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Optima = Affordable Luxury
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By clintondee
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2001 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Our 2004 Optima Ex 4 cylinder model is
an absolute rare find. For less than
$14,000 we have a loaded stylish and
well made car for our family. After
loading in the kids there is still
plent of room for me and the wife to
sit comfortably and enjoy the ride.
The engine and tranny are responsive
and smooth and the suspension is great
for highway travel as well as handling
City bumps. With the long 10 year
powertrain warranty and side impact
airbags my family will be safe for many
years in our Kia.
Its also important to compare this car
to others in the price range. Before
you buy a smaller car for more money
make sure you test drive a Kia Optima.


Best Features

Infinity sound system, Sunroof that slides and tilts, 10 year warranty, woodgrain dash and upscale chrome handles inside and out, Road alloy rims, 4 airbags, great seats, digital tempeature controls, triptronic porshe designed transmission, leather wrapped steering wheel and more


Worst Features

offer traction control


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Kia is a deathtrap.
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By Rebecca McCoy
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2001 Kia Optima SE V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

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.


Worst Features

Take it off the market.


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2001 kia optima
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By sjmalone
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2001 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Love the fuel economy, looks sporty,
sorta mix between the Toyota Camry and
Nissan Altima, I feel the engine is
plenty peppy enough for the city.


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Never been happier!
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By Meshoo96
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2001 Kia Optima LX V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

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.


Best Features

Headlights shut off when I shut the car off and open the drivers side door. Also I like the sportmatic transmission.


Worst Features

Have an option of routine service avaiable and when the car is in the dealership for service, loaner cars should be made available.


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Never Ever again
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By Upsidedown
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2001 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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


Best Features

Roomy, great gas milage (5-speed)


Worst Features

Quality, Quality, Quality


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