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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I found the update on the Kia website It is for a 2015 optima the closest to my 2012 Optima. Can I put that update on my 2012 optima? there is no update for a 2012 optima for Navigation on the website. I have a 4. something and this is a 5. something. I think is the right update just want to be...
  2. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    My mom has 15 Optima regular 4 cylinder 88k miles, great shape well maintained. She is having a problem that we just can't figure out! So the car rides very nice and perfectly smooth most of the time. However at highway speeds 55+ sometimes the car shakes so bad it seems like the wheels are...
  3. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Is it worth putting the resonator of a Lexus f sport IS 350 2015 on a Kia optima 2011? My uncle is a mechanic and had an extra resonator from one of his old cars and I bought a second hand Kia with loud muffler that I wanted back to "normal". EDIT: sounds deeper but fuel economy has increased...
  4. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I turned my car on and my radio sounds level is low but when I try to lower or raise the volume it doesn't change? Does this mean I blew my speakers? I was listening to music and driving and the volume was working fine but then I turned off my car, ran some errands, came back, turned it on and...
  5. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey Everyone, I'm new here and this is the first mod I have considered. Like most LX owners with gray cloth interior, I am displeased with the look and function of the material which is why I have looked to salvaged SX models to seat swap with. Attached are pictures of the seats I'm...
  6. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I always kept my key fob in my purse unless I was doing a repair on my car a few weeks ago & it was in my pocket & I washed it.. Since then I haven't had a chance to get a new one & have been inserting it in the dash to start it. (btw I put it in rice, dried it, & tried a few new batteries. I...
  7. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Hello all, my radio has no sound coming out except the beep sound. Check the radio with a new head unit, but no sound coming out as well. I guessed it's the amp that's causing the problem. I'm looking for a place or a web link to buy a used amp, please help!! this problem has been with me...
  8. The Service Center
    Hello folks, thank you for taking the time to read my post and hopefully help me out. BTW I love this car. I need the part that goes between parts 21 and 22. The parts guy at the local dealer is less than helpful.
  9. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi, I am new to these forums as me and my fiance recently purchased a 2015 Kia Optima SXL a little over 2 weeks ago. It had 120,000 miles, and we expected it to have some slight wear and tear, but we did get a good price for it in our opinion. But when we purchased it, we were told there were...
  10. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Trying to get my stock midpipe off to replace with the quickpower pipe I purchased off another member. One of the bolts, I assume must be stripped as it keeps spinning when I try to take off the nut. The others seemed to be irremovable, and just the nuts come off. The top of it is flat so I...
  11. New Member Introductions
    2012 optima ex owner 135k mileage, motor just siezed up. Calling kia tomorrow. Any tips, ideas to help with this process. My mechanic says kia is well aware of engine issues and is replacing many!
  12. Discount Tire
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  13. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    I have a Kenwood DDX9906XR unit and I am not used to having the EQ setup. I’m used to having the -5 to +5 scale for treble, mid and bass. On the old stock system, I had bass at zero, mid at 3 and treble at 5. For me, with all the various types of music I listen to, was the sweetspot, good...
  14. The Service Center
    2011 Optima. Have had two brake switches go out over the years. I know the symptoms. Well, at COSTCO Saturday...car wont start. Can't put it in park...yada yada yada. I checked fuses...and I did remove the memory fuse pair without realizing what it was. Resets the radio. Finally, I get the car...
  15. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Hello, It's been a while! Have searched a bunch of threads but still need a little help. The passenger side mirror is broken. The internals specifically. The exterior of the assembly and the glass are fine. The mirror came popped out while I was on the freeway doing 70 but the wires held in...
  16. Hybrids
    Dealer says my regular 12V battery needs to be replaced. They want 500 for it. I think they are nutz.. Does anyone know what the deal is , and is there an acceptable aftermarket battery.
  17. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    I wanted to know where the vent intake is because I have very very small amount of air coming out of the vents The fan is running full speed but very little air is coming out.
  18. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    Hey all, so we just purchased our 2017 optima ex hybrid with the Harmon Kardon stereo. I was hoping to be blown away after reading so many great reviews about it, however it sounds a bit distorted to me, especially at low volumes. Does anyone know if there is a way to completely reset it or if...
  19. Engine and Technical Discussion
    So my wife was going to use my 2011 Kia Optima (bought new in 2011) and when she tried the key in the ignition she said the horn and alarm went crazy and the car wouldn’t turn on. She called me and I heard it going crazy. I come back from out of town and I start to look at the car. I was...
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