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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008

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  • newbie08newbie08 Posts: 2
    Hi Everyone
    I was lucky enough to get a 08 optima 9 mi on it!! new and nice BUT...... am I missing something? The other night I went out to the car to check it out and opened the hood and no light?? it was 11 pm and well if I ever have a problem at night you cant see a thing?? is there one I dont see? or am I just not going to have that as a feature of my car 08 optiima lx 4 cyl 5 speed, :)
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Good grief Charlie Brown...don't judge a car by lack of a feature such as an under- hood light.Why are you checking under your hood at 11 PM anyway? Lose something? :confuse:
  • newbie08newbie08 Posts: 2
    NOT JUDGING IN A BAD WAY!! LOVE THE CAR IT WAS A GREAT DEAL AND HAS ALOT OF FEATURES BUT NOT HAVING A LIGHT UNDER THE HOOD WAS A SUPRISE I THOUGHT IT HAD TO BE THERE SOMEWHERE? AFTER ALL EVERY TIME YOU PULL THE MIRROR OUT THATS ATTACHED TO THE SUN VISOR THE LITTLE LIGHT COMES ON, GEES HAS ONE THERE BUT NOT UNDER THE HOOD? CANT BE RIGHT??? :shades:
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Newnie,
    My Optima EX cost around 22.5K and has no hood light.My 97 Chrysler Town & Country LXi cost 33K and had no hood light.
    I cannot remember a car I've had that had that a hood light.Out of curiosity,what car have you owned that had that feature?
    I vaguely remember having a hood light on some auto I had owned,but I cannot remember what it was.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Here's an idea:

    1. Go to local discount or hardware store.
    2. Buy a $2 flashlight
    3. Put flashlight in glovebox.

    Problem solved! :)
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I have a better idea..You might address this to the one who actually has the issue.I have no problem with my no light under the hood KIA Optima
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    It was a general comment, not directed specifically to you. You just happened to make the previous post in the chain. Lighten up (pun intended :) ).
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Good one !
  • dkh1967dkh1967 Posts: 8
    There are things about my Optima that I am surprised it does and doesn't have. KIA's are built to a price and they put on smart equipment, not a lot of junk. That is one thing I have noticed. I like the struts that hold up the hood. You don't see that on many cars in that price range. My parents bought a new Honda Accord EX-L and it doesn't have hood struts or a light. So they have to fool with that rod.. I was shocked on that.

    KIA doesn't have automatic locking doors when I slide it out of park or get to a certain speed, but my Ford Focus did. And it jacked the price up on the Focus. Each one of these little items keep the price higher. That is why KIA can build a good car at a good price. They have decided what drivers REALLY need and what they can do without. It keeps the price to a minimum.

    If I need to lock my doors I just hit the lock button to lock them all. I can feel your pain a little when it comes to the light under the hood. I know what you mean. I missed it on the last four cars I had. Maybe cars run better these days and they don't think you'll break down on the side of the road and need that light. And with KIA (keeping that price low) it could be one more item that would take the price the other way..

    Just my two cents worth... Still love my 2007 Optima LX 5 spd auto...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    And the Accord doesn't have struts for the trunk lid, either. Instead it has the old-fashioned spring lifters that take up trunk space and can crush cargo.
  • dkh1967dkh1967 Posts: 8
    You're exactly right.... I did a evil snicker when I saw those two bars (like cars used in the old days in trunks, and some still do) come slapping down in that Honda. I thought, "Wow, they really designed my KIA well." Those trunk struts are on the left and right side. I think that is a German design because my Focus had that.

    I need to take one thing back.... my Optima has only ONE hood strut. I just went out and checked.. Regardless I just throw it up an that is that.. I do miss the light under the hood to check the oil in my dark garage.

    I think one of those shielded work-light that hook onto the inside of the hood work great.

    You guys have a good day..
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    A BMW 3-Series I owned had only one hood strut too. That may be to maximize access to the engine.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Hyundai and KIA both have auto-locking doors.A tech just needs to program them.They might tell you that they can't do it,but they would be wrong.You just need to find a more knowledgeable tech.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    you already sold the Beemer? Wow, that didn't last long!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    No, some love affairs are fleeting. Sometimes you find out that sexy lady is "high maintenance", likes to grab your credit card a lot etc. I could go on with this metaphor, but I'll spare everyone so we can return to our regularly scheduled program. ;)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    got it. Now back to our regularly scheduled auto program.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • jimrichjimrich Posts: 4
    My '07 kia is very nice BUT the gas pedal is a little too light and makes smooth, gradual accel rather difficult and jerky sometimes. I want to know if anyone has adjusted the tension of your gas pedal and how.
    thanks,
    Jim :)
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    You'll get used to it.I did.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    More than 28 months on my wife's car with absolutely no problems. Flawless. Gas mileage is slowly improving.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    You are trying to get some action CS? I'm afraid that the KIA Optima thread is dying from lack of interest.Have you checked out this car on youtube? Or Facebook? There are some posts there.
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