2006 Kia Optima (2006.5)
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- They learned all the secrets
- Not good gas mileage but oh well
Purchased As New
I had doubts but this car turned out to have long lasting components, only changed timing belt and spark plugs once and tires a few times. V6 really surprises slow brained people who accelerate upon my signal and how I keep clear properly. Plastic steering wheel disintegrated on left side per the sun light, cover yours now! OK, I wish someone told me that all new cars with a "pre cat"/"warm up cat" seems to make up for cold mornings but in reality the pre-cat is getting destroyed fast because too much flames are sent down the exhaust pipe thus hardly accelerate until it is fully warmed up and you might not even want to do a full acceleration. I thought it might be the air flow sensor but it looks alright. $800 bill coming soon for a precat. Any catalytic is not supposed to fail unless something else has failed, nothing else did. The manualmatic fails to stay shifted and then downshifts on it's own. I have to put it in neutral then back to automatic to get it out of manual mode. The dealer thinks I may have spilled something on the stick shift....read morehide
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- Great options for your money, material inside is not bad
- Ride is rough, transmission not responsive and loose, design flaws
I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2006 Kia Optima. From the out side the design is quiet modern, looks sharp but the paint seems like it is going to wear of in a few years but overall not bad. Then there is the inside of the car. The model I drove did not have leather seats or anything and the material used for the seats was suede like but the positioning of the seat was not too comfortable for long trips. I have done everything trying to adjust it to my comfort but ended up with back pain. The leg room for the driver it adequate but everytime I stepped outside of the car I would hit my left knee onto the console due to it's curve around the corner shape. I have done this literally almost every time. The speed dial looks modern and easy to read, the buttons on the steering wheel for cruise control and radio controls were easy to reach and memorize to use without looking at them. The temperature controls were easy to read and had many options.
Now a days unless you are buying a car that is quiet expensive, let's say around the price range of $40,000 and up, you are not going to get anything but plastic in your car. In these cases, I look for the quality of the plastic, the sound, the feel of it. The quality of plastic in a Chevy is not that good vs. the plastic being used on a Honda Accord. I would like to compare the plastic materials used in the Kia to more close to the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. It does not feel like it is going to rattle of the the front of your car if you hit a big bump while driving.
The shocks in the Kia Optima are somewhat rough and seems to affect the drivability of the car, the steering is not that responsive also along with the transmission. The car does have pick up but if you want to accelerate while going 40mph it takes a few seconds for the down shift to take place. There are also times where it feels that the car is going to stall out as the transmission is not able to make up its mind between the shifts.
At night time the gear changer does have the initials lit up for viewing but due to the wiggle nature of the gear route it is quiet hard to change gears. The steering is not adjustable, for someone like me that is 5'10 it is fine, but when my wife got behind the wheel steering was too high and she is average height 5'5.
For the money you pay it is a decent car, something you can live with and adjust your self to. With a warranty that it offers also makes you say, "well, these guys are not stupid to offer this warranty unless they know their cars will breakdown a lot" If you have a few more thousand to pay go with Hyundai Sonata where I never hit my knee coming out of the car and the ride was better and had less wind noise....read morehide
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- Excellent fit and finish. MPG on the highway- outstanding !!
- Having to replace timing belt in v-6 at 60,000 miles or the warrenty is VOID !!!
We have less than 1000 miles, and the highway milage is 29mpg, what happens after breakin should be.... The quality and build of this car is what the big 5(GM, Toyota,Ford,Dalimer-Chrysler and Honda) wish they could do for the money!! The warreny with the road service is unbeliveable.... Owned an o3 Hyundi Elantra GT 5 door until last week, also a great car but had to replace the timing belt in this car at 60,000, along with all new brakes and rotors, but still got 31mpg with the 2.0 4cyl 5spd........read morehide
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