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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,732 miles

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2005 Kia Optima accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Kia Optima Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #1

Nov 102008


  • 43,906 miles


Normal use. Door lock fails locking driver in car, preventing safe exit in an emergency. This could result in death if a vehicle fire or accident were to occur. This is a common defect in this make with numerous internet-based complaints and questions related to this problem findable on the web. The $300-$400 cost of repair is too prohibitive to allow me to fix this. The life-threatening consequences of this manufacturer defect warrants manufacturer to foot the bill for the repair. This problem is listed in many years and models by same manufacturer.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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