The Optima trails its Japanese competitors when it comes to performance and interior accommodations, but remains a decent buy for those seeking a stylish, well-equipped family sedan for less than $20,000.
by happywheels on May 13, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my Kia EX brand new in 2005. It's
now 2014 and she's still running great & looks wonderful. The leather interior has done extremely well and there has only been one minor switch that was fixed ... other than that she's be completely problem free. Only trading her since we need a larger vehicle; otherwise, I'd keep her for another 9 years!
Great purchase! We actually purchase another Optima in 2011 and it's doing great also. The larger vehicle will also be a Kia. Great cars.
by alantalbot on Feb 18, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought it used from Enterprise Cars in Jan 2007, it had 40K miles on it then.
Had it for almost exactly 5 years. In that span of time, nothing really ever went wrong with it.
It drove great. I did all the required maintenance on it.
Timing belt was done at 75K. After about 4 years, gas mileage started to decline.
Took it in for fuel system cleaning and a few other things.
Suddenly, with no warning, there was an engine malfunction.
It wasn't even overheating or making noise, but it was permanently damaged. I said goodbye to it was it was taken away to the junkyard, got 600 bucks for it.
I was told by others that altho Kia is kinda cheaply made, that they'll run forever. What a lie.
by joel29m on Oct 18, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
ive been getting work done on this car since the first year we had it! problems: 2 batteries, timing belt, condenser, lights, 3 thermostats, motor mounts, valve cover gasket leaks, oem car stereo, air bag, tension pully, and rear seatbelt. bought it in 2005, and getting rid of asap!!! got into it with the dealer about the warranty, and it only has 89,000 miles and had more ##@# done to it than my 91 corolla by 80%!!!!
by carrie748 on Aug 24, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
My Kia's doors started locking and unlocking by themselves while I was driving.
I am currently unable to open either one of my front doors and have to climb over the back seat of my car.
Research as shown that this is a commen defect of the car.
Beware before buying becasue Kia will not fix this issue.
It is a serious safety concern.
And very costly.
I wouldn't recommend buying this if you are looking for a safe car because sooner or later your doors are likely to lock up on you also.
by AstroBike on Sep 16, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I've bought 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 from a private seller as a used car for my high school son. This is a hidden jewel! Fast, tight, luxurious, reliable, etc. I'm more than 100% satisfied with this car. I think that Kia (and Hyundai) is under estimated than its real value. It's good factor to consumers though.
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