pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,398 miles

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2004 Kia Optima lights problems

lights problem

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2004 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 312004

Optima 4-cyl

  • miles


This is an on going problem from nearly day one. I talked to the dealership and they said there is no correction for the problem as this is the way the car is made, and they would not even try to correct the problem, other than to sell me other bulbs at a high price. The problem being that the headlights illuminate about 6" (yup, inches) in front of the car on the dim setting. It is very difficult to see anything in front of me at night unless there is additional illumination, in the form of other vehicles or street lights, which is not always available. I cannot drive with the bright lights on because of oncoming traffic. I have had the bulbs changed on several occasions, by other than the dealership, and the problem still exists.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 232010


  • miles
The fuel system is giving me problem after problem after problems I have changed the fuel pump 3 times in 12 months. And the head lights also keep going out. I've changed the left side head light twice and the right side once in 4-1/2 years.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 112004

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,195 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Kia Optima. In June of 2004, the exterior lighting failed while driving at an unknown speed. In addition, the driver's side door would not lock and the check engine light consistently illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the exterior lighting was repaired; however, the door was not because it was not under warranty. After the repair was made, the exterior lighting continued to fail as well as the other issues. She took the vehicle back to the dealer approximately four times to repair the same failures, but the issues kept persisting. The vehicle has not been repaired since. The current mileage was 93,000 and failure mileage was 19,195. Updated 10/05/08 the headlights and brake lights were replaced several times. The dimmre switch also failed. Updated 11/06/08.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

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