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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 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.

2002 Kia Optima engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


2002 Kia Optima experiencing problems with transmission and timing belt. The consumer stated even though the transmission and timing belt was replaced the vehicle still makes a noise.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 032005

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I always had my oil changed in this car and this past Thursday I went to the doctor and was in there for about 20 minutes and went to leave and my car would not start. My motor is locked up. I also have had a popping noise in my gas pedal when it is first drove in the cold. I also have problems with my brakes like jumping when trying to slow down when going fast say 50 mph.

- Conestoga , PA, USA

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