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Kia Optima 2006.5-2008



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    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: 18,906
    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.
  • I just traded an 06 hyundai gl sport on an amazingly minty 07 ex 4 cyl. I traded for very little dollars & got leather/espt/tc/. The hyundai had a little smoother ride but the kia has a sportier suspension that handles a lot better. Gas mileage in both cars is/was mediocre at 33 mpg Canadian(28 mpg us gallon) at 70 mph. This is 100% hiway driving & both cars are identical even tho the kia has 1 more gear in the tranny.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I had the same experience.I traded a 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS with the 4 banger on a 2006.5 Optima EX with the leather package etc.etc. My gas mileage was much better than your on both cars.I think at 70 you lose a lot.I drive at legal limits (US) and most of the time they do not exceed 65.I consistently get over 30 MPG,even when there are stretches of 70 MPH ,in the calculation.At a steady 65 I have gotten as high as 40MPG.
    I definitely agree with you about the ride quality.The Sonata was much more comfortable,the handling,to me,seem comparable.I do like the dash layout much better on the Optima,especially the added tape player as I have lots of old tapes which I enjoy.Both cars,IMO,are very Nice and great value.
  • The CEL in my 2007 Optima has been on and off frequently in the last month. It would sometimes come on after fueling with Speedway gas, so I stopped using Speedway. Then the dealer said it was a loose gas cap, so I bought a new one. Dang if it didn't come back on about a week later and was intermittently on then off for the last month. I took it in yesterday because of front end noise (a hollow knocking sound when going over small bumps). Had to have the front stabilizer links replaced ($150) and they said the CEL indicated that the OCV (Oil Control Valve) should be replaced (close to $300). I had a $25 coupon so my total bill was close to $400. I do have high mileage (100,500) but it is mostly all highway. I wasn't too happy when I left.
  • After months of looking at beaucoup examples of Optima LX4's, I thought I'd run this one by backy. This car at a friends (non-Kia) dealership that specializes in lease return vehicles seems to fit my criteria.

    According to Carfax, verified Personal Lease vehicle. Serviced by the same dealer from day one according to the Severe service schedule. My friend put on 4 new Falken tires and had the car checked out by the Kia dealer here in town.

    The vehicle is spotless, 38K, with complete service records per carfax. Through an acquaintance of mine (Kia dealer), there is a document produced by sending the last six digits of the serial number to Kia for warranty coverage verification.

    At $9800.00 it seems to be a good buy. Your inputs always appreciated.
  • I am not sure that is a good price for an LX,but for an EX it might be.I would check the Blue Book if I were your friend.That mileage is pretty average for a 2007.I have a 2006.5 EX which actually is identical and have 44K miles.
  • The prices in this area tend to run somewhat higher due to the scarcity of late model used cars. The Kia dealer has an '08, LX4, 29K. Original tires and quite clean that they are asking 11.3K for. EX's seem to be rare in this area. Once in awhile they do show up. They had an '08 EX6, 21K, that lasted one whole day on their lot. I will check the Blue Book for a better handle on pricing.

    Thanks for the heads-up.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I think Kelly Bluebook, unlike Edmunds and NADA reflects asking, not sales prices and is less accurate then the other two. Keep that in mind in checking prices.
  • robmanrobman Posts: 7
    My 2006.5 Optima EX just turned 100,000 miles and it looks and drives pretty much like new. In mixed driving, I average 26.1 MPG and my maintenance costs have been riduculously low. The 100k service was inexpensive and in all of those miles I have only had to replace my brakes (at 95k due to that WONDERFUL transmission), routine coolant and AT service, and replace the tires. All of my oil changes are free (a service by Lifetime Kia in Murphy, NC) and they treat me like royalty when I visit.
    I almost bought a Honda Accord but the 5-speed AT (and the $3 price difference) sealed the deal. Now, I'm a loyal Kia owner for life.
  • I would have agreed with you until October 8, 2011. The engine failed at 75,864 miles despite regular oil changes and mostly conservative driving.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,441
    Any suggestions for a good tire for the 2007 Optima with 16" tires? Currently have the Hankook 714, which have pretty poor grip in wet weather (70% tread remaining)
  • Mine is a 2008 Optima but no MPG indicator...My Caddy STS does though.
  • I just purchased a 2007 Optima with 102k miles on it. I paid the fair value of Kelly Blue book price and the car is very clean and it does not look like an 8 year old car. My intention is that it will go another 100k. What do you think? Possible?
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