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Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (6%)

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Kia Optima body repair cost distribution

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$100 - $499 (5%)

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Chart based on 60 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Kia Optima

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9000 mi Vibration wind noise related to panoramic roof trim pieces. Replaced under warranty, known TSB. 

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2017 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 245hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

21080 mi Intermittent vibrating from the sunroof started in about December and could not be diagnosed. The car was then recalled and the entire sunroof seal replaced. 

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2015 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

17920 mi Tail light got water inside the housing 

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2015 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

7940 mi Trim on drivers door was loose 

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2014 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

32000 mi Water leaking into tail light on driver's side. Light was removed and double "plugs" installed. Unknown if issue resolved, must wait for all water to evaporate. Update: resolved. 
28000 mi Drivers seat trim came off 

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2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

25000 mi Front passenger grab handle in roof wasn't attached to its mount. Handle with headliner would come down when pulling on the handle. 
35000 mi Door Rubber Strip Wear 

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2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

42800 mi carpet tore on driver side ..right at radius of tunnel and factory floor mat 
16000 mi Sunroof functions not working properly. Would open and close but not with "one touch" function. 
11500 mi

US $37
Plastic rivets in top of door panel rattling. Wind noise from top of drivers side door, and oil change. Both problems were not fixed because dealer couldn't duplicate. Very disappointed in Kia. 
15000 mi Still dealing with rivets rattling and wind noise from driver door. Kia has offered a settlement to stop complaints very disappointed with Kia at this point. 
23300 mi Right Fog Light bezel (surround- black)peeling. Replaced by the dealer 
1000 mi Had serious rattle issues when playing radio over half volume, issue NOT fixed. They cannot find the issue. Have an issue with the driver seat shifting when taking tight turns, once again could not find issue. The exterior trim piece over front right wheel was broken, probably in transit, and hanging on the wheel. The part was replaced, however the mechanic broke a large piece off of the front bumper. The bumper was replaced for free. 

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2013 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

159-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

4960 mi They adjusted the trunk and repaired the facing of the paint. They adjusted the trunk and repaired the facing of the paint. 
29500 mi

US $93
Spoiler discoloring. Was told since it was out of warranty (by 3 months) would not be repaired. Repair completed after my attorney spoke to corporate. 
37000 mi

US $10
Weather stripping on sunroof loosened. I reattached. Second time this has happened. 

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2012 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

22000 mi Paint on fog light surrounds (both sides) chipping and peeling as well as fuel door. Had the car for 15 months when I noticed peeling paint while washing the car. Had the car in to repair it twice. Provided rental car for the first trip only 
22000 mi More peeling paint that popped up when I first began to consider trading. Constituted the final straw. 
5859 mi sunroof seal was pulled under sunroof when closing on hot days sunroof seal was pulled under sunroof on hot days. Original deal did not fix. Second dealer added adhesive to seal 
18000 mi Headliner squeakes when hitting bumps in the road. 
100000 mi

US $6750
Panoramic sunroof failed, exploded while driving with no external force. Reported to Kia, who rejected defect claim. Paid under insurance 
25420 mi Replaced exterior window trim under warranty due to rusting 
9000 mi Broken cover for screw in passenger interior door handle. 
20300 mi Front clip for stainless steel trim on driver's side rear door broken. Appears to have been 'rigged' at some point, potentially at the factory. Needs to have clip replace to hold trim tightly to car. 
21400 mi Driver's rear door stainless trim replaced 
34400 mi Driver's side front door weatherstrip deteriorated and came apart, causing a large amount of wind noise. Replaced by dealer at no charge. 

