2003 Kia Optima User Reviews

2003 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5

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Displaying all 7 2003 Kia Optima reviews.

daaronlane31 writes:
2003 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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5

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Has been very dependable and reliable. Love the cold ac, the v-6, and all of the options!

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Doesn't have many.. none I can think of!

daaronlane31
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Looks Great, Runs Perfectly, Has Good Power! — 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 love it! Nice!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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DeMaster writes:
2003 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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love this car, became the favorite and most dependable out of all my friend's cars. when everyone else was broke down, i was rolling nice and cool in my Kia and still getting people wanting to buy it after 170k miles. Even towed a UHaul trailer 3400 miles!

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gas mileage not as good as 2011 or better optima - time to upgrade :-)

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I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! — 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 plush seats are definitely a super plus for long commutes of 1 hr to and from work 5 days a week and then because its so big on the inside, its the car of choice for picking p all my friends and taking long road trips out of town on the weekends.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hunter writes:
2003 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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it has porsches transmission and v6

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not really any

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Nice — it has a porsche transmission and a v6 nice leather interior wood control panels nice performance ok in snownot average cost to manage its fun car fun to power up awesome all round nice car good for frst cargreat quality

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Katherine writes:
2003 Kia Optima LX Review
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Excellent mileage and control

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Exterior isn't quiet built for protection

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The Kia Optima Lx 2003 — It's the BOMB when it comes to mileage and is pretty smooth on control and braking. The window frames are weak, and the ratteling could be de to poor/lack of care. Exterior design is alright, but the inside is pretty sweet. Hardly had any maintencance done, and is a great car to drive; especially if you're a first-time-driver.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alison writes:
2003 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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Performance, comfort, attractive

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paint is faded  in spots

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Kia Love — 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 seen it in wrecks. You should have see what the Toyota Tacoma that hit us looked like. It is very comfortable and we've owned it from 30,000 miles to 100,000 and haven't had a single problem with it. We have driven on some long trips and it is little a little trooper getting about 28-32 mpg. It handles driving in snow like a dream. I love this car and my car knows it.

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Rx8202 writes:
2003 Kia Optima SE V6 Review
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Good looking car that runs efficiently

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Careful on the brakes

Rx8202
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Absolutely Rocks! — 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 threat to personal safety. I got it with a warranty and has needed repair only for the steering wheel. everything else has been in very good condition and i still use it! great on gas, exterior looks very good and it definitely is fun to drive and be seen driving :) the interior of the car is gorgeous! and to think i got all that for a good price, almost unbelievable! I would definitely recommend the car to a friend. It was worth every dime and more!

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Amilli writes:
2003 Kia Optima SE V6 Review
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Safety, good performance and accessories for price, great engine

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slow acceleration but still descent

Amilli
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Great First Car ! — 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 tons of complements from people thinking it was a mercedes. Everything in car worked well and ran well for the time I had it. As for safety, it was just great. It was totaled in an accident where another driver smashed into the front of my car. I should have been really hurt based on the damage but walked away with minor injuries. The acceleration was decent but breaking and handling were better than expected for the price. I had great time with this car and wish it hadn't been totaled.

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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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2002 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Sporty, Family Car. By cooltonep

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 p... Read More

Effective By Diana715

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 ... 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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