2004 Kia Optima Top Comparisons

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2004 Kia Optima EX Review
Bo says:
Out of all my cars throughout the years, including BMW, Cadillac and Maserati this has been the most reliable one. Have had some paint problems on the plastic bumpers and door handle trims, but apart from that no faded paint or rust. Although not a race car it has a comfortable ride and is well behaved in all situations.
vs2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
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Looks/Style Ranked 2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE worse.
"One of the most beautiful designed tail lights on any car."
Would Buy Ranked 2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE worse.
"In my opinion it is a better car."
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima Review
Jordan says:
vs2005 Kia Optima
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Value Ranked 2005 Kia Optima better.
"They are the same with less problems because its the later model"
2004 Kia Optima LX V6Review
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I Am Happy With This Car Overall — I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headlights.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Very few issues with this car when it was newer. Good acceleration and handling.

Cons: The airbag light is on and is a common issue withmhis model. Headlights burn out very quickly, replaced every 3 to 4 months.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima EX V6Review
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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.

Pros: Great gas mileage. Comfortable seating. Awesome handling. The 2.7 V6 provides more than enough power.

Cons: No cons here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima LXReview
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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

Pros: Great on gas not to bad of a looking car.

Cons: Nothing  much complain about

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima LXReview
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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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima EXReview
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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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: No negatives

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima LX V6Review
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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

Pros: Predictable handling, driver's seat, great appearance.

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima LXReview
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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...)

Pros: good looking paint, nice grille looked like a mercedes for a second. roomy.

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

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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2004 Kia Optima LXReview
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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

Pros: Great looking, Liable, more than anything else, GAS MILAGE (it runs almost 400 miles on high way)

Cons: Not Yet

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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2018 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Vhbigspring

The Kia Optima has a very smooth ride and easy to handle. The A/C is very cold. The car is also very comfortable and the back seat has plenty of leg room for all three teenagers. Read More

Review By GuruX9K8M

I’ve been driving it for 5 days. So far I really like it. I have had Toyota Camry’s for years, but the car market made it hard for me to afford one now. The Optima reminds me of the Camry only I like... Read More

2017 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Chuck

Sharp quality sedan at a competative price point in the class. Read More

Review By Adaniellepittman

Not a good value. Read More

2016 Kia Optima Reviews

Review By Guru9C5BRZ

I like the car I want a turbo one tho Read More

Review By kim

Its a beautiful car and rides so smoothly, I would buy another one in a heartbeat Read More

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