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#1 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 11:51 AM
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So I went to Kia to test drive a EX w/Premium and when I went to look for the button under the steering wheel I was having a hard time finding it. Long story short the guy in the car with me called the dealership to find out where its at and he was told that Kia "discontinued" it. Now I remember reading a thread here a while ago saying that somebody's heated steering wheel malfunctioned and started smoking. I don't know if that's why, I just know that Kia discontinued it. So if you happen to have an Optima with the heated steering wheel option, consider yourself lucky, or unlucky.
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A heated steering wheel, for me, is right up there with auto-on windshield wipers. It goes past 'luxury' and crosses into 'rediculous'. Heated seats are nice, but a wheel? Eh...
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Holy crap, I hope that's not true...I had a heated steering wheel back in a mid-90's BMW and ever since then I've been hoping for another car with one. It's one of the things that caught my eye about the Optima.

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A heated steering wheel, for me, is right up there with auto-on windshield wipers. It goes past 'luxury' and crosses into 'rediculous'. Heated seats are nice, but a wheel? Eh...
Clearly you've never had one On a bitterly cold winter morning, that heated steering wheel was awesome. I'd rather have that than heated seats. It's easy for the core of your body to get warm; the extremities (fingers) are difficult.
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I wouldn't believe a word of what the dealership told you until it's been said by Kia. The dealer wants to sell you the car you are test driving, with or without whatever options it has. I guess it is remotely possible, but they are still selling them as recent as last weekend.

And i thought it was a pretty silly luxury too, but honestly I've used it five times as much as my heated seats. Probably because my hands are always cold.

And the button is not under the steering wheel, its on the left side of the steering column.

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I wouldn't believe a word of what the dealership told you until it's been said by Kia.
It seems that the heated steering wheel has disappeared off the Kia website. So looks like for once, the dealer may be right.
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They are right just purchased a fresh one off the truck last night, sticker says EX Premium PKG. w/o Heated Steering Wheel $2150.00. MSRP was 27340.00 Oh well I don't think I'll need one here in Florida anyway.
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Damn, my cynicism usually serves me so well too. I admit defeat.
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Ah, no wonder I've been seeing so many w/o heated steering wheels. Not like i needed it, haha.
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Damn! Why can't they at least make it a standalone option or something? I *really* wanted my heated steering wheel.
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Wow! If this is the case, I am soooo glad I got mine as soon as I did. I was just saying yesterday, that out of all of the options this car has, I think the heated steering wheel is the most useful for me right now. It has been in the single digits here for the past week, and having that wheel get warm in a matter of minutes is absolutely awesome!
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