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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,667 miles

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2003 Kia Optima miscellaneous problems

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162014


  • 88,000 miles


The problem with this make and model of car is with the door locking mechanism. It started in April with a problem with the drivers side front door. When you unlocked the doors with the key fob, all the doors would unlock, but when you grabbed the handle of the door to open it, all the doors to the car would cost me $350 to get that fixed. Now the passenger side front door will not unlock, either from the inside or out. The key fob won't unlock it, nor manually using a key. This is a serious defect that I think Kia should be fixing. What if someone was unable to get out of the car in a serious wreck, and was killed, or seriously injured? I talked to the Kia dealership, but they are not interested, because my warranty period is over.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052011


  • 90,000 miles
My front passenger door had become completely stuck closed and wont open. The lock mechanisms work fine for all four doors still as well as the windows.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008


  • 97,000 miles
Power locks instantly lock after unlocking, (over and over) prohibiting me and my passengers to enter or exit the vehicle. It sometimes takes 5-10 minutes of trying to unlock that they will finally stay unlocked allowing access. I have a toddler and a baby on the way. If there were to be an accident or a fire, I could only imagine being trapped inside.

- Wickliffe , OH, USA

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