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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    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: 18,682
    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: 18,682
    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.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Even on slick snow, and ice? Only our '91 Caravan SWB w/o ABS had the fishtailing problem in the slips. No problem with our '99 GCS and '07 T&C, both of which had ABS.
  • netranger4netranger4 Posts: 149
    Checking with my local dealer (off hours so the pesky salesfolk aren't hounding me) and spotted a fresh arrival. 2008 EX-I4. The car has 42K, but is astonishingly clean. The bright sill plates that say 'Optima' are unmarked as is the rest of the body. The leather is also in near perfect condition. Whoever owned this vehicle previously took apparently meticulous care of it.

    No scratch marks on the scuff plate in the trunk etc., etc., My only concern is that the mileage is reasonable since the build date was 12/07, but I've never purchased a car with that high mileage before.

    Will investigate and hope that it has the ABS/ESC features as well. It has the automatic a/c so there's a good chance that it has the ABS/ESC as I think that was part of the package.

    Will let you know when I've checked into it a bit further.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    It has the automatic a/c so there's a good chance that it has the ABS/ESC as I think that was part of the package.

    I think ABS/ESC was a separate package on all trims. But one easy way to tell for sure if it has ABS/ESC is to look for the ESC on/off switch on the dashboard. No switch, no ABS/ESC.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    It was on my 2006.5,but maybe it changed later.
  • smokint1smokint1 Posts: 4
    Hi Guys, I just got done bragging about my recent purchase of an Optima. I have now my first official problem. The A/C suddenly quit. Apparently it has some sort of a problem with the circuit that controls the compressor clutch. Shop seems to think it's the field coil, but I think that I will inspect it closer before moving on. I will get a multimeter and test for resistance on the coil and see if it is in range and move to checking for shorts from there. It was working perfectly on a drive home and started popping the a/c fuse in the engine compartment the next day. Oh well, it's still a really nice car.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    edited July 2010
    Maybe that is why it was traded in...good luck.Too bad you didn't get an extended warranty.Come to think of it,aren't you covered by the 50,000 mile warranty which is transferable.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    It's a 60,000 mile warranty.
  • smokint1smokint1 Posts: 4
    Yes, 60,000 is correct. Too bad I'm at 61,150... doh!!!
  • smokint1smokint1 Posts: 4
    Hey, one more question I want to throw out there. I also seem to be hearing a faint tapping sound from the engine area. I would be concerned, however it does not increase in frequency with engine RPM. So probably not drivetrain related. Any ideas on what would cause it.
  • gregtzapgregtzap Posts: 1
    edited September 2010
    I purchased a used 2008 Kia Optima with only 14,000 miles on it from a non-Kia dealer's used car lot in California about 14 months ago that is having exactly the same stalling problem. How was your problem resolved? The dealer we are taking it to for repairs says they can find nothing wrong with it. It is really dangerous and we will not let our daughter drive it anymore until it is fixed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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