pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,160 miles

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2001 Kia Optima electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 152003

(reported on)

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Problems with battery, alternator and electrical systems. Consumer had numerous failures and repairs and the results didn't work. Once the electrical system failed, the consumer was trapped inside the vehicle for one and a half hours because the doors locks malfunctioned due to the alternator shutting down. The doors wouldn't unlock. The consumer would like a refund.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 222002

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,481 miles
This vehicles electrical system continues to fail along with nonworking lights, air conditioner, lock failure, battery and altrenator failure. Car has been worked on for same problems more than 5 times. Car has had (that I know of) 3 batteries and 2 alternators. Once the locks on the car failed and I was trapped inside vehicle for more than an hour. Locks would automatically relock faster than you could open the door.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 172002


  • miles
While driving vehicle will die out due to alternator not producing enough power to charge battery, resulting in loss of power. Contacted dealer. This is a common problem with these vehicles.

- Lake Dallas, TX, USA

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