Kia Optima: Recommended Shifting - Manual Transaxle - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: 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. However, never operate the engine with the tachometer (RPM) in the red area.

Manual Transaxle Operation
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 ( ...

Downshifting
When you must slow down in heavy traffic or while driving up steep hills, downshift before the engine starts to “labor’’. Downshifting reduces the chance of stalling and gives better acceleration ...

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Driver position memory system
A driver position memory system is provided to store and recall the driver seat position with a simple button operation. By saving the desired position into the system memory, different drivers ...

Reassembly
1. Reassemble the CD-rom drive to the audio unit. 2. Reassemble the top cover and front panel. ...

Air bag inflation conditions
Front air bags Front air bags are designed to inflate in a frontal collision depending on the intensity, speed or angles of impact of the front collision. Side air bags Side air bags (side ...

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