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I'm contemplating buying an optima. However, I seem to only be able to find 4 cylinders that are equipped and priced how I want. So I was curious how many of you out there had the opportunity to drive both and could compare their power to each other.
 

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I have the 4. I have never driven the 6 but from what I have heard from some people that have the 6 they wish they had saved their money by buying the 4 becasue the 6 doesnt have much more power than the 4. The 4 will get up and go pretty good.
 

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Originally posted by Spec SX@Sep 1 2005, 09:15 PM
I have the 4. I have never driven the 6 but from what I have heard from some people that have the 6 they wish they had saved their money by buying the 4 becasue the 6 doesnt have much more power than the 4. The 4 will get up and go pretty good.
Dunno about that, but I've driven the V6 and it's pretty nice.. seems like it's a better ride, BUT then again,.. I don't own a V6 model.. but I DO wish that my I4 had better MPG.
 

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I have driven both. I first had the 4 as a rental car and it had decent pickup for everyday driving. I ended up buying the six though because it has a much smoother running engine. Very quiet and nice passing power. It just felt like the six was better overall for the size car. But with the gas prices the way they are I guess I would have saved some on gas. :beer:
 

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I tried both, but ended up getting the 4. I agree that the 6 is a smother engine, and I find the difference in power is more noticable at lower speeds, mostly when accelerating from a stop. But once your up to speed the 4 has plenty of pickup, never had a problem to pass cars. I find using the triptonic helps the car accelerate faster too. Plus the 4 does about 3 mpg's more I think, I already dont get great mpg's, so I'm kinda glad I didn't get the 6. And yeah the 4 is a bit loud, but I like how the engine roars at higher rpm's...
 

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I own a '02 Optima LX with the 2.7 V6 and did drive the 4 cylinder which didn't have the "punch" at take off nor the passing power of the V6 which mattered to me. The smoothness and quietness of the 6 made it easy for me to choose it over the 4. The Optima is a heavy car and I think the V6 linked with the automatic makes a lot of sense. I came close to purchasing a 4 cylinder SE but after driving the V6 I couldn't. You see I had owned 4 cylinders in other makes and swear I wouldn't buy another low powered car. Sure the Optima V6 isn't a big engine but it is extremely satisfying on a trip or around town. Just my opinion of course but think twice before saying no to a V6.
 

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Originally posted by Schnauzer@Sep 2 2005, 09:04 PM
You see I had owned 4 cylinders in other makes and swear I wouldn't buy another low powered car. 

That's exactly what I said when I got my Escape V6 and traded in my 97 Escort. Then 6 months later I went from the escape to a Durango and never looked back. The passing power and internal acoustics is also what I'm looking for when it comes down to it. I want something that has a lot more get up and go than my rio at 70 mph and you can actually carry on a reasonable shouting match at 70 mph. Off the line? well, that's what I have the Durango for. :gunsmilie:
 

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ALSO, Does anyone know if the 2.7L happens to be a copy of the Chrysler 2.7L that's a total piece of crap and is nearly impossible to work on?
 

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I wouldnt go as far as saying the 4 in my magentis is underpowered. I have great acceleration and passing power, espetially now that it's broken in. I think the worse thing about the 4 is climbing up hills, but there isnt that much hills around here and if you downshift in 3 it's much easier to climb.
 

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I have seen the Optima V6 engine outside of a wrecked Optima and it doesn't match the Chrysler 2.7L looks wise and is not a 200 hp engine but 173 hp (it was rated higher by Kia but later corrected). I went to http://www.pera.org/CoreTalk/eb40430.htm and compared item for item to the wrecked engine. I change my oil every 3k and is never dirty looking when emptied. Chrysler 2.7L oil looks dark and very "ugly".
 

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does anyone know who actually did make these engines?
I had someone tell me that the 4cyl is a Mazda light duty truck engine... true?

anyhow, i have been driving my optima for a while now, and even at 80K Miles, it is still impressive. And I certainly would never call this underpowered.
 

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I have the 4 cyl, 2002, and its got fine power except when the AC is on, and you need to accerate fast at highway speeds or up a hill. Its also doesn't have the immediate go that a 6 cyl might. But, I've had worse cars. It can really depend on what you're used to as some above have mentioned. Its also more money for the engine and gas, you'll get a little more on trade in, but not the full amount

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I have driven both 4 and V6. I have a 2002 Optima with V6. It has plenty of power and gets about 30 m.p.g. I'm sure the 4 would be easier on gas, but I like the extra power when I need it or want it.
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We only have the V6 with the tiptronic over here, no 4 cyl option available. But the car is a nice package, quiet, smooth, responsive and with fuel economy already around 8.5L per 100 kms (about 30mpg) with only 900kms on the odometer. I think the engine looks like the motor in the hyundai sonata which is also a 2.7L.
 

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The 2.7L engine is the one and the same as the Hyundai Sonata. The power train is the same between both brands.
 

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Originally posted by jimhood82@Oct 3 2005, 01:15 AM
does anyone know who actually did make these engines?
I had someone tell me that the 4cyl is a Mazda light duty truck engine... true?

anyhow, i have been driving my optima for a while now, and even at 80K Miles, it is still impressive. And I certainly would never call this underpowered.
I don't know where these rumors come from about who makes Hyundai and Kia engines today. All engines used by Hyundai and Kia are built in their individual engine factories with technologies borrowed from the industry as a whole. Since 2000 Hyundai went to their own in-house designs.

It is true that a couple of 4 cylinder Mazda designs were incorporated into late 1990's Kia manufactured engines. Early released 1986-1989 Hyundai engines were based on a design by Mitsubshi and built in a Hyundai's engine factory in Korea.

Hyundai and Kia have the resources to design and build their own reliable engines and with the newer 4 and 6 cylinders are incorporating better designs with more economy and performance. We can expect even better products in the future.
 

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Learn something everyday! Didn't know before that Mazda built some engine for Kia in the late 90s. Come to think of it, it makes sense since the Ford Festiva and Aspire were built by Kia and Ford obtained controlling interest in Mazda in 1996.
 

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we all complain about fuel milage but hop into the jeep I just traded in (because of fuel ecomony) and see the 10MPG drain your wallet!!!! se getting 20 is great mpg in my book..
 

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I agree with "ahfrederick" the new Optima will be a nice ride. As for the debate between 4 or 6 I can tell you I have an 06 Sonata with the 4 and there is more than enough power to satisfy me.

Yes it is sluggish off the line but really what do you need that for? Where it is important for the thing to perforem is mid band at speed to pass another car of such. I can tell you this car shines in that enviroment. The other day I was passing a car on a 2 lane road. I use the manumatic feature when ever I do this be it in my Sorento or Sonata.

In this case I was doing 80 km/h (50MP/H) and I downshifted to 2nd. In no time at all I was doing just over 120 km/h (75 MP/H) and was well past the car and my foot off the gas to slow down a bit. This car really performs in the midband so for me it has all the pluses.
 
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