About Kia Optima
Kia Optima is a mid-size 4-door sedan manufactured by the South Korean automaker Kia Motors since 2000. The first Kia Optima was introduced in 2000 to replace the Kia Credos as a rebadged variant of the Hyundai Sonata. It has various names in different markets: Kia Magnentis in Europe and Canada, Kia Lotze & Kia K5 in South Korea and Kia Optima in United States and Malaysia. Though as a young model, Kia Optima has won the International Car of the Year award twice and the 2016 Red Dot "Best of the Best" award. It has been produced through four generations.
The third generation Kia Optima (2010-2015) debuted at the 2010 New York Auto Show and shared platform with Hyundai i40. It was offered in base LX, upscale EX, and sporty SX trim levels as well as a Hybrid model and a Turbo model. Kia Optima then was powered by 2.0 L, 1.7 L, and 2.4 L inline 4-cylinder engine mated to 6-speed automatic and manual transmissions. Then the fifth generation Kia Optima (2015-present) went on sale at the end of 2015, it shares the same platform with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Besides trim levels carried over from previous generation, a plug-in hybrid variant was also unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. And now Kia Optima adds a new 1.6 L Turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission though 1.7 L engine and 6-speed manual transmission are dropped.
Kia Optima Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
It is inevitable that Kia Optima would wear and tear as accumulation of mileage. As for how to stop it from breaking down completely, you should know how to diagnose and solve common problems on it as early as possible:
First, engine failure or engine blew. Kia Optima owners have put forward that they encounter this problem most while driving. Specific symptoms include issues in starting the vehicle; engine intermittently stalls or sputters at high speed, and hearing squealing noise from the front of the vehicle. What's more, engine performance decreased a lot such as loss of power when accelerating and lower fuel efficiency. Once Check Engine Light in your Kia Optima comes on, you can try checking the crankshaft, fuel pump, drive belt, rod bearing and air filter just in case.
Second, braking system failure. As braking system is important for driver's life safety, so it cannot be too careful in maintaining this system. According to Kia Optima owners' descriptions as noisy brakes, excessive vibration felt on the brake pedals and scores or marks found on the brake rotors. If you also notice that the brakes are responding poorly, this is extremely dangerous while driving, you had better get the Optima brake disc and Optima brake pad set checked thoroughly.
While it is always not easy to get every auto part maintained well, so in order to save your time and energy, you just need to know about what parts in the Kia Optima are more vulnerable. Headlight is usually used at night or adverse weather conditions, it should get more attention. Antenna could send out latest news, traffic information even live games; you won't want it to fail. Cabin air filter could create a healthy and comfortable driving environment for you by venting fresh air and inhaling dirty air. And other electrical parts such as ignition switch, fog light and door jamb switch also should get enough maintenance at least once a year.
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