The technician stated that the computer would need to have a re-learn procedure performed. I miss not having automatic headlights like I had on my 300M. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. I have searched the internet and have seen similar problems with this particular car but no information on what is causing the issue. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash. I will find other means of transportation until this vehicle is returned. It is so abrupt, it feels as if the brakes have been applied very rapidly.
I took my car 2-3 times there and explained the issue, but they could not fix it so far. The overall effect is that the Optima looks balanced and secure, in a way that is modern and even sporting. The Kia Optima receives a major freshening, with a new front end, revised rear end and an upgraded interior. We just bought the car in August 2014, so this is the first winter we've had the car, so I don't know if the prior owners tried to have it fixed or not. I believe they have rolled back the promoters on this vehicle and sold it as new and it is defective but they are making me pay for the defects. This car doesn't look like a Kia.
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. Wow that was close to 600 miles! The jolt is so strong that every passenger noticed it. Gas mileage is awesome - city I'm getting 27-29mpg. I had the car analyzed, and found it had this shifting issue. It is very annoying issue too, it is always on my mind while driving which is causing distraction while driving. I was amazingly surprised with this new Optima! My son also has a 2009 Optima and is experiencing the same problems.
It downshifts so hard that you feel like someone has slammed on the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The reason I believe Charlie the dealer knew about it is because it was surrounded by paper towels or napkins. I have my old brake switch and if it matches the recalled ones I would like to be reimbursed. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 980,377. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. Complaint Number: 10394045 Incident Date: January 14, 2010 Date Added to File: April 2, 2011 Description of the Complaint: I have a 2009 kia optima lx when I go to brake around 20 mph it feels like the car is downshifting hard causing me to jerk in the seat.
All I can say is that Kia has a winner with this car and I expect to have this car for years to come. I took it in when I found a service bulletin tsb-067. The failure mileage was approximately 96,000. I just took a trip from Panama City Fl to Knoxville Tn on slightly over 1 tank of gas. I'm guessing to get the posted mpg you must have all electonics off including the climate control. The contact stated that the instrument panel indicated that the vehicle was in drive regardless of the gear shifter's position. Every dealer I have ever stepped foot on has never left me to my thoughts to determine vehicle choice.
I do not regret the switch! For those wanting a higher level of comfort, convenience and functionality, there is available leather seat trim, power and heated front seats, a manually-operated rear-window shade, power-adjustable pedals, automatic climate control, alloy wheels, power moonroof, Infinity sound system and subwoofer part of the Premium Package and other features and options. You know you could feel the shuttering on the gas pedal. The dealer reprogrammed the transmission computer and the gear shifter failure was corrected; however the computer reprogramming affected the vehicle acceleration. The failure mileage was unknown. Movements of the steering wheel are rewarded with crisp reactions into corners, body roll is minimal and the Optima enjoys a balanced feel, particularly when you consider it's a modestly-priced front-wheel-drive sedan.
In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering. The technicians stated that the transmission would have to be replaced. The Optima continues Kia's tradition of providing a generous level of standard equipment for an attractive price. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. The mpg is actually getting better!! First thought it was the brakes, but mechanic said brakes were fine.
Beware that the power loss can happen at any time creating very serious driving conditions that could lead to accident or injury. So he rebalanced all four tires just to make sure the car rode right for free love that warranty. He told me he could not guarantee me that installing a new transmission would stop the hard downshifting issue. In what might be considered as unexpected for a Korean brand, the Optima is actually fun to drive. In speaking with my personal mechanic, he said this should be covered under the transmission portion of the power train warranty - new transmission software needs to be re-downloaded to the car's computer and then the computer reset - this should retrain the transmission on when to downshift.