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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hi Optima Ppl!! Nasher here from Mauritius 🤙🤙 Well I jump started my beautiful Optima and messed up the central locking system...including some functions related to interior lights and radio/ climate control interfaces.... Anybody can help with a resale plss?? Do let me know 🙏🙏😬
  2. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey guys, I don't know much about Kia Optima other than they look like a nice sporty car. I was looking on craigslist to buy a used one a stumbled across a nice black one with 116k miles on it. The owner said the engine was rebuilt due to the recall. Would you advise me to stay away from...
  3. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone, I have a 2011 Optima SX (black) that I just love to drive. Bought new from the dealer. Anyways like so many people have posted, the low beams have deteriorated to the point that they are unusable. And because replacement assemblies are so costly, I purchased Cree LED fog lights...
  4. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Does anyone know if there's been any suspension differences between the MY2011 to MY2012-15?
  5. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Have any of you guys with the older head unit upgrade to a newer head unit with apple car play? I’m tired of the old head unit and ready for an upgrade. Let me know. Thanks.
  6. The Service Center
    2011 EX with the 2.4L engine. Lately I've been having a problem when shifting, normally into drive either from park or reverse, where it "thuds" into gear. I have about 105K miles on the car, have had the engine replaced due to the recall, and approximately 10K miles ago I had to replace the...
  7. New Member Introductions
    2011 Kia Optima. I recently created a How-To guide with pictures on how to replace the TRS for people who are getting a P0705 code. How many posts do I need to make before I can create a thread in the Service section and including pictures and links?
  8. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone, I just bought not running 2011 Optima hybrid in order to fix it and keep as my daily driver. I love how it looks, but did not have a chance to drive it yet :) The problem with it is that one of the engine coolant hoses got disconnected and the engine overheated, causing severe...
  9. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    My 2011 Optima passenger side headlight has been appearing dim on the projection out. I took it to the dealership for an estimate. They wanted to replace the whole headlight at a cost of over $1000 claiming it was a flaw in the projection element saying that the glue between the glass for...
  10. The Service Center
    Hi there, My HIDs are so dim, it's unsafe to drive at night. I'm not sure if it's the bulbs themselves going out or the actual assembly, because in the research I've been doing I've found posts that talk about how the actual headlight assemblies were poorly built. Am I looking at replacing the...
  11. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Hi Guys, My driver side bulb is out and I'm trying to get it replaced. The housing cover is stuck and won't open. I've unscrewed the White reservoir and put it to the side but for the life of me I can't open the cover. I've read somewhere that there is a screw somewhere underneath but can't...
  12. Hybrids
    Hi all, My '11 Optima Hybrid only has 61k miles on it, 35k of which is the last almost 6 years. I've been working from home for 5 years hence the low miles, as it only really gets driven infrequently around town or to the airport when needed. I'm now switching jobs and will be driving about 30...
  13. New Member Introductions
    I joined this forum as I have been searching it for some time to find answers to questions on my 2011 Kia Optima - SX Turbo. I have owned the car since Feb 2013 when I purchased it as certified with just over 30,000 miles on it. I have had one MAJOR problem, which Kia was able to take care of...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Just here trying to figure out where to go next for my mom. She has a 2011 Kia Optima EX T GDI. Engine was replaced 12 months ago due to recall and failure. She lives 700+ miles from me and home for the holidays. Have had the car to the dealer many times due to issues. first needed clock...
  15. New Member Introductions
    Hello all, new member here. I purchased a used 2011 Optima SX about 4 years ago. I figured I should start paying more attention to the car health so joined up to learn from you fine folks. At the moment I'm trying to figure out some engine codes. I've currently got two engine codes that seem to...
  16. The Service Center
    Am I going crazy here or is ~$2100 + labor + tax crazy to replace a light bulb??? I hit a deer last winter and part of the costs when fixing it was indeed a $2096.41 "Lamp" for the drivers side. Can they not just buy a new D1S bulb and replace it? I'm absolutely flabbergasted they want this...
  17. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Let me know guys.
  18. New Member Introductions
    Just got my 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid this last weekend. 104K miles on it but was used for a 60-mile daily commute so mostly hi-way miles on her. Was concerned that they might have been Uber miles but the owner was a Marine living about 30 miles from Pendleton. Took her for a run up to Los...
  19. The Service Center
    Any help would be great. A few weeks back my low-beams became very dim, both at the same time. I have the HID headlights. I ordered new bulbs off Amazon, but after thinking about it, I don't think it's the bulbs that were bad since it happened to both at the exact same time. Any info on...
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