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Kia Amanti 2006 and earlier

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  • Thanks for the response. I doubt it is moisture as it hasn't rained here in several weeks. I also did not bang the sensor.Since this has been "unrepaired" three times and the airbag light is still on we are considering using the "Arizona Lemon Law". My wife sent an email to Richard Sabin Consumer Affairs at Kia America--and he called back. Said he was referring our problem to the Arizona Manager. This is much more then we ever got from Avondale Kia. Will keep forum advised on outcome
  • I recently purchased a 2005 Amanti with 21000 miles. I have noticed a 'knock' when I turn either left or right. It doesn't seem to matter how sharply I am turning as it happened on a very curvy road as well as when I was making a u-turn. It only happens once per turn of the wheel. I am wondering if this is something that has been discussed before and if so, can someone tell me where the beginning is? If not, has anyone heard of this? Thanks so much!
  • shadow99688shadow99688 Posts: 209
    the knock can be from loose/worn bushings on the sway bar or on other front suspension parts.
    the knock is from when the sway bar/other suspension parts shift from one end to the other in the bushings.
  • shadow99688shadow99688 Posts: 209
    it doesn't have to rain to get moisture, set a glass of ice water out and watch the water build up on the outside of the glass.
    I have seen airbag sensor triggered by hitting a 4x4 on the road at 70mph actually dented the rim and he got a flat from it.
  • I took our Amanti to Peoria KIA (Peoria, AZ) and were treated so nicly. Met another lady who bought her Kia at Avondale KIA but could get no satisfaction there either. To solve my air bag light problem Peoria KIA replaced the "clockspring" (a contact part in the steering column). No more air bag light. I also had a noise in the front right when turning a corner. They found a lower cross member had loose cradle bolts and dirty mounting caps. Took it apart, cleaned it and reassembled---No More Noise. When talking to other customers I found the Service Advisors had all been there for several years. This shows this company has good customer and relations. As of today we once again enjoy our Amanti and Peoria KIA.
  • scarpiascarpia Posts: 4
    This message is for anyone who cares to weigh in. We're really considering purchasing a Kia Amanti but I'm somewhat distressed over the maintenance schedule that edmunds.com posted. It seems as though the recommended maintenance requires one to visit a dealership almost every thousand miles for things above and beyond oil changes.

    Right now we're driving a 2000 Buick Century. We got it after I crashed our 2000 Regal in an ice storm. The thing that I really like about both of our Buicks is that I just need to go into a Jiffy Lube every 5,000 or 6,000 miles, get the oil changed and get an occasional air filter. I've never had a moment of trouble with either car.

    Before I started driving Buicks I had a '94 Mazda 626, a '89 Hyundai Excel and my first car, a '84 Renault Alliance (I've hated the French ever since I got the Renault!!) I had lots of problems with all of these cars. I probably would have been able to put more miles on these previous cars had I been more diligent about doing the recommended service. But I'm lazy and I just don't want to have to be a nursemaid to a car.

    From what I could tell, the maintanence schedule on Kia's and Hyundai's is much more demanding then the recommendations for Chevy's (Impala), Buick's, Toyota's, Nissan's and Honda's. Can I treat a Kia Amanti as carelessly as I've treated my Buicks or will I have big problems if I don't take the car in every 1000 to 1500 miles to inspect the drive axcels, lubricate the hinges, locks and latches, inspect the brake lines, hoses, fluid, drive belts, steering linkage etc...........
  • topgeartopgear Posts: 111
    The Amanti is no different from other cars and it does not require any unusual maintenance.
    A 2000 Buick Regal does not have many of the features that a newer, loaded car -such as the Amanti, would have so the potential of things to go wrong will be increased. However, having said that, our Amanti served us well for a very long time and although we don't own it anymore, it was one of the best cars we've ever owned.
    You should be able to just get your oil/air filter changed when needed locally, since this is a common engine shared by a couple of different Korean car models.

    I have never had my car checked as frequently as you (or Edmund's) suggest, for common maintenance.

    By the way, Consumer Reports (much to my shock) "Recommends" the Amanti in it's special auto magazine of new cars to buy.

    The only disappointments we've had with the Amanti were it's poor gas mileage and its seemingly soft side sheet metal that dented easily.
    Otherwise it is a solid, robust automobile.

    Good luck with your decision!

