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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008

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  • service, backy. I may ask at the Mitsu dealer tomorrow when we go in for the Auto Butler paint protectant service what they have to say about the need for fuel injector cleaning services overall. Sounds like maybe I won't want to pay for a needless (and possibly damaging to the O2 sensor)cost to what will probably cost us hundreds of dollars, anyway, 45,000 mile service. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 2.0L 4-cyl. motor does have a timing chain, and the manual has words to the effect that this timing chain setup "should last for your engine's lifetime".

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Wife doesn't drive much, somewhere around the mid eighteens after almost three years. I put a lot more mileage on my Maxx in the first year.

    Anyway no problems what so ever... nothing, nada.

    Three months without any action on this board is a long time. I guess no one is having problems or we'd get something. Still mad about the drive by posters who ruined the reputation of the 07 Optima. Obviously made up problems.
  • It's amazing that people can write anything they want without considering whether it's factual or not.
    I can imagine those faux stories don't help the resale values of those Optimas out there.
    I talked to my KIA service managers and they have had not a single instance of any chronic problems with these cars.I know these people and they are honest.My KIA is now at 36,000 miles and no problems.Just routine maintenance.
  • Good for you.
  • rckycrckyc Posts: 1
    In three years I have 16 jump starts or tows on my KIA, the first year parking would stay on when keys where removed and drivers door open, dash lights would flicker on and off. Reparted this 4-5 to the service manager but made no repairs and tryed to laught it off also did not do an RO. The care finaly refused to start 1 day after the year with only 5000 miles on it. Since then I have had 3 batterys, alertor, light switch, fuse box, yet it December alone of last year I had to have it towed for times for no start(someing is draining the battery) yet they so oh no, I have finaly got so upset I filed a lemon law against KIA. They will ot even released my service records or calls to the road service in warranty. I really loved the car now am afraid to even drive it. It only has 23k on it and I have it taken care very well. Not that I've complainted KIA dealer won't even talk to me, they have to do service but thats it.

    All I want is my car finaly repaired or replaced. I never had to jump start my old junk cars in HS this much. Russ Darrow KIA will never get another dime out of me, nor will KIA.
  • redptcredptc Posts: 78
    Have you replaced the battery? Sometimes a bad battery would cause these problems. :sick: Have you tried another dealer?
  • sounds kind of hinky...... you know, :(
  • I have to say my 2007 KIA has been, so far, one of the best cars I've ever had. It has 23k on the odometer. I just drive to work and back. I fear my low miles will outlive the warranty, lol.

    Some of these posts seem outlandish. If I ever had that much trouble out of any car I would have run it off a cliff a long time ago.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I have a 2006.5 Optima and it has never failed to start.Not even after sitting in a cold garage for two weeks.In the first place,you should go to other dealers if this one does not fix your car.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I put that many miles on my Maxx during the first year. Absolutely no trouble with the Optima-- rock steady with no problems.

    I'm posting this just to keep the thread going and to check on Mickyrom's welfare after buying that acceleratin' Prius....
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    The wife made me do it.She twisted my arms..both of them.The KIA now just sits in the garage,looking like new with 36,000 Miles on it and running like a swiss watch.I try to drive the Optima at least once a week,The battery is getting weak.When summer comes,unless gas is back to $4 PG the Optima will return to it's rightful place as leader of the pack.Can't imagine too many long trips in the Prius.Only adjustments on the seat are forward and back and you can tilt the back.The steering wheel has only tilt.No temp.gage,no range on the computer.Bah humbug.
    Nice of you to think of me ,I do appreciate it.
    BTW...now when we want a thrill ride ,all we need to do is take the Prius out on the interstate.Way more exciting than a roller coaster. :shades: :lemon:
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    for the thrill ride, mickeyrom?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Yeah...you know,when it goes out of control and I try to stop it.Isn't that fun?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    your Prius will go in to neutral at freeway speeds, right? And you've never experienced any UA issues in your Prius? If it has the automatic brake override you guys should be safe. If it accelerates just hit your brakes and put the car in to neutral. And safely make plans to get off to the side of the road.

    Hopefully a drunk won't hit your Prius while you're on the side of the road. Ouch! Ruins a perfectly good day, eh?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I just hope that it would go into neutral.Remember,the Prius gear shifter is strictly electronic.If the problem is in the electronics,who knows what functions remain.
  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    Seriously considering purchase of 2008 Optima LX, 4cyl, 4A, 14K miles, one owner, clean Carfax. Are there any areas that have recurring problems with this model?

    Currently driving 2009 Ford Focus which I wouldn't have bought otherwise except for super low supplier pricing. Car has been reliable but the driver's seat is killing my back. The Optima is on the Ford dealer's lot where I bought the Focus. Price is 11,300.

    Thanks for the input.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I have a 2006.5 Optima EX and I definitely would recommend it.After 37,000 miles I have had no repairs.Initially we did have a problem with the passenger air bag,but once the computer was re-flashed it has been fine.

