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Kia Optima Questions

Alonzo Ramsey

Can't Open Pass Door

Can I open the passenger door from the inside or the outside how do I get the door open

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Do The Kia Optima Have A High Or Good Resale Value

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Terry Adamec

2013 Kia Optima Sedan

I have had 2 tests 1st one .. Code p0087 Second test ..large vacume leak..fuel system fault..ignition system fault..engine mechanical fault error p2187

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02 Sensors On 2002 Kia Optima 4 Cyl

Which 02 sensor needs replaced for check engine light to go out. Manifold or pipe

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When Ever I Turn Over An Uneven Surface I Hear A Popping From Left Front, D...

Whenever I turn my car off of the main road into my apartment complex, where the road surface changes from asphalt to concrete, I hear a popping sound, I know the roads are a little uneven but never...

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About the Kia Optima

The Optima is Kia's entry into the mid-size sedan market.  Its goal is to offer many of the same upscale features, performance, and quality, but at a lower price than comparable competitors.  
Launched in 2001, the Optima is a four-door, front-wheel drive sedan.  It came with either an I4 or a V6 engine, and the base model came equipped with power windows and locks, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, and a rear defrost.  Higher trims added on cruise control, remote entry, a sunroof, heated mirrors, and leather trim.  Aside from some minor exterior and interior styling changes, the Optima looked very much like the car upon which it was based, the Sonata.   
It wasn't until 2006 that the Optima started to forge its own identity separate from the Sonata, with an all-new redesign, including a ittle more stylish flair to its lines and a different front end.  It also got new, more powerful engines and was now loaded with six airbags.  Standard luxury features remained about the same, with the new EX the top-of-the-line model.   
Drivers have liked the overall performance of the Optima, complimenting its quiet ride and new rounded style.  Performance suffers with the I4, obviously, and the V6 isn't winning any races, but it reliability is greatly improved.  Along with the long list of standard equipment, one of Kia's most attractive features is its 10,000 miles/10-year warranty.  That, combined with a lower pricetag than similarly equipped cars, positions the Optima as a luxury sedan for even the smallest wallets.