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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,000 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.

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2002 Kia Optima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 072007

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Kia Optima. The contact researched her insurance Agency's website and noticed a recall for the crank position sensor. The Kia dealer stated that NHTSA campaign id number 03V067000 (electrical system:starter assembly) does not apply to her VIN. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle automatically stopped. She took the vehicle to another dealer and the vehicle was repaired at the contacts expense. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 74,000 and current mileage was 77,000. Updated 02-14-08 updated 02/14/08

- River Side, RI, USA

problem #1

May 122007

Optima 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
While driving on route I10 in houston, tx car stalled/would not start. Towed car to gas station and had it jumped. Did not help. Towed to a mechanic shop, where I was told that it was the crankshaft position sensor that needed to be repaired. This part was found to be defective in Kia Optimas in 2001 and 2002. While researching the part online I found that the NHTSA recalled the 2001 and 2002 Optimas because, and I quote form the NHTSA website" 2001-02 w/V6: Two seaerate recalls for improperly manufactured crankshaft position sensors could result in engine stalling while driving. Dealers will replace affected parts. I called the Kia dealership which said that my VIN number was not affected in the recall. I find it a bit ironic, and I am now filing this complaint that my vehicle should be included.

- Houston, TX, USA

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