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  1. DIY Projects
    The Optima DIY Section is the forum where you can post up and ask your questions, as well as submit a DIY to be added along with the rest. Users can ONLY post in the Optima DIY section. That way all of your questions, ideas, requests, and comments will be in one easy to find place. If you have...
  2. Discount Tire
    Help us help you! It’s as easy as clicking the relevant link below when you are ready to make a purchase. By following this link, you are helping Discount Tire continue our efforts in supporting Optima Forums. It’s a win-win! CLICK HERE for local Discount Tire In-store purchases. CLICK...
  3. DIY : Appearance And Body Modifications
    Its time for another DIY. This time i show you how to fix illuminated front door sill if its broken. I got different thread for how to install illuminated rear door sills if you want to check it out too (full installion guide). So first thing, take the part off from the car. Using the interior...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Before I can post w/folks that sit at the big table?
  5. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    Hey guys, trying to decide if I should keep our 2016 Optima SXL with almost 17K miles my wife drives, or get rid of it. I was disappointed of it before receiving the letter about conn-rod bearing damage that can be 'excessive' (like if any was good), due to increasing oil consumption (1/2-qt...
  6. Entertainment: Audio, Navigation, and Electronics
    I have a 2011 Kia Optima SX. How do i upgrade the navigation software to a more recent version. In addition, where can i get the update?
  7. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hey guys, I have a 2013 optima EX, I believe it has the 2.4L GDI engine. 61k miles. I work in sales so I drive a lot. Due to a long story I basically had to buy this optima, did I pick a reliable car? What are common issues/pitfalls I should look out for? Am I safe to keep this car, or should...
  8. New Member Introductions
    Howdy folks, Craig from Austin chiming in, 2 vehicles currently in my arsenal; 2011 Mustang GT Premium, as well as my girlfriend's 2014 Kia Optima. Her car is bone stock other than some minor aesthetic work that we've done together, but hopefully we'll spice it up a little as time goes on...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Happy to join this forum!
  10. Hybrids
    Ever since getting the 2017 Hybrid, the car felt solid with pretty good handling. I've driven it somewhat hard with the OEM tires and it felt pretty good but I always felt the tires were the weak link and I wanted it to roll a bit less in corners. Back in December, I drove a Stinger GT and my...
  11. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Hi All, Actually asking for a friend with a 2012 Sportage. The black on his KIA emblem started flaking off, but not all the way! He figured he'd just remove the rest of the black but I wanted to find out the best way to do that. It is still adhering fairly well. Using a sharp object or...
  12. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Hey Guys, Need advice. It's coming near time to replace the existing tires on my custom setup (MRR 20x9.5" HR3). Currently running Michelin P245/35/ZR20 EXTREME CONTACT M+S Running this tire because I was going to run these full season in the Midwest but changed to just Summer duty and...
  13. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Thankfully nothing was taken/severely damaged, how ever there is a nice little ding on my window lining and I would like my car to look as new as possible. Any idea where I can find the part to replace it? I was looking at rain guards as well, maybe something to replace the piece as a whole. Any...
  14. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey guys, I have an SX with tech package and not the SX-L which comes with Aluminum pedals. I wanted to know how easy the following would be to install: Kia Optima Steel Pedals | Kia Stuff Thanks!
  15. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey guys im currenly building my kia and iv got a catback magnaflow exaust and performance chip claiming to make about 40 extra hp, besides a cold air intake what can I do for adding power. possibly building up the engine block or turboing???? Need help!
  16. Hybrids
    Every morning, my car insists on heating my windshield, apparently indefinitely, as at no point is the windshield ever frosted over, yet every attempt to warm the cabin, by changing the venting is immediately corrected to automatically defrost the windshield. Is KIA just more concerned with the...
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