Kia Optima: Manual Transaxle Operation - Manual Transaxle - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Manual Transaxle Operation

The manual transaxle has five forward gears. Press the clutch pedal down fully

The manual transaxle has five forward gears. Press the clutch pedal down fully while shifting, then release it slowly.

A special safety feature prevents inadvertent shifting from 5 (Fifth) to R (Reverse). The gearshift lever must be returned to the neutral position before shifting into R (Reverse).

Make sure the vehicle is completely stopped before shifting into R (Reverse).

✽ NOTICE

To avoid premature clutch wear and damage, do not drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal. Also, don’t use the clutch to hold the vehicle stopped on an upgrade, while waiting for a traffic light, etc.

WARNING - Manual Transaxle WARNING - Manual Transaxle

Before leaving the driver’s seat, always set the parking brake fully and shut the engine off. Then make sure the transaxle is shifted into 1st gear. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed in the order identified.

Manual Transaxle
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Recommended Shifting
Drive the vehicle in the highest gear that allows the engine to run and accelerate smoothly without hesitating or stalling. This will give you the most efficient fuel economy and emission control. ...

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