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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
169,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Kia Optima engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 152012

Optima LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles


traded in a piece of junk and gt a piece of junk in return. Haven't even made my first payment and it has been back to the car lot twice. on this past Monday they had to come to me to fix the problem that they didn't fix. Well today it has completely stopped and I have no transportation.

- , Louisvlle, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 222011

Optima LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles

When I start my 2002 Kia Optima it does not crank on initial start up. I have to press the gas at least 8 times before the car finally is ready to get on the road, What is the problem?

- , Lithonia, GA, USA

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