2002 Kia Optima Consumer Review: It gets the job done

2002 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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It gets the job done
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2002 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


I bought this car in 2008 from a private party. It had 120,000 miles on it. I have put about 60,000 miles on it in 2 and a half years. In that time, I have had to replace the power steering pressure hose (upper) and power steering return hose (lower). I have had to replace the starter. I am not complaining as the car has over 180,000 miles on it now. It is still solid. The engine does not smoke. The AC still blows cold air. The biggest problem I forsee is that the transmission shifts erratically. It seems to slip a little in between gears. I am a backyard mechanic. If you work on your own KIA, go to kiatechinfo_dot_com, put in your car VIN and you can view repair manuals online.

Best Features

Adequate and very cold A/C.

Worst Features

The paint has worn more quickly than I expected. I have a car from 1994 with original paint (Saturn) which has a better finish than my KIA. I suspect quality issues at the factory in this model year.
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