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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 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.

2004 Kia Optima brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 162006


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Kia Optima. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact heard a grinding noise coming from the rear passenger side tire. The vehicle was taken to the shop the following day for an oil change, and it was discovered that the rear passenger caliper was frozen and would not release. The rotor and caliper were replaced. Approximately 8,000 miles later, the pads and rotors had to be replaced again. There is no recall regarding this failure. The current mileage was 17,080 and failure mileage was 80,000.

- Saracuse , NY, USA

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