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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi group, I got the recall notice on 2012 EX Turbo and plan to put it in. The only maintenance I have ever done has been oil and filter and brakes (dumb, I know). So, I was hoping for some guidance on where to spend some money given this high mileage. I plan on keeping the car to at lease...
  2. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hey guys, Just got my car serviced at 90k and they listed a bunch of additional work to get done. Its listed as coolant ($130) Brake fluid ($110) Air filter ($56) Drive Belt ($220)... Seemed a bit much so I opted not to do any of it. I'm not much of a car guy but I figure I can do the air...
  3. Engine and Technical Discussion
    For those that have an optima turbo,what do you do to extend the life of the turbo? Let the car run at idle for a min or 2 before shutting off? Is anything else recommended?
  4. The Service Center
    Hi all, I am coming up on 30k miles on my 2014 SX-T and had my car in the dealership recently for KIA's ECU upgrade/recall. At that time, the dealer suggested two maintenance services: Fuel injection service @ $155 Automatic transmission fluid replacement @ $230 I subsequently reviewed the...
  5. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    First servicing for my car for 7500 miles, More like 8000 miles. On my 2018 LX 1.6T, I have 19" rims. While servicing my car at the dealership, the tech comes to get me to show me something. My car's lifted up, he shows me that my CV boot is ripped. My CV needs to be replaced. A $650 part...
  6. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey all, Have a question and have been googling research but wanted to get some thoughts from fellow Kia owners (most threads aren't general). My question, I have a '16 SX at 16,500 miles. I've been going to the dealership for my regularly scheduled factory maintenance to date and recently...
  7. The Service Center
    I live in San Diego, CA, and a dealer is pushing severe maintenance schedule on me, primarily for coolant and trans fluids. I wonder what everyone elses experience is, as the items in the severe maintenance are pretty ambiguous. Lastly, does anyone have any comments on KIA/Warranty issues with...
  8. New Member Introductions
    Hey Everyone. I'm Joel and I live in Eastern North Carolina. Last summer, I traded my 2013 Hyundai Elantra for a 2017 Kia Optima LX Turbo with the LX Value Package. The merlot leather and the heated steering wheel are my favorite features. I've always loved cars since I was a child. I must say...
  9. The Service Center
    I have a 2013 Optima SX Turbo. I have been reading about needing to clean the GDI engine's intake valves and throttle body. I came across the CRC Intake Valve Cleaner which sounded like a good product to use. It said to spray it into a vacuum hose after the mass airflow sensor. I picked up a can...
  10. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I was thinking about replacing my 2015 Optima Lx with another one after the 5 years/60k miles bumper to bumper warranty runs out. I only drive it about 4K miles per year. It looks like a good move, assuming the trade-in is about $10K, which is about 50% of the original cost. On the...
  11. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    What do you guys use to maintain your leather seats? Mine is a little over a year old and has some lines in a few places already (no tears or holes). My car has been parked in the garage every night, so it hasn't had much sun exposure. Thanks.
  12. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I was just curious who here actually writes in the manual when the maintenance gets done. I know cars have records in the computers and so on but its not as accurate as the book everytime. I have done it with all of my cars that have had miles on it. The dealership that I traded my car in was...
  13. New Member Introductions
    Hello, I figured I'd throw up a post since there is an actual thread dedicated to intro posts. A little about myself.. -23 year old college student, working part time in Arizona, US -Currently the second owner of a beautiful 2015 Optima LX with convenience package(Power seat/windows, backup...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hello All, I own a 2015 Kia Optima Turbo. I cannot find anything in the Owner's Manual that addresses any specific maintenance procedures, i.e., more frequent oil changes for a turbo equipped Optima? Additionally I read in a couple of Internet sources that the engine should be run for about a...
  15. The Service Center
    Hey, Have a 2015 kia optima EX and got my first oil change at just above 3000 miles. The dealership put a sticker reminder for another oil change at 6000 miles. I read the maintenance schedule and it says I shouldn't need another maintenance (including oil change) until 7500 miles. Does...
  16. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hey guys, So before the Optima I had a turbo Audi and all I ever saw on the threads was posts about DI maintenance. I don't see as much talk here. The 3rd party shop that I get most of my stuff done at mentioned that I should do a BG service on my car since it's almost 30k miles so I wanted to...
  17. The Service Center
    What Maintenance Schedule is required for Kia's Warranty to remain valid I have scheduled maintenance for my Optima..... It is going to cost somewhere around $190 They are going to rotate the tires, change the oil, change the filters.... and I think do an alignment (I do find that a alignment...
  18. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I downloaded the official maintenance intervals from kiatech. I want to be certain I am in complete compliance but have a question. "30,000 or 24 months, whichever comes first" I only averaged 950 miles per month. Based on purchase date I should have had the 30,000 service back in april but here...
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