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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,682 miles

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2004 Kia Optima exhaust system problems

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 242005

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,682 miles


Ry time it rains and our county dirt road gets wet and muddy. Mud splashes up into the engine compartment and into the egr valve and causes it to malfuction due to the way it was desined. I took the car to the dealers shop and was told it was a maintence problem and that the dealer would fix it only once and after that I will have to pay for any repair if it fails again. As of this date ( 03/24/05) this car had 23760 miles of a 100,000 mile warranty on it.

- Nahunta, GA, USA

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