2009 Kia Optima Consumer Review: First and last import

2009 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)

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First and last import
By tielbor on


2009 Kia Optima LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


We were looking for a decent, mid-sized car and settled on the Optima.
We purchased the car used(two years old), with 40,000 miles on it.
The car served us well for the first year and a half with only a few small issues. As soon as the warranty expired at 60,000 miles, the transmission failed.
Two weeks after replacing the transmission($2700), the air bag sensor in the passenger seat failed ($1500).
After the sensor, a host of electrical problems surfaced.
Since the car cost us more in repairs in than it was worth over a year, we sold it and won't touch another KIA.

Best Features

Comfortable seats, peppy and fuel efficient engine.

Worst Features

Quality control. Cars should not fall apart at 60,000 miles. Also, dealer service. The dealer tried to blame us for any and all problems the vehicle had. They told us the transmission fluid was low, causing failure and that we dumped a lot of water on the seat to cause the air bag sensor to fail. Corporate customer relations were no better. I never had such bad interaction with any manufacturer before and I have owned many makes and models of vehicles before the KIA.
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