2001 Kia Optima Consumer Review: 2001 Kia Optima SE V6

2001 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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SE Sedan (2.5L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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2001 Kia Optima SE V6
By Erika on


2001 Kia Optima SE V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)


The worst part about buying from a used car lot: you don't know what you're going to get. I did just that. Bought it w/94K later finding out the previous owner did not do ANY maintenance to this car. Little "fixes" add up very quickly. Kia service dept. knows what they're talking about. My regular mechanic still can't figure out a nasty chugging/"hiccup" the car does in reverse and idling which has been going on about 6 months now. They cleaned out the idle system, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Looks like I'll have to take it back to Kia to have it checked out. Also has a passenger side-impact airbag problem - $1600 to fix. I'll just go without the airbags... it's not worth it.

Best Features

V6 engine, tiptronic auto-manual, attractive design that receives much attention, woodgrain interior, price. Overall, nice, inexpensive vehicle.

Worst Features

Thicker paint, resale value, motors on windows don't seem strong. There might as well not be any dome light, because it's ridiculous how much space it covers. ABS should be standard! Seals need some re-engineering - it fogs up every summer morning - the only way to defog it is to use the heat.
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