hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,549 miles

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problem #2

Mar 272015

Optima 4-cyl

  • 136,098 miles
I was driving on freeway engine light came on vehicle stopped engine shut off I had to coast to side of road. It quit shifting after it stalled. Had to be towed home. Kia dealer in Ontario California can't find what is wrong they want me to pay $1600 to change battery cables, battery and fix shifter.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 082004


  • 29,000 miles
When accelerating from a stop vehicle hesitated before acceleration. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA