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  1. Dealer is no help

    The Service Center
    I can see why THIS thread died! Jeesh!
  2. Looking for a nice, quiet set of all seasons. Recommendations?

    Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    So, Turbo, enlighten me: our SX has Continental 225/45/18's on it. Why would you (your car) call for 17's? 1. Personal choice? 2. Smaller diameter for different model of Optima? (makes no sense to me) 3. Better sound reduction on 17's over 18's? (again...logic?) As for someone's comment about...
  3. Looking for a nice, quiet set of all seasons. Recommendations?

    Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    I almost don't care about handling.....if the new tires reduce noise in the car by at least 15 or 20 percent. The tires on it NOW are seemingly major contributors to cabin noise, and it's driving us crazy. Anybody here ever put General Alti-max's on? Any other "quiet contenders" in an all-season?
  4. Don't get me wrong: I LOVE the car...but it NOISY!! %@$&# BAM!!

    The Service Center
    Yeah, I agree. Problem is, even HALF of what he did seems like a helluva lot of work........AND time, as we know, is money. Now, since our Optima has 155K kliks on it (90 thousand miles).....it's probably worth nothing on resale anyway, so, I guess maybe it WOULD be worth putting a grand into...
  5. Don't get me wrong: I LOVE the car...but it NOISY!! %@$&# BAM!!

    The Service Center
    Mine's a 2014. I'd be curious to know if the factory "got the message" and did things to quiet it down; either better tires.....or actually putting some sound deadening material on the body panels. (I'll have to break into my dealers lot some night....break into a 2016 and tear out the roof...
  6. [SX-T] : Looking for summer tires

    Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    I'm right there with ya on the Michelin marque! What HAPPENED to that brand over the years. They used to be GOLD! As mentioned elsewhere, the best tires I've experienced buying/driving recently (on my 3 Series Bimmer) were Generals. That blew me away. I've always thought of Generals as army...
  7. Timing belt query......

    The Service Center
    Duly noted! And with that in mind.....I just this weekend put a new jug of Mobil 1 in to see if that quieted things down at all. No joy. :-(
  8. Outer tie rod ends - easy DIY?

    The Service Center
    Or......"TIRE ROD ENDS"......as the published KIA Service Schedule calls them! (Check it out under Service #2 on https://www.performancekia.ca/kia-maintenance-schedule-thunder-bay-ontario. Check brake / tire rods / ball joints (visual inspection) Priceless! Oh for a reliable, English-speaking...
  9. Timing belt query......

    The Service Center
    Hey.......I've reached FOUR POSTS!! Yippee! I can do ANYthing now, right?!?!?
  10. Timing belt query......

    The Service Center
    Thanks, Turbonut. So now that we've......correction YOU'VE...established that it IS a chain, and not a belt, and therefore not victim to the dreaded stretching, snapping, slapping, shredding etc that seems to plague timing belts and require routine replacement every 100k or so, anybody got any...
  11. Timing belt query......

    The Service Center
    SPEAKING of having it done at the stealers....anyone ever notice some of the ridiculous items listed in the "official" published KIA service schedules online? I say "schedules", because every individual dealership seems to have the ability to publish their own "custom" version of what THEY do...
  12. Timing belt query......

    The Service Center
    First of all......IS IT a belt (vs chain) on the 2014 SX (non-turbo)? Secondly, I bought the car, used, with 135,000 kliks on it last October and I don't know if the timing belt/chain has been replaced. Without the benefit of access to the previous owner...is there any way to TELL if it's been...
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    Members' Showroom
    What does a guy have to do to post on this site??
  14. 2013 Kia Optima SXL MPG vs the 2014 SXL

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    Hey, buddy.......just wondered if you know what i have to do in order to post in the forum. I'm new(ish)......but I AM registered. Just got an error.......UncleScotty, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons: Your user account may not have...
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