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2007 Kia Amanti

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  • Well, that is weird. The pictures do show up in Safari on my Mac, but not in Internet Explorer on a PC. I'm going to have to check some help files about posting photos on this board.

    The link above will let you see my gallery on CarSpace, my re-badging photos are there.
  • I think I fixed it; the problem seems to be that the images that I had uploaded were too :blush: large, and so were not able to be loaded consistently to the web browser. I have replaced them with smaller filed and they seem to be working better now.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Got the pix this A.M.looks very good. What does GH 380 stand for? Wish i had the 17" wheels on mine. :)
  • "GH" is Kia's model designation for the Opirus/Amanti series (Optima is MG, Sorento is BL, etc.). "380" refers to the engine size of 3.8 liters.
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    I am trying out the advice from the help file on the forum, hitting the "IMG" button, pasting in the address of the hosted photo, and then hitting the "IMG" button again. My other photos are sometimes showing up, sometimes not. Hope this works.

    BTW, this photo shows the Korean-market Kia logo covering the original "KIA" in an oval badge on the steering wheel cover.
  • Just thinking today about how much I appreciate my 2007 Amanti. It really is the best car I have ever owned, and I am enjoying driving it. I feel badly that I see so few Amanti's on the streets where I live. I have seen a few 1st Generation Amanti's, but I have yet to see another 2007 model on the road. It does seem that Kia is strangely reticent about publicizing, advertising, or even providing cars to dealers. With the recent recent great free publicity from the IIHS side-impact tests ranking the Amanti among the safest "luxury cars" you would think Kia would take advantage of the situation to try for a bigger splash with the 2008 Amanti's. I honestly did not know about the changes to the 2007 Amanti until I started researching to replace my wrecked Hyundai XG300 in late June. Had there been any advertising at all, I think I would have noticed. I guess I have become a bit of a Kia booster now, as I am so impressed with the quality and value of my Amanti/Opirus, and by the other Kia's I looked at while shopping (the Optima with appearance package and black leather interior looked amazing; if I were a younger guy, I would have bought that car in a heartbeat). It bugs me when ignorant people in discussion groups dismiss all Kia's as "POS Korean crap", etc. I hope that more people keep test driving Kia's and enjoying finding a well-built vehicle with great value. I am not prejudiced against domestic American cars, but I just did not see any that appealed to me. The Amanti pushed all the right buttons for me, and I like the fact that has rather unique looks. I get compliments regularly from people who see the car.

    What attributes of the Amanti most appeal to folks in this forum? What do you like best about the car? Are you happy with your purchase? If you are proud of your "Korean Bentley", post a photo!
    :D
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Mike, your pictures look so good. I'm jealous. Now I must do that. Did you have your dealer put everything on for you? What was the total price? I have the wind reflecters on all windows with the Kia name. I was really impressed that the Amanti crash test outperformed the BMW. Like you, I too love my car. This is my second one.
    Bill H.
  • Thanks! Re: installation; I installed the new grille myself, as well as the Korean-market Kia logo on the airbag cover, and I removed the "Amanti" lettering from the trunk lid and applied the "GH380" lettering.. The center caps for the wheel (the wheels had to be taken off the car for this step) and the trunk garnish I had installed by a local Kia dealer. They charged me $135 for this. When I drove up to the dealership, the sales manager saw the Opirus grille and followed me to the service bay "Did you import that car from Korea?" he asked. I explained the re-badging project, and he was quite excited by the idea and loved the new grille. He asked about where I got the parts from and I left him a card from Korean Auto Import. My wife and I were at the same dealer yesterday, and several salesmen kept checking out my car and asking me where I got it from. Everyone agrees that the car looks better than the standard Amanti, especially the grille. We were at the dealer looking at some used cars for my wife and/or 16 year-old son to consider. My wife was looking at some 2006 Amanti's they had there pre-owned. She decided that she really needs something more wagon-like, but I'm thinking that a fairly low mileage Amanti for my son would be about the safest car I could put him in for the money (around $18,000). Of course, if I bought him one, then we would have to "Opirus-ize" it, too!
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I went to my dealer to get my first oil change in my '07. There were 4 new Amantis on the lot. I asked him if they were selling. He said yes, even with no advertising, but that most come to Kia for smaller, more fuel efficiency vehicles, which is why Kia is not pushing the Amanti. Has anyone heard about the '08s, if any changes. I am paying over my reg. car payment, in hopes of keeping this for a long time, but then again, I might be pursuaded to trade, but with under 6k miles I might just stay put. I've still not changed my grille but it's on my list of things to do.
    Bill
  • Bill:

    I checked on Kia's website and the only change for 2008 that I can see is that the Cobalt Blue color was dropped and Dark Red Wine was offered in its place. I was hoping that they would correct the one issue I have with the car, and that is the lack of any kind of aux audio input, or the ability to play MP3 CD's.

