    The steering wheel emblem required a little extra 3M double-side sticky tape to adhere properly. I'm now waiting for the rest of the items to arrive from Korea. I may have a professional mechanic replace the license plate surround. The wheels will have to be taken off the vehicle to pop out the center caps, as far as I an tell. From what I am told, using a hot air gun or hairdryer on the "Amanti" lettering will soften the double-sided adhesive holding them on enough to lift off the letters. I'll then stick on the "GH380" chrome letters on the right-hand side of the trunk lid.

    The Opirus has really cool looking sill plates with blue illumination, but I don't know of anyone who has them available yet.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Mike, I was just about ready to purchase my new grill from Korean Auto Imports for $269, but have to wait until I get outside of my home painted. Is that a good price? BTW, I am a retired court reporter.
  • Is it a good price? I don't know of anyone else importing the grille, and let me give props to Korean AutoImports for this: I finalized my order for the grille on a Saturday, and I received the grille by USPS at about 6:00 p.m. EDT Monday. The other parts have to come from Korea, and will take longer (I think they get deliveries from Korea in about 14 days). What makes the grille worth the price is how much it improves the looks of the car, I still can't get over how good the front end looks now. The American grille is just so plain and down-market; I really don't understand why Kia won't import it with the Opirus grille. If they want to have a "sport" version of this car, with stiffer springs and shocks, etc., then put on a stainless steel mesh grille and some discreet body fairing.

    Bottom line: I think it is a great value in that your car suddenly looks like it cost $10,000.00 more than you paid for it!
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Look on e-bay for your 2007 OPIRUS gill. I bought one from no.1 korean parts i paid $189.00 + postage got it in about 6 days. Anyone know how many Amantis` were sent to the U.S.A.? :)
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Where did you get the GH380 letters +. :confuse:
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Not very many. Last time I checked units sold it was like 248 or something. I live in Orlando and so far only seen one other, and it had a Texas tag. I heard that Hyundia is making them hold up on advertising and sales, choosing to put the Azera out there. I am definitely going to get the Opirus grill. I do not like the grill that's on it.
  • I got the GH380 lettering from Korean Auto Imports. They don't list them in the catalog, but they will order the Opirus badging as a kit for you on request, or as individual pieces. I have competed the exterior re-badging project, and I have photos up at my CarSpace page. The car looks fantastic! I whole-heartedly recommend the Opirus grille and badging to make your Amanti look more distinctive and mysterious. Korean Auto Imports are very reliable and they go the extra mile for you.
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  • redptc: Here's a grill pic for you.
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  • More bandwidth wastage! Here's a shot of the Opirus center wheel cap installed:
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  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    NO PIX GOT TO ME. DON`T KNOW WHAT`S WRONG. :sick:
  • Try reloading the page, the pictures are working for me now.

    I'll try again:
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    Or, try this link:

    http://www.carspace.com/mikewellsesq/Albums/mikewellsesq%27s%20Album/Opirus_Fron- t.jpg/page/photo.html#pic
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