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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,000 miles

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2012 Kia Optima fuel system problems

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2012 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 292014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


2012 Kia Optima sx car went into auxiliary mode first, but upon pushing the button the push start button a second time the engine turned over and started. The consumer had to replaced the tires, there was an issue with the turbo actuator and the radio was making a strange noise. The consumer stated the vehicle would not start. The vehicle went into auxiliary; where the ac, radio and lights were on. She turned them all off and pushed the start button again. The vehicle turned off, went out of auxiliary mode and she removed her foot from the brake. On the second attempt, she realized the pedal was still engaged, she tried pumping it, to release it, but it would not. She verified the gear was in park. Upon pushing the start button again, the vehicle went into auxiliary mode again. After five attempts, she was able to start the vehicle.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #1

May 032014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
While traveling from knoxville tn.we noticed the smell of gasoline while traveling on we continued on the smell went away.we refueled in sweetwater tn. And continued a redlight in madisonville we noticed the smell again.I pulled into a wendys parking lot and checked beneath the hood.there was no gas smell or leaks.we continued on to hwy 68.near farner tn. The car had a hot smell and within a few seconds went up in flames.we pulled onto a side road and exited the vehicle.there was no warning lights, and the car did not miss or shut warning whatsoever.we were able to get out only.flames consumed the car immediately after we exited the vehicle.

- Marble, NC, USA

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