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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles

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2002 Kia Optima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 062012

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the contact heard a loud noise near the front driver side tire as the vehicle dropped to the ground. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for inspection where they advised that that the ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that he still heard a noise after the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that there was nothing that could be done. The failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 08-03-12 updated 09/07/2012

- Peoria, IL, USA

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