2012 Kia Optima engine NHTSA complaints: Engine

NHTSA — Engine Problems

2012 Kia Optima (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,768 miles

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2012 Kia Optima engine problems

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2012 Kia Optima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Sep 112014


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the engine stalled without warning. In addition, a strong electrical burning odor emitted inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis. The mechanic informed that the starter and associated fuses were completely burnt. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that after the repairs were performed, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who recommended the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Newman, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 222014


  • 37,267 miles
Driving vehicle at 35-40 mph. All of a sudden engine stopped. There was heavy smoke coming from under the hood and smelled of an electrical fire. Smoke dissipated after 15 minutes. Vehicle was unable to be restarted and had to be towed to Kia dealership in turnersville NJ. Spoke with dealership on 9/23 and was told starter and engine needs to be replaced.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 072014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
I noticed on Monday that the car seemed to be struggling with acceleration. It seemed to be slow and sluggish. I drove the car home not exceeding 40 mph. Next morning when starting the vehicle the dashboard is lit up with an indication of engine malfunction. I only had to drive the car a mile so I continued on to work but I had no power at all. The car was struggling to make it up a small hill and I had no speed on level ground. I am afraid to drive the vehicle at this point. I have scheduled an appointment but the next question is how much is this going to cost? wow I have only owned Camry's for the past 15 years and thought I would try a Kia. They look nice. Not sure I will keep this vehicle much longer.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 052013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


I was driving in the left hand lane of a major thoroughfare when my Kia just lost power. I was able to pull over to a side street and called my dealer. They recommended turning the motor off and then back on, which did fix the problem and it has not recurred, but it was very frightening when it happened.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 082012


  • 13,800 miles
Was sitting at light and went to take off car felt like it didn't want to shift into gear and had a loud rough grinding noise, all lights on the dashboard came one. Brake light, check engine light, coolant, etc and none of the gauges were working. I stopped at the store and went to leave the car would start up but wouldn't go into gear, it was stuck in park. I had to get it towed to the dealership to have it looked at. I had just had this same problem 1 week ago where all the lights were on and the gauges weren't working and the dealership had supposedly replaced the fuse panel box but that apparently didn't fix the problem. I think that it's a computer or engine issue.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122012


  • 970 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Optima hybrid. While driving approximately 10 mph the contact crashed into a curb, causing the front and rear driver side tires to deflate. The vehicle suddenly stalled. The check engine and actuator warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 970.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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