Your Local, Family-Owned Kia Repair Shop
The right Kia repairs are crucial to the long-term performance of your Optima, Sedona or Sorento, and only the most capable hands of experienced Kia professionals will deliver the high-quality results you need to continue driving at your best. Metropolitan Garage in Fairbanks, AK, is proud to be your local, family-owned shop for comprehensive Kia repairs. Our team will diagnose any issue and complete the necessary work using Original Equipment parts, while doing everything to ease the process for you. After all, we really don’t work on cars. We work for people.
Kia Repairs with a Distinct Reputation
Since 1997, Metropolitan Garage has cultivated a distinct look and reputation for serving Kia owners well. We’re a boutique Kia repair shop, where our ASE Certified Master Technicians continue to exceed the repair needs of Kia drivers in Fairbanks and across central Alaska. We’ve earned a high retention rate, thanks in part to our clean and well-educated staff of mechanically minded Alaskans! From new brakes on a Forte to transmission work on a Cadenza, no task is beyond our expertise. Altogether, Metropolitan Garage stands proudly as an unusual Kia repair shop that surprises people all day long, and we hope you’ll be one of them!
Informed Kia Repair Decisions
For any number of miles you drive your Kia throughout our rugged region, professional Kia repairs will ensure its continued dependability. Then, a long-range maintenance plan will offer you additional confidence behind the wheel. When you visit Metropolitan Garage in Fairbanks, AK, we’ll conduct a thorough digital inspection of your Kia, including photos of all components. You’ll have all the information in hand to make informed Kia repair decisions based on your priorities and budget. Your ride will be in tip-top shape, and you can even get a hat, beanie or t-shirt to remember us until your next visit!
Considering a KIA?
Bring it in for a full Buyer’s survey. We have come to like this family of cars!
The Kia Motor Company seems to have driven its way into the hearts and wallets of America. It is also a vehicle that has quietly made its debut in Alaska with more and more of the SUV models (Sorento and Soul) replacing what typically have been owned by Toyota RAV-4 or Honda CRV drivers, and the KIA Optima has replaced the Subaru Legacy Coupe.
The KIA Optima is a great-looking vehicle! The Optima handles well enough when coupled with a dedicated winter tire such as the Nokian Hakkapellitta 9.
There IS something to know about the KIA, as about all other vehicle manufacturers: Recalls. A recall is a known problem, a “pattern-failure” due to a process manufacture flaw that automotive engineers did not catch before vehicle production.
The Subaru, a vehicle we Alaskans seem to trust with our lives, has a major engine recall with an overheating problem caused by premature head gasket wear. We love the Subarus and tend to regard the head gasket problem as a “maintenance” issue when it occurs outside the warranty period. Within the warranty period, Subaru of America has been responsive to resealing these motors on their own dime.
KIA Motor Company has it’s own engine problem which has resulted in a recall on the following models:
- 2011-2014 Optima
- 2012-2014 Sorento
- 2011-2013 Sportage
Machining errors during the manufacturing process have caused premature bearing wear within some engines. Depending on the amount of extreme-condition wear these engines get (meaning how diligent owners are at keeping fluids clean and using winter heaters to ensure proper lubrication) the results can be full-stop engine seizure.
If a vehicle experiences this wear, it is imperative that the engine be replaced. KIA has extended their warranty to include lifetime coverage of the bearing wear issue.
If you own a 2011-2014 Optima, don’t despair! KIA has you covered.
Fires? Yes, they are a different issue altogether! KIA has another recall on these models. It is a simple problem with a fairly simple fix. However, the technician has to be properly educated about how to route and tighten fuel lines (yikes!). Failure to do so can result in standing on the Mitchell, watching your Optima burn to the ground.
KIA owners who have questions can call KIA Motor Company at 800-333-4542.