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6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,002 miles

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 282003

Optima 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Defect #2032 engine families 1kmxv02.5D01 improperly made crankshaft position sensors didn't meet dimensional specifications. Epoxy flowed between gaps in cases and contacted the printed circuit board result cracked circuit board capacitor.

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 272010

Optima

  • 50,000 miles
The front frame and many components of my 2001 Kia Optima have completely rusted out. It currently has 50,000 miles on it and has had many problems since I purchased it. Check engine light is pretty much on every day. I was told it was something to do with the gas cap, although that never really came up as the reason, there was more than that- resulting in multiple repairs. The O2 sensor has gone twice, the brakes have corroded so badly my repairman had to hit them off to remove them. I had to replace all of the brake lines since they all rusted out. The airbag light goes on and stays on and noone can figure out why. The silver trim on the back window has fallen off. The paint comes off in random places making weird spots of primer show. The transmission has almost caused an accident numerous times because the car would not accelerate from a stop. Speed sensor was replaced twice. The same headlight goes out almost monthly and is almost impossible to put in and find in stores. Door locks will lock and unlock on their own, locking me in or out of the car. The windows have very weak motors that barely roll up or down. This is a car I bought from a dealership and am still making payments on it. I have taken excellent care of it. I have brought it in for regular service and have spent more than the car is worth on repairs while still making car payments and keeping full coverage insurance. I am very upset because the frame has rotted out and I was told to junk the vehicle by bill Dodge Kia service and then again by the gentleman doing my state inspection today. Kia states there is no recall currently on my VIN #. I find that difficult to understand. I believe this vehicle should be replaced or all the parts that have corroded should be completely replaced free of charge by Kia motor co.

- North Waterboro, ME, USA

problem #6

Sep 202001

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16 miles
Vehicle stalled intermittently while driving from 20 mph. Vehicle would restart within a few minutes. Vehicle was taken to the dealer on 3 separate occasions, and they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Monticello, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 172004

Optima 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at any speed, the check engine light appeared on the dashboard intermittently. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership for inspection, but the dealer was unable to resolve the problem. The button on the shift lever popped out. The warning light had come on due to an open circuit and the seal on the gas cap was deformed, there was a rattle coming from the rear ash tray, the front window was inoperative due to a tangle wire in the drum, there were engine/electrical problems due to the oxygen sensors and crank sensors, the ABS light had come on, the console lid was loose due to cracked screw holes, there was a body electrical problem with the driver side regulator, there was poor sound in the radio due to an open circuit. The air bag light illuminated.

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152003

Optima

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I don't have the exact dates of these repairs as my car is at the dealership right now being looked at again and I am going to get a history when I pick up the car, here are the issues I've had since spring/summer of last year. We have lost time, money, wages and possible employment because of these problems! 1. air conditioner seemed very cool, but not cold. Checked two or three times, each time service dept. Said it was fine. 2. car died and wouldn't restart without a jump 3 times. Called towing twice. Service could not "recreate the problem." third time they replaced the battery. Seemed to fix the problem temporarily. Fourth time (current) car had to have the headlights replaced once a month, windshield wipers, door locks locked and unlocked on their own when entering/exiting the car, windows rolled up/down slowly, blower on air went up and down with engine speed, lights behind console go out and come on periodically, clock loses time, headlights dim when using power, radio flashes on and off. Today total system failure, all electrical systems went down while driving. Towed car to dealership. Have to pay out of pocket rental fees. Still waiting on result. 3. loud rattling underneath car periodically. 4. whistling in engine 5. check engine light came on periodically. 6. antenna broke and then fell off. 7. suspension very poor. 8. when purchasing car, dealer stated air bag recall had been fixed on car. When looking online, found another recall on the car, called Kia and they said the air bag repair had not been made. I've only had this car for 17 months and have had nothing but problems. Currently in contact with lemon law laywers in Indiana to get total refund for car. Only physical problem right driver door panel from small non-fault accident, no internal damage.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 152003

Optima

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I don't have the exact dates of these repairs as my car is at the dealership right now being looked at again and I am going to get a history when I pick up the car, here are the issues I've had since spring/summer of last year. We have lost time, money, wages and possible employment because of these problems! 1. air conditioner seemed very cool, but not cold. Checked two or three times, each time service dept. Said it was fine. 2. car died and wouldn't restart without a jump 3 times. Called towing twice. Service could not "recreate the problem." third time they replaced the battery. Seemed to fix the problem temporarily. Fourth time (current) car had to have the headlights replaced once a month, windshield wipers, door locks locked and unlocked on their own when entering/exiting the car, windows rolled up/down slowly, blower on air went up and down with engine speed, lights behind console go out and come on periodically, clock loses time, headlights dim when using power, radio flashes on and off. Today total system failure, all electrical systems went down while driving. Towed car to dealership. Have to pay out of pocket rental fees. Still waiting on result. 3. loud rattling underneath car periodically. 4. whistling in engine 5. check engine light came on periodically. 6. antenna broke and then fell off. 7. suspension very poor. 8. when purchasing car, dealer stated air bag recall had been fixed on car. When looking online, found another recall on the car, called Kia and they said the air bag repair had not been made. I've only had this car for 17 months and have had nothing but problems. Currently in contact with lemon law laywers in Indiana to get total refund for car. Only physical problem right driver door panel from small non-fault accident, no internal damage.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 112003

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Driving and car just died with no warning. Engine is seized. Getting a hard time from dealership because we do our own maintenance. Rep approved taking the engine apart to see what problem is. Dealer put 3 gallons of antifreeze in and it went right out the tailpipe. Oil changed and antifreeze checked a week before incident. Want me to pay $7 a day rental and put me in a rio or spectra. I have an Optima not a little matchbox car. I should get a free loaner because top tech is out and it may take longer than usual to do repairs, if repairs are approved.

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 062003

Optima

  • miles
NHTSA#14716-02-V-040-000: Kia/crankshaft position sensor. Consumer states while driving the vehicle at 55mph engine stall, brake and steering wheel froze. Dealer was notified and wont honoring the warranty,

- Austin, TX, USA

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