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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,336 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.

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 172007

Optima 6-cyl

  • 58,671 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the vehicle canister close valve failed, which caused the fuel gauge to display inaccurate readings. The check engine light illuminated and the dealer stated that a vapor hose attached to the fuel canister cracked. The dealer replaced the canister close valve and lever fender. The repair costs totaled $104; however, the repairs did not correct the failure. The dealer is now suggesting that the cluster panel will need to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V180000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly) and would not assist. The failure mileage was 58,671. Updated 07/29/08 the consumer stated while filling the gas tank, the pump clicked, but that gas gauge only showed 1/2 tank of gas. Updated 08/05/08

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 092004

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
El auto Kia Optima 2003, en MÚltiples ocasiones ha marcado altas temperaturas. Existen problemas para ponerle gasolina ya que la bota O no permite que SE le eche MÁS entre otros defectos.

- Sj, PR, USA

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