    -P
  • scarpiascarpia Posts: 4
    Thanks. The poor gas mileage is a worry (my family puts on alot of miles on the car and with gas prices...ugh!! :cry: ) We couldn't believe the price we were quoted but we still won't be in the market for another year or two and the Buick seems to be doing just great. By the time we're ready to buy the new 2007 model should not only be available but perhaps some former rentals will be looking for retirement. Hopefully the new engine used in the 2007 model will get better gas mileage. Thanks again.
  • I average 24.6mpg. I have had up to 37mpg highway(had a truck in front of me and another behind me)
    Highway is usually around 27mpg on premium and city has been as low as 13mpg in a construction area, not too bad on gas with the weight of the car.
    Most of my driving is highway so don't look at city driving much.
    My old 1992 ford tempo with a 2.3 4 cylinder engine never got better than 19mpg on the highway.
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    I have a 2005 Amanti that's loaded with everything (the only way they were sold in Canada until the 06 model year) and it has the normal servicing intervals. Because I get free oil changes for as long as I own the car I get those done every 5000 km and then have the service done every 10,000 km. So far it hasn't needed any repairs but the creak in the front left suspension is beginning to annoy me somewhat, even though I can't be bothered bringing it back to the dealer just for that. I'll wait until the next service is due. I'd say that this car requires minimal service but like any complex machine it does need to be maintained properly if you expect it to continue to perform well, and last well too. But coming in every 1000 miles sure isn't part of the recommended schedule. Heck, even my Mercedes 250SE back in 1968 managed 3000 miles between services.

    MagMax
  • topgeartopgear Posts: 111
    Where is the DVD navigation? No car in this class, in the U.S. market, should be without it -or at least offered as an option!!
    What is up with Korean auto-makers!?!
    After having and using the navigation on my Avalon & Solara conv., I will not live without it.
    While I'm at it, Bluetooth would be nice, too!
    As a previous Amanti owner, I would seriously consider a 2007 Amanti to replace the Avalon, but not without these features.
    Wake up Kia!
    (I have already said this stuff in previous posts, sorry. But I am very passionate about these things!)

