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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2004 Kia Optima   17 Optimas, 7.8 months of data per Optima, average 128400 miles

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2005 Kia Optima   10 Optimas, 8.6 months of data per Optima, average 113100 miles

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2007 Kia Optima   10 Optimas, 7.0 months of data per Optima, average 85500 miles

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2011 Kia Optima 25 Optimas, 8.4 months of data per Optima, average 44000 miles

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30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Optima 50 Optimas, 9.3 months of data per Optima, average 42100 miles39
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Kia Optima 54 Optimas, 9.6 months of data per Optima, average 26100 miles25
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Kia Optima   15 Optimas, 8.7 months of data per Optima, average 9800 miles

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Kia Optima vs. Kia Optima Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Kia Optima

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I researched online and spoke with Optima owners. Kia has come a long way in reliability in the past few years. I was surprised by the level of owner loyalty. People who own Optimas enthusiastically recommend them.
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Good general reliability, which is backed by an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have had zero problems with the car. Trim and everything is just like new.
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have not had to call roadside service once in three years
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have had 0 problems until just recently the clutch pressure plate broke! $800 to fix and not under warranty! Not happy about that.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I researched online and spoke with Optima owners. Kia has come a long way in reliability in the past few years. I was surprised by the level of owner loyalty. People who own Optimas enthusiastically recommend them.
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Good general reliability, which is backed by an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have had zero problems with the car. Trim and everything is just like new.
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have not had to call roadside service once in three years
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have had 0 problems until just recently the clutch pressure plate broke! $800 to fix and not under warranty! Not happy about that.