definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,800 miles

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2001 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 062002

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


03/06/02 purchased a Optima Kia 2001, still under warranty until 2/6/06. Problems with airbag, engine, and locks from the date of the purchase of this car. Car brought in for airbag light problem 14 times since 2002 to present date 2005 and still not fixed as we speak. Engine brought in 6 times, and locks work when they want too. Last time service on airbag was 6/5/05 light back on. Kia knows this car can not be fixed and refuse to give me a safe car for me and my 11 year old son

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 022004

Optima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver noticed that the check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the PCV pipe needed to be replaced, and replaced it. However, the problem recurred. While driving 25 mph vehicle stalled. The driver was not able to restart vehicle, and it was towed to a dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the cam shaft position sensor needed to be replaced and replaced it. However, the problem recurred.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Dec 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
While driving 15 - 20 mph vehicle just quit in its track. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer, where consumer was told that this vehicle was being recalled for the crank shaft position sensor recall 03V067000. Consumer then contacted the manufacturer, who indicated that this vehicle is not included in the recall due to VIN.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 132004


  • 81,000 miles
Crankshaft sensor failed. As a result, engine stalled. A recall was issued. However, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Bartow, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 292003

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have took my car in numerous time for the squeking brakes. Also, the thermostat has been replaced for the 4th time. I have had my car since Nov of 2001. Since then I have had it in the dealer ship about 10 times. I have taken it to 2 different dealers. The brakes they just blow out and say it is mettalic dust. That I need to clear them out when the car is washed. The squeak still comes back. They have also told me it is the humidity doing this. The thermostat has been replaced for the 4th time today. Also, I have had problems with my locks and enigne light coming on all the time. I have had problems with the air bag light also. The car has been nothing but problems. I have notified the Kia consumer customer services no help at all. My complaints go back about 1 yr. It all started in Jan of 2002

- Omaha, NE, USA

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