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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
118,986 miles

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2005 Kia Optima miscellaneous problems

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2005 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 202015


  • 186,000 miles


Neither the driver door or passenger door will unlock. This occurs from both inside and outside the car. Very unsafe condition.

- Cordele, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132014


  • 94,942 miles
The drivers door will not unlock, you can not open the drivers door. For the driver to get out of the car you have to go over the console to get out the passenger door. This is a safety issue!!!!! tried to unlock with will not work.

- Morton, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 102011


  • 97,000 miles
Kia Optima door lock is faulty, will not unlock and only way to get door open is to use a slim jim (if your lucky) or break open door panel and open manually by pulling on locking mechanism. Faulty part is a small plastic part in the mechanism. This a very common problem on many Kia models

- Eagle Mountain, UT, USA

problem #1

Jun 112009


  • 98,000 miles
II have a 2005 Kia Optima for about 3 years now, first problem was with the air bags. I had the light to come on will the car was being inspected last year for them to tell me it was the sensors. I made a appointment to get it fixed but when I went there the light went off then I was driving down the road a week later and the light comes back on had it checked again and the same things happens will the light is still on. 2nd problem had the timing belt to go out so I purchased a used motor to have nothing but problems. First the throttle sensor went out replaced that for it to burn up within a hour of it being fixed, then had to have the car rewired by the dealership now the six months later the door locks are tripping me in the car. The car had some type of wiring fire, which caused me to have to call the fire department, where the car filled with smoke. So now I have a car that has the check engine light on, air bags light on, and the door locks are tripping me in the car. What can I do?

- Hopewell, VA, USA

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