    I'm surprised that you would be considering trading in your car so soon, but then, my habit is to keep a car that I like for as long as I can drive it. There are rumors of a significant design change for 2009, but I would assume that their new German designer would want to have creative control over the re-design. I'll be curious to see what he does with the Amanti/Opirus.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    No, I'm not going to trade (yet). I have the Cobalt Blue, so mine will be unique later on. My only unhappiness is what I see as a sluggish transmission now that the engine has more power. It seems to slow me down somewhat.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Anyone come up with ideas to improve the air intake on a 2007 Amanti? Seems like these engines starve for air. Always looking for ideas. My local kia dealer has 3 2008 Amanti`s all about the same price as a 2007. :confuse:
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I'm not sure what you mean by air intake. Not overheating, is it? Mine does seem to hesitate when I put the pedal to the metal but I was told it was caused by the transmission.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    I should have said a cold air intake, hooking up to the thottle body. The regular intake is above the radiator bolted to the radiater brace.The intake looks very small. Seems to me it should be bigger.But who knows. Try using the manual shift lever when you floor it.It goes like a bat out of h---. :blush:
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I've had a situation where the electronic stability light keeps coming on and when I push the button to turn it off (thinking it got hit) nothing happens. I took it in and they said they will order a replacement part (not sure what he was talking about) but the little Korean tech said he's not seen that in other vehicles. I'm bringing back tomorrow to install (wasn't in stock). That's the only thing I've experienced. Lovin' it.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    I have a 2007 AMANTI, i want to put in better head light bulbs can`t see how to do it with out tearing the front end off the car.Anyone know of a better way to change the low beam bulbs? If anyone is interested the U.S. sales of new AMANTIS in NOV. 2007 was 138.Between JAN.2007 &NOV. 2007 5,396 cars. :shades:
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    No, sorry but I would not know what to do about changing the bulbs. But I was shocked that they sold 5400, as I have NEVER, EVER seen one newspaper ad, one TV or radio commercial, not even a billboard or draped canvas sign at a deal talking about the Amanti. I guess it's word of mouth. It has gotten good reviews also. :P
  • Are you talking about replacing the bulbs with something like the Silverstar bulbs? Or are you considering replacing the bulbs with a high-discharge (HID) system? Replacing the bulbs is described in the owner's manual.You may have to remove the plastic cover under the hood above the headlights to get at the bulbs. I can' imagine why you would have to tear apart the front end to do this.

    It is weird that there is zero advertising for the Amanti.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    I want to install the silverstar bulbs in my AMANTI. I have read the owners manual,but the bulbs are not easy to get at.The right side has a w/washer bottle in the way and the left side has a battery in the way.The left side looks easy to change. But the right side is more difficult.Just want advice from someone who`s done this before.The reason you have to take the front sheet metal off is the shop manual say`s that how you remove the headlight assy.(besides i have big hands) ... :shades:
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    I don't know where you live but if you're anywhere near the Canadian border, just drive across, find a Kia dealer and ask about installing the HID Xenon lights that are standard on the Canadian models. They just plug right in but they won't be cheap. Why we get those but don't get a 6-CD changer even as an option is beyond me.

    MagMax
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    A year ago in January I traded my 05 Amanti for an 07 and after I'd done it I enjoyed the more powerful engine, the better handling, and the new grille and taillights. I really missed the rain sensing wipers, 6-CD changer, heated rear seats, and the chrome eyes for a trunk net to fasten to, all items that had been removed from the car for the 2007 year in Canada. The Canadian market cars also don't offer the adjustable pedals and their prices are at least $5000 out of whack with the US prices. I wrote the company but received no reply. So I decided to quit Kia. If they can't make a car for me I won't buy a car from them. I traded my Amanti in on a Mercedes E class, took a hit on depreciation, but now have a car that is amazing in every way and one whose manufacturer didn't remove all sorts of little items from its standard features list. Too bad, Kia. But they sold only about 15 cars per month in Canada so they probably didn't care. Consumer Reports says that the reliability has dropped to below average so it's probably a good time to get out now before things start to go wrong. That's the end of the story of Kia and me.

    MagMax
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    So - if I understand correctly, you purchased a car that didn't have all the features your previous car had. (I assume you knew this). And then to "get back" at Kia you took what had to be a "massive hit" on depreciation?

    I don't think it's really fair to compare a Mercedes to any Korean car. As a matter of fact, I will go as far to say that people generally are not going to "cross shop" a Kia to a Mercedes.

