2004 Kia Optima Overview

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EX
41 national listings
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28 national listings
LX
80 national listings
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21 national listings

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4.35 stars

Based on 9 reviews

Excellent Car For The Price! by analyzerlx
 — I got rid of the car on August, 2012. I still miss that car. I did let it go because I wanted to not spend money on maintenance. I felt it would be cheaper to trade it in and get another Kia. The car ... Read More
Good Ride And Amenities For The Price by Harryl
 — We were looking for a car when our '99 Intrepid bit the dust. We started looking for a used HONDA, but they were out of our price range. OUR LOCAL Honda dealer had this '04 Kia on the lot, and we lik... Read More
2004 Kia Optima Ex by Cyndi
 — This car replaced my 1992 Pontiac Grand Am. Bought my Kia Optima brand new on October 29th 2004, from Kia Mall of Georgia. The car is fun to drive, for a Kia, it has impressed many of my family and f... Read More

2004 Kia Optima Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 9 reviews

2004 Kia Optima

Under the radar, Kia is slowly playing catch-up to the big boy economy sedans on the market, combining comfort, convenience, and roominess at a much lower price point.  The 2004 Kia Optima is a mid-size family sedan, based on the Sonata platform, that packs in a lot of standard features while remaining affordable for those on a budget.  For 2004, the Optima gets a new grille design to distinguish it from the Sonata, and the V6 models get larger 16-inch tires for better road performance.  

There are two trim levels for the 2004 Optima, each offered with either a 2.4-liter, 138-hp DOHC I4 or a 2.7-liter, 170-hp DOHC V6.  The 4-cylinder comes with either a standard 5-speed or a 4-speed automatic with manual mode.  The 4-speed is the sole transmission for the V6 models.  The base LX carries full power features, 15-inch wheels, dual-front side airbags, cruise control, and a CD player.  The more decked-out EX, which replaces last year's SE, ups the ante with a power driver's seat, a sunroof, keyless entry, wood and chrome accents, an auto-dimming mirror, and a remote garage opener.  Only on the EX can you opt for heated leather seats and wood interior trim.  

The Kia fares average to poor in some crash tests, but does well in side-impact ratings.  Dual front-side airbags are standard across the line, while ABS brakes are only optional on the V6 models.  Traction control is not available.  Though Kia has always focused on good value for the money (and the 2004 Optima does come with a lot of standard features for what you pay), drivers say the gas mileage, at 20/27 mpg, is disappointing.  Other complaints mention the labored acceleration with the I4 engine, the need for more rear legroom, and no ABS option on the I4.  But most owners say the ride is comfortable, with incredibly smooth handling and little engine noise.  They also like the exterior styling.  The biggest draw is Kia's outstanding warranty.

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Kia Optima Questions

Sharon Tompkins
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My Car Runs Rough & Dies At Red Lights....what Could It Be? What Do I Need ...

When I crank my car...it tries to die, & shakes. It goes dead at red lights, & I have to keep my foot on the gas to keep it from dying.

6 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 days ago)
nony
0

My Kia Optima 2.4l Guzzles Fuel Like Mad,please What Could Be The Cause?

22 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 months ago)
PercyA
0

Kia 2004 Optima Stalls When I Put It In Gear.

2004 Kia Optima 2.4l 16 Valves Problem :Car idle smooth but when I put it in gear it stalls and goes to backfiring. The start of this problem the engine light came on to solve that problem I replaced...

98 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)
djp3473
35

Why Wont My Kia Optima Start?

I have replaced timing belt, the car fires, it is not the a chip in the key, good plugs and wires and still nothing. No codes when I diagnose car. Any suggesstions

140 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 months ago)
Janet Tarwater
0

Did Dougnut In Reverse Car Died Wont Crank Again

My car only has 127000 miles is in excellent condition

44 views with 13 answers (last answer 5 months ago)