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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Kia Optima engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 162006

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 35 mph all the lights on the dashboard illuminated and the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealership and the diagnostic code stated engine failure. Upon inspection, the dealership determined the timing belt came loose and the timing belt was replaced.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004


  • 54,000 miles
Vehicle stalled 3 times while driving on the highway. Vehicle was towed to a dealership, who indicated that the timing belt disintegrated, and the crankshaft position sensor went out. The recall 03V067000 wa sissued on the crankshaft position sensor but only for vehicles equipped with a V6 engine. This vehicle was equipped with a V4 engine.

- Owasso, OK, USA

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