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Post by m3m0ryleak » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:15 am

Well I grew tired of waiting for Ford to resolve its production problems on the Focus ST and also acknowledged that the car was too small and too "young" :wink: for me . So I found me this and bought it Saturday.
Yes, it is very BLUE.

2013 KIA Optima SX w/ Performance Touring option, 275 HP turbo four, 33 MPG Hwy, lots of car for the $$$.

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Post by GA Russell » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:28 am

Looks great, Tony! Let us know what you still think of a Kia a year from now. I'm curious about the brand.
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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:31 am

very very nice.....use in good health and may you be kissed a lot inside

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Post by JayTrek » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:41 am

Nice. Enjoy it!!!
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Post by nteeman » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:55 am

Very nice - enjoy!
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Post by a-cut-above » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:11 pm

m3m0ryleak wrote:......lots of car for the $$$.

And my dream car......lots of $$$ for the car.

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Much more affordable in my dreams than in my driveway.
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Post by jww » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Hyundai's sportier sibling is putting out not only nice looking cars but well made ones as well. If your experience with your new Kia (love the colour, btw), is anything like ours has been with Hyundai, you will be not just pleased, but ecstatic. Believe it!

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Post by sgtrecon212 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:26 pm

Great looking vehicle! My wife and I are looking for a new car.. The Kia and Hyundai's offerings are great. I would buy American, but not sure if the US offerings will provide what we want in a car.
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Post by brothers » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:33 pm

Pretty car! I like the turbo option. The car I drive is a Yaris and it's anything but turbo. It's the wrong car for the way I drive it (aggressively, to state it mildly), but it's what I have, and it will eventually be paid for.
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Post by Nitrox » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:43 pm

Kia's been making some very nice looking cars the last little while.
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Post by ShadowsDad » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:17 pm

Congrats! Enjoy it!

I don't know if that's enough HP for such a large car though. :lol: I'd definitely get into trouble with it.

Our Prius @ 110 (thereabouts) effective HP is more than enough for me.
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Post by Chaps » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:24 pm

Looking good! I love the color.

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Post by jww » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:57 am

sgtrecon212 wrote:Great looking vehicle! My wife and I are looking for a new car.. The Kia and Hyundai's offerings are great. I would buy American, but not sure if the US offerings will provide what we want in a car.
Bear in mind most Hyundais and Kias are now assembled here in NA. Ford is distinctly global as is GM with manufacturing all over the world. Parts aren't all manufactured in NA anyway -- so buying "American" has become something of a grey zone.

The only down side of any turbo-charged engine is the inherent turbo lag --- depending on the implementation of the charging, it can take a good few seconds to actually kick in. What's it like with the Optima?
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Post by desertbadger » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:19 pm

Very nice, Tony! Enjoy!

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Post by m3m0ryleak » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:56 am

Wendell, the only lag I've experienced so far comes when making a low speed ninety degree turns on secondary roads, that could be tied to the slushbox transmission as well. I've rowed my own gears for many years and I do miss that direct connection to the drive train. Otherwise, no real lag noticeable, torque curve picks up around 2K rpm. Out on the interstate, lots of "giddya up" without giving it the welly. Cherry on top = 35.8 mpg on first tank of gas, normal commute, 87 octane vs. ~23 mpg in the Infiniti on 93 octane (@ $0.35 more per gallon).

Car is built in West Point, GA. , new $1.1 billion plant.

Yes, I've got my fingers crossed that this was a good purchase and will keep you all posted.
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Post by jww » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:15 am

Sounds like the turbo implementation is pretty good then.

I believe it's the same engine used in the new 2.0T Sonatas, and upcoming turbo Santa Fe Sport (not the just-released model with the Theta II 2.4l box, which is in and of itself a good engine by all reports).
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Post by brothers » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:37 am

It sounds like the Optima is the better deal when compared with the Nissan Altima.
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Post by jww » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:26 am

brothers wrote:It sounds like the Optima is the better deal when compared with the Nissan Altima.
Kia and Hyundai have been much better deals for at least a couple of years -- and I would argue as many as 7 when I purchased my first Sonata ... great car, incredibly well equipped and priced well below anything in the same category.
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Post by Rambler » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:33 am

Great color on that car. Ever since that Audi designer moved over to Kia they have been releasing some very nice looking cars. I crossed shopped some Kia options before pulling the trigger on my Fit, but ultimately brand loyalty triumphed. I've now been spoiled by hatchbacks and the new Rio in hatch form looks promising. You have some nice hp balanced with good mpg with your Optima.
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Post by jww » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:23 am

Rambler wrote:... Ever since that Audi designer moved over to Kia they have been releasing some very nice looking cars. ...
Which is why many of North America's motoring journalists are suggesting that Kia may well be "out-Germaning" the Germans in the design category. Good thing that they are also very reliable cars to boot, eh?
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