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  1. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    My issue- On start up I had some shuttering ( rough start ) then after warm up car ran fine, gradually got worse and engine light showed up. Took it to the dealer as I only have 30,000 miles. 1st trip - was told too much oil, tech claimed to clear it all up. Day later its back 2nd trip-...
  2. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I wrote this in the mega-thread of engine replacement experiences but I figured I should write another separate one here... 2013 Kia Optima SX-L 2.0T Engine/Performance Mods: None Mileage at the time of failure: 61k Miles Determined cause of engine failure: Unknown Was proper maintenance...
  3. The Service Center
    Hi all, Haven't posted in a long time but was looking for advice on an issue I am having. I have a 12' LX with the steering coupler issue. I brought the car into dealership where they told me yes, the coupling does need replacing. However, they are unable to do the job because of wiring...
  4. The Dealership
    I'm still a newbe to this forum but I wanted to tell you about my first expierence with a Kia dealership service dept. in Orlando Fl. I just bought a used 2017 Kia Optima LX with just over 40,000 miles (Yea, it was a hertz rental car) I had the car looked at by my friend (who is a mechanic) at...
  5. The Service Center
    I'm still a newbe to this forum but I wanted to tell you about my first expierence with a Kia dealership service dept. in Orlando Fl. I just bought a used 2017 Kia Optima LX with just over 40,000 miles (Yea, it was a hertz rental car) I had the car looked at by my friend (who is a mechanic) at...
  6. 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...
  7. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    CPO 2017 Optima LX 17000 miles for about $15,700 I looked at an Optima and went to make the deal today. Drove the car, very nice, but smelled like a pipe with perfume cover. Promised it could be removed, but did not take it. I looked a new one and back and forth - but did not want new one...
  8. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    I recently purchased a brand new Optima and the dealer Owes me a OEM Remote start. My sales person called with an installation date and I thought all was good. Fast Forward few days, I called the service department today to see if they can make time during the install to look at a small...
  9. The Service Center
    So I've been trying for a few days to source some new plugs for my 2014 SX turbo, and the only place I can find a set is a Kia dealer who needs to special-order them in at $48 PER PLUG. No thanks, especially since they won't lube it up first! :lipsrsealed: I've found that NGK's website(s) do...
  10. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    I was told not to "pick" it off, so how do i get it off without leaving a mark? Thanks, Woody
  11. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Took my car in for the engine test. While it was there, there was a TSB for additional anti-corrosion spray, so they sent it out. All four of my 2 week old, expensive, deep concave rims are COATED with overspray!! Mad as ****, freaking out.. Service was closing, Asshat kid at the counter told...
  12. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Hey Guys, I just got a radio from my dealer who promised me for months to get the radio and do the install and everything but i finally just picked it up and took it elsewhere. I installed the radio and found out its a UVO radio. unfortunately the dealer is now telling me its what comes in my...
  13. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    found the issue. Apparently this is NOT the preferred way to lighten your pistons :P We assumed the ring was broken. The missing chunk of piston skirt surprised everyone. New short block was in dealers bay with gaskets drying, should be good to go tomorrow. Fingers crossed. (I have a ton of...
  14. New Member Introductions
    This is our second Optima, traded our '14 EX for the new ride. They were really in a dealing mood this time around with it being the last day of the month and last years model...we saved almost 10k. I really like the Kinetic package, it has the cat back exhaust, the lowered suspension, upgraded...
  15. The Service Center
    I bought a certified 2015 Kia from the stealership. They recommend changing oil and filter every 3700 miles. That seems excessive to me especially since I want to use synthetic oil. I was thinking every 5000 -6000 miles.
  16. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Ok, So I have a 2013 optima sxl. Long story short, from day one I noticed all the steering problems people have been posting here. First steering problem was that the wheel would stick. Almost like it would get stuck and you would have to use force to get it to "break loose". Even more...
  17. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I am in need of a detail and don't want to do it myself. I normally search groupon for deals but there aren't any at the moment. I noticed that my dealer does sell a detiler service. Should I trust my car to them? Mainly, are they going to be any worse than any 3rd party detailer? They charge...
  18. The Dealership
    So yesterday morning i dropped my car off at my local Kia Dealer to have the steering wheel looked at.About six hours later he called me back and told me that i had a bad coupling unit, and that i would have to leave the car overnight, or reschedule for next week. so i left it. he told me it...
  19. New Member Introductions
    hello everybody, snagged me a 2011 6 speed manual Optima this week. been looking for one for a daily for a little bit now. First Kia i've owned but have worked in the parts department at a Kia dealership for almost 4 years. Have owned Honda's most of my life and still have a 2000 CR-V for a toy...
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