2003 Kia Optima LX 2.4 from Sint Maarten
The best car ever. If you're looking to buy a cheap second hand car, this is it
This car has a rust problem, but besides that, no problem whatsoever.
This car is very comfortable, drives smooth on rough roads, and going uphill is no problem for this car.
I love the manual up and down gear shift, which makes it fun to overtake other cars. This car is like a combo of a luxury and a sports car.
I've driven many cars, but this is the first I've owned, and I don't regret buying it.
The previous owner did a bad job maintaining it, so I had to replace the rubber parts, and now it drives like new, I love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2015
2nd Jul 2015, 13:44
I would question your view this is the 'best car ever' and handles 'like a sports car'. The steering is vague and overly light on the limit, giving little feedback, and the suspension far too wallowy and soft for the label sports car to apply.
I used to sell Kia in the UK and sold this exact model, albeit they were called the Magentis over here at the time, and to be fair only came with either a 2.0 litre or a 2.7 V6, not the 2.4 you have.
They were very average on handling, ride, performance, build quality, just about everything!! A huge number of cars in their class were better... the Ford Mondeo, Toyota Avensis, Peugeot 407, Alfa Romeo 156, Vauxhall Vectra, Honda Accord, Citroen C5, Nissan Primera....!
They were very cheap to buy new though, which was their primary appeal. So unless Kia's are one of the only cars available to you where you live, the 'best car ever' is perhaps a bit over the top!!