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
"exterior" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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

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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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Diana715 writes:
2002 Kia Optima SE V6 Review
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4

Pros

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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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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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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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Kia Optima Reviews

Good Commuter By Jeffrey

Some reliability issues as it ages. All of the steell lines(brakes and steering) have rotted. not bad for 140k. Alternator and brakes have been done. Too bad no one can build a car with reliable rear ... Read More

It Rocks By Kristin

it has a spacious interior, adequete acceleration, good on the gas mileage, and fun to drive. The handling is smooth and the maintenance is relatively light if the car is newer and wasn't previously o... Read More

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2003 Kia Optima Reviews

Looks Great, Runs Perfectly, Has Good Power! By daaronlane31

This car has been a terrific part of my family. Always have enjoyed driving it. Is very comfortable to drive every day! Is an excellent family car that I'm sure anyone would enjoy driving every day. I... Read More

I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! By DeMaster

I love the fact that this car has been reliable in all conditions and has proven it's paid for itself over and over, thanks Kia! features in this 03 model are still competitive today. the multiple big... Read More

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2004 Kia Optima Reviews

I Am Happy With This Car Overall By mrleger

I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headli... Read More

Great All Around Car. By sellquick

The car is an awesome performer with plenty of power. The AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is great. Interior cabin is well laid out with all controls easily accessible. Very comfortable to drive. ... Read More

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2005 Kia Optima Reviews

2005 Kia Optima Ex-v6 By Richard

We, especially my wife, loves the smaller size of the Optima as compared to her old 1999 Buick Century. Although the ride was a bit smoother in the Buick (a plus for most mid size Buick sedans due to ... Read More

Good Car, Wish I Could Have Owned It New By JPenn856

I dislike the automatic transmission, it takes away from the power of the motor. The car gets around thirty miles to the gallon, and generally runs on any type of gas. I is a fun driver and I drive it... Read More

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2006 Kia Optima Reviews

My First Car By Marc

I was surprised at how nice a car I got for my first car. Was looking at an earlier model Hyundai Accent GT, turns out the bank wouldn't touch it because of the miles, and I got the Optima instead. Gr... Read More

Its A Good Car By Joshua

its roomy and has a shift tronic trans. that i like and helps for quicker pick up, good gas mileage, low maintenance and plenty of room and is a fun drive for an economy car for the price of it Read More

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