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Falon Cooksey

My 2012 Kia Optima Turbo Still Under Warranty Has Been In The Service Depar...

Service said my oil has not been changed in 16000 miles should they not have let me known it needed to be changed when it was over at the shop getting fixed for other problems I've told them ev...

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Falon Cooksey

My Kia Optima Is Still Under Warranty Ray Salima Motor Messed Up Kia Place ...

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2001 Kia Optima Won't Start

So a couple of weeks ago, my car was having an issue in the rain where it would stutter and even shut itself off on one occasion. I brought it to a local mechanic would determined that the ignition ...

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Mary Kanza

After I Fill Up With Fuel, 03 Kia Optima Doesn't Start, Seems Like No Fuel ...

Every time I fill up my 03 Kia Optima with fuel while the car is off during fill up, when I go to start ignition, the car does not turn on. Anyone else have this issue? I have to turn key several time...

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2001 Kia Optima Lx Stutters And Shakes In The Rain

Hello, I have a 2001 Kia Optima. It has 127,000 miles on it. I had noticed a couple of years ago that when it rains, the car stutters a little while driving. I brought it in to my mechanic and they...

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2001 Kia Optima Overview
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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.