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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,244 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Kia Optima drivetrain problems

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2006 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 252016


  • miles


SC088:11V-153, I can't put my car in part nor can I go in reverse. My key is stuck in the ignition. I see it was a recall on this matter for the Kia Optima. Took my car to the Kia dealership, the told me my VIN# wasn't on the list. It's a 2006 Kia Optima. Am trying to get this realize.are there certain VIN#under the recall for this if not where I need to take my car to have it fix. I was stationary when the problem occurred I couldn't back up nor put it in part again it want allow me too do so.

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #8

Aug 012014


  • 132,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Kia Optima 1 month ago. Used car dealer did not disclose any past recalls or mechanical or electrical defects. Yesterday, when I was about to leave home I noticed the steering wheel seemed locked in place, transmission was in P. - a little jiggling on the steering allowed the ignition to fire and I could move to R. I tried to leave home, the car started without problem. When I shifted to R to back out of drive, the car did not move.after further attempts it was clear that no matter what gear I was able to shift the gear into only the neutral was engaged. I called my used car dealer who said to call Kia who said ! that''s what you get when you buy a used car! how rude! the agent named [xxx] said the recall had been closed and was not able to determine if this car (via VIN) had or had not been inspected or fixed and, besides! the recall period ended in 2011 (end of service campaign offer. According to us dot and NHTSA recurring defects within 10 years from the date of purchase by the original owner, this recall defect should be fixed at no cost to me even if I am the second owner. Since only 8 years have passed I expect the recall defect with the cable and shift assembly which prevents the transmission from shifting gear. So far I've been told (in effect. Too bad) take it to Kia dealer for analysis and cost and pay for it my self. Please advise. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 272014


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 11V153000 power train recall repair was performed; however, the failure was not corrected. The contact was unable to shift gears or place the gear shift into park. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 58,000.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 172011

Optima 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Keyless entry on driverside only locked me in and out of the car. Lock will only open 1/2 of the way. Airbag light came on and will not go off. I can not get an inspection. They say the system is unstable. Transmission has slipped a couple of times.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 062011


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Kia Optima. The contact stated that she shifted from reverse to drive when the vehicle began to roll away. The contact stated that she depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle did not stop and she had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the shifter cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Indiannpolis, IN, USA

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problem #4

Mar 252013

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
Called both service dealerships and main Kia offices about recalls to my car concerning airbags and transmission linkage. No help given on recalls to vehicle. Denied such a recall existed and my car wasn't covered under recall. I'm located in frederick md. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 132012

Optima 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


My vehicle keeps accelerating and slowing down randomly between gears. Can accelerate on. Its own and slow down when more pressure is applied to gas pedal. The check engine light was not on for a month and now it has appeared. This can cause a serious accident.if a less capable person was driving. Many other Kia owners of this.model report. The accelerator pedal position sensor has been the issue for countless owners of this model and have been replaced by the dealer. I have had a diagnostic test done and. It showed the same codes pointing to the accelerator.... my dealer stated that it is not covered under warranty. It is an $800 part plus labor. I think that if this problem persists in many of these models and the problem can cause injury or death, then it should. Be a recalled item. Thank you

- Branford , CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 212006

Optima 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The vehicle is an Optima 2006.5 model year. When slowing (braking) and then resuming (accelerating) in stop and go traffic, the car frequently goes into a 'neutral' state where it doesn't go forward on acceleration. When the gas pedal is pressed the engine revs up, but the transmission doesn't engage to drive forward. Once the car coasts down to a speed of about 30 mph or less then the transmission will re-engage - at least so far that has been the case. As this is happening I have to keep depressing the gas pedal to know when the drive gear engages. I have been unable to determine exactly what steps need to happen to replicate the problem, although it does occur frequently now. The current mileage is ~55,000 miles. The situation is very frightening and extremely dangerous when in heavy traffic. It's terrifying to be coasting down to a low speed waiting on the transmission to re-engage when vehicles are quickly approaching from the rear. If the transmission doesn't re-engage, the result is likely to be deadly for all passengers in the car. The vehicle has been returned to the dealer for this problem several times and they are unable to replicate it.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 272010


  • 64,200 miles
The sun visor does not stay up. The sun visor on the driver side is vision impairment. The switch for the both seats does not work. The wheel bearing is bad. The tire pressure wheel sensor and the transmission speed adjustment sensor are bad on this 2006 Kia Optima, constantly bulbs for taillight blow.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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