fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,907 miles

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2013 Kia Optima electrical problems

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 292016


  • miles


My steering has been loose since 65K miles and continued to drift. However this bieng my 4th car I let it slide and was waiting for time to do a wheel alignment. However at 73K miles the eps sensor went off and now is hard to drive. The eps on all my vehicles never had issues up till its death way over 250K miles. The eps sensor came on after a stop sign. Then I heard a snap then the car went into manual steering mode. Now the eps sensor is off and the car is working fine.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 152014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while the vehicle was reversed, the rear camera failed to illuminate. The contact was concerned that due to the failure it could result in a crash. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the diagnosis was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 252015


  • miles
Difficult to keep car centered while driving. Steering wheel makes a clunking noise and has become jerry with small movements. Tendency to pull hard to the left or rights. Steering wheel jenks when traveling on error any size bump in road. Back up camera cuts in and out. Never obtain epaulets fuel milage estimates.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 012014


  • 28,000 miles


When first buying the car there were times it would start really hard and have a long crank. It seemed like after starting and driving a short distance and shutting it off the car would long crank with a hard start. Took to the dealership multiple time with no fix. I logged the occurrence for almost 2 months when the field technician came out he could not duplicate the concern and said everything looks good. 8 months later it is still doing it and now has started a new problem off not starting when push button and brake are pushed.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 042013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 23 miles
My 2013 Kia Optima's brake and gas pedal will vibrate/grind while driving in wet conditions. It started the day I bought it. While I was signing papers, it started to rain. During the drive home (immediately) I noticed vibrations through the pedal. I asked about it and they stated it was normal. Since it did it immediately, now I see similar complaints and no longer think I am crazy. I have had this vehicle since October 2013 and the issue persists also my backup camera sometimes does not engage. A few times the radio system gets stuck on stupid (wont turn on), but this only happens when the back up camera has issues. And this week 7/2015 my jukebox stopped working properly. Luckily, I found the reset switch near the volume control and it works again :) MA 10/8 updated 3/22/2016

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 182014


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the eternal sault PCM system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- English Town, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 4,234 miles
Car sometimes will not start when brake pedal is pressed & ing switch is pressed "?"

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 042013


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Optima. The contact stated that the air conditioning system failed and would not blow cold air. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised that they were aware of the failure but they had not determined a remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 11,000.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

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