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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
54,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Kia Optima accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 182007

(reported on)

Optima SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I took my car to the Dealer Ship for them to diagnose why my new antenna wasn't retracting. They claimed I needed a new motor and mast, which the mast is brand new. then afterwards, I discovered that when I stepped on my brakes, my dashboard light were lighting up. My lights were not turned on, and even do it when I have the keys out of the ignition. I don't want to go back to the dealer ship because I don't want to get charged an arm and leg again, and my car isn'tt under warranty, because it is second hand. I want to know if this is an easy fix, or should the dealer ship be held responsible since this started happening after I got it back from them.

- , Londonderry, NH, USA

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