    -Pete
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Come talk about the 07 Amanti here - what's coming? What would you like to see?
  • eskaneskan Posts: 1
    My 2005 Kia Amanti has been a pleasureable experience. After 14,000 Km I am dissapointed in the high City Gas consumption, which is 46% lower than the brochures advertised figures.
    I expected a normal 15 to 20% variation, owing to driving habits. I am 73 years young, and drive accordingly.
    I believe that Kia is guilty of false advertising in regards to advertised gas consumption. How many owners would be interested in a class action lawsuit in regards to this matter?
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    That is crazy. My '04 averages between 17-19 in the city, unlead, not premium. Count me out.
  • I am still fighting the air bag light. The dealer has changed both front door sending units- light still comes on. Today their theory is the electronic fuel shutoff is the problem. If I don't press the key fob before starting the car the fuel pump will not operate. The dealer tells me this is causing the air bag light to come on. I removed the special fuse and put the standard one in. One day -no problem. I do not see how one could effect the other. As we are thinking about getting rid of this car I went to KBB to look at tradein value. I was appalled to see my 2004 with 11,000 miles was only worth $12,925. Why is the trade in so low?
  • I get from 27 to 37mpg on the highway (got 37mpg when I was behind a sea/land truck and had another one behind me, talk about drafting) on a normal highway trip I get 27mpg on premium and I get from 13 to 21mpg in town depending on how much road construction is going on and how many red lights I hit, the car doesn't sip gas at idle and uses alot when getting moving from a stop, normal for a car that weighs over 4,000lbs.
    Only problem I have is damn insurance company decided to raise my insurance from $80 per month to $110 per month, they claim it is just a regular rate increase, they are putting the cost of all the hurricane damage on everyone else.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Sorry to hear about your airbag problems. Sounds like an isolated thing. I've not heard of that on this blog. I purchased my car not for trade-in value but to pay it off, have a nice looking, smooth riding and dependable transportation, and keeping it for years because of the warranty. Like many here, I've not had anything to complain about, unlike my previous vehicle, Lexus. Good and bad in people and vehicles. :sick: Best to you.
  • What state are you located in? I am interested in buying a 2004 Amanti. What color is yours and does it have leather seats? How long have you had the air bag light problem?
  • I live in Arizona. My Amanti is silver with leather. My wife is at the dealers today for her 7th trip for an airbag light.We have switched dealers as we got no satisfaction from the purchasing dealer (AVONDALE KIA). This one is trying, but they appear to have no idea what is causing the problem.We are looking into the Arizona Lemon Law and suing the dealer for either a new car or financial restitution.
  • hbrown2hbrown2 Posts: 3
    My 2005 Amanti has the EXACT same problem. Three times to the dealer & they can't reproduce it or diagnose. But it HAS been reported to KIA by The Office of Defects Notification of NHTSA ( National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), so Kia knows they have a problem. The only way we'll get this fixed is to file a complaint with NHTSA. It's easy. Go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov,then under quick links select "file a complaint",then follow the links. It takes all of 5 minutes to enter a complaint and the hardest question is filling in your VIN number. The NHTSA are the folks who can force a TSB (technical service bulletin) or a recall. So the more Amanti owners who file complaints, the more likely it is Kia will have to come up with a fix.
  • hbrown2hbrown2 Posts: 3
    My 2005 Amanti has the EXACT same problem. Three times to the dealer & they can't reproduce it or diagnose. But it HAS been reported to KIA by The Office of Defects Notification of NHTSA ( National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), so Kia knows they have a problem. The only way we'll get this fixed is to file a complaint with NHTSA. It's easy. Go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov,then under quick links select "file a complaint",then follow the links. It takes all of 5 minutes to enter a complaint and the hardest question is filling in your VIN number. The NHTSA are the folks who can force a TSB (technical service bulletin) or a recall. So the more Amanti owners who file complaints, the more likely it is Kia will have to come up with a fix.
  • hbrown2hbrown2 Posts: 3
    My 2005 Amanti has the EXACT same problem. Three times to the dealer & they can't reproduce it or diagnose. But it HAS been reported to KIA by The Office of Defects Notification of NHTSA ( National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), so Kia knows they have a problem. The only way we'll get this fixed is to file a complaint with NHTSA. It's easy. Go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov,then under quick links select "file a complaint",then follow the links. It takes all of 5 minutes to enter a complaint and the hardest question is filling in your VIN number. The NHTSA are the folks who can force a TSB (technical service bulletin) or a recall. So the more Amanti owners who file complaints, the more likely it is Kia will have to come up with a fix.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    I'm not sure how I got in this. I've not experienced this. I think I had said maybe they got a hold of bad fuel.
  • have 4k miles on my Khumo tires that came on my Amanti and had a rear tire blow out through the sidewall, had roadside change the tire within 30 minuets, now the bad part the tire shop that does warranty says that they can't determine why the tire blew and is reluctant to replace the tire, even if they do they say it will take at least 2 weeks to get the right size tire (this is a Sears tire shop)
  • I have a beautiful pearl colored Amanti with leather, tinted windows, 42000 miles. I bought it for my 17 year old daughter. She says it's an old people's car and so I'm considering selling. I think she needs a heavier car and I know she loves all the goodies, but I am thinking about her request for something a bit smaller. I live in Ohio if you're interested.
  • I left my Kia Amanti outside for 3 hours and when I came back the battery had to be jumped. What would cause the battery to drain...I do not think I left the lights on....I have 28,000 miles and never had this problem before. Should I take it in to the dealer tomorrow even if it starts ok..please advice.
  • Hi Cameronl, I have the same car in a 2005 version and agree with your daughter that it's got an image more suited to an older person. We probably value comfort and cushiness and reliability and safety more than a young person does. But I doubt you'll find a heavier car than the Amanti. It weighs in at two tons, well above most competitors. You might suggest she try an Optima if you want to stay with Kia.

    MagMax
  • Hi gatnus, I'd take it in for a quick check to see whether there's a short somewhere in the electrics. But it sounds more like one of the dome lights was left on, or the trunk was left open just enough to keep the light on. I guess 3 hours of that wouldn't damage a battery in good condition though. Yeah, I'd have them do a diagnostic check to see if there's a current drain somewhere.

    MagMax
  • sign me up,, I am getting 11.5 mpg.. mostly city driving..
    2004 amanti,, 18000 miles.. nice car.. milage sucks..
  • I have a 2004 amanti, leather, 18000 miles, cleveland,ohio
    still interested/ willing to sell... pearl color, excellent cndition.. visors, flaps, remote start..
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