I have been driving Honda's for the past 7 years and since working at a Kia dealer over the past 4 years, decided to take a chance on a 2011 6 speed manual trans Optima for a daily. The cars were considered the absolute base model in 2011 and were under $18k brand new. can regularly snag them for under $8,000 with relatively low miles on them.
They only imported about 1500 of them so finding one is pretty hard. Found this one locally to me in July. Had 93k on it when i bought it. Previous owner had somehow broken the 5th gear syncro so trans was gone through and clutch was replaced 200 miles before i bought it.
These cars were so utilitarian that they didn't even come with cruise from the factory. Simple install of the button and wiring in the steering wheel allows it to work though.
Added some Kia factory upgrades to it like turbo grille and SX Limited "wood grain" steering wheel.
Also added a small lip spoiler from S Korea to break up the boring rear end look.
Also added some SX Limited 18 inch factory wheels that were warrantied out here at my dealership until I could buy some actual wheels. Not bad looking but the chrome was beat up on a couple of them.
Next it was time for some exhaust. Did some research before settling on a Magnaflow catback. hardly noticeable at highway speeds but has a nice tone when you get on it.
Sound clip. No rasp at all throughout the rev range.