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2005 Kia Optima Overview


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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 6 reviews

Great 2005 Optmia by jjackson1966
 — This is a very nice mid size care with many nice features only found on very high end cars. Long trips are very comfortable and highway gas milage is good. low maintenance cost with very little issues... Read More
Great Sedan. Great Value For The Price. by Janie
 — Found this car at a steal. Leather trim, sunroof, wind and water deflectors. Good gas mileage on the road. Great style. Handling is excellent. Have already put over 20K in just about 18 months.... 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

2005 Kia Optima Overview

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Based on 6 reviews

2005 Kia Optima

The 2005 Kia Optima is marketed as an alternative to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, offering many of the same standard features, but at a lower price point and with a better warranty.  According to owners, this mid-size family sedan is a great value, and many feel it has a smoother and more comfortable ride than its big-name competitors.  There have been few changes to the Sonata-based Optima since its inception in 2001.  For 2005, the upscale EX model gets a one-touch sunroof and special stitching on the optional leather upholstery.  All models get clear lens turn signals.

Both the base LX and EX are offered with either a 138-hp, 2.4-liter I4 engine or a 170-hp, 2.7-liter V6.  The V6 has better pickup, and these models also offer optional ABS brakes in place of the four-wheel disc brakes.  A 5-speed manual is standard on the LX I4, while all other models come with a 4-speed automatic with a Sport shift mode.  This transmission is optional on the base LX I4.  You'll find cruise control, full power features, and a CD player on the LX, while the EX upgrades to a power driver's seat, wood and chrome accents, a remote garage opener, sunroof, and automatic climate control.  EX-only options include heated leather seats, a power passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped wheel.

The 2004 Optima is a bit smaller than the Accord, but still offers nice legroom up front.  Trunk space is average, at 13.6-cubic feet, but can be expanded with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats.  A rear armrest/trunk pass-through offers immediate access to the trunk as well.  Drivers say the 2004 Optima is comfortable and surprisingly quiet, even on the highway.  Handling is smooth, and they love all the features you get for the low price tag.  There have been issues with getting Kia dealers to honor the warranty.  Other complaints focus on so-so gas mileage, the location of the cupholders, the underpowered I4, and some shudder during idling.


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Kia Optima Questions


Seems To Skip 4th Gear, And Check Engine Light Comes On..

while driving 2005 optima lx seems to skip 4th and have some loss of power and check engine light comes on.

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Tara Rector

How To Change The Timing Belt ?

I know you have to changed the water pump at the same time . Does it require any special tools to do it ?

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Should The Water Pump Be Replaced When Doing Timing Belt

bad vibration dealer says its a balancing belt and need to be replaced. they want to do timing belt and water pump also. I know timing belt should be done but Question water pump

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I'm Wondering Why I Have To Replace My Brakes Atleast Once A Year. And My C...

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