pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
133,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Kia Optima accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022017

Optima V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


When I've tried to unlock the door to get in, on the drivers side, the passenger door won't unlock...even when we tried to unlock the door from the inside. When we pull the door handle to get in on the passengers side, it locks the door again....

Several times the drivers side door has automatically locked also. I can't leave my car running if I had to run into my house, not trusting if I could get back into my car if it locked.

I am very fearful if I'm parked in a large parking lot, not knowing if I could get in quickly if I was in harm's way.

I would like to know how I can get my car repaired.....anybody have any ideas?

- , Oakland, OR, US

problem #1

Oct 012014

Optima SE 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

passenger door re-locks after unlocking

While this is annoying, I recognize that it could certainly be life-threatening should you need to exit the car and can't . . . we seem to be able to unlock and pull the handle quickly and so far that has worked. However, I see from this site that others have had the same problem and some much more serious. This should have been remedied by now.

- , Angier, NC, USA

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