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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,000 miles

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2001 Kia Optima wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 062016

Optima

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Kia Optima. While driving 15 mph, the front passenger side wheel completely detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09V183000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- West Point, MS, USA

problem #4

Nov 102009

Optima

  • 138,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Kia Optima on North interstate 65 to Indiana, in four lane traffic my Kia right front wheel nearly came off due to corrosion of the sub-frame and lower wheel control arm causing separation. My husband and I could have both been kill along with many other people. I loved my car and I praise the Kia, now they don't care about me or other people in Kentucky. They want fix my car but most of the states around my state is doing so, they are thousands of recalls on all other car's I am sending a letter to the president of the U.S.a. I will not stop until ky or Kia is allowing vehicle in ky not be in the recalls. Tells me people in ky just don't matter to Kia or ky, we are people to, and this car would have last me a life time I am sure if this had not happen. Just because my VIN number was not in the system, even though 2001 - 2004 Kia Optima has been recall ky lags behind and does not care about me. My car is just junk now and I can not buy another. I will continue to spread the word about how they are treating me I will never give up.

- Cave City, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 102009

Optima

  • 138,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Kia Optima on North interstate 65 to Indiana, in four lane traffic my Kia right front wheel nearly came off due to corrosion of the sub-frame and lower wheel control arm causing separation. My husband and I could have both been kill along with many other people. I loved my car and I praise the Kia, now they don't care about me or other people in Kentucky. They want fix my car but most of the states around my state is doing so, they are thousands of recalls on all other car's I am sending a letter to the president of the U.S.a. I will not stop until ky or Kia is not allowing vehicle in ky not be in the recalls. Tells me people in ky just don't matter to Kia or ky, we are people to, and this car would have last me a life time I am sure if this had not happen. Just because my VIN number. Was not in the system, even though 2001 - 2004 Kia Optima has been recall ky lags behind and does not care about me. My car is just junk now and I can not buy another. I will continue to spread the word about how they are treating me I will never give up.

- Cave City, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 052009

Optima

  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2001 Kia and on July 5 2009 I was driving down the road when I was pushed over to the left lane and my tire has detached from the frame it messed up my bumper and the hole underneath of my car was damaged.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #1

Oct 152008

Optima

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Kia Optima. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact felt the vehicle pulling to the right. She drove to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the front passenger side wheel and subframe were corroded and cracking. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 99,000.

- St Clairsville, OH, USA

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