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It think there is value in seeing if Optimas develop a pattern of issues as their miles increase. The individual problem threads we've had are informative but having a central thread makes patterns of failure easier to pinpoint.
So let's hear from owners of '11's and '12's with 30K miles or more traveled. Can be LX, EX, Hybrid or 2.0T. Describe the problems and the approximate mileage they occurred.
Keep it simple-just describe them and note if they reoccurred.
And no long stories about dealer ineptness or mistreatment please. Just 'At X miles this happened, at Y that happened'. Can be anything from a door handle to a wrist pin.
Can be subjective, like 'started squeaking' or 'rattling' or 'feels looser'.
The aim is to see what parts frequently wear or break over time.
I'd start but my '11 is very lightly traveled.
Well I appreciate that a few guys have chimed in. Too little time for pattern recognition.
I think there are plenty more higher mile cars lurking here. I remember reading guys talking about long daily commutes and guys that just love to drive it.
Where are you west coast freeway flying guys??
First 1,500 miles I had some bad left pull, this was corrected with an alignment and tire rotation. Verified this with a second opinion of the alignment with a mechanic I have grown to trust for honest work and fair pricing based on KIA TSB regarding alignment. No charge, warranty covered.
5,000~6,000 miles I had a Tranmission Temperature sensor go bad, this was problematic to diagnosis as the Check Engine light would come on and disappear with no code left behind. Then one visit for the light they happen to catch the code when it occurred. This was the cause of a vicious gear shift symptom that was remedied in full with this fix. No charge, warranty covered.
26,000 miles the car is in the shop for the following:
- abnormal wind noise (dealership says this is most likely my tires aging/wearing)
- Audio Control on steering does not work (diagnosis bad control cluster)
- Phone buttons on steering wheel does not work (diagnosis bad control cluster)
- Head unit on stereo flashes randomly
I'm told I'll have my car back on Tuesday as they ordered the new control clusters. So far no charges, all repairs under warranty. I've had worse car experiences and for the most part the Dealership (Ed Voyles KIA of GA) has been better than average. All rentals covered during warranty repairs no fights or fits and decent communication with me regarding my car. As a first release year model I would say the bumps and bugs have been somewhat average.
Car back from Ed Voyles, they found the following:
- Airbag Light = clock spring was bad, no power to steering wheel for airbag deployment: replaced
- Switches on steering wheel do not work: replaced Radio, Bluetooth, and ECO buttons
- Re-centered steering wheel after clock spring replacement
As of 11-16-12, Weekly driving of average about 29 mpg, however I can hit about 31 mpg on straight highway trips.
Thanks for a very thorough update. Least it's close to 30K.
I don't know why this thread isn't more supported.
I'm sure there are more higher-mile cars out there and I thought members would want to share this kind of info.
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