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2007 Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Chart based on 73 repairs.

2007 Kia Optima repair cost distribution

Chart based on 11 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Optima in Michigan, United States
Sep 2008 - Oct 2014
Dec 2008

17000 mi
Key would not turn in ignition. Called Kia roadside. They towed the vehicle to the dealership for no cost. The mechanic put some antifreeze in the ignition, and the problem has not recurred. I didn't pay any part of it, and it was fixed quick. Very happy! 
Apr 2011

66000 mi
Transmission was shifting strange. Dealer drove it, confirmed problem - reprogrammed shifting software. Noted that axleshaft was seized in hub, causing intermittent rubbing sound. Replaced axleshaft and hub. All work covered under warranty. 
Nov 2013

93700 mi

US $150
Replaced front struts, ball joints and sway bar links 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2007 - May 2011
Jun 2007

650 mi

US $16550
( No Horns ) I never tried the horns when I bought the Optoma, but didn't work after trying at a later date. Horns were shorted out & ordered.Replaced with no problem. 
Aug 2007

3000 mi
Well it happened again (No Horns) Took the car back to the dealer to find they could not find the problem after 2 1/2 hrs of waiting. Got a loaner and left the car there. The next day they called to tell me they found the trouble. Will it pick up tomorrow 
Nov 2007

3700 mi
tire pressure dash light came on. Checked tire pressure ok. Called kia & they told me to add 2# pressure to tires from 30# to 32#. That did the trick The light went off. 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Optima in New York, United States
Dec 2006 - Jun 2015
Dec 2008

35000 mi
Control arm bushing noisy. Waiting for replacement control arm 
Mar 2009

38000 mi
Replaced control arm bushing under warrantee 
Feb 2011

59800 mi
Replaced Sun visors under warranty 
Nov 2011

67000 mi

US $330
Check engine light came on. Car went into limp mode and would not go over 20 MPH. Dealer replaced Throttle position sensor. 
Jan 2014

87700 mi
REPLACED BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS DUE TO NORMAL WEAR 
Kia Optima in Florida, United States
Jan 2009 - Jul 2010
Dec 2009

78000 mi

US $70
rear brakes 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Optima in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

5000 mi
Rough idle at startup, then engine dies after short period. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2006 - Jul 2008
Jun 2007

3000 mi
Replacement of malformed (warped) plastic instrument panel gauge trim cover. Purely cosmetic. Replacement part has been received at dealership, will be installed on 7/6. 
Jul 2007

3600 mi
Replacement of dashboard gauge cover (cosmetic flaw) 
Aug 2007

8000 mi
Replacement of cruise control switch module (cosmetic flaw) 
Kia Optima in Illinois, United States
Dec 2006 - Jun 2015
Jan 2007

3000 mi
They cant seem to figure out why the passenger side air bag periodically fails.Also the headlights have a weird pattern. 4 visits to date. 
Feb 2007

3500 mi
On Feb 12th,the area tech reflashed the seat sensors and that seemed to fix it.Unfortunately after they fixed the low air in the tires indicator,that is failing again.Shows a false low air signal. 
Kia Optima in New Hampshire, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2010
Aug 2007

15000 mi
air conditioner compressor caused whining noise at idle and at acceleration. 
Sep 2007

19000 mi
audible noise from engine compartment in the nature of a whining noise. air conditoner compressor source of problem; fixed and no futher noise. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2006 - Jun 2009
Jan 2007

4000 mi
Passenger seat bottom sensor defective causing passenger air bag light to come on when a passenger sat in seat and for the airbag system to be inoperative. Repairs took over 30 days due to parts availability. 
Feb 2007

6000 mi
Passenger air bag indicator repeated an intermittent off signal when passenger was in seat. Kia rep was called in to update software. 
Jul 2007

10000 mi
Passenger airbag system again malfunctioning, intermittently, with a passenger under 140#s. Dealer still can't find problem. 
Aug 2008

20000 mi
Reflash for proper emission testing. 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Kia in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2007

1000 mi
Tire pressure sensor was defective. Replaced defective tire pressure sensor. 

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2007 Kia Optima Repair Histories

36 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2007 Kia Optima. 27 of these members (75%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 73 repairs to 2007 Kia Optimas--an average of 2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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