2002 Kia Optima User Reviews

2002 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5

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"reliable car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
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CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Kassaundra writes:
2002 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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It can top out at 165mph. And the Sportsmatic mode.

Cons

The door handles will look like crap if they are painted.

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Sportsmatic Gives It The Push! — The paint on this car, one hell of an awesome color! It's different from any other paint color that I have seen, and boy is it a bitch to match for touch ups. Gas mileage is decent. DO NOT LET A CHRYSLER COMPANY INSTALL AN AFTERMARKET REMOTE START SYSTEM. This car can NOT handle the amount of power needed to support one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brad writes:
2002 Kia Optima SE V6 Review
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its comfortable

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its old

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My Carr — Performance- goo acceleration, average braking, so-so handling. Good for mid-sized fam sedan Build Quality- its 9 years old and everything is still holding up pretty well Appearance- typical Korean styling, kinda wierd, though not offensive. Cost of Ownership- 25 mpg, not hard to keep up

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cooltonep writes:
2002 Kia Optima SE Review
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4

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Great overall car.

Cons

Not the best as far as fuel economy is concerned.

cooltonep
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Great Sporty, Family Car. — I really like this car and I would recommend it to others. It has a nice body and its deceptively fast. The one negative is that it requires frequent fuel fill-ups as it does eat up gas if used as a primary vehicle, but all-in-all still a high-quality vehicle.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Diana715 writes:
2002 Kia Optima SE V6 Review
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4

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Sunroof and reliability

Cons

It is a 2002

Diana715
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Effective — Overall this is very reliable car. It is a safe car. I like the fact that it has leather seats and a sun roof. It drives very well but does have a few mechanical issues that need some work. It is reasonably priced.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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zy writes:
2002 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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Looks, performance, handling

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Cost of replacement parts

zy
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Fun To Drive And Definitely Reccomend It! — Very reliable car! No major problems with it! Quick acceleration up to a point. Interior and exterior looks are above average and definitely compete with a comparable model accord and toyota. It has excellent handling, very sporty. Great car to own and very fun to drive!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mmeek writes:
2002 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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Nice smooth ride.

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Very little power for a V6!  Bad overall design and construction!

mmeek
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Cheap Car - Bad Quality! — I bought this Kia Optima several years ago used and only owned it for 8 months. It was only 3 years old and already falling apart. Only 2 months after I bought it parts started going bad on it. First the water pump bearings went bad and then the radiator leaked and then the started misfiring. I maintained regular maintenance through the dealership, but nobody could identify the cause of some of these problems. Not to mention that the V6 got horrible mileage. The inside of the car was nothing to write home about. Inside and out this car didn't last.

Owner for 0 years, 8 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,500

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2014 Kia Optima Reviews

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2013 Kia Optima Reviews

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2012 Kia Optima Reviews

Excellent Bang For The Buck, Great Value. . By crzomp

I really like all that you get for your money. Very solid feel and very tight handling. Great "back road" driving experience. Good brakes, mediocre fuel economy. Absolutely no reliabilty issues. A lot... Read More

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2011 Kia Optima Reviews

Fun, Fast, And Reliable By joel0981

I love everything, speed and handling. Small motor with big bite. Shift able automatic and very nice navigation system with rear view camer. But sad to see it didn't come out in manual. Hopefully one ... Read More

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2009 Kia Optima Reviews

Kia Optima: Good Value Family Car By fisheral

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My View Of Kia Cars/corporation Has Gone Way Up After Buying This Car. By MrBigFish1959

Love it! The car is smooth, quiet, & dependable, with good mpg & enough bells and whistles to make it fun to drive. Great buy! Highly recommended! Read More

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