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It is really hard and not fair to judge Korean vs. USA build quality for this car:
- Optima appeared in 2011; made in Korea; first production year; possible bugs and imperfections; owners actually have to pay to be guinea pigs and debug the vehicle; benefit - first kid on the block with new toy.
- Kia changes production to USA in second year of production; unknown quality control in USA factory; should be 'the best factory in the whole universe'; basically go back to step one;
IF they switched production in third year then you could judge which car is better.
I am glad that we will get Korean car. My Accord was made in USA. Problems, problems everywhere but 99% resolved in warranty period. It had The lousiest brakes I ever seen; like made of soap...
if you have not seen it on the Discovery Channel, here is a 45 minute video of the birth of the Optima, showing its history, design, creation by Peter Schreyer, building, testing and race track performance - worth watching.
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