Bought my pampered, 1 owner 2005 Amanti almost a year ago in a private sale with 144,000 miles. It was love at first sight! I made a full price offer within 5 minutes of the listing being posted and have never regretted it. I love the Amanti's ambiguous luxury car design (initially mistook it for a Jag) but she's more than just another beautiful car. She's powerful, fast, luxurious without breaking the bank, super reliable, and safe. The only cons about this car (which are very minor to me) are the gas mileage, dated radio, and mirrors that move every time you use the remote. Still, I absolutely love this car and will keep it forever or upgrade to the 2nd generation. Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way about the Amanti because the Kia service advisor complimented me on my vehicle telling me it's "really nice" and that he knew I loved it because most Amanti owners refuse to trade in their vehicle to the dealership opting to keep it well maintained for years instead.
Update: Since this review, my car hit 150,000+ miles. As soon as it got 150,000 I realized two things: 1) My car was starting to show signs of a bad transmission 2) My car was sold to me with a bad transmission and I didn't know it for 7,000 miles. So, despite having a bad transmission this car drove excellent and was completely solid in every other way. Reluctantly, I had to sell my car because I couldn't afford the repair. I still LOVE this car and would buy another in a heartbeat and would recommend it anyone. Just make sure it hasn't been in an accident because most that have been in one have had to get the transmission replaced. Other than that, these cars don't have transmission problem.
I've only had this car for two months and it has broken down 3 times. Once while I was in the middle of diving and the other two times it just wouldn't start. The brakes suck and the side mirrors never stay set. I have to reset them every time I get in the car. Kia dealers are annoying. They told me I needed a new computer which would cost about $4000 so I towed it home and jumped it because they kill r my battery and it ran just fine. All it needed was a coil pack. Please don't buy this car ever.
this car is amazing...has over 150,000 and going strong...nothing has been done. just routine maintance. I excpect to get another 100k out of it...!!! well built and amazing ride!! luxury at its best!!!! sure beats a caddy ...lol I love it...I think it all depends on the driver. if you keep it all maintained and oil changes, don't drive like your going to a fire!!! and respect the car it will respect you forever!! :-)
the ride, all the bells and whistles , leather seats, everything!! gets over 30mpg on highway!!!
clear coat could use some improvment but all cars now days have that trouble.