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2003 Kia Optima miscellaneous problems

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 182007

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Radio turns off and stays off during daylight hours of normal driving on regular paved road ways. The unit is still powered on itself but no audible sound not even static can be heard from the speakers from the cd, cassette player or radio. It was taken to an authorized dealer and he stated that he didn't want to keep wasting their time (radio is no longer covered by warranty) and that I should purchase a new radio because there was something obviously wrong with the output on the factory unit. He also stated that it would cost over $1000 to purchase a new factory unit.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 012001


  • miles
The consumer was concerned about the time it took to get the parts to do the repairs.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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