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2011 Kia Optima Repair Histories

65 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2011 Kia Optima. 25 of these members (38.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 45 repairs to 2011 Kia Optimas--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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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 - Oct 2014
6000 mi   Sunroof button only partly functional; requires holding it in instead of a quick push. No big deal. 
17000   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   Warning light came on for brakes. Haven't taken it in yet. 
25000   Slight oil leak at crankcase/oilpan junction; was fixed quickly under warranty. 
32000   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   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. 
40000   Paddle shifter on steering wheel: ceased functioning. Will shortly be repaired on warranty. 
Kia Optima in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2013
5000 mi   replaced Nav screen 
29300   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
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
13000 mi   loose fuse caused ac and tail lights to go out. 
Kia Optima in Colorado, United States
Feb 2011 - Jul 2012
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. 
20000   Factory wheel (rim), clear coat started peeling. Wheel replaced under warranty. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2014
1000 mi   Faulty air bag sensor in passenger seat cushion. 
Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013
12300 mi   Bluetooth not functioning, head unit for sound; bluetooth, replaced 
46000   Computer failed, was replaced 
Kia Optima in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2013
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 2014
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! 
5000   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   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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