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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,035 miles

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2007 Kia Optima windows / windshield problems

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2007 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 012013

Optima

  • 77,000 miles

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

Both the drivers side and passenger side visors will not stay up. They hang down making it unable to see the signal lights. I have read numerous complaints but have not seen a recall.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #12

Jan 252014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 80,105 miles
The mechanism inside the driver side sun visor broke and the visor will no longer stay up. This blocks visibility to oncoming traffic. I searched for information about this problem on the internet and find that it is a common problem with the 2006-2008 Kia Optima and also Hyundai there should be a recall so Kia replaces these visors before they break and even after warranty has expired. If the visor breaks while someone is driving it can create a hazard as they driver can't see or needs to hold the visor up with one hand while trying to continue to drive.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #11

Jul 152010

Optima

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. While driving approximately 55 mph, the front driver side sun visor fell, obstructing the driver's vision of the roadway. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they would cover the replacement of the sun visor under warranty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs however, the failure recurred shortly after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not repaired a second time for the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #10

Jan 132011

Optima

  • 59,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The contact stated that both passenger and driver side sun visors would fall from their housing sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the sun visors would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 70,000 and the failure mileage was 59,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 012011

Optima

  • 80,000 miles
Drivers side sun visor will not stay up or position... should be warranty issue even @ 80,000 miles. No excess use or abuse. Just normal everyday use!

- Louisburg , NC, USA

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problem #8

Jun 182011

Optima 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My 2007 Kia Optima driver and passenger visors do not work. This is very dangerous since they are in my view of driving. I have seen other complaints about this problem. The dealer wont do anything about it since it has not been recalled. I will never do business with ever again. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Nortglenn, CO, USA

problem #7

Aug 172011

Optima 4-cyl

  • 74,102 miles

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

Driver side sun visor broke and will not stay in the up position, therefore it hangs in my view when driving. I've looked online and have other owners that have had this complaint. How many complaint do you have to have to fix this problem" does someone have to get hurt "

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #6

Jul 222011

Optima

  • 84,250 miles
Driver side sun visor broke and will not stay in the stored position, therefore it hangs in my view when driving. I have tried to secure with velco for the time being, but it does not hold. The passanger sun visor has also broke and will not stay in the stored position and therefore blocks my view at stop signs and while looking in the passanger mirror when changing lanes

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 202008

Optima

  • 40,000 miles
My 2007 Kia Optima has had both sun visors break making them unable to remain in the upward position. Initially the driver side visor broke and several months later the passenger side broke. It made it difficult to see traffic lights when stopped at an intersection so I held them up with straps. Now I cant use them to block the sun. I would replace them but they are expensive and I feel that this problem should not have occurred because they were used normally, I do not attach anything to the visors and they were usually up. Additionally when I sit in the passenger front seat the airbag light comes on indicating that the passenger airbag is off. This is supposed to only happen when there is no occupant in the seat. Im not sure why but it only seems to happen when I am in the seat. I wear my seatbelt and sit normally in the chair. This has happened since the car was bought used in 2008.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #4

May 042010

Optima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, both the driver and passenger side sun visors broke which impaired his vision. The contact called the dealer who stated that there were no recalls/warranties that would cover repairs and he was responsible for repair expenses. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- North Babylon, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 042010

Optima

  • 45,000 miles

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

How many consumers have to complain about the air bags in 2007 Kia Optima (mostly passenger) before a recall is issued. This is a dangerous situation. I've already brought my vehicle to dealer during warranty period and they could not duplicate problem. What is the point of airbags if they don't deploy when needed" someone, if not already, will be seriously hurt or killed. There are numerous complaints about the airbags, and those are just the ones that consumers took the time to report. What about the visors with the defective internal piece that shatters and leaves the visors in a hanging position. This is dangerous!! these issues have been going on since the vehicle was manufactured and no recall was ever issued. Again, these are severe safety issues. What does it take and how many complaints and injuries does it take to have a manufacturer correct a safety issue"

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 042010

Optima

  • 67,000 miles
Passenger air bag does not activate when passenger is in seat. Brought in to dealer, while still under warranty, could not find anything wrong. Passenger visor broke and hangs in line of vision. Researched and found this to be a common problem with this vehicle on both visors. There is a defective piece used in the arm of visor that shatters. This is a very dangerous problem, as the visor will not stay in upright position and drops down into line of vision. Both of these issues are a common complaint of this vehicle. Vehicle is no longer under warranty, therefore, can't afford to repair defective visor that should have been redesigned with stronger parts.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 272009

Optima

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Kia Optima. On January 27, 2009, the windshield wipers suddenly stopped working while driving 10 mph in the snow. The dealer stated that the motor, wiper links, and wiper ball joint failed. The dealer replaced the motor under warranty, but wanted to charge $100.83 to replace the ball joint and wiper link because they were not included in the warranty. The contact feels that the failure was caused by a defect and all the parts should be covered by the manufacturer. She will file a report with the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were 21,000.

- Camby, IN, USA

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