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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008

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  • I guess so. It's better than it was before.

    I really like this car. I wanted something a lot more roomy than my old car and I didn't want to give up a 4 cyl. engine. This is by far the strongest I4 I've ever owned. I read one MT review where one guy reported that all the judges thought it was V6.

    I didn't think the styling was that big of a deal. But it did turn heads when I drove into work. When people asked what kind of car it was they just kind of chuckled. I just walked on. But I caught a few still turning around and looking at it. I know the old KIA mentality folks have towards its reliability.

    KIA would be out of their mind setting a nice 5yr/60k mile warranty on a car that is not up to par. They'd go broke fixing them. Honda and Toyota have the 3yr/36k mile warranty bumper to bumper. Honda and Toyota's power train is equal to my bumper to bumper.

    Since I bought it second hand I'm only allowed the bumper to bumper and not the 10yr/100k mile powertrain warranty. While my parent's bumper to bumper warranty on their 08' Accord will run out.. Mine will still be going strong. I feel like a winner....
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,727
    Yep, the Optima has that "power to surprise" a lot of people, doesn't it? ;)
  • tcsftcsf Posts: 3
    It's been almost 5 months since I have the car. After the initial problem with the engine light coming on after 3 days and the poor service from the dealer where I bought the car, things are a lot better all round.

    The service department at the dealer has improved (maybe due to the numerous calls to KIA customer service ???).

    Thus far, I had changed engine oil and filter twice, first time after owning it for a week because it was an 07 car and had been sitting in the lot since March, 07 and the oil in it could be > 1 year old. I sent the car in for the "first service" after 3 months. As I have mentioned in my previous posting, the car is seldom used. After 5 months, there is only 2100 miles on it, mostly driven on short trips between 50-150 miles on weekends. I have not checked its MPG. Tires at 35psi, checked weekly.

    The interior has held up well over the bumpy NYC roads with all the potholes and uneven surfaces. No rattling sounds, sign of decent (good?) workmanship of assembled parts. A nice feature is the solar glass used, save me $ as I do not have to tint the windows and other glasses. I have compared it to my niece Camry and my sister Matrix, and they both said this car is really more quiet & the ride is better.

    I have also "dressed up" the car, adding the sunroof deflector, mud guards front and rear, window visors, trunk cargo liner and the all weather floor mats. I manage to find a KIA dealer out west where the prices are much cheaper than here in NY. The only other accessory added is a simple passive alarm, wired to work with the car keyless entry remote.

    After the initial tiny problem, I have to say that the car has been a real surprise. :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,727
    If I were you, I would not change oil more often than the "severe" service interval for the car (what is that, 3000 miles?) or every 6 months, whichever comes first. However, changing out that original oil real quick was a good idea.
  • bifphbifph Posts: 1
    My 2006.5 Kia Optima has had its check engine light come on at 40,000 miles due to the Variable Valve Timing Control (VVTC) according to my mechanic.

    Has anyone here had a similar experiance? How was it eventually solved?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,727
    Or just take it to your friendly neighborhood Kia dealer and have them fix it, since it's still under warranty.
  • Hello,
    Anyone knows where the fuel filter located on 2007 Optima 4 Cylinder 2.4L?
    I'm ready to change it, but like to know if accessible from under the car,
    thnx
    Endre
  • Hello,
    Is there a cabin air filter for the 2007 Optima ?
    thnx
    Endre
  • Hello,

    Most of today's cars call for plug replacement at 100k but the Optima 2006.5+ calls for every 30k. Is it because the plug type that is installed at the factory and a better plug would go farther, or is it the design of the engine?

    \thnx
    Endre
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I've always suspected that the high maintenance costs are there to offset the cost of the warranty.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 191
    Yes, you have a cabin filter and your fuel filter is in the tank.

    As mentioned on the Kia forum most of your questions are answered in your owners manual &/or in the online service manual.
  • The cabin air filter is behind the glove box, and the fuel filter is in the gas tank.
  • take a look at my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS parked next to a new world order 2006.5 and/on Kia Optima. I had just parked outside a Tucson Barnes and Noble to read up on the latest car magazines when the good inpiration hit me to grab my BlackBerry cellphone and snap a pic of these two attractive babies.

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    The two cars have very different body designs but I dig them both.

    I like the new world order Optima's and the Optima was on my finalist's list of possibilities before I snagged this '08 Lancer GTS at Avondale Mitsubishi of Avondale, AZ (located about 9 miles west of Phoenix). Lovin' this Arizona sun and lack of snow and ice, gentlemen. :blush:

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  • I would love to see the pic,but there is no link :(
  • what, I see it on my screen. Does it appear as the dreaded red 'X'? Oh, no!

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  • this picture now...so, take a look at my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS parked next to a new world order 2006.5 and/on Kia Optima. I had just parked outside a Tucson Barnes and Noble to read up on the latest car magazines when the good inspiration hit me to grab my BlackBerry cellphone and snap a pic of these two attractive babies.

