really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,142 miles

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2004 Kia Optima body / paint problems

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jan 022012

Optima 6-cyl

  • 49,620 miles


Drivers door would not open from inside or out, it happened three times and the started working again.

- Newburgh Hts, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver side door will not unlock. Neither the key nor the door lock knob on the inside works to unlock the door. Unfortunately, we have been entering and exiting the driver side by entering the car from the passenger side. There are many others who have this problem with all Kia models as you can see on the website vlane.com/discuss-topic/989/my-drivers-door-is-locked-will-not-unlock. the problem is a safety hazard since once in the driver seat, the driver can not exit the car through the driver door which can prove to be a problem in an emergency. Kia is taking advantage of owners by not addressing the issue. I am afraid for my safety, my family's safety while driving and emphatically plead with you to recall these Kia cars to fix the problem.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 062011


  • 93,580 miles
The contact owns 2004 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the front passenger door was inoperable. Once locked, it could not be opened from the interior or exterior of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 93,580.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 022011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Optima. The contact stated the drivers side door will not open when it's unlocked. The contact had to enter the vehicle through the passenger side door. The contact was unable to determine what caused the drivers side door to malfunction. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer nor a local mechanic. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

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