I have owned my optima for 1 1/2 years
and ultimately hate it. I am trying to
get kia to take it back as a lemon, but
of course they don't want to. there
have been 5 recalls to date on this
model, and one of those recalls almost
caused the loss of life to myself and
my 5 year old son on the freeway, as
the vehicle failed to operated(ie:the
crankshaft positioning sensor recall).
i am currently experiencing the second
failure of this particular recall. I
would have been better off to spend the
extra money to buy a honda or toyota.
Even though this car has the warrenty,
you will use it often. If you love your
family, buy a different car.
I bought my Kia Optima in 2001. It had
14 miles on it when I drove it off the
lot. To date, it has 81,150 miles on
it! Other than routine service and
recently the alternator letting go, I
have no complaints. It handles well,
has ABS brakes, and gets excellent gas
mileage. I'd have to I drive about 150
miles round trip to work every day.
Headlights shut off when I shut the car
off and open the drivers side door.
Also I like the sportmatic transmission.
Have an option of routine service
avaiable and when the car is in the
dealership for service, loaner cars
should be made available.
The car is roomy, great gas mileage
with the five speed, and the base 4
cyl is not bad at all. However I have
had nothing but problems with this
car. Everything from the center
console falling apart to the infamous
power window problems. Premature
clutch failure, electrical dash
problems, engine problems and on and
on. Yes there is a bumper to bumper
warranty, but it does not pay for car
rental if you have to leave the
vehicle in the shop (which you
certainly will). When you factor in
the horrendous resale and/or trade-in
value I would say that this is one of
the worst automobile purchases you
could ever make