There was a serious engine recall on the Optima over several model years. Would Kia replace the engine free of charge if I were to purchase an Optima that is under the recall?
Our 2012 Sorento is on wrecker to the dealership now, 2.4 Theta 2 with a rod knocking. The service advisor told me the engines are on back order and it may be a long as 3 months for repairs. Overall we are VERY SATISFIED with our Kia amd the professionalism of the service department at City Kia in Orlando. As far as buying one.... research the VIN.....THOROUGLY!!
I have a 2015 Kia Optima the engine is knocking I took to dealership and they said because I have 130thousand miles its not covered and they want over 6000 to repair but I can say that this car went back several times before I reached the not covered mileage very dissatisfied with kia and customer service.
If you are buying used from Kia, they would hopefully have conducted the test directed by the recall before putting the car on the lot to sell. If buying from a third-party or non-Kia dealer I would not purchase the car without the test being done as you could be taking on a host of long-term problems. My Sorento (which I LOVE, by the way) went to the dealership on Friday for recall-based testing as the check-engine light came on and it "failed" the test meaning that the engine will be replaced. If it had "passed" the warranty is extended as there is a high chance you will have future engine failure. As someone posted previously, the backorder time for replacement is long, they are estimating 2-3 months based on previous orders. They are providing a rental vehicle while I wait, and the dealership service staff has been very nice to work with so far.
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