    4A? I don't think that they make a 4 speed auto.It's a 5 speed.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    PS. the 2008 is basically the same as the 2006.5
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,748
    FWIW I've seen 2009 Optimas with that kind of miles at local dealerships for around $12k recently. The 2009 is a refresh year and there's several improvements, including a more powerful (175 hp) I4 that gets better fuel economy than pre-2009. But the biggest thing is, ABS, ESC, and traction control became standard for 2009. Very hard to find on pre-2009 Optimas. That alone is a good reason to go with a 2009, IMO, especially if there isn't much price difference. Also you'll have more warranty left (in time) if you buy a 2009 vs. 2008. Just a thought.
  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    Thanks, Backy & Mickeyrom for the helpful advice. The local Kia dealer usually has a lot of '08/'09/'10 Optimas. They buy at auctions and from other dealers to keep their huge dealership stocked with late model Kia's and other makes.

    It's hard to know where the car's been purchased as they don't offer Carfax. They use another service called, I think 'CarReports'. I do know that some with high miles were in service with Enterprise. An ex-rental car usually has seen some pretty severe service and I'm concerned that regular maintenance may or may not have been done.

    They just won the 'Best Kia Dealer in the World' award. Luckily, I am well acquainted with the owner and have been for nearly nine years. With around 300 new Kia's and nearly 100 used Kia's and other makes on their lot, the choice becomes difficult.

    A 2009 or 2010 model would be a great choice, but finding just the right one may take some doing.

    Thanks for the prompt reply and advice.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,748
    You can buy CarFax reports yourself online for a minimal cost. If you value their info, it might be worth the investment once you narrow down your choice to 1-2 cars.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Like Mickeyrom, absolutely nothing has happened to my wife's 07. Absolutely no problems. Personally I like the look of the pre-09's better, but the additional features and engine improvements on the 09+ may be worth it. Certainly reflects the new Kia corporate look better. The '11 Optima looks very interesting, good to see that Kia and Hyundai are taking different (though both interesting) styling routes.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Other than the MPG on the trip computer,I cannot think of any improvements over my 2006.5.I like having the 6 disc changer in addition to the cassette player.The 2009 might have a few more HP,but not very much.For the thousands more it would cost,it's a no brainer.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,748
    If it's an LX, then the 2009 offers ABS, ESC, and traction control in addition to the additional 13 horses on the I4. Optional ABS/ESC package was almost impossible to find on LXes.
  • dkh1967dkh1967 Posts: 8
    My 2007 LX didn't offer ABS or ESC at all. It was available on the EX. I still have no problems with my 2007 LX with 5 speed auto. Of course I only have 24 k on it. I fear my Optima will out live the bumper-to-bumper warranty with my low miles. I bought mine used and I didn't get to take advantage of the 10yr/100k powertrain. :(
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Mine is an EX and has all of those goodies.The extra horses? Honestly don't know what difference that makes.Mine has plenty enough pep for me.I don't do much drag racing.
    But I get your point.It pretty much depends if the savings in $$$ is worth giving up ABS etc.
    I never had a car with ABS until my 1997 Town and Country and honestly did not miss any of those electronics.Unless you're driving at LeMans I doubt they will ever come into play in day to day driving.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,748
    The Chrysler vans fishtailed pretty badly w/o ABS. I had a 1991 Caravan w/o ABS, and it was tricky to stop in winter. My 1999 GCS had ABS and it stopped straight in all conditions. I think ABS does come into play in many everyday driving conditions, especially if you have winter weather at all. ESC, not as much, unless you are exceeding the limits of the car. But I've found traction control comes in handy in the slips.
  • smokint1smokint1 Posts: 4
    I really am just pleased as I can be with our 2006.5 EX V6 w/ESC and leather. It's a beautiful car and it makes me feel as if I am in a higher tax bracket than I actually am. We bought it used with about 47K on it. It was listed as a fleet car on the carfax, but it was in like new condition. It is my wife's car, but I really jump at any chance I get to drive it. I can't get over how good the factory infinity stereo system sounds. The car is in a word "Impressive". My two cents. Thanks
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Just found this post.Dang notification just does not work perfectly.
    I have have several Mopar minis,a 89 Plym top of the line woodie,a 94 Plym. short base,a 94 Town and Country and an 97 T&C LXi.I know the last two had ABS,but honestly don't remember the others.The Town and Countries came with every available option and both were outstanding cars,more then than the current lot as compared to their contemporaries.Never had any issues with fishtailing with any of them.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Don't forget to change your timing belt at 60,000 miles.Mine is very much like yours,but I have the I4 engine(thank God) which comes with a timing chain.
    The stereo while good is not an Infinity according to the info I got from many car publications.It is a KIA made unit.Mine has only 38,000 miles right now and we only use it for trips, as the in town gas consumption is pretty high,The Prius is much better,if less comfortable.
    We bought ours in Nov of 2006 and have no regrets.Welcome to the KIA Optima club.
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