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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,204 miles

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2008 Kia Optima lights problems

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2008 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 022014


  • 69,818 miles


I took my car in on 4 Sep 2014 I got this car in good faith from [xxx] I have had my car back at least 3 time already and I will be taking it back on November 3, 2014 where my light have been flashing and my light is out again. My gas pedal when I am going about 40 or 50 and I have to get out of the way of other cars and it's like I haven't done anything. I don't even want to drive my car I don't every no when my lights are going to go out. I have had to come out on my job because of breast cancer. And the money that had was my 2000 Cadillac deviled which the only gave me 1500 wish I found out they should have given me more wish my warranty run out in lest then 90 days. I was unable to get another warranty so what do I do I need a car to get back and forth to the doctor. I need some help. So please don't let me down. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Junction, KS, USA

problem #3

Aug 022013


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who detected that the brake light would not illuminate upon depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 13V114000 however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Kingston, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 282008


  • miles
Head lights are not adjusted correctly, left light is low causing a dark spot on that side. This happens when low beam is used. Right side shines out further, but it takes effect at the solid white line at the right side of road. I have had one close call I did not see the person till he got into the light of the right head light.

- Thurmont, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 012009


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the low beam headlights were not providing the appropriate lighting distance. The dealer was unable to correct the failure. It would cost approximately $100 to replace each bulb. The bumper would have to be removed from the vehicle in order to install the bulb. The manufacturer stated that they would not assist since there was no defect. The failure mileage was 1,000 and current mileage was 3,878.

- Cheshire , OR, USA

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