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  1. The Service Center
    I have a 2011 Optima LX GDI. The drivers side tail light will not work, neither does the license plate light on the same side. The turn signal and brake light do work. We have changed all the bulbs, checked the fuses and mechanic checked the wiring. He concluded that it was the smart junction...
  2. Engine and Technical Discussion
    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...
  3. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I'm mechanically inclined and have repaired various AC systems on cars, but I'm a little puzzled at the Optima. After buying new in 2012 the AC needed bit of a charge, so I used temp pressure chart and my gauges to add a can of 134a. This got it pretty much right on the money. The AC was blowing...
  4. The Service Center
    I have '12 Optima and the AC system has leaked down. I have replaced system components before, used a vacuum pump, re-pressurized systems, etc. But only a shade tree mechanic. I bought a tool that lets you replace schrader valves in the AC pressure ports under pressure, and it works well...
  5. New Member Introductions
    heres my introduction , I want to shoot myself! I love my kia , it has 50k miles , 22k when I bought it. Dealer doesn't want to honor the warranty because Sludge was found in the motor. I have EVERY service receipt since I purchased the car. I do it the service near my house at a ASE certified...
  6. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Sometimes my nav screen stays off when I start the car and other times it turns on. If it stays off, I just push any button (fm/am,sat,map...) and it turns on. Common issue?
  7. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    I'm loving my EX, however the one thing I'm having trouble getting used to is the vague feel of the steering. The car feels disconnected from the road, I would also describe the steering action stiff. Whether driving 15 mph or 60 mph, if feels like no other vehice I've ever driven. The steering...
  8. The Dealership
    This post can go either way at this point, I'll update as warranted. End of June, I was presented with a contract to buy a Kia Optima SX Limited. The vehicle was pretty much loaded. Trade-in accepted, price accepted, monthly payments accepted, I even accepted the Gap insurance even though I...
  9. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Sorry meant to add grill in the Topic Subject... Very new here and am looking for a Chrome Mesh or Horizontal Bar type grill, upper and lower, for my Fiance's 2012 Optima that doesn't cost $200+... Have some some searching and cannot seem to find anything that is not over $200+ (upper and...
  10. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    I play music from a USB thumb drive. It seems like 30% of the time I restart my car, UVO will not continue where I last left and will restart playing music at the beginning of the library. And every time I restart my car, I have to press the shuffle button again to turn it back on. Is there a...
  11. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Driving to work today and come to a stop at a red light. Just happened to look in my rear view to 2 guys in a work truck having a conversation and this is what I gathered from reading lips. The passenger asked the driver what car is that, and I saw the driver mouth the word "Optima", and "looks...
  12. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Just installed my CAI and its got a funny sound that i dont like.. It sounds like a week wacker sometimes and the sucking sound is kinda loud. Gonna let the car cool down before checking it out and/or removing it. I deff dont like how it sounds.. :angry:
  13. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    HID connection/USB help ok so let me restart...i've installed the HID conversion kit from Diode Dynamics, and pretty much followed the youtube directions from Xenon Supply exactly as they did it except i didn't connect directly to the battery. I connected to the positive terminal in the fuse...
  14. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi everyone!! A little rant about the dealership I bought my car from. I wanted to do an early oil change at the dealers at 1,500 km [940 mi] I made an appointment today also stating my km that I want to do it early .... the service adviser said "oh it's fine come in" I came in and told me...
  15. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    ...unless I'm on my 'media' audio setting and then it will play through the speakers. In my old vehicle it would connect to bluetooth and still receive calls and everything through the car but when I got a text it would sound THROUGH MY PHONE and not only the iPhone audio 'setting' (media...
  16. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Well like I posted earlier my car was at the dealer for some things. While there, I asked them to look into why my horn just plain doesn't worn. Watched the tech pop my fuse/relay box, and he got a funny look on his face. I walked over to ask whats wrong. He said he might be loosing it, but he...
  17. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Ordered a FSTB from Nameless Performance on Nov 1. It finally arrived today, and it doesn't fit! I've requested return instructions plus a full refund, to include shipping both ways. If one side is on correctly, the other side is off, by too much to "adjust" (bend it to fit).
  18. Engine and Technical Discussion
    So I've had my optima now for about 5 months and so far this has happened to me 3 times but thats 3 times too many in my book. I get to where I need to go put my car in park and try to lock it but on the display screen it says that its not in park. I've tried reversing out of the spot driving...
  19. New Member Introductions
    New to the Kia Optima. Mine is a 2012. I discovered a rubber button under the lip of the trunk that opens it even when the car is locked. Anyone else discover this and how can it be fixed?
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