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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hello, I have a 2010 Kia Optima with 126,xxx miles on the 2.4L 4 cylinder, the oil has been changed every 5k miles with full synthetic oil since new. For the first couple seconds of a cold start I can hear what I believe to be piston slap after that you can't hear anything unless you listen...
  2. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey everyone, does anyone know if this generation of Optima is still reliable after the motor recall? I had my engine for free under the P1326 recall back in 2018 at about 120,000 km. The cars at just a little over 200,000 km now so approx 80,000 km on the new motor. My local Kia says that they...
  3. Engine and Technical Discussion
    To anyone that has had their engine replaced due to baring defect recall, would you guys be able to provide an invoice showing exactly what was done? I'm curious as to exactly what is being replaced. I know the short block is being replaced but what other parts in addition. Like do they...
  4. Engine and Technical Discussion
    I bought my 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid at 100,000 km (Canadian Eh) here is my experience over the last 30,000 km/about 1 year (the last one is the best): At the beginning - Loved it, felt great. 1 week - turned car off and it would not turn on again, full power cut (it was just one fuse blown from...
  5. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi all, I have a 2013 Kia Optima LX with the 2.4L NA I4 GDI "Theta II" engine. I am commuting about 45 miles round trip each day in this car. The car currently has around 111,000 miles on it. Assuming that the engine is well maintained (I'm currently doing full synthetic oil changes at every...
  6. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey guys, I don't know much about Kia Optima other than they look like a nice sporty car. I was looking on craigslist to buy a used one a stumbled across a nice black one with 116k miles on it. The owner said the engine was rebuilt due to the recall. Would you advise me to stay away from...
  7. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hi, I have a 2013 EX T-GDI and the engine blew at 126,000 km about a year and a half ago. It was replaced under the recall at the time by Kia free of cost of course. The manager was rude and mentioned that he would not replace it again if it blows.. I read online that after the the engine...
  8. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    Well boys, I think my Engine may be a goner based on what I’ve been reading. I had taken my optima in for service and found out there was 3 recalls out for my optima. (E-CVVT Cover and Motor Plug, and ECU update for the second time). The first time recall work was done I got a letter, for a ECU...
  9. 4th Generation Optima (2016 - 2020)
    Hey everyone, Just had the intake hose recall done on my 2016 SX. Thought it would just be a precautionary measure. The tech walked me into the service area, and showed me how the hose had actually melted and broke off where it connects to the turbo. He seemed pretty surprised. Glad I had it...
  10. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    So I have a 2011 Kia Optima SX that had ECU update done a few months ago. 5 weeks ago the engine light started flashing and went into limp home mode with a max 2,000 rpm. I took it to my local dealer (Napleton Kia of Carmel). They checked the engine and said it need to replaced. They got it...
  11. Engine and Technical Discussion
    I have a '12 SX and I'll need to decide whether to keep it beyond the 10yr/100k powertrain warranty. Have many engines been failing despite passing the recall test?
  12. New Member Introductions
    Hi folks, new member from Illinois! Looking at buying a 2011-2014 Optima. I have a question about the engine recall. Is there a mileage limit to where they wont replace the engine anymore after a certain mileage or is it unlimited? Figured I'd ask before I go buying one.
  13. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Just got my Safety Recall notice (#18V907) in the mail concerning the High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) fuel pipe that has been suspected of causing engine fires on cars who have had the engine replaced (via #17V224) due to being "damage, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine...
  14. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Just saw this online,
  15. Engine and Technical Discussion
    If you had your engine replaced under recall, good luck:
  16. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hello everyone, I have 2 recalls on my 2013 Optima. One is for the steering coupling and the other one is I1803C PI1803 ECU UPGRADE (KSDS) 13MY. I'm trying to find the TSB for it to see what it fixes, but i cant find it. Anyone else have it? Thanks
  17. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Taking our 2011 Optima in for this recall tomorrow morning and they said about an hour to get it done..... For those interested, here is the full recall procedure, which entails removing the center console.
  18. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hey Guys I have sorta a 2 part'r here. I currently own a 2013 KIA Optima SX-L 1. Did the KIA Recall include the SX Turbo Models? I got on KIA's website and put in my VIN number but it didn't return a recall for the Engine or a recall of any kind actually. Is that really correct? 2. What kinda...
  19. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    (Sorry if this thread has already been discussed) I just thought about creating a thread about the engine fires considering I’ve seen about 3 optimas burned down completely on the side of highways within a week. The last one we saw today looked like a 2016+ model it was completely demolished you...
  20. The Service Center I think my Corolla was recalled for the same or similar thing.
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