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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,049 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Kia Optima fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 272015

Optima 4-cyl

  • 136,098 miles


I was driving on freeway engine light came on vehicle stopped engine shut off I had to coast to side of road. It quit shifting after it stalled. Had to be towed home. Kia dealer in Ontario California can't find what is wrong they want me to pay $1600 to change battery cables, battery and fix shifter.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152012


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while refueling, fuel spilled out of the fuel filler neck. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V180000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

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