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    The two cars have very different body designs but I dig them both.

    I like the new world order Optima's and the Optima was on my finalist's list of possibilities before I snagged this '08 Lancer GTS at Avondale Mitsubishi of Avondale, AZ (located about 9 miles west of Phoenix). Lovin' this Arizona sun and lack of snow and ice, gentlemen. :blush:

    This polar white '06.5 Kia Optima is very similar(like exactly the same as) to the one I saw on vacation in Jackson Hole, WY, in the spring of 2006. It caught my eye as being a sharp new design. But then Kia has always had superior body designs on their new rigs, and there are more coming up from them that are stunning body designs. They acquired a guy by the name of Peter Schreyer from Audi Motors(he designed the Audi TT) and Peter has been up to some great work for Kia. It's all Kia, Mitsubishi and Pininfarina-Bollore and their new all-electric car called the B0(pronounced B-Zero) for me from this point onward. :shades:

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  • I tried to pull the air filter out from behind the glove box. Is there a trick to it? I don't want to break something. I was pulling it but didn't move.... thnx Endre
  • It's not easy to explain.Did you read your owners manual? Basically you stick in both hands,pinch the two thingies between thumb and forefinger and pull.
    Good luck and Merry Christmas. ;)
  • Well... I ended up taking it to the dealer. I didn't mind paying .5 hours labor to see how it is done. The problem is that the tabs you push together are small and it is hard to push both sets together and pull at the same time. They showed me a trick. Get a hook, sort of a small flat head screw driver bent at the end 90 degrees. Wedge the end of the hook between the filter they and the frame at the side, not the top or bottom of tray. Pull with he hook on the side while pushing the tabs together on the same side. Repeat on both other side. It took about 20 minutes for the mechanic with no success. Than he found the hook in his toolbox. With the hook, it popped out in a few seconds.....

    The reason I wanted to do it, because the auto part store has the filter for $20 and the dealer asks $60 for the same filter.

    Now, if could just learn how to do the PCV valve too :)
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    $60...? wow,I only paid around $25 at my dealer.You should shop around for a better dealer.They do not charge the same for their parts.
    ZI had no trouble getting the filter out,but once I got it out,the filter was not a real good fit.There is a bit of a space between the filter and the filter frame.
    What was harder for me was dropping the glove box.
  • Did anyone get a card in the mail regarding a safety issue recall on your 2007 Optima? The card doesn't say what it's about and to honor the extended warranty I have to respond within 72 hours. Does anyone know what this is about? Thanks, Sue
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,727
    I smell a rat. A bona-fide safety recall action, i.e. triggered by the NHTSA, would state the nature of the recall and would not give you only 72 hours to respond in order to honor the extended warranty. To me, this sounds like one of those imaginative (but misleading) marketing ploys we sometimes get in the mail. You could call Kia Customer Service or a Kia dealer to verify that there really is a safety-related recall on your car--they will ask for the VIN.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I had my tranny fluid changed today at a KIA dealer,and there was no mention of any recall. :confuse:
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I was put off by the short mileage fluid requirements in the manual. How many miles when you changed it? How much did it cost you?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    No problems what so ever on my wife's car, now in it's 26th month.
  • I just changed it at 25K and the dealer asked "why so soon"?
    I do it every two years,but I know the manual requires it at 18K if heavy use.is your use considered so heavy?
    It cost around $75,but if you get it flushed,it is very much pricier.
  • let's try posting this again.

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    I refuse to let the "red-X" beat me on the internet any more.

    This is just a picture of a '06.5 white Kia Optima(could be a later year model I spose)and our '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS out in front of a Tucson Barnes and Noble store several months ago.

    Taken just 'cause I like both kinds of automobiles and this was a great chance to get 'em both in one picture.

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  • Did you see the post about changing plugs at 30,000 miles?
    I didn't see that in my owners manual. Surely that is only for the "heavy use" owners...isn't it?
  • jackier1jackier1 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2008 with 13 miles 8 months ago and have had to take it back 5 times. Started with check engine light with less than 1000 miles, escalated to the car stalling when driving, usually after filling up the gas tank with no warning at all. First visits to the dealer-they sent me home after hooking it up to the computer system telling me nothing was wrong or they just didn't know what the problem was. last few visits they replaced fuel filters and the gas tank. Car is still stalling and have had two close calls with the car quitting when pulling out into traffic. Last call to Kia-they told me to work with the dealer. Dealer claims they don't know what else to do. i have less than 10500 miles on the new car and might have to make a legal claim. Is anyone else having this same problem-huge safety problem and major inconvenience
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I have a 2006.5 Optima with the I4 engine.I think that mechanically it is pretty much the same car as yours,assuming you have the 4cyl engine.I have had exactly 0 driveability issues to date and I have around 25,000 miles on my KIA.
    You might consider the lemon law.I am no expert,but I would just not accept that kind of issues as they create a safety problem. :lemon:
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