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  1. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I swapped out the curb rashed stock wheels and put on 19” maxima ones, made a very easy custom Kand N filter cold air , carbon fiber hood, and hexagon vinyl over the tails. Bought it with a limp mode engine and had a fresh one installed . I’m having a few issues though I recently hit a bump and...
  2. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Hey lads and lases, I was curious if anyone has tired to program one of the 2020 Kia key fobs (the ones that look like detonator switches😂) to one of our cars, specially the 2011 optimas. I figured they all run off the same basic principles of how they function and the types of signals they send...
  3. New Member Introductions
    long time since 1st logged in. lost login info but back now.
  4. New Member Introductions
    Low Beam HID troubles, yes I joined for a frustrating mechanical issue. HOW DO YOU GET THIS DAMNED THING OFF!!! I do hope to learn what mods are best, save some cash along the way and maybe not blow the motor choosing a foolish path. Howdy from Texas!!
  5. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Just called Kia Canada to see if I can get the cars history. I even called the 2 dealers that show up on carfax. I was told the only warranty repair that comes up is, valve cover gasket, oil feed line and tubes and the turbo. This was done this passed summer. So the turbo has less than 6k kms...
  6. Canada
    Anyone with turbo optima from Montreal?
  7. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Got my car yesterday. Traded my 13 KOH EX PREMIUM. So far loving the acceleration. Ride is a bit stiff but that might be due to the winter tires I have on. Got an oil change done today with Castrol edge 5w30 synthetic and changed the air filter with a K&N drop 8n filter. I'm a bit disappointed...
  8. 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...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, I'm a new member, residing in the San Luis Obispo area of California (central coast). I have a 2015 Optima SX Turbo with technology package. Things I've done: tinted windows, installed ham radio & trunk antenna, cell phone mount to front right seat bolt, updated entertainment...
  10. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hello ? I’ve searched the site for related issue with OEM LED break lights not lighting up when the break is pressed. Stop lamp fuse is intact & the LED tail lights do come on when the lights are switched-on & further more the break lights function properly when the break pedal is pressed...
  11. New Member Introductions
    This is my first Kia and it will mainly be used for daily commuting. I can't decide between a 2017 LX with 33k miles or a 2012 SX Turbo with 66K miles. they are roughly the same price. I am leaning towards the SXT since it has nicer interior and seems like it would be funner to drive but the...
  12. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    Time to replace the stock tires on the SXT. Not looking for Performance tires. I log a lot of highway miles, so minimum road noise, durability, and wet traction are the most important criteria. Thanks!
  13. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    A few weeks ago, somebody must have clipped my mirror, and the glass is now loose and almost falls out. I can push it inward and hear it click it, but when I adjust it, it tends to just almost fall out, or if I'm driving over highway speed, it flops downwards. Is there a way to remove the glass...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hi! Been a member for a little while, just haven't posted anything. Followed a few threads. I have a 2016 Optima SX-T and I am curious if anyone has attempted to add a front facing camera (OEM)? Since the SXL and SX-T are pretty similar I wonder if the camera is plug and play?
  15. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Currently running the OEM tires with 2015 SXL rims. I have the kinetic lowering springs and I?m trying to fill in the wheel gap a little bit more vs purchasing coilovers. Also the stock tires are very slim, when I look at the car from behind I cant stand how thin they look. Running 235/45/R18...
  16. Pictures and Videos
    The GF and I went around downtown Calgary looking for cool backdrops as a quasi-date night. Found some good ones I think. Car is polished with Meguiars DACP and white pad, Nu-Finish polish, 2 coats of Finish Kare great white sealant, Meguiar's #16 paste wax and a final coat of Menzerna glaze...
  17. The Service Center
    My car is very new its only got about 8k in the odo. I notice that exhaust only comes out of the drivers side pipe when its parked and running. I am worried this is unusual??
  18. New Member Introductions
    I love my new 2016 sx turbo So far I've installed -hks racing plugs -hks blow off valve -add 1 oil catch can -k&n short ram intake -lap3 uncle chip all purchased from k5optimastore, they are great btw! I've noticed that when my car is parked but on that exhaust is only coming out the drivers...
  19. New Member Introductions
    Hey guys, In August last year, I bought a 2015 EX to keep the miles off what's now my week end car. After driving it for 7 months, I traded it in for a loaded 2015 SX-T. Three main reasons for this move: 1 - I needed a little more humpf from my daily. The EX is just too slow and to boring to...
  20. Pictures and Videos
    Thought I'd share.
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