by kcvelo on Jan 12, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Bottom line: This is a very cheap, no frills car.
If you are looking for something that will get you around and no more...this is the car for you.
If you are looking for a car that holds it's resale value...this is NOT it.
Currently worth more as a tax credit on donation -or- totaled than trade-in value.
I bought this car in 2003 and have put approximately 45,000 miles on it, mostly highway. At 75,000 total miles it looks and drives like it has 150,000 miles.
by cleo on May 11, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
nothing but problems from the get go, quite expensive, 3rd set of brakes, alternator, batteries, electrical problems, expensive replacement parts, never ever ever ever ever buy a kia, only car i ever had that came close was a renault
by KarenD on Feb 13, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
My experience with my '01 optima has not been pleasant. I have had to have both front windows repaired several times and they still don't work properly. My door locks don't work right, I have had to put money into this car hand over fist and now to find out that according to my inspection station (certified kia dealer) that this car is junk because it has a rotted out frame. I will never buy another kia again. I have had nothing but problems with this car since I bought it brand spanking new.
Kia joins the high-stakes poker game that is the midsize sedan market with the all-new Optima. Available in four- and six-cylinder models and two trim levels, the Optima offers a loaded deck of standard features, including air conditioning, side airbags, four-wheel independent suspension and power windows, locks and mirrors.