2003 Kia Optima Consumer Review: If I could only have a do over

2003 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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

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If I could only have a do over...
By mamanichole on


2003 Kia Optima SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


I bought my KIA with only 3,000 miles on it in late 2004. It was great until I ran out of warranty time, once that happened the car started falling apart. The timing belt went at less than 70,000 miles causing me to replace the whole engine (in 2010). For the past 2 years the car has decided to cut down when I am driving. It spent 3 months in a KIA Dealership repair shop and they still do not know what is wrong with it. How can a KIA Repair shop not know how to fix its own cars? They now say I need to spend another $1200 just to see "If that is the real problem." I loved my car during the first 5 years, but I wish I could go back and traded it at 4 years.

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