really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,406 miles

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2001 Kia Optima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 052009


  • 100,000 miles


I have a 2001 Kia and on July 5 2009 I was driving down the road when I was pushed over to the left lane and my tire has detached from the frame it messed up my bumper and the hole underneath of my car was damaged.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #2

Apr 082009


  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2001 Kia Optima with only 62,000 miles. Car was pulling to right thought I needed an alignment. When car went up on lift mechanics were surprised that car was still drivable and that we were safe. Frame/subframe under pass. Seat was rusted through, about the size of softball. Makes me sick to think that I had my medically invalid daughter in this car. When doing research on car I see a lot of rust issues in frame, subframe or rocker arm area. There must be some thing done about this problem. Seems like there is a one problem (rust in frame area) but there are different outcomes in the frame /tire/under engine area. Still waiting to hear from dealer regarding repair cost-- I will fight not to pay. This is a safety issue there should be recalls.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #1

May 092008


  • 118,219 miles
Subframe rust through. I discovered a fist sized hole during an oil change on the passenger side of our 2001 Kia Optima. Frame has been replaced at our cost by dealer.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

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