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Kia Optima Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

415 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Kia Optima. 40 of these members (9.6%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 14 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Kia Optimas--an average of 0 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

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

Don't infer 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 Kia Optima repairs by problem area

23% of the Kia Optima repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 35% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 13% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 205 repairs.

Kia Optima transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Kia Optima transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 38% cost less than $100, 31% between $100 and $499, 12% between $500 and $999, 8% between $1000 and $2499, and 12% more than $2500.

Chart based on 26 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2013 10000    
11000 0 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. 
Kia Optima in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2012 0    
16000 0 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

Kia Optima in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2013 0    
1000 0 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. 
13000  

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2007 Kia Optima

Engine not specified

Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 111000    
111000 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

Kia Optima in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 13000    
66000 0 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. 
94000  

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Optima in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 87000    
94000 600 Hydraulic went out in clutch. Car wouldn't move. 
99000 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

Kia Optima in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2012 50000    
50000 400 CV joints 

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2004 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Optima in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 39000    
65000 0 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. 
76000  
Kia Optima in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 82000    
83700 800 Clutch pressure plate! I drive 95% freeway miles - hardly any shifting. 
169000  

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2004 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 184000    
263000 150 Replace Driveshafts 
274000  

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