hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,520 miles

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problem #5

May 012014

Optima 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Subframe is rusting out and my tires are getting abnormal wear and my front tires are angled in.

- Winona, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 252013


  • 137,858 miles
We have had ongoing problems with a 2002 Kia Optima, including tire wear, brake problems, electrical issues, excessive battery wear. This week we were notified by our auto shop that there is excessive rust on the subframe and that a recall exists for this condition. When I contacted both our local dealer and Kia corporate, I was told that this particular VIN is not included in the recall, although the recall clearly states that it does meet the parameters. Upon further research, it appears that many others have experienced the same problems and been given the same information. Currently, we are left with a car that is a danger to drive and enormous personal expense to resolve.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 142013

Optima 4-cyl

  • 138,227 miles
While I was driving I had noticed that the car was pulling to the right. I had new tires and an alignment done 5-6 weeks prior, so I returned to the shop and they looked at everything and the front end was out of alignment. The shop looked further to see what caused this and found that the right front frame area was rusted and cracked. They advised me that the car was not save and that I should contact Kia. I was driving the car home and the car pulled drastically to right and I heard a crushing noise from the right tire area. I pulled off the road and saw that the tire was not positioned properly. I had the car towed to my residence and am in the process of contacting Kia. I was lucking to not have caused an accident, after reading some of the other similar complaints it should have been a national recall on this situation. According the records that I had checked I am only the 2nd owner of this vehicle. I hope that Kia makes good on this situation.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 042012

Optima 6-cyl

  • 126,513 miles
Car was making strange noise. Took to mechanic to have check. It was discovered that the subframe is completely rusted through on passenger side at frame mounts and almost rusted through on drivers side. Mechanic determined that due to the severity of problem vehicle is unsafe to drive and will not allow back on road until necessary repairs are made. I contacted Kia and was told that this particular year vehicle was in a recall due to this problem. However, this particular VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was originally purchased in the state of West va, as stated in the recall. Vehicle is still parked at mechanics garage and I would greatly appreciate communication regarding this matter. I was told by Kia representative that I would need to contact your organization.

- Wittensville, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 022008

Optima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Rotted sub frame on 2002 Kia Optima. Kia does not want to consider this their problem.

- Stewart Manor, NY, USA