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2011 Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (47%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 53 repairs.
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2011 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in New York, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2011

6000 mi
Sunroof button only partly functional; requires holding it in instead of a quick push. No big deal. 
Sep 2012

17000 mi
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. 
Nov 2012

19500 mi
Warning light came on for brakes. Haven't taken it in yet. 
Apr 2013

25000 mi
Slight oil leak at crankcase/oilpan junction; was fixed quickly under warranty. 
Nov 2013

32000 mi
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. 
Mar 2014

36000 mi
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. 
Oct 2014

40000 mi
Paddle shifter on steering wheel: ceased functioning. Will shortly be repaired on warranty. 
May 2015

48000 mi
Backup camera was slow to run; showed lines but no picture for up to 30 sec 
Kia Optima in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2013
Nov 2011

5000 mi
replaced Nav screen 
Apr 2013

29300 mi
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
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

17000 mi
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
Apr 2011 - Sep 2013
May 2012

13000 mi
loose fuse caused ac and tail lights to go out. 
Kia Optima in Colorado, United States
Feb 2011 - Jul 2012
Dec 2011

16000 mi
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. 
Feb 2012

20000 mi
Factory wheel (rim), clear coat started peeling. Wheel replaced under warranty. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2015
Sep 2011

1000 mi
Faulty air bag sensor in passenger seat cushion. 
Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013
Jul 2011

12300 mi
Bluetooth not functioning, head unit for sound; bluetooth, replaced 
Jun 2013

46000 mi
Computer failed, was replaced 
Kia Optima in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2013
May 2011

3000 mi
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
Aug 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2011

3000 mi
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! 
Mar 2012

5000 mi
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. 
Apr 2012

5700 mi
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. 

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2011 Kia Optima Repair Histories

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