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Finding cheap replacement parts for your Kia Optima.

Updated on June 11, 2009

Don't spend an arm & a leg on auto parts for your Kia.

I bought a used 2001 Kia Optima back in June of 2006. The car ran fine for the first couple of weeks until someone broke in the car, and stole the battery. At time I was living in Detroit. The only city where petty thieves would leave my digital camera in the car, but take a used battery. Anyway After I replaced the car battery the transmission began to shudder. I thought since the battery was disconnected, and reconnected the black box was having issues. I took the car back to the dealership where I purchased the car.

The sales man told me it came with a free 90 day warranty. When I got there I learned no one sent out the paper work for this third party warranty. Since I live in Michigan the state with the weakest consumer protection laws, I was pretty much out of luck. I took the car to several transmission shops for a free estimate. They all said the transmission needed a rebuild. In the back of my mind I still felt the problem was electrical.

I began googling my cars symptoms, and learned many other people had the same problem. They were all complaining about an output sensor malfunction. I called around several auto parts stores in my area, and learned the only place I could get the part was at the dealership. Without thinking to search for it online, I bought it for $105.00. The labor for the mechanic to install the part was only $35.00 dollars.

Since then the Kia Optima has needed other repairs, and all of the parts cost substantially more than the labor. In the last 13 months I have bought all my auto parts from online from various retailers. Usually Amazon & Ebay are my prime spots. I have replaced Ignition coils, a high pressure power steering hose, a replacement rear glass window,brake pads, & other electronic/electrical parts.

Under the hood of an optima.
Under the hood of an optima.
Kia Optima
Kia Optima


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