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i put alot of kms on my car i drive 200 km round trip to work ever day. i have 55000 on it already. i like my car but i don't like the way the tranny shifts this has been like this from day 1 if im in slow stop and go trafic moving around 20 km sometime my tranny shifts so hard it feels like i just got rear ended?almost like i had it in nutual amd and stepped on the gas and put it in drive .also its not smooth between 1and 2nd either.im not shifting myself im using the automatic ,i don;t use the shifter very often.i told my dealer about this they said they never have any complaints about the magentis tranny?they said the tranny changes its self to the way i drive driving so much on the highway and then back to the city when im off work i told then they should of told me when i bought this car ithe tranny was set up tp do that! the said the can reset the memory in the tranny but it will cost me evertime the need to do it/
anyone else having tranny problems if there is please tell me and i will print this page out and show the dealer im not the only one.
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yeah I know what you mean.. it's kinda scary, feels like either someone has hit you from behind.. or the tranny is going to fall out.. newayz, one thing you can do is replace the automatic tranny fluid.. it needs to be changed just like the engine oil. not sure on how often.. but it too needs to be changed.. hmm maybe I should do the same.. heh.. newayz, that's just something I learned from my old car. Hope that helps..
 

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My tranny shifts hard once and a while. I have had the car for about a year now and it has happened only two or three times. When it happens I look in my rear view mirror becasue it does feel like you have been rear ended. I know what you mean when you say that. It is something I am paying attention to though. When it begins to happen more and more it is going back to the dealer to get looked at. When it does it happens at low speeds. Usually when I am taking off. At higher speeds it shifts great.
 

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I heard Optima has a self-learning AT. After frequent hard throttling, the AT shift become quite jerky when you back to gentle throttling. Maybe it's just remember previous hard-throttling gear-shifting for alittle too long.

This car is solid, heavy and stable, hence, cannot be driven like typical Jap makes. It's pretty comfortable to drive if you are gentle and patience from 0-30mph. Beyond 50mph, it seems to be a breeze.
 

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the thing that that bugs the hell out of me is that i baby this thing yes i put alot of kms on it but its mostly all highway going to work i set the cuise at 120 km and it works great. im not one for pounding on the gas at every green light this is the closest thing to a brand new car i ever had thats why this tranny isue pisses me off.
 

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Originally posted by 04Sorento@Jun 16 2005, 09:12 PM
My tranny shifts hard once and a while. I have had the car for about a year now and it has happened only two or three times. When it happens I look in my rear view mirror becasue it does feel like you have been rear ended. I know what you mean when you say that. It is something I am paying attention to though. When it begins to happen more and more it is going back to the dealer to get looked at. When it does it happens at low speeds. Usually when I am taking off. At higher speeds it shifts great.
Yup what Sorento said is right.. it usually happens at lower speeds. Oh and about the self-learning AT's.. pretty much all new cars have that feature. and some older ones as well.. my talon had it. sometimes it's kool.. because if you have a heavy foot, it knows to expect it. heh.. newayz, my opinion.
 

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I know this trans used SK ATF SP III or Diamond ATF SP III butI can't find it in any of the local parts suppliers. Is there a common equivalent like Dextron? I like to replace my trans fluid at least once a year.
 

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Dear Salvagetherapy,

If you in KL area, there are only three places you can get the SK ATF SP-3

1) Korean Car Specialist - Desa Tun Razak - 03 91735288

2) Leo Auto - Old Klang Road - Mr. Peter Rahman - 016 390 2994

3) M-Scope - Batu Caves - Hwong - 012 235 1667 / 03 6186 2213

Good Luck :)
 

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I hear about the self learning A/T, could someone tell me more about it or where I could get the info?? I would like to learn how to re-program it too!!!! Many thanks..... :liebe011: :liebe011: :liebe011:
 

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Yup i have the same problem with my 2001 Kia Sophia (Auto) shifts hard when warmed up... have an appointment to have the trani fluid changed today...i let you know if that help's...
 

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I know that it resets most of the electronics in the car, but to reset the tranny? That sounds a bit fishy. Couldn't be that easy. But than again, as always, I could be wrong!
 

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They said something also about holding the brake in for like 30 seconds after unplugging the battery.Then they said it resets it. Couldnt hurt to try I guess.
 
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