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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Kia Optima steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 062004

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,200 miles


Bought Kia Optima on June 22, 2004 VIN# [xxx] and have since had seven service appointments, replaced two sets of drive belts, replaced a leaking power steering rack, replaced a leaking fuel regulator, machined the front rotors, lost time from work, lost productivity from work as well as jeopardized my wife's work from car pooling for five months, completed scheduled arbitration with the BBB without success for four problems: Acceleration delay, low grinding brake noise, low vibration steering noise, and loud squealing noise from the drive belts. Updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Frederick, MD, USA

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