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  1. Wheels, Tires and Suspension
    Hi guys I’m looking to get rims and tires for my car and there’s just so many options that I get lost. My car currently is stock with 205/65/16 and I want to get a better looking rim and quality tires at a budget. I went to tire rack and it shows that I can go up to 20s but I don’t want that...
  2. Engine and Technical Discussion
    Hello - Looking for opinions......I purchased this car new and it always warmed up quick. Last winter that changed and it now will not reach full operating temp when driving and when it idles to operating temp I can control the engine temp gauge (dummy) by turning the climate control up. This...
  3. The Service Center
    I have a 2013 Optima EX. I had to replace the little flexible coupling between the power steering motor and gearbox. Replacement went fine and took just over an hour. A couple days later I noticed that the ESC light was on constantly. I did forget to connect the brake light switch after the...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone, I purchased a 2013 optima back in 2012 and figured I'd finally make an account. This forum has been incredibly helpful and I look forward to contributing in anyway I can. Optima is a 2013 LX in remington red. It has the 2013 EX wheels, an SX grill, 20% tint all around, and...
  5. New Member Introductions
    Been a member for a long time but never posted. I have a 2015 Optima with the 2.4. I just received a letter indicating the dealer is to install something to monitor engine performance. Looking to get more information on that and how it could negatively affect the car.
  6. New Member Introductions
    Lurked on here for a while, pry a good six/eight months and I finally decided to join mostly because I need some help and opinions on some things. I’m Ethan from Illinois by the way. In January I bought a brand new 2018 Optima SX Turbo and I love it. I already knew a couple things I wanted to do...
  7. Hybrids
    Some of you know me as one of the longest running Optima owners (2012, 168K mi). Well, after many years and many miles. I think it might be time to part company. Last week one of the motor mounts sheared. The motor would vibrate pretty violently. The shop has it and while they can replace the...
  8. Interior and Exterior Modifications
    Sorry if this has been asked and answered, but an hour of searching the forum did not answer my question... I have a 2015 EX that was rear ended. It goes to the body shop Monday morning. The rear bumper cover and valance will be replaced, along with support bar under bumper. Can I swap to an...
  9. New Member Introductions
    I am a new owner currently living in New Brunswick, Canada. I got my Optima at the end of last year and is my favourite car to drive. It is an Optima 2013 EX Luxury, got it for pretty cheap used from a desperate dealer who was looking to move the car off of the lot ASAP to make room for a bunch...
  10. New Member Introductions
    Hi.. I just picked up a salvage silver 2014 KIA Optima LX with minor damage... I have been rebuilding KIAs and Hyundais since 2009 and I have been very active on kia-forums as a moderator... The Optima was involved in a high center front end accident taking out the grill, bumper cover...
  11. 3rd Generation Optima (2011 - 2015)
    I'm mechanically inclined and have repaired various AC systems on cars, but I'm a little puzzled at the Optima. After buying new in 2012 the AC needed bit of a charge, so I used temp pressure chart and my gauges to add a can of 134a. This got it pretty much right on the money. The AC was blowing...
  12. New Member Introductions
    hello I am new to the forum, hopefully I don't do anything to get kicked off. I love my Kia optima. I am wondering if 2014 optima's get uvo updates
  13. New Member Introductions
    I want to introduce myself as a first time kia owner. I recently purchased a used Kia Optima Hybrid EX 2017 with 7k miles. I have a long short story of how I ended up with this car. You see on 2-14-18 I bought a 2018 Honda Accord Sport, I ran into some issues that the dealer could not fix...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hey all I have a 2015 Kia Optima SX Turbo, i've been reading the forums on here for sometime (thanks for all the help!) now I have some issues and am becoming a member. Great to be here :)
  15. New Member Introductions
    Just got a used Optima EX Hybrid (traded in a 2008 Dodge Charger RT) and wow I am loving it so far. I'm downloading the map update as we (figuratively) speak and may make a few small cosmetic mods in the future.
  16. New Member Introductions
    Hey everyone, been lurking for about a month now, as I just got my 2013 LX. Name Pete Model - Kia Optima LX Year - 2013 Color - Sand 47k miles So I have been a long time car enthusiast owning Nissan s13 and S15 models, my 2014 Mitsubishi EVO and alway got the mod bug. Here is no different...
  17. New Member Introductions
    Just picked up a gently used 2014 SX Turbo with Navigation. Been really loving it so far, but had a few questions/comments. The wife and kids are complaining about the low front passenger seat, so I will probably purchase the kit to raise it up. The emblem on the back of the car is a weird...
  18. New Member Introductions
    Hello fellow Optima enthusiasts. My current daily is a storm trooper 2012 SX Turbo. I've been in the car game since my early 20's with a problem my friends have called car adhd. I get a new car every year or two. I was a forum admin for a local DSM forum for many many many years and still meet...
  19. New Member Introductions
    Hi all! JBQC here and I live in AZ although my car has seen mileage added all over southern Calif, Utah and Colorado. I've been on this forum since 2013 when I got my Optima. SX with Tech pkg. Have read the forums from time to time and no issues with car, but was able to pick up some good...
  20. New Member Introductions
    Recently bought a nice used 2012 Optima SX-T GDI. Love the look and the TURBO! It's black and has those 10 spoke rims that I just love. Didn't know there was such a huge Optima fan base. Glad to be a part of it.
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