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2011 Kia Optima Problems and Repair Histories

57 TrueDelta members own a 2011 Kia Optima. 22 of these members (38.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 39 repairs to 2011 Kia Optimas--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2011 Kia Optima problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2011 Kia Optima problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2011 Kia Optima problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2011 Kia Optima repairs by problem area

23% of the 2011 Kia Optima repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 49% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 39 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2011 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Optima in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 1000    
6000 0 Sunroof button only partly functional; requires holding it in instead of a quick push. No big deal. 
17000 0 Sudden lack of power, no turbo boost at all. It "threw a code" and the car dealer's svce dpt knew what to do. Under warranty, so they provided a free rental car. I have no complaint. 
19500 0 Warning light came on for brakes. Haven't taken it in yet. 
25000 0 Slight oil leak at crankcase/oilpan junction; was fixed quickly under warranty. 
32000 0 Brake fluid warning light continues to come on erratically. So does another warning light that refers to an instrument problem. This problem has shown itself periodically since the first 10 months but is only mildly annoying. 
36000 0 Old issue: a warning light on dash which turned out to be a faulty fluid level sensor. The car's brakes always seemed fine, but my (good) dealer replaced the sensor AND the master cylinder, vac booster & pump, and gave me a loaner car. 
Kia Optima in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 0    
5000 0 replaced Nav screen 
29300 0 Voltage adjustment 
 

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2011 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Kia Optima in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 16000    
17000 0 Light sensor went out for auto-on headlight Radio display flicker brightly when accelerating at night with headlights on. Heated steering wheel top half stopped working 
Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 0    
13000 0 loose fuse caused ac and tail lights to go out. 
 
Kia Optima in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 0    
16000 0 Right rear rattle. Not suspension related but the dealership thought it was a shock part. They replaced it but failed to fix the rattle. I have yet to go back. 
20000 0 Factory wheel (rim), clear coat started peeling. Wheel replaced under warranty. 
 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 0    
1000 0 Faulty air bag sensor in passenger seat cushion. 
22000  
Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 3000    
12300 0 Bluetooth not functioning, head unit for sound; bluetooth, replaced 
46000 0 Computer failed, was replaced 
 
Kia Optima in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 0    
3000 0 Steering will intermittently pull to the left. Appears to be electric power steering related. Chassis alignment and reset of "chip" in power steering did not fix problem.....still exists. new attempt to fix original problem was not successful. update: at time car sold considered this fix satisfactory. 
 
Kia Optima in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 2000    
3000 0 Heated/Cooled driver seat had stopped working previously. A switch and a module were replaced and BCM flash done during previous attempts. Since it's now intermittent (it's stopped working again at times), they say they cannot work on it. UPDATE: around 3,500 miles so far. Heated/Cooled driver seat worked (once), mostly not working. Dealer & KIA corporate have said they won't fix it if it isn't completely dead. So I wait until it dies permanently. Might never get fixed! 
5000 0 I've had ongoing issue with the heated/cooled seat. They replaced the switch a second time. Now they are ordered a new "wiring harness". Still awaiting that to come in for them to install. 
5700 0 They installed the wiring harness. The system works (it was working prior to installing the harness after they cleaned the contacts), so we'll keep an eye on it if it's finally a permanent solution. 
18000  

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