definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,750 miles

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2001 Kia Optima AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 032006

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


When I first brought the car and drove it, the lights became dim in the inside and the headlights. The radio turned off and on, took it to dealer 4-5 times for problem and they could find nothing wrong. The car doesn't pick up spend when going over hills not even little ones. The gas needle does not read full even when the tank is practically overflowing with gas. Reading a full tank of gas happens every once in a while. Check engine light comes on. Have taken to shop and was told that my spend sensor is going out and that is why the car is going from 1st to 3rd gear and skips 2nd altogether I've only had the car for one year the warrinty is gone and I was never offered the extended warrinty and really didn't think of it since the car was only 4 yr old. Back brakes have also gone out at least I think so they started grinding with no warning 2 days ago I'm going to have them checked this weekend. Air (never used befoe this summer)doesn't get cold like it should. Door lock making a crazy sound on drivers side, believe the motor is going out on power locks they also tend to not want to unlock sometimes. Atenna broke.air bag light came on and won't turn off. Also how can I find out if any recall items have been fixed on my car or not or if they still need to be replaced.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012001

Optima 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle transmission slips while driving. The air condition, auto check light and automatic door locks do not remain unlocked trapping the driver.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 052002

(reported on)


  • miles
A/C condensation build up on the inside of car had at dealer 2 times before they fixed.#2 replaced right headlight 4 times IN1 1/2 yr no finger on bulbe! #3 after sitting over night on first start up transmission will not move at first #4 gas gauge from day 1 wouldn't read full after 3 trip to shop they fixed

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #1

May 012002


  • miles
A/C system takes 15 minutes to start blowing cold air and even then air is not as cold as it should be. I haven taken to two Kia dealerships and both of them say they can find nothing wrong.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

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