The worst part about buying from a used car lot: you don't know what you're going to get. I did just that. Bought it w/94K later finding out the previous owner did not do ANY maintenance to this car. Little "fixes" add up very quickly. Kia service dept. knows what they're talking about. My regular mechanic still can't figure out a nasty chugging/"hiccup" the car does in reverse and idling which has been going on about 6 months now. They cleaned out the idle system, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Looks like I'll have to take it back to Kia to have it checked out. Also has a passenger side-impact airbag problem - $1600 to fix. I'll just go without the airbags... it's not worth it.
V6 engine, tiptronic auto-manual, attractive design that receives much attention, woodgrain interior, price. Overall, nice, inexpensive vehicle.
Thicker paint, resale value, motors on windows don't seem strong. There might as well not be any dome light, because it's ridiculous how much space it covers. ABS should be standard! Seals need some re-engineering - it fogs up every summer morning - the only way to defog it is to use the heat.
I have owned my Optima for a little over 10 months. There have been a few more little problems than expected, but I just can't part with it! I ran a risk buying it used and paid for it. Maintenance things such as brakes, tune-up, belts, filters, electrical etc. were never replaced. I am currently experiencing a problem with the passenger side-curtain airbag. $1400 replacement probably due to the car possibly having been in an accident at one point. I love this car to death, though. Looks and drives like a true luxury vehicle. I am a college student and it was an amazingly affordable vehicle that attracts a lot of attention at school. 102,700 miles and still running like new!
Leather seats, woodgrain trim, auto-tiptronic transmission, V6 engine, side-curtain airbags, remote start/keyless entry, smooth ride, sunroof/moonroof combo, foot room, smooth ride, comfort, 5 headrests, flip-down cupholder/armrest in back. Fog lamps are a savior!
Just minor, picky details: Thin paint, not good on a black car. Also, Kia needs to realize this is considered a LUXURY vehicle... ABS should come standard! Fuel economy could be better, too. Heated leather should have been optional.
I have owned my optima for 1 1/2 years
and ultimately hate it. I am trying to
get kia to take it back as a lemon, but
of course they don't want to. there
have been 5 recalls to date on this
model, and one of those recalls almost
caused the loss of life to myself and
my 5 year old son on the freeway, as
the vehicle failed to operated(ie:the
crankshaft positioning sensor recall).
i am currently experiencing the second
failure of this particular recall. I
would have been better off to spend the
extra money to buy a honda or toyota.
Even though this car has the warrenty,
you will use it often. If you love your
family, buy a different car.