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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,200 miles

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2004 Kia Optima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Aug 062011


  • 93,580 miles


The contact owns 2004 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the front passenger door was inoperable. Once locked, it could not be opened from the interior or exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 93,580.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 022011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Optima. The contact stated the drivers side door will not open when it's unlocked. The contact had to enter the vehicle through the passenger side door. The contact was unable to determine what caused the drivers side door to malfunction. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer nor a local mechanic. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

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