2004 Kia Optima User Reviews

2004 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"exterior" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Cyndi writes:
2004 Kia Optima EX Review
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Fun to drop, great gas mileage, moonroof, fully loaded for a great price.  I have a little over 33,000 miles on it, original owner, no problems at all.

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No negatives

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2004 Kia Optima Ex — 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 friends. My Optima is built great, I haven't had any problems. Stylish yet sporty and I love my moon roof and key less entry. My car averages 30mpg. Our first year of owning this car, we drove down to Florida on a full tank of gas. Total round trip was a tank and a half. Fun to drive, with the Sportmatic transmission, I enjoy driving this car in the sportmatic 'clutchless' mode.

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Harryl writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX V6 Review
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Predictable handling, driver's seat, great appearance.

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Almost impossible to fit a baby seat and two adults in the back seat.

Harryl
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Good Ride And Amenities For The Price — 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 liked the looks and reviews on the car. We bought it with 38,000 miles on the clock, and a year left on the bumper-to-bumper warrantee. We took it on a 1200-mile trip a week after we puchased it, and it behaved impeccably! Good hiway mileage, and a very civilized behavior. The manually adjustable driver's seat really helped my back problems on a long drive! The A/C is adequate, and the stock sound system is good.

Owner for 0 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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analyzerlx writes:
2004 Kia Optima EX V6 Review
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5

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Classy looking exterior, excellent build quality, smooth engine.

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I average 20/25 around town and with mixed driving. The car did shine when it came to strictly freeway, getting more than 25 mpg

analyzerlx
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Excellent Car For The Price! — 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 had over 180,000 miles and the major services I did on the car was new struts at 75,000 miles, timing belt at 130,000 miles (along with the water pump). The window regulator was repaired at around 140,000 (driver's door). The only item fixed under warranty was the key fob receiver. When I traded in the car the fuel pump was about to go a light was on the console. The dealership said it was a sensor in the passenger seat that went out. Altogether the price to fix the problems would have been $1,500. I then decided to get a 2013 Forte. I now have over 18,000 miles on it and pleased.

Owner for 3 years, 1 months

Primary Use: Family transportation

Miles Driven per Year:24,000

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JTLeach writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX Review
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5

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Newer brakes and tires. Arctic A/C. All systems work fine. Timing belt recently changed. Regularly maintained. Very comfortable car wiith a sharp design. A very good car mechanically and performance-wise.

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Some blemishes to car's exterior (minor dent, ding, chips, bumper.) Sometimes there is a slight hesitancy on accelerating in first use of car for the day. Steering is a little stiff.

JTLeach
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A Great Car Ready For A Second Owner And Another 65,000 Miles. — This has been an outstanding car for the value. Very little maintenance needed other than oil and fluid changes. It handles well and has good acceleration and gas mileage. It is a sharp looiking car and quite comfortable. We were quite happy with it.

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djp3473 writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX Review
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Great on gas not to bad of a looking car.

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Nothing  much complain about

djp3473
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Great For The Price — I enjoy this car to carry me to and from work. It's great on gas I get 370 miles to a tank of gas. I plan to buy a newer in the near future. I like Kia vehicles it's been great over all.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Siyoung writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX Review
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Great looking, Liable, more than anything else, GAS MILAGE (it runs almost 400 miles on high way)

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Not Yet

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My 5th Car In Texas — This Optima must be one of the greatest Korean car. i love to drive this and, keep it for a long time

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sellquick writes:
2004 Kia Optima EX V6 Review
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Great gas mileage. Comfortable seating. Awesome handling. The 2.7 V6 provides more than enough power.

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No cons here.

sellquick
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Great All Around Car. — 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. I drove this car almost three hours straight and loved it.

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Chandler writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX Review
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good looking paint, nice grille looked like a mercedes for a second. roomy.

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bad reliability, loud noises. and transmision problems and the kia dept. needs to get people who know how to fix foriegn vehicles.

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Okay Car But The Kia Dept. Needs To Honor Their Warranty Or They Should Be Sued!!!!!! — the kia was nice but had loud motor noise, sounded like a lawn mower when u turned it on. the brakes wore out before 3 months of driving. the shocks were very loud and it didnt hanle well in the snow. everything else was okay from the interior to the exterior. but the motor was crappy from the beginning. especially if it only had 59k on the motor and the transmision decides to go. ( hint hint...)

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Mike writes:
2004 Kia Optima LX Review
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Low resale (if you are buying). Heated mirrors and other standard features not found on comparables.

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Noisy 2.4L, Kia's service dept.

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In Canada, It's The Magentis, Not Optima, But This App Has No Magentis Listed — Well built sedan. Kia service dept is bad though. Buy one out of warranty because the warranty is worth the paper it's written on when they don't know how to fix it.

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2012 Kia Optima Reviews

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2011 Kia Optima Reviews

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2009 Kia Optima Reviews

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