2003 Kia Optima Overview

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LX
20 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,438
LX V6
24 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,509
SE
Avg. Price: $4,332
SE V6
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,256

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Average User Score

4.85 stars

Based on 6 reviews

Great First Car ! by Amilli
 — i had this car as my first car and i didn't know it at the time but I couldn't have asked for more. The car was speedy and sporty looking, especially with those tinted widows on the car. I got to... Read More
Absolutely Rocks! by Rx8202
 — I bought this car used and it has served me well. I love the acceleration on it and although i have had to be a little more cautious on the brakes it has been excellent on that too. It is not a thre... Read More
Kia Love by Alison
 — This car is a v-6 so it moves but it gets up and goes better than any other v-6 Ive driven. It was in a wreck and kept my kids safe. The cop even mentioned how impressed he is with my car when he has ... Read More

2003 Kia Optima Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 6 reviews

2003 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima has improved since its introduction in 2001, and its value, roominess, comfort, and smooth ride seem to outweigh the diminishing amount of mechanical problems.  The 2003 Kia Optima also gets a fresh overhaul, mostly of its exterior, adopting a more European look with a new grille and new taillights.  Inside, the doors, upholstery, and center dash console also get tweaked.

Available in two trims, the LX and SE, each trim comes with two engine options.  Hyundai made a calculation mistake in its horsepower ratings, so the revised 2.4-liter I4 now gets 138-hp, and the 2.7 V6 gets 170-hp.  Only the LX I4 comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission.  All other models feature a 4-speed automatic with sport shift.  The base model LX was already well packed with power features, but it gets cruise control added this year, while the SE adds a garage opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic climate control. There are more option packages for the SE that include leather seats, a power passenger seat, and a new wood and leather trimmed steering wheel and shifter.  

Rear seats split-fold for more cargo versatility, and there is also a trunk pass-through.  Though the rear seat has limited legroom, the cabin is actually larger than the Nissan Altima.  The 2003 Optima carries Kia's famous warranty, which is a big draw for owners, though some say dealers sometimes don't honor it.  Other attractive features include the quiet, smooth, and responsive handling, the exterior styling, and the fact that a lot comes standard at an inexpensive price.  Drivers feel it definitely needs more power, especially the I4, which is like molasses off the line.  The check engine light comes on constantly, and gas mileage could be better.

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Kia Optima Questions

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Where Is The Plug To Check Trouble Codes 2003 Kia Optima

Can't find anywhere to plug code reader

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I Have A 2003 Kia Optima Lx 4 Cylynder And My Key Broke Off In The Ignition...

don't crank or even spring back ,go into neutral or nothing

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Replace Drivers Seat Belt

my dog chewed up existing belt not safe.

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Will Not Let Gas Pump Steady Instead I Have To Pump It Slowly To Pump Gas W...

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What Type Of Oil Does A 2003 Kia Optima Use?

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