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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I have a 2013 Kia Optima. I bought used and it already had HIDs installed when I got it for the low beams and fog lights. I know the low beams do have projectors but I’m curious does the 2013 EX come stock with HIDS or does it use regular H11b halogens and the projectors are more just for...
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  3. Kia recently replaced the complete long Block in my car (2014 sxl) and it almost seems as though they are maybe detuning them so they don't have future issues like maybe they lowered the compression ratio or change the valve timing a bit? I'm not saying it's now a dog just seems little less...
  4. This is getting worse, to the point I am afraid to drive my car. While driving I can feel the car slowly accelerating, feels like it has more power. I will go to stop and press the brake, car will stop but engine will run at full speed. I have to shift it in to park and take my feet off all...
  5. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    heard that the engine recalls mostly affects US built rather than both korean and american manufactured Kias. is that true?
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