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!! :-)
I own a Kia 2005 Amanti and have always had problems with the side mirrors. The vehicle is equipped with switches that preset the seats and mirrors. Unfortunately, the mirrors do not go back to what you preset. That means that you have to constantly readjust the the mirrors. I'm taking the vehicle to the dealer today, but it looks like other Kia Amanti owners have had problems with the mirrors and have just been given the run around by the dealers based on what I am reading on the internet. If you like AM radio, don't get this vehicle. AM reception is terrible.
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 disagree with those who test drove this car. I drove from Seattle to Green Bay doing 600 miles a day in November and the car virtually hummed. The drive was the most exceptional drive I have made in a car and I was never more comfortable. In other cars, I would be adjusting the seat several times during the daily drive. I never touched the seat controls on the Amanti. I take issue with consumers being told to look at the Buick, or the Toyota. Why? This car has exceptional performance. I had no stability problems and I was driving thru some windy mountain passes. I have been in the snow now for a month. The car has been in subzero temperatures and it hums along every day. Great Buy!
Actually purchased used after having been a Hertz Rental. Have had the car for over a year and it has performed flawlessly. Comfortable to drive as the leather seats are heated and can be positioned for comfort - with lumbar support! Only complaint is economy. About 24MPG on the highway and 19MPG in town. Our previous car was a 97 Cadillac V-8 that had better gas mileage but not near as fun to drive as our KIA Amanti.