Aircon Grooooooan - 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Aircon Grooooooan

September 09, 2011

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The title pretty much says it all -- our longterm 2011 Kia Optima now has a groany air conditioner, when previously it did not. It makes a muted but unmistakable sound not unlike prolonged flatulence when the revs reach idle speed. The noise is linked to a/c use, not fan use.

It's not super loud -- couldn't capture it with a crappy cellphone mic -- but once pointed out, the sound is difficult to ignore. Even when the radio's on. Maybe that's just a fixation thing. I'm no psychologist.

Anyway, it still blows cold and works fine, just makes a noise.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


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