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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,667 miles

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2013 Kia Optima accessories - exterior problems

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 162016


  • 23,000 miles


While sitting at a stop sign, my sunroof exploded. The roof was open and the weather was sunny and approaching 70*.

- Houston, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 172014


  • 6,000 miles
At a 4 way stop, (stop signs only) the car to my left was completely obscured by the side mirror and window housing. Street lights absorbed his headlights, car was dark blue. After looking both ways I let off the gas to proceed through the intersection to see a dark object right in front of me. I brake but we made contact scraping the paint from my bumper. I will say I just moved here from a larger town that only had stop lights so I had not noticed this problem before. I am 5'2" tall which also puts my eye level directly line of sight with the side mirror. It's a problem.

- Troy, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 052013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50-55 mph, the sunroof glass exploded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised her that the results of the inspection were inconclusive. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 12,000.

- Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA

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