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I need to replace the engine on my 2011 Kia Optima. The dealer wants to charge me more than $8,000.

An independent, reputable mechanic of 20 years will charge me $6,000. I have known him for almost all of those 20 years.

The dealer says he will put in a new engine, not a factory rebuilt one, which is what the mechanic is offering. Franky I couldn't care less because this is a lease and I just want the car to run again and to last long enough for me to return it in 2 years when the lease is up.

The one difference I am concerned with is that the independent mechanic will only get a 1 year warranty on the engine. He is buying the engine from Kia, but it seems that Kia will only offer non-Kia service shops a 1-year warranty. On the other hand, I believe that the Kia dealership will allow the 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty to continue.

Is this accurate? Or has someone else's experience been different?
 

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Get the warranty issue in writing from Kia Corp before you make any deals. If you can get it in writing it might be worth it for some peace of mind. It is your call.
 

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If I were you, I'd find a used engine have your mech install it. Drive your Kia till the lease is over and turn it in! How manys years is your lease? If you are not going to be driving it past the 6 year 60,000 mile warranty, who cars if your still getting the powertrain warranty? The P/T warranty does not transfer to the next owner either way.
 

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I ddon't understand WHY you don't go the way of a recycled engine.
The one I gave links to had under 5k miles on it..Yes I know you claim it was for a hybrid but someone suggested you contact the salvage yard for clarity. You could have the car running for under $4K. The chances of the second engine failing during your two year of ownership are slim to none.. and you stand to save between $2000~4000.
The great percentage of Optima owners are happy with their cars and they have been reliable..
Ask your 20yr independent mechanic about an engine with under 5K miles and search the web and these forums for other engine failures...We just don't see them..
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On the other hand, I believe that the Kia dealership will allow the 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty to continue. [/B]

Is this accurate? Or has someone else's experience been different?
By nstoolman1: Get the warranty issue in writing from Kia Corp before you make any deals. If you can get it in writing it might be worth it for some peace of mind. It is your call.
thank you, but that doesnt answer my question or concern.
I believe my answer did address one of you concerns. No one can answer for Kia Corp unless YOU call and speak to them. No one on this forum or any forum will be able to give you that answer.
 
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