Kia has a fuse that is pulled as new car is shipped to totally take any load off of battery. This fuse became loose and vehicle would not start. Reseated fuse and all works perfectly.
Continuing problems with vehicle periodically going dead (lights, dash etc)when trying to start. Dealer replaced driver door jamb plate as it was grounding. Problems continue same plus remote start periodically fails. Not resolved.
Problems continue from April. Same exact indications. Has spent numerous days at dealer. Unresolved.
Previously reported electrical problem went unresolved. Traded back to