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2004 Kia Optima Sedan

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It stinks
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By sjspiva
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2004 Kia Optima Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I have had trouble out of it ever since the belt broke, left me strand on the side of road with out warning. I had no power on the car, shut down everything. Broke the motor support now the power steering is messed up. The mess up rack and pinon ad to clean out hold system and do for wheel alignment and this leaves me without a vehicle and 661.00 in debt on disability I think it stinks oh yeah buy a Kia


Suggested Improvements

buy American made


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Very Reliable, Fun to Drive Car
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By sdanie18
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2004 Kia Optima Sedan LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I was hesitant about buying a Kia, I had originally wanted an Accord but I needed a more affordable car. I have to say this car has changed my opinion of Kia - it's been very reliable in the nearly 2 years I have owned it. I purchased the car with 56K and now have nearly 78K on the odometer. I consider this car a lot of fun to drive because my previous car was a 1994 Buick Century! I think if you keep up to date with maintenance (and don't get stuck with a lemon like some people on here must have) then you will have a great car on your hands.


Favorite Features

Fun/ease of driving; pep of the V6; interior room/design


Suggested Improvements

Better gas mileage; ABS standard on all models (luckily my car has ABS)


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beware of 04 optima
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By mike fletchinger
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2004 Kia Optima Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this optima in 2006 with about 22,000 miles. A friend, a kia service tech, said I would love this car. When used, the warranty only goes to 60,000 miles. After about 61,000 the air bag light came on, the cruise control and speedometer sometimes don't work and the transmission has gotten really rough especially in cold weather and on these cold spring mornings. It will have to be replaced. What started out to be a pleasure has started to become a nightmare.


Favorite Features

Looks,comfort


Suggested Improvements

Road noise,better transmission, longer warranty for used


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Great Little Car
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By Leila
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2004 Kia Optima Sedan EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this car new in 2004. Aside from a CV axle issue starting around 50K miles, I have had no problems. I have bought tires, replaced the front brakes and done routine maintenance and that's it! She just rolled over 140,000 miles this past weekend and we're still rocking along. I'm looking forward to my next purchase: the 2011 Sorento.


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2004 Kia Optima Great Car
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By Cptterry
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2004 Kia Optima Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought this car new! Have had no major problems at all. Key to any car performing to your expectations..... Maintenance, follow the schedule. I have replaced tires once at 60 K along with timing belt with required maintenance. Oil and filter EVERY 3,000 miles. 2 head lamp builds an 1 set of brake pads ( Front ) I will buy another Kia again! I worked for a GM dealer for 21 years .. thought we built great cars..... NOT!


Favorite Features

100,000 miles no leaks.. no rattles


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