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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,353 miles

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2001 Kia Optima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 222005

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,353 miles


Consumer purchased vehicle in February, 2005 and the brakes squealed when vehicle was bought. Consumer took vehicle to dealer and had some repair done, including the front brakes. However rear brakes squealed. Dealer cleaned rear brakes and adjusted them twice. On last trip to dealer he stated that there was nothing they could do, and consumer would just have to deal with the squeal. Dealer said that there was a technical service bulletin on the rear brake problem, and dealer stated they could put new backing on brakes for $269, but this may not fix problem.

- Sonora, CA, USA

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