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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008



  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Well, whatever works for you, then. Some people can't get up off of 8 tracks either, so...
  • Cassettes dont compare to 8 tracks,so your analogy is not well founded.Cassettes are a dependable technology and 8 track never was.I've yet to have a cassette player eat one of my cassettes and cant say the same about 8 tracks.The fidelity is comparable to CD and I have many cassettes which are irreplaceable.Thank you KIA.
    I cant be as supportive of the sound quality in my Optima as the stereo in my old(97)Chrysler Town & Country LXi is far superior. It too has CD and cassette.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Hope you've got 'em in a fireproof safe, then, if they're that valuable. Again, whatever works for you. Just for jollies, though, taste a high-fidelity audio file one day. No hiss, and no worries about ANYTHING being eaten.

    The analogy to 8-track is to the fact that there is apparently still a market for those who prefer old technology in new cars. (I imagine this is especially true in Asia.) I'm the same way when it comes to brakes. I'd rather not have ABS in my car, prefer the old fashioned brakes. Thank you KIA.
  • just bought a kia optima 2007 lx with the sound,interior package with stability control.many options.did better on price with all the options than any other cars i looked at.i showed a close friend who is a manager for a toyota lot and he said you better grab it .wanted to look at tha amanti their was none on the lot. they had 9 but were sold.the dealer gave 4500.00 on any trade. drive it in or even tow my case i towed (aaa) a 2000concord with 980000 miles and no engine.and bought the kia brand new with fianced 2.5 %.did great. love the heated seats and moon roof also the long warranty.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Congrats on your purchase. Keep letting us know how it's working, the board needs more posters. Mickeyrom and I are getting lonesome talking only to each other.

    I got my wife a 2007 LX at the end of last December. Appearance package with electroluminescent instruments and 17 inch tires, leather interior. Paid $16,100, good value. I'm sure you got a better deal at the end of the model year. The Optima's interior is close to the new Malibu and Accord and well above the Camry IMHO. Very good value.
  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Im trying to decide between the 2007 Optima LX-4 base model with the Kumho 16"
    tires, or the Appearance Package with the alloys on 17" Michelins?? Ive heard that
    the 16" Kumhos will actually prove to be a smoother, less jarring ride than the
    17" low profile Michelins!
    Im also concerned about the replacement costs of 17" tires verses 16". Certainly.
    over the course of 10 years, it would be cheaper to have 16" Kumhos!

    Any thoughts??
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    I agree with your thoughts on the tires. But the upside of getting the Appearance package is then you can get the ABS/ESC package too (which I highly recommend, if not for yourself then consider resale value as they are desirable features for many buyers).
  • My car seems to work better in the snow better with ESC off.When it isnt off,the tir">es seem to kinda stutter and the light for ESC flashes on and off.Is this normal?
    Here I thought that ESC was supposed to help in bad weather. <img src="
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    That is normal for traction control (which is related to the ESC system, but not the same thing). Try using a lighter foot at launch if you don't want the traction control to activate when it's slippery.
  • Backy,I think the ESC is always engaged unless I DISENGAGE it.When off, a light goes on.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    It's activated unless you turn it off. But the traction control doesn't engage unless it senses wheel slippage to a certain threshhold. You can avoid engaging it, and that noise that you apparently don't like, by using a lighter foot on the gas. The traction control on my Elantra engages only if I use too much gas in icy conditions. If I take it easy, it doesn't engage. But it's "on" unless I turn it off. Which I never do.
  • Its not a noise Backy. It's like the wheels are turning in spasms.You know,like turn,stop...turn stop,,,but I guess I will try to start extremely slowly.Maybe you're right.I will see.
    Do you think I will be safer with the ESC on while driving on a snowy highway? Of course I mean while I'm already at speed,not starting out.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    Do you think I will be safer with the ESC on while driving on a snowy highway?

    Yes. Think of it as an insurance policy if you do something you're not supposed to do, like drive too fast around a curve. It gives you an extra margin for error, but it's not a cure-all.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I have the appearance package.

    1. I agree with you on the tires. I probably won't replace with the OEM Michelin but any 17 inch replacement is going to be more expensive and probably get poorer tread life. I'm sure the Michelins handle better than the 16 Kumhos but I'm not out on the skid pad.

    2. The blacked out trim and interior aluminum-- no big deal.

    3. The electroluminescent instruments-- definitely nice. Worth several hundred bucks IMHO.

    4. Having upscale wheels is definitely worth several hundred over the base steel wheel, although having a 16 incher would be plenty good.

    5. Drivers Info. Center is worth a bit, but is crippled-- needs MPG indicator. This may be corrected in 2008.

    6. Auto headlights-- OK but they don't go on quickly enough.

    7. Fog lamps-- Worth maybe a hundred bucks.

    I bought the apparence package because there were no base cars on the lot and they gave me a good deal, LX plus nice add-on leather for $16,100. On balance I'm not sure if I'd do it if I could save $800 and get the base car with leather, however.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    how y'all been? I am still on the site though I spend lots of time over in 'News and Views' and, since I have a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, over in the Mitsubishi Lancer forums. I always stop in here and read your posts, but, since I'm no longer looking for a Kia Optima to purchase I don't often comment in here.

    I bought my Lancer GTS in March of '07 and now have 13,719 miles on it. It is my first Japanese car, new or used. I am really enjoying it and recently purchased a Rally Red paint stick from the Mitsu dealer to do a few touch-ups. I am looking forward to covering up those annoying little tiny chips you get on the front grille, valance and hood during normal travel.

    Are you guys still feeling good about your Kia Optima purchases and are either of you gonna be trading in anytime soon for something different?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Drivers Info. Center is worth a bit, but is crippled-- needs MPG indicator. This may be corrected in 2008.

