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Pros: the body style and color
Cons: electrical problemsI bought this Kia new. After 3 years it developed electrical problems. I took it to the dealer, they said nothing was wrong with it, bought a new battery. Doors would lock and I couldn't get in or out of the car. Replaced door locks. More dead batteries, replaced the alternator, more dead batteries. Replaced relay switches, more dead batteries. Headlights come on in the middle of the night and no one has been in the car. They only made these repairs at my insistence that something had to be causing the battery to die. They always say there's nothing wrong with the car just bad battery. I have replaced the battery 4 times. They just didn't want to take the time to find the real problem. It's a beautiful car and very comfortable but I am really tired of being stranded and must get rid of it. You can be sure I will never own another Kia.
Pros: low mileage
Advice: insufficient datagood for the money
Pros: Leather interior
Cons: Weird AC / heat controls
Advice: Spend the extra money for the extra options. You'll be glad you did.After 45000 happy miles of ownership, I must say that KIA has something in the OPTIMA. The warranty attracted me, but the quality of the car keeps us loving the drive. Ours is black with gray leather interior with all available options (had to wait 2 months to get it...but it was worth it). Cabin comfort is excellent and all controls are easy to read and reach. 6ft+ people have no problems being comfortable in the back seat. Road noise has not been a problem. The only problem I have experienced is when the engine is cold, sometimes the transmission does not want to shift into overdrive (4th gear). When this happens, I have to manually shift it into overdrive the first time. After that, the transmission seems to work fine. Otherwise, ownership has been completely trouble free. Drove it from Pennsylvania to Washington State this past fall in all kinds of weather and the car handled wonderfully and got impressive gas mileage (averaged 32 MPG with an average speed of 75 MPH). I would recommend this model to anyone in the market for a Family Sedan or just a nice, sporty, sharp looking car.
Pros: Sun Roof
Cons: no heated mirrors.
Advice: Shop for the lowest deal. Inspect car thourghly at time of delivery.I love the speed and performance of the motor.
Cons: Not high enough inside
Advice: pick the v6IT is a great ride. but the head room is not tall enough. the looks are outstanding.
Pros: The Infinity sound system
Cons: Rearview mirror is stationed very low
Advice: Buy the 6 cylinderDuring the test drive the vehicle was smooth and quiet. Since I preveiously owned the 4 cylnder 2002 Optima, I decided to upgrade to the 2003 SE V-6. The only issue tht I have had so far is that they have had to replace 2 spark plugs, and the fuel pump. I was told the spark plugs may have gotten some dirt on them in shipping....hmmm! Te fuel pump was replaced, apparently it was faulty. I have had the vehicle for 2 months, but prior to all of this I was extremely pleased.
Pros: Drivers seat, being able to adjust the seat to me
Cons: Rear view mirror, but this was fixed with an after market mirror
Advice: Buy this car, Optima LX V6, you will not be sorryIn walking up to the vehicle the first thing is the appearance of the car. It looks impressive just standing there. The vehicle we took home was a 2003 Optima LX V6 Olive Green with the tan interior. The interior offers plenty of room. In sitting in the drivers seat I adjusted the seat all the way back, I was surprised to see I could stretch my legs all the way out. Being 6-1 this was a plus. The drivers side seat offers many options or positions to make the ride that much more comfortable. Another feature that I liked was the controls. All are with in reach and do not require any stretching to reach. Plus you don't have to take your eye off the road long to locate the controls. Once you have adjusted to the vehicle you can locate the controls with out even glancing at them. The steering wheel fit into my hands great and the tilt of the steering wheel affords a custom fit to each driver. The pedal, (brake and gas) are located to offer comfort to each driver. The transmission and being able to drive the vehicle like a manual transmission, (minus the clutch) is great. The V-6 engine gives the car all the punch it needs. I was impressed at the take off power and ability to get out and pass another slower vehicle. There is plenty of glass and offers the driver the ability to see other vehicles and down the road in comfort. The ride is great! Driving this car is fun! Having looked at other vehicles of the same size I am very impressed with the quality, comfort, price, gas mileage. Speaking of gas mileage the sticker stated 20/27. I have 1000 miles on our car and we have averaged 30 MPG in City/Highway driving. I am sure that the first road trip with the car we will find it getting 30 plus on the highway. Another feature that is a plus is the dealership. I was impressed with the sales people and the upper management, and the service department. Plus having called the 24 hour road trouble number I found that the people on the other end were very caring. I am sure that if I ever had a problem that getting the car back on the road again would not be a problem at all. Warranty. There is none like it! And unlike other warrantys that other manufactures give the people at KIA stand behind what they say and provide what they say. Looking for a new car.......... buy a KIA Optima, you will not be sorry. My entire family has been a GM only family. When I pulled into my fathers driveway the comments were, 'Did you buy a Jag'? They all looked at the car and when given a ride they were all impressed with it. Great looks, great ride, great features, and super price, buy this car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!