Kia Optima Transmission Problems

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Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (7%)

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Kia Optima transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (37%)

Chart based on 30 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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2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

11000 mi I was occasionally experiencing rough/clunky shifts a few days before, and just prior to the check engine light coming on. Dropped it off at the dealer and was informed that they had to replace the trans oil temp sensor. 
16000 mi Noticed transmission fluid leaking. Took the car in, and they ended up having to replace the entire transmission due to a misaligned bushing. 

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2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi Transmission went into limp mode. No codes set. Problem resolved by rebooting (restarting) car. Has not recurred after 1,300 driven. Happened at 216 miles. 

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2007 Kia Optima

Engine not specified

111000 mi

US $1500
Car in/out shop from OCT.Clutch would'nt go into gear.1st mech thought bad seal replaced, did it again.Towed x2.Sat at mech shop x 2 week.Took to another shop & replaced Master Cylinder.Did it again.Replaced clutch & Master. 

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

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. 

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

94000 mi

US $600
Hydraulic went out in clutch. Car wouldn't move. 
99000 mi

US $872
Shifter cable broke....this is a manual transmission 

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2005 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

50000 mi

US $400
CV joints 

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2004 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

65000 mi Finally after 6.5 years and 65,000 miles, the first non-maintenance repair -- a split CV joint boot. Shop spotted a small hole in the other and replaced it, too. Work done under warranty. 
83000 mi

US $800
Clutch pressure plate! I drive 95% freeway miles - hardly any shifting. 

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2004 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

263000 mi

US $150
Replace Driveshafts 

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Kia Optima Transmission Problems

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