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2009 Kia Optima

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2009 Kia Optima TRANSMISSIONS ON OPTIMAS ARE BAD!
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By unsatisfied
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2009 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I had problems with acceleration from the time I bought this new. I was told there wasn't a problem they put it on the computer and there wasn't anything wrong....I am a woman so...it was well we cant find anything wrong. I was charged for the KIA maintenance plan for 5 years...and low and behold at the end of 5 years....they found it needed a new transmission....!!!


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First and last import
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By tielbor
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2009 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


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We were looking for a decent, mid-sized car and settled on the Optima.
We purchased the car used(two years old), with 40,000 miles on it.
The car served us well for the first year and a half with only a few small issues. As soon as the warranty expired at 60,000 miles, the transmission failed.
Two weeks after replacing the transmission($2700), the air bag sensor in the passenger seat failed ($1500).
After the sensor, a host of electrical problems surfaced.
Since the car cost us more in repairs in than it was worth over a year, we sold it and won't touch another KIA.


Best Features

Comfortable seats, peppy and fuel efficient engine.


Worst Features

Quality control. Cars should not fall apart at 60,000 miles. Also, dealer service. The dealer tried to blame us for any and all problems the vehicle had. They told us the transmission fluid was low, causing failure and that we dumped a lot of water on the seat to cause the air bag sensor to fail. Corporate customer relations were no better. I never had such bad interaction with any manufacturer before and I have owned many makes and models of vehicles before the KIA.


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Transmission
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By dholder35
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2009 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


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KIA needs to make a better transmission. This is the second Kia Optima I have owned and the transmission always seems to go out. The service department will always say you need a transmission flush, but then after the warranty runs out the transmission will quit working and I have to pay for the transmission to be replaced. When I
apply my brakes the transmission will down shift hard.


Best Features

Ease of handling. Corners like its on rails.


Worst Features

Transmission


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KIA OPTIMA POOR
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By rtoothman
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2009 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5A)


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Car codes every spring return to dealership they clear code[multiple misfires] runs fine after several restarts, and say they cant find whats wrong with engine 2.7 V6 which they no longer offer in Optima.The vehicle has had this issue since 10,000 miles and only has 49,000 as of 2013.Dealership or KIA problem?????Rhorman's of FT Wayne In.


Best Features

nice interior,and plenty of air bags


Worst Features

Costumer Service.


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KIA Optima needs improvement on transmissions
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By csaylors
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2009 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


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I have owned my 2009 KIA Optima for three years now and had to replace the transmission once already and it is in the shop again (not even a year later) with the same problem. I don't know if this is a problem everyone has or if I bought a lemon. The built in Bluetooth had some problems as well. I just had to quit using it. The headrest is not comfortable at all. But it handles well and it is fun to drive. It gets good gas mileage and that's what we needed at the time.


Best Features

Has a lot of trunk space and the seats for down for extra space when needed. Good stereo and has plenty of leg room


Worst Features

Need to improve the quality of there transmissions! Design a more comfortable headrest put in better quality Bluetooth system


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