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12 Years and Still Going Strong
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By Wick
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2005 Kia Optima EX V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this car in 2005 (12 years ago), primarily for my wife's use. Bought it on the basis of price and warranty with the idea that a manufacturer would not offer a 10yr./100,000 mile drive train warranty on a sub-standard product. Was not disappointed. Twelve years later and no engine or drive train problems. Since I rarely drive, or even ride, in this vehicle I can't say much about handling, comfort, etc. except that my wife hasn't complained. I do, however, deal with the maintenance and repair. We have not had any major repair issues in these 12 years. Just normal maintenance and repairs that are the result of normal wear and tear (tires, brakes, etc.) And after 11 Wisconsin winters the paint is still very good with the exception of two small spots of rust. But the vehicle's electrical system has been an annoyance in that I have had to replace numerous exterior lights (tail lights, brake lights, turn signals and headlights) much more frequently than on any other vehicle that I've ever owned. Also have had a problem with the power drivers seat. The dealership replaced the switch while warranty was still in effect. It again began to malfunction a few months ago. At that time the problem was corrected by cleaning the contacts on the switch. Other than the nuisance problems with the lights and power seat switch, this has been a very reliable, durable vehicle. A very good value.


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Engine Seized
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By Ron C.
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2005 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Just bought a used Optima. Owned less than 3 weeks and a few hundred miles driven. Balance shaft in engine seized. Needs new engine. Total JUNK.


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Not a good car
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By Owen
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2005 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car November of 2016. Had been in a crash before and was half-assed as far as repairs go. Needed a new control arm because it was pulling left, also very difficult car to work on. I don't know what Kia was thinking when they designed it. Awful. However the ride was very comfortable and i was surprised at how easy it was to drive. Easy and fun to drive, hard and frustrating to work on. Eventually sold it last week for parts after a catastrophic computer failure.


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Worth the money !
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By Kristen
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2005 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Car got to 210,000 miles and the timing chain broke . No complaints at all, never had any other problems at ! Headlights needs replacing quick but that's my only complaint & that's a cheap fix . I'm gonna miss mine dearly !


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Not Worth it
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By john miller
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2005 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Told it was bought brand new '07, one previous owner for 1-2 yrs. & sat at Used dealership since. My mother bought '13 immediately w/o test driving for $1400; Fuses & electrical problems! RPMs didn't work, many lvls not shown (i.e. battery). lights point to ground, adjs don't help. not even 1-2 days, cuts out w/ oil leaks. had to change freeze plugs. 1-2 month later, overheats; payed $1500 to change thermostat, hoses, sensors, there was actually cracks in radiator & exploded coolant everywhere, cost another $1500. everything requires proprietary tools; can't take off door panel to put windows back on track. spark plugs only thing easy to change! Pass. door doesn't lock/unlock and open.


Best Features

Small but a lot of room. big trunk space. cup holders in back. extensions to sun-blockers. switch between automatic to manual. Airbags definitely work but very sensitive! (at least mine were). My absolute favorite feature: Defrost button operates passenger mirror v.v


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