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Cons: No abs
Advice: Go for the sixHave 6000 miles on my 2006 and have had no problems. Am averaging 30 highway and 25 city. My first Kia and so far I am very satisfied.
Pros: It looks nice for a Korean car.
Cons: The doors are flimsy and there is definately a gas mileage issue with this car.
Advice: Get more info on the gas mileage. I don't know about anywhere else but in NY it costs $3.40 &up per gal.I have an LX Optima,4 door sedan (4 cylinder) that I bought just last month. The reason I'm writing this is I'm very concerned that the info I was told regarding gas mileage and reality are very different. I was told by the Dealer that highway miles ranged from 30mpg to 34mpg, but the experience I have says more like 23mpg. Does anyone have a similar story?
Pros: There is none.
Cons: There are really too many to list. It does not drive or handle well. I've owned 7 cars in my lifetime and this one is the worst. My first being a 1974 Impala in 1989.
Advice: Don't buy a Kia... Go with a Honda cause you can't go wrong there. Wish I had my purchase to do all over again!I HATE my Kia Optima. What a LEMON! I bought the 2005 with 20,000 miles on it and have had nothing but problems with it from the get go. The door lock on the passenger side didn't work... missing a clip and something else needed adjusted. Check engine light coming on... had to special order a part so I get to drive over 90 for a THIRD time to get that part replaced! Stations wouldn't come in on radio...Antenna messed up. The break was messed up so it was very hard to put into gear. Speaker in the drivers side door cracked when the door was opened. Overall, I truly believe my Optima should be classified as a LEMON. I would NOT recommend one, nor could you run fast enough to give me the keys to another Kia.
Cons: needs a light under the hood
Advice: Buy it you won't be sorry!!This car is a great buy.I get 40 miles per gallon of gas.The dealership is truly concerned with my happiness...every time I take it in for anything I get a call from a KIA representative surveying me about the service.The car performs wonderfully,has a classy look,is very quite,and RELIABLE!! This is my second KIA and I have been more satisfied with KIA than any of the other manufacturers products that I have owned.I question the truthfullness and motives of any one who rates them poorly.
Cons: Lack of control
Advice: Find a real car.I had this car for about 50 miles but it was the hardest 50 mile this car has every ran. I did a little autocrossing and the suspension and the tires both seem to lack something important such as doing there job. I would have been better off with pillows for springs and running on the rims for traction. The second poor design are the lights, when you open the door the interior lights go out which means you have to try to find the light switch to get them back on. The semi-manual shifting is also flaud, it will sometimes shift on its own even at low RPM's.
Advice: Don't buyMy father have a 2004 Kia Optima Ex. I think it's not roomy enough and not too much trunk space. My father had oil leaking from his car 3 times,which cause him to bring it back to dealership for repairs. I hate the car,I rather stick with Toyota,Nissan or Honda.
Pros: I like the side airbags, it adds alot to the safety of the vehicle. I also enjoy the overall look and comfort of the vehicle.
Cons: Cornering and handling on wet roads.
Advice: This is a great deal. Even if you could beat the price can you beat the warranty?I test drove and bought the 2005 KIA Optima LX. The car is extremely comfortable, even for tall people like me. It drives smoothe. It corners a bit wide, and looses a little bit on a wet road, but is out standing on bumpy roads. Overall I am extremely impressed with this vehicle, and am starting to question whether the saying is true about getting what you pay for.