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Kia Amanti 2006 and earlier

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  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    That is great news about your seat getting replaced. I have an 04 also. I'll remember that should I notice anything wrong with mine, although knowing my dealer I will not get a loaner (but then I have another vehicle). My previous vehicle was a Lexus RX300. I like this more.
    Bill
  • :) I have been watching this site for a couple of months waiting for the new Amanti's to come out, well today I stoped by my dealer to see when the new ones would be in and found out they had a whole bunch of 2005 that they were willing to sell very cheep so I picked one out, boy what a nice car to drive I thought a lot of your talk about it was hype but everything people said on this sight was true, my last full size sadan was an Infiniti M-45 and it had great power but not the ride like the Amanti, of course I had to drive it home in a snowstorm that started while I was in the dealer doing the paper work. Jim
  • it might not leak or whine but the aftermarket filter i put on my amanti caused the car to become sluggish and heavy feeling. I took it off after 30 miles and installed a dealer supplied hyundai/ kia filter. I never use dealer parts on my cars but i will use the kia oil filters from now on every time.it was only about 5.50 for the filter and it was a very high quality part in my opinion.
  • Congratulations, Jim. I'm sure your owenership experience will be as pleasant as ours has been. The AMANTI is an incredible car. If you drove home in the snowstorm, I'm sure you noticed that the traction control system on the KIA is very "user friendly." It is certainly superior to the system on my old '98 Q45. ;)
  • Thank's mechanic80, I'm realy enjoying the ride in my new Amanti smooth an quiet and got 21.1 miles on my first tank of fuel about 50/50 city and hightway so I'm a happy camper.
    Jim
  • Finally got my Amanti Jan 27 2006 had 10 miles when I got it and over 400 miles now, drive home on the highway got 21.7mpg, today at over 400 miles got 27.8mpg.
    Only problem is the auto dim function on the rear view mirror is not working properly and having hard time getting a second set of rims at a reasionable price for it for winter tires.
    Car is silver with all options
  • I went to a local Hyundai dealer Saturday morning because I wanted to check out the new 3.8 V6 that's in the Azera. A very nice powerplant, by the way. Plenty of extra HP and smooth. But Don't even THINK of giving up your AMANTI. Although I'd like to see a few of the Azera's features on an AMANTI soon, like the power tilt and telescope steering wheel and the power adjustable (memory) pedals and maybe even the rear power sunshade, the overall build quality does not come up to the level of the AMANTI, in my humble opinion. Road noise and wind noise are the first thing you'd notice, they are excessive. The interior is nice and well laid out but not as attractive as the AMANTI. The driver's seat, however is FAR more comfortable than the AMANTI. (I have yet, in nine months, found a truly comfortable driving position.) And the handling is definately a step up. I can't wait for the 3.8 in the KIA. It'll be my next car, most likely. DRIVE ON! ;)
  • got new alloy rims with studded tires mounted, balanced, and installed for a total cost of $641.00 including the cost of the studed tires.
    One thing I have noticed is the shocks get really stiff when it drops below 0 making the ride harder, at -25 the ride is almost as hard as my old ford aspire.
    As for gas mileage I get around 22mpg with gas from tesoro and around 27mpg with gas from chevron, safeway gas gives 20mpg and texaco gives around 21mpg, haven't filled up at a holliday station yet, and will not fill up at any 7-11 stations the 2 times I got gas at a 7-11 I had to get towed home and drain gas to get water and other junk out of the tank.
  • magmaxmagmax Posts: 88
    Hello mechanic, I'm most interested in hearing your evaluation of the Azera. I've had a chance to see and sit in a few different ones and must say I'm impressed with all the same features that you mentioned. It's interesting that in other world markets the Amanti/Opirus comes with power adjustable steering wheel, power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, power reclining rear seat and electronically adjustable suspension, just to name a few. I felt the same about the interior quality compared to my 05 Amanti. Sure, the interior looks very modern but the doors are all hard plastic that feel much cheaper than the padded Amanti door fittings. I also agree with the seating. I've had my Amanti for just over a year and I simply cannot get comfortable in the driver's seat. I've got constant pain in my right leg because it's being forced up and over the raised front and side bolster when I'm sitting. Also, the seat bottoms are too short. If they were another inch or two longer and flatter they'd support the legs much better. But that's my only complaint about the car...oh except for the sticking fuel filler door. I've had to practically gnaw my way in just to fill up with fuel. It's made of plastic and it warps and then sticks. They've ordered a new one and in the meantime they heated the existing flap and then bent it slightly to fit better. If it had been made of metal it wouldn't have caused any problem. I, too, am interested to see what the 2007 Amanti might be like. It's probably going to have the Azera engine but I wonder whether it's going to be sportier and less luxurious. I'd like to keep all the coddling features of my car but maybe gain a bit more fuel economy, a bit more power, and a slightly less bobbing front suspension. But I hope it retains its distinctive and upscale styling.

