definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2004 Kia Optima lights problems

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 152006


  • 50,000 miles


Hello I have a few issues with my 2004 Kia Optima that I have been unable to get resolved. The 1st is my air bag light is constantly on. I took the car into the shop for this while it was under warranty and was told that it was fixed. The light came back on and now the car is no longer under warranty. I was told that in order to have it fixed I have to spend a couple hundred dollars to have my passenger seat removed and some wires would have to be spliced to correct the issue. I'm not comfortable paying to have a problem fixed that should have already been fixed and the response I get as to the solution involves splicing of wires for my air bag. I have been on several websites and heard multiple complaints about the same issue with this year/model. Issue #2 involves my headlights. I have owned my car since I purchased it in 2005. I have blown at least 5 sets of headlights in the vehicle. This is sets and not just bulbs. My most recent one has blown and has not even been installed for 3 months. In order to get this fixed I will have to take it to the shop and spend almost $100 just to have somebody test the system and tell me what's wrong and then pay to get it fixed. It has been bad enough that once they both blew at the same time and left me with no headlights at all except for my high beams. I have also seen multiple complaints about this issue also with this make/model. If somebody could please take a look at these issues and assist me with getting them addressed. My car currently will not pass an inspection due to the airbag light being on.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142007

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2004 Kia optimia in March 5005 and already the headlight globe was starting to fade. Took it to the dealership, and was told there was nothing they could do about it. The car has 26800 miles on it. And was kept in a garage. The serviceman said it came from sun rays. The only time the car was in the sun was when I was at work. The car wasin good condition. Think this was an injustice, I didn't cause the problem.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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