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Kia Optima Questions

Passenger Seat Fuse/relay

Which fuse/relay controls the passenger seat in a 2006 Kia Optima lx with leather interior?

Passenger Seat Relay

Which fuse/relay controls the passenger seat in a 2006 Kia Optima lx with leather interior?

Turn Off Visor Light

I need to use the visor to hold my sunshield in place. When I do, the visor light comes on and stays on. How can I turn it off?

Kia Optima 2012 Won't Start

My car was running well and went off in the process...after that it won't crank even though all the accessories are working. What might be the problem with it


I mistakenly put a bigger fuse in the clock fuse it got worm pulled it but radio door lock and shifter and the right side blinker is blinking fast been that way ever since I replaced the entire fu...

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Kia Optima Overview

The Optima is Kia's entry into the mid-size sedan market. Its goal is to offer many of the same upscale features, performance, and quality, but at a lower price than comparable competitors.

Launched in 2001, the Optima is a four-door, front-wheel drive sedan. It came with either an I4 or a V6 engine, and the base model came equipped with power windows and locks, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, and a rear defrost. Higher trims added on cruise control, remote entry, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and leather trim. Aside from some minor exterior and interior styling changes, the Optima looked very much like the car upon which it was based, the Sonata.

It wasn't until 2006 that the Optima started to forge its own identity separate from the Sonata, with an all-new redesign, including a ittle more stylish flair to its lines and a different front end. It also got new, more powerful engines and was now loaded with six airbags. Standard luxury features remained about the same, with the new EX the top-of-the-line model.

Drivers have liked the overall performance of the Optima, complimenting its quiet ride and new rounded style. Performance suffers with the I4, obviously, and the V6 isn't winning any races, but it reliability is greatly improved. Along with the long list of standard equipment, one of Kia's most attractive features is its 10,000 miles/10-year warranty. That, combined with a lower pricetag than similarly equipped cars, positions the Optima as a luxury sedan for even the smallest wallets.

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