    If they do,I'm hoping that will enable me to update my 06.5 model.After all it's probably going to be pretty much identical,don't you think?

    The lights...pretty weird cut-offs.I mean the light pattern on the road.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866

    The Optima is my wife's car and has gotten about as much mileage in the last eleven months as my cars do in three. Frankly I prefer my Malibu Maxx but that's ok because she prefers the Optima. Since this thread is mostly Mickeyrom and I discussing the same points over and over again, I think you can get a pretty good idea of our likes and dislikes on the car.

    I have no desire to trade this anytime soon. Anyone who gets into a new Kia should do so with the idea of keeping the car a long time. This is not a car to trade in after a year or so.

    During the time we've had it, nothing whatsoever has gone wrong. In fact, it hasn't even been back to the dealer and is just getting ready for its second oil change. If I had an oil life monitor like my Maxx has it might be getting ready for its first oil change.
  • Are you guys still feeling good about your Kia Optima purchases and are either of you gonna be trading in anytime soon for something different?

    Other than incredibly bad depreciation (Lujacks has a 2006 Opima with 19,000 miles for sale for under $10K) I love my Optima EX.It is loaded,so I will more than likely have no need to replace it.What more could I ask for,although my real dream car is a hybrid.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    an all-electrically powered car. Trouble is, there aren't any made yet that will meet my criteria.

    Just what are my criteria you may be wondering? Well, I'll tell you.

    1) I need the car to go about 200 miles on a single charge
    2) I need to be able to re-charge the car in 8 hours or so from a standard electric
    3) I need the car to be able to go 75 mph at least
    4) The car should not cost more than $22,000

    No, although that's about what a new Toyota Prius costs, I am not looking at a new Toyota Prius. Mitsubishi is working on an all-electric car right now that I will start to study. Since I just bought my '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in March and am planning on keeping this car for at least 5 years and quite probably 7 years, I have a lot of time to study which electric car I would want to buy. I want to get myself away from internally-combustioned engined automobiles. It's time to think electric, forget about hybrids(for me anyway).

    As gas soars towards $3.00 and maybe even $4.00/gal I am starting to grow weary of this held-hostage to us and our dino-oil game. Tired of it. Manufacturers are working hard making hybrid/electric/hydrogen-powered vehicles and by the time I'm ready to trade-in again the price may even come down on them, though, they may be kind of expensive still.

    There's a car made in Canada called ZENN that is all-electric. It goes 25mph tops and requires an overnight re-charge. Range is short, IIRC only 70 miles or something like that. It sells for about $12,000. But I need more range out here in the Wild, Wild West where my wife and I like to go shopping in Sierra Vista, Safford and Tucson, Arizona. We'll need a cruising range of something more like 200 miles. Then there is talk of re-charging stations along the way, so that may be a moot point if the re-charging doesn't take more than an hour or so. Lots of questions but I just decided about 4 or 5 days ago(when I learned that Mitsubishi is working on an EV that may be practical for usage)that I am truly interested in an EV. We shall see. Not yet sold on one just interested in one.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Folks, if you are going to display a picture in your post, please be sure that it fits within the text area. If it is wider than the text area, it distorts the posts around it to the point where they cannot be read - and than means the post with the wide picture must be removed.

    The recent change in Forums layout has made this even more crucial than it used to be.

    If you cannot make the post fit within the text area, please just post a link to it.

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Wife's car has only 6000 miles. Getting ready for second oil change. Absolutely no issues, rock steady.
  • This car is gold colored, the dealer charged me $750 for installing a sunroof; thinking of tinting out the side windows also. This vehicle is a 4 cyl---so it sometimes feel like I'm strugglin to get much power going up hills. I guess the 6 cyl is swifter--but also costs like $3000 more. But hey, I"m getting about 41 mpg so far, car had 25,000 miles on it (used to be an Enterprise rental). I guess I"m content though. Ther is a slight squeak sound on the front end brakes when I back out the driveway but no such squeak when I come to a stop sign. Any ideas? I've been dr
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    If you hear the squeak when backing out of your driveway in the morning, but no other time, it could just be moisture on the discs. I hear the same thing sometimes on my Elantra, which like the Optima has 4-wheel disc brakes. Normally it's when the weather is cool and damp and the car has been sitting overnight.
  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44
    what's reasonable price for Optima EX 4cylinder with appearance package and sunroof?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866

    I paid close attention to the lights on dim tonight. Actually like it. The right lamp is significantly higher than the left. This is good because the oncoming traffic is out of the range of the higher light but you get a good look at what's directly in front of you.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Last year I bought a 4 cylinder LX with add on leather and the appearance package for $16,100. Not sure how much more the EX would be. Mickeyrom bought one but without the appearance package. I think you should be able to beat the Edmunds price, I generally do on any car I buy.

    You are better off with the 4cylinder IMHO. Less maintenance and almost as much power. If you want a 6 cylinder Korean car get the Sonata.
  • gy563gy563 Posts: 44
    thanks for the info

    I do not want 6 Cylinder Sonata as we already have one!
    it's silk smooth but gets only 21MPG :cry:

    I want something fuel efficient with strong value that's why I'm thinking Optima EX. 6 disc changer with MP3 computability is must have for me that's why I'm thinking EX
    I was thinking of buying LX and change the audio system but then I won't be able to use steering audio control so....
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Hmmmmmm.....I'll have to look again. BTW...happy New Year... :D
  • Sorry if this appears idiotic...
    The wife has the car currently so I don't have the owners manual. What type of oil, including weight/viscosity is recommended for the 2007 Optima (4 cylinder)? Thanks in advance.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    5W-20 GF3 or better, which is for the most part any modern day oil like Pennzoil, Quaker State etc.

    FWIW I use Amsoil XL 5W-20 in my I4 2.4L.
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