    Enjoy your car.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Amanti is Kia's flapship car. Can't compare it to Mecedes, although I believe their customer satisifaction is/or was way down there. This is my second one, going from '04 to '07. I hope the rumors are true that the '09 will be more sportier, then I might consider trading. I the meantime, I've only had one problem, the chrome coat on right front wheel was peeling off (probably some abrasive cleaner I used) and they gave me a new wheel, no questions asked. I'm still enjoying my ride!

    Bill
  • oneijoneij Posts: 4
    Hello to anyone who reads this. I am a new fan of the Amanti. I am 66 yrs old and live near Albany NY. We have 2 dealers within 10 miles of my house. Only one of them has one Amanti on the lot. I drove it yesterday and really loved it. I have a 97 Lincoln town car with 69800 miles on it. Its a really nice car and I'm on the fence of whether to trade it in or not. I've driven the Avalon and the Ultima and also the Ezera. I think the Amanti wins hands down. They only want to give me $3500 for my car. The sticker on the new 08 Amanti $31,000. They are asking me to pay $27,891 and my car. The Amanti they have has all the extra's on it, including the black leather package with the aluminum trim on the inside and the polished,or chromed wheels. The exterior id a dark gray. Not exactly the color combination I want. When I saw the 2 tone models that someone has posted on this site I fell in love with this car. From what I can tell these models will not be available to anyone outside of Korea. Am I correct in this? I would love to see those 2 tone cars come to the northern hemisphere.
    I've been looking for a car for most of this year and haven't been as excited about anything out there till I saw the 2 tone models of the Amanti. If anyone can help with any kind of info I'd be very grateful. Thanks for reading this.
  • Yes, the two-tone look is not available in North America, regrettably. I suppose that a competent paint shop could customize an Amanti for you with the two-tone look.

    The price you were quoted by the dealer sounds high; if you use Edmund's "TMV Pricing Report" for the Albany area you get a TMV of $29,514 before a deduction of a cash-to-customer rebate of $1,000.00, for a final TMV of $28,514. Deduct your trade-in from that and the final bill is $25,041.

    I strongly urge you to use the tools that Edmunds provides to find a fair asking price for the new car, the fair value of your used car, and also get price quotes from other dealers. I used these tools when I purchased my 2007 Amanti, and paid $26,800 for my car, which did not have the premium black interior but did have all the other bells & whistles. That was the price before any trade-in. With quotes from dealer in a 60 mile radius from my home, I was able to find a car with the color I wanted at a competitive price.

    I still love my Amanti at over 11,000 miles, and continue get many admiring remarks from other folks. Many mistake it for a Lincoln or a Jaguar! It is an excellent long-distance drive car. Mileage is about 27 MPG on highway trips, 19.5 in mixed city driving. Interior room and comfort are top-notch. I'm sure you'll be very happy with one if you end up getting a good price.
  • oneijoneij Posts: 4
    Hello Mike, Thank you for answering my message. After I drove the Amanti I was more interested in it than when I walked into the show room. I hagled with them for quite a while and they never changed their asking price. Because the car was not the color I wanted I didn't push too much. I went on Edmunds and did a 100 mile radius search, and the only one that came up was the one that I drove.I live in Schenectady NY, about 16 miles from Albany. There is a dealer in Queensbury NY that I will call to see if and what they may have. It is really suprising to me that there are so few in my area. Thanks again for replying to my message. Have a great day. Bill B.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Bill,
    This car is not in high demand at all. As a mater of fact, this car depreciates big time once you drive it off the lot. That's not to say if this is the car you like, don't buy it. Go right ahead but you need to get the best price possible. Don't be afraid to walk away.....
  • Agreed. Amanti sales numbers are quite small. No wonder, since Kia has not advertised the car for a couple of years, at least. I don't really understand why they aren't trying a little harder to sell this car. It has received mostly very favorable reviews, and has rated very highly in recent safety testing. The depreciation is an ssue, but if you, like me, buy a car for long-term use, it is not so great a concern. I like getting a luxury sedan for much less than the competing brands and then enjoying the car for several years. My last car was a Hyundai XG-300, bought new in May 2001, and drove it for 106,000 miles until it was rear-ended last July. With the long warranty from Hyundai-Kia, owning the car for several years past the loan pay-off is quite reasonable.
  • oneijoneij Posts: 4
    I've had my Amanti for about 2 weeks now and Loving it. I finally got to a dealer who wanted to sell me a car. I'm still reading the owners manual and finding out things I didn't know about the car.Since my last car was 12 years old, they have changed the way they do things. Who ever thought the rearview exterior mirror's would slant down when you put the car in reverse. You can see the ground when backing up. The seats are really comfortable and the ride is excellent. There's nothing on this car that bothers me even a little bit. Its as peppy as anyone could want. So far I'm getting 18 MPG with all city driving. I'm really impressed with this car. Now I'm looking at the Opirus grille. Just wondering if its worth the $295 they want. Have a great day everyone.
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