by shannonm1 on Jun 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Optima EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
This car is very reliable, but no fun.
The style is very bland inside and out, there is no power behind acceleration, the V6 guzzles gas like an SUV or truck would.
I owned a little 4 cylinder Hyundai Elantra before this car, and I really miss it.
I went from filling the gas tank every 2 weeks to filling it every week now.
This car is like a tank, heavy, safe, reliable, I would take it anywhere, but have no fun getting there.
I just don't like the way it handles.
I got this car with 75,000 miles on it, so I'm probably stuck with it for awhile.
It hasn't broken down on me yet.
by ameagle177 on Sep 26, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car two years ago as my first car, i got it for 400 bucks all smashed up. i fixed it at 75k miles and ive had no problems at all except crank sensor and belt squeak. I drive it pretty rough, but i perform all needed routine maintenance. it now has 86k miles and has served me well.
by alfybio on Sep 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Kia Optima LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I have found this car great value for my almost meagre spend on it. The car starts effortlessly, almost before the ignition is turned, it's silent, and just purrs when running. In motion it is very stable, and appears to bounce when it hits a bump.
The Kia Optima receives only minor revisions for the 2004 model year. The grille has been revised, 16-inch wheels are now standard on V6 models and the alloy wheels on the EX (last year's SE) have been redesigned. Finally, an in-glass antenna replaces the old power mast style unit from last year, but only on the EX and the LX with the optional cassette/CD audio system.