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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,650 miles

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2006 Kia Optima body / paint problems

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2006 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 032012

Optima

  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. While attempting to exit the vehicle, the front driver side door failed to unlock from the inside. The contact had to roll down the window and use the exterior door handle in order to unlock the door. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 022013

Optima

  • 61,300 miles
I was trapped inside the car when the drivers door would not open by activating the inside door handle, the inside door unlock lever or the remote key fob. When I used the door handle nothing happened. When I pressed the inside door unlock lever I could hear the power unlock mechanism activate but the door would not open. Nor would the door open when the remote key fob unlock was pressed even though I could hear the unlock mechanism activate. The door latch would not release and allow the door to open. I had to crawl across the front console to exit the car thru the passenger door. Due to the small size of the car this could easily have been impossible with an injury or for an elderly person. In case of a fire where the only exit was thru the drivers door this would be a fatal component failure. After exiting thru the passenger door I tried to unlock the door with the key but the latch would not release the door. I tried pressing and releasing the remote unlock with and without the key multiple times using multiple combinations of the door handle, door unlock lever and remote key fob, nothing worked. This is a very dangerous situation. The door handle and door key should always function to allow exit from the car.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

May 102010

Optima

  • 71,651 miles
Door jam on right back door and sun visors on right passenger over view just drops down in the passenger or child view thats causes one to become fearful.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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