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2012 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

13000 mi Crack in trim ring on upper left on ctr. of wheel. 
2000 mi Weather Stripping around sunroof folded in. Glass removed and track re-aligned. Sanded weather stripping to prevent future issues. 
5000 mi Weather Stripping around sunroof folded in. Dealer notes say the panoramic roof arm that holds the glass has shifted to the left. They compared this to a "frontline" vehicle & confirmed the issue. Tech Case opened with KIA. Weather Stripping around sunroof folded in. Tech Case authorized replacement of sunroof molding. 
6000 mi Weather Stripping around sunroof folded in. Master Tech replaced molding and adjusted clips. 
45000 mi Interior door handle on rear passenger door needed adjustment. Sunroof outer seal folding in again. 
38300 mi

US $85
Exterior door handle cap broke off. Dealer replaced with new cap. 
70795 mi Recall to address corrosion issues. Dealer sprayed anticorrosion spray on certain parts under the vehicle. 
85000 mi Rust inside license plate light assembly. Dealer misunderstood problem and replaced license plate screws. 
85000 mi Follow-up on rust in license plate assembly, anti-corrosion coverage expired, but dealer took pictures and will check with district parts manager who can approve a repair under warranty. 
51460 mi Rust on rear door window trim. Kia not honoring warranty, dealer attempting to obtain special permission to replace trim. 
80600 mi It's still rusting and KIA still refuses to repair it under warranty. They assessed $700 in damages for their rust when the lease was returned. 
58000 mi TSB for underbody corrosion cleanup and sealant application 
61000 mi

US $20
Door handle cap broke off allowing the door handle to slide out. I ordered a new door cap and installed it. One screw, very easy to do by removing black rubber grommet on the door. 
18000 mi Sunroof seal was cracked, and bent badge on back of vehicle lost a letter 

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2012 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

26040 mi Front plastic air deflector keeps falling off. At perfect height to scrape on curbs, and not held on very well. Only a matter of time before it comes loose. Reattached with some glue. 

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2011 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

22000 mi Sun glass holder seems to have misshapen due to excessive roof heat during Summer. Compartment was on floor when I entered vehicle after work one day. No broken parts, but kept falling back out after several attempts to reinstall it. 
6000 mi Sunroof button only partly functional; requires holding it in instead of a quick push. No big deal. 
49000 mi Roof console fell apart. 

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2011 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

42300 mi Driver side floor mat hook became disloged from the floor. 
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 mi Factory wheel (rim), clear coat started peeling. Wheel replaced under warranty. 

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2009 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

250 mi Warranty repair on back passenger cloth panel, Cloth coming loose, Noticed on test drive Dealer Replaced panel.. 
27000 mi

US $20
Driver inside door handle broke in half for no reason just broke in our hand when using it..Also plastic covering on visors coming away from mirrors and cloth coming off door panels.. All repairs covered by Kia 

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2008 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

25100 mi

US $155
Driver's side sunvisor broke with a loud cracking sound. Local dealer said it was abuse, not covered under warranty. Fixed it at dealer as he said that old sunvisor couldn't be put back on. Filed written complaint to Kia corporate. 

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

57000 mi Driver side mirror broke - Dealership claimed would replace under warranty after primary driver (17 yrs old) called a couple of months before and wasn't told warranty would cover - Adult contacted dealership and repair arranged by dlrship. severe paint chipping on rear bumper - dlrship service mgr had pics from Mar 2010- agreed unusual - refused to repair due to no recall and escalation to Regional Mgr failed to acknowledge - took 2 months to schedule in town- unable to meet  interior sun visor (passenger side) suddenly dropped down/broke while driving - Dlrship indicated several of same problem lately - replaced both driver & pasngr sun visor's under warranty with "potential recall" pending on TSB. 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

59700 mi Replaced Sun visors under warranty 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

16367 mi

US $13
Touchup paint. 
94000 mi

US $52
Replaced original windshield moulding with OEM part. Original shrank. 
94000 mi

US $75
Windshield trim shrank and front windshield leaked causing water stains on the headliner. 
97300 mi

US $46
Passenger side interior sun visor broken, ordered replacement. 
98000 mi Windshield moulding still detaching, had to use window silicone to reattach again to the body. 
146000 mi Removed windshield molding, OEM molding (which was replaced) shrank over time. Seeking aftermarket replacement. 
157000 mi

US $14
Sand/primer rust spot passenger side A-pillar. 
3600 mi Replacement of dashboard gauge cover (cosmetic flaw) 
8000 mi Replacement of cruise control switch module (cosmetic flaw) 

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