Originally Posted by spuddy98
A couple complaints. A kind of rattle of sorts from the left front. not a loose part but a rattle like a cv joint or a strut. Also when you slowly accelerate and go from 20 to 30 mph the car has a bucking feeling. We took it back to the dealer and they did not feel it. Guess they have a lead foot because if you accelerate quickly you don't really get the bucking. Guess I just have to accelerate up to speed and never drive below 30 mph? Anyone else have this problem?
YES! I have this problem! We test drove a 2011 Optima Hybrid for an entire weekend (Friday evening to Monday morning), but decided to buy a brand new one instead - full warranty, same money. I found a 2012 online that was just like the 2011 that we liked so much, but it was 2 hours from our house at a very reputable dealer. We called and set up an appt to look at it, my husband went without me to look at it, everything looked just like he expected. We did not test drive the brand new one we bought, since we had spent so much time in the used one, why did we need to? It was exactly the same car only a year newer. I drive it every day to work and the 3rd day I owned it I noticed it bucking and reving when accelerating and idling hard when in park. It even sounds as though my car dies while sitting at stop signs - not just the motor shutting down for the battery, but a sputter and my passengers feel this also and get nervous. There is a hesitation in the acceleration which makes me a bit nervous. I am so glad that I found this forum so I know that I am NOT crazy. My husband never drives it enough to notice and we have talked to the dealership and they claim that they have never heard of these problems.