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5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,524 miles

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2013 Kia Optima wheels / hubs problems

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 132015

Optima 4-cyl

  • 25,100 miles

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

My wife was driving the vehicle on darby road in haverford, pa going about 30 mph. She heard a loud noise and lost control of the vehicle. After safely stopping she inspected the car and found that the right front tire was no longer straight up and down but was tilted. The haverford police responded and asked if she had hit anything. She replied "no". the police looked down the road and could not find any potholes or anything that had been struck. We had the vehicle towed to West chester, pa Kia dealership. They are insisting that something had to have hit the vehicle. They say that there is evidence of scrapes on the underside of the vehicle. I told them that was probably due to the car being dragged by the tow truck to get in on to the flatbed when it was towed to our house. When it was removed from the tow truck it was again dragged on the ground. The same thing happened this morning when another tow truck came to take it to Kia of West chester. They are now going to tow it from there to gran sport auto in West chester, pa and I am sure more damage will occur. I feel that since there was no accident, no pothole and no collision with anything that this could be a manufacturer defect. Kia is saying it had to have occurred because of impact.

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102015

Optima 4-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
We got a new Kia Optima sxl 2013. The tyres are fill with nitrogen gas. On our last state inspection we were told the there was 25% left on the tread of each tyre & will require changing soon. Started to check out prices in the area at all the tyre merchants. Only to find in my horror that only two places in a 30 mile + radius can do nitrogen fill & the prices are horrendous. It should not be this difficult to simply change tyres on a car. Kia as well as a lot of other new cars don't come with a spare tyre, but instead supply you with a small compressor unit. Because of this difficulty, it looks like we are going to be forced to change over to air filled types, and buy a new spare wheel & tyre for the trunk. At a great deal more expense, than should be required. Kia usa are being of little or no help whatsoever. Very angry. I am now in the stage of making a formal complaint to the office of the attorney general, as we it is also a serious safety issue. Anyone else in the same boat"??"

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Dear nexen & southwest Kia 39650 lyndon B. johnson fwy, dallas, tx. 75237 (972) 283-9797: I am reaching out to your company in hopes of gaining resolution on a recent safety issue I experienced with your tires. On June 28th 2013 I purchased a motor vehicle from your dealership VIN# [xxx], Kia SUV. Unfortunately, the vehicle has not been satisfactory because on 3/14/14 I was driving in to work traveling at about 70 mph on the highway and the rear tire on the SUV completely came apart to my dismay, leaving me driving on three good tires and a bare rim. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 092013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 22 miles
I've owned this vehicle for about one week. Within the first two days I noticed a slight drifting of the vehicle while driving above 40 mph, but dismissed it as being caused by the high winds that were occurring during that time. Over the next few days, these drifting experiences lingered. The worst experience occurred 02/14/13, between 5:30pm and 6:15pm, a high traffic period, on a freeway which is currently under construction. After making a left turn from a traffic light onto the freeway, I proceeded into the left lane. Within a few feet, or acceleration to 50 mph or so, the front wheels, began to pull toward the right. Both of my hands were on the steering wheel the entire time, but I had to steer slightly left to correct to avoid going into the right lane. A few seconds later, the same scenario occurred as above. I next changed to the right lane as my exit was nearing. Within 3/4 mile there is a slight curve left, which the car had issues cornering and again led to my having to steer to correct. This is safety concern, a serious one. This is not a random, every so often occurrence. It is daily, frequent, if I travel on a freeway or anytime speed limits are above 35 mph. There are other instances of what appear to be cornering issues. Left turns are awkward if you follow proper procedure for turning into the lane closest to you. Most turns end up wide, as if you're driving a wider chassis vehicle, I.e. a pick-up or SUV. The steering defect even appears noticeable upon parking, as the steering wheel is always a hair off center when you park straight in a stall or space. In the city I reside in the state of Nevada, constant road construction, lanes that change from horizontal to zig-zag every few feet, the last thing needed is a car that has any hint of a fault with steering or suspension.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012

Optima

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that two months after purchasing the vehicle, the tire pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that the tire would need replacing. The vehicle did not come equipped with a spare tire, only a tire mobility kit that included an inflation device. The dealer advised that the failed tire could not be inflated and needed to be completely replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 1,000. The current mileage was approximately 3,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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