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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,667 miles

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2001 Kia Optima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152002


  • miles


Power locks on both doors would fail to operate. Vehicle been to the dealer on three occasions, and problem stilloccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Myakka, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 102001


  • 5,000 miles
Power door locks would lock and unlock by themselves trapping the driver. The engine would stall. Both would occur intermittently/simutaneously. Vehicle was taken to dealer shop, and had computer module replaced. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

- Waynesburg, KY, USA

problem #1

Apr 272001


  • miles
Power locking mechanism for doors operate erratically. Consumer cannot unlock driver's side door without locking all of doors at the same time. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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