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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,709 miles

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2005 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012013


  • miles


2005 Kia Optima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle door locks malfunction. The consumer stated when she unlocked the doors, they would automatically lock on their own. The consumer stated on one occasion, she was locked inside the vehicle for 10-15 minutes, before she was able to get the door unlocked.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 212011


  • 67,078 miles
Needed to replace door latch on driver's side. Door would not open from the inside. Air bag on passenger side will not deploy.

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #1

Sep 052011

Optima 6-cyl

  • 100,050 miles
Reporting a failure in the door lock mechanism. The door lock will "unlock" when you push the button on the key fob, door panel or use the key to unlock the door. When you pull the handle to open the door, it locks the door preventing you from opening it. The driver is trapt in the car with the only option to exit from the passenger side. This would be a serious safety issue in the event of an accident or any other time you needed to evacuate the car quickly. In searching the internet there are numerous reports of this problem on Kia vehicles.

- Chesapeake , VA, USA

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