    MagMax
  • There is no bobbing front suspension on my car, the ride is stiffer than the Amanti I drove summer 2005.
    I got my Amanti January 27 2006.
    The day I got the car I got 21.7mpg, at 400 miles I got 27.8mpg and at 600 miles I got 28.4mpg.
    the gas mileage isn't that bad on the highway but it is really bad in town about 9 to 14 mpg, for some reason the car uses lots of fuel at idle, have noticed it has a high idle rpm I haven't seen it drop below 1,000 rpm at idle, my 4 cylinder Aspire idled at 630 rpm, the high idle may be one reason for the low gas mileage for city driving.
  • topgeartopgear Posts: 111
    Well...with 40,000 miles now on my '04 Amanti, I can say that the front end seems a bit on the soft side. I think the shocks are starting to "go" a bit. It's not too bad though, but new stiffer shocks wouldn't hurt either. Perhaps the newer '05 models have already improved the front suspension a bit, as I think that is one of the few sore spots of this otherwise fine automobile. I'm pretty sure mine idles at less than 1000 RPM when warmed up, but I will take a closer look now that you mention it.
    -Pete
  • well temps came up it is no longer below -20, temp is now 11 and the idle came down to about 800 rpm
  • Today with over 730 miles on the car I averaged 30.2mpg on the highway
  • I've been having a couple small issues with my car, and in about a month I'll bring it back to the dealer for service and ask them to check them.
    Recently, when turning my steering wheel to the right, I hear (and feel) a "ratcheting" sensation and noise. Never happens when turning the wheel to the left. The noise seems to be coming from the steering wheel itself.

    Secondly, and this has happened on about four occasions that I know of: I'll be driving and I've looked at my speedometer and it says I'm going zero mph, and the odometer doesn't advance. It'll stay like that until I come to a complete stop, and upon resuming speed, the odometer resets and the speedometer works again.
    Anybody else experience this?
  • Hi: I bought my '04 Amanti in November, 2004. The only problem I experienced with it was the "bouncing tennis" ball noise and feel in the front end. The dealer replaced the bushings and struts about 7 months ago. The noise and bad and feel came back in December, 2005. I took it back to the dealer again and they replaced the "center bushings and struts", whatever they are. Needless to say, the tennis ball noise and bounce feel have gone away. Otherwise, I am totally happy with my Amanti (just wish the gas mileage was better). I get about 18 mpg, combined city and highway (most of my driving is city).

    Tom from Central New Jersey
  • I had the same problem on a 1994 Aspire (also made by Kia)
    it had gotten really cold and the spedometer cable had Frozen and it broke a couple teeth on the gear that turns the spedometer cable, the part to fix it on the aspire was about $5.00, but had to pull the spedometer cable from the back of the transmission housing to replace the end with the new gear.
  • billh6billh6 Posts: 123
    Well, I went to a dealer to check out the Chrysler 300 Hemi to see what's the big deal, why it's so popular. I always felt the grill was too prominent (like the Amanti grill much better). Anyway, interior was nice. I know someone who likes his but he only got 18,000 miles wear on his tires and Chrysler will not give him any credit toward new ones, plus he says it has a hard ride. I am sure the resale value will be greater, but I still prefer my car. Bill/Orlando
  • Hi All,
    Does anyone here know if the 2005 wheels will go on to a 2004??

    Thanks,
    Len...in Seattle
  • Yes they will, the 04-06 can use the same rims and tires
  • I am generally able to see what the monthly sales of Kia cars are but as of Feb.06 have not been able to get Jan 06 total sales.Do you have a favorite site?
    Our 04 Amanti now has 24,000 miles and is still the best car we have ever owned.great mileage on trips(30 plus)and has needed no repairs.can't wait to see the 2007s
    People still ask ,what make car is that,it looks great?
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