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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,119 miles

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2009 Kia Optima suspension problems

suspension problem

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2009 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 032014


  • 23,233 miles


After the problems with the rotor and pads which [xxx] says he did replace both back pads with generic pads even though my receipt showed something different; I went to get the car appraise to see how much I could get for it on a trade-in vehicle, I was told the car need front bushings so that knocked $900 on the amount they would give me for it. Bushings, on a car barely driven and I have a 10 year warranty that comes with it, a 10 year warranty I purchase and a 5 year warranty on the tires. Can you believe this? I can't. I guess if I drove it every day the way I should the car would be completely overhauled at my expense and all the warranties mean nothing; my money just went right up in smoke. This is definitely a piece of junk or I am being scammed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011


  • 34,000 miles
While driving down the road I noticed that the car started handling differently and noticed that the ESC off light had come on. I changed the way I was driving to compensate for the lack of stability and got to where I could stop safely. After turning the car off and then restarting the light went off but has since come back on again twice in the last two days. I am concerned that something is going wrong with the electronics in the car or that something is going wrong with the suspension control.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 222009

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Kia Optima. While driving approximately 25 mph and up, the vehicle began to drift to the right. He has taken the vehicle to the dealer multiple times, and the vehicle was realigned six times. The repair has not remedied the failure. The manufacturer referred him to an independent auto body shop to have the frame readjusted. The failure mileage was 123. The current mileage is 1500. Updated 11/10/09 the vehicle pulled extremely hard to the right, the vehicle was re-aligned and the tires were replaced. The consumer stated when a turn was made, the vehicle turned on it own with know help from the consumer. The consumer was told by the dealership, that all new front wheel drive wheels pull hard, it was the crown in the road. Updated 11/18/09

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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