2013 Kia Optima miscellaneous NHTSA complaints: Unknown Or Other

NHTSA — Unknown Or Other Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,690 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Kia Optima miscellaneous problems

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2013 Kia Optima Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 292016


  • 80,000 miles


I was driving on the highway when I heard a knocking sound coming from the front of the vehicle. I had it towed to dealer's shop thinking that my power train warranty will take care of this. Come to find out the connecting rod has a defect and the warranty is nuil and void because its technically not considered damaged....................I said exactly what you the reader would of said. It wasn't pretty. Thinking about lawyering up.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 242016


  • 67,000 miles
The car caught fire and burned sitting in my driveway. Driven daily to and from work. No check engine light or any warning. Caught fire within five minutes of turning off engine.

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 122016


  • 65,000 miles
I have had issues with the battery since 2014 I called when it originally started to see if there were recalls and their wasnt. The car is dead due to battery failure if you leave it for a more than 3-4 hours for example drive it to work and have to get a jump at the end of the (5) shift. It is will stop for a while then the problem comes back. It stopped for about 6 months and now it has started again

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212015


  • 48,450 miles
I had my oil change and two days later the oil light came on so I took it back to pit stop 500 and he's said it was low so he check the car said he didn't see any oil leaks if the oil light comes on again take it to Kia. When I left there while I was driving I could see white smoke coming out my pipes. I took it to the Kia dealership and they said the oil was low put oil in it again and said drive it 500 miles and if the oil light come on bring it back. While driving it home it stalled it wouldn't go over 30 miles and white smoke was coming out the pipes so I made a appointment and took it back now the dealership says it is sludge in the oil. I had did some research and discover ten Kia with the same exact problem and six of them are Kia Optima

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 212013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Steering wheel does not seem to react well with turning of the vehicle. Parking the vehicle is uneven and not aligned to the center of parking stalls. Steering wheel is loose as if steering a boat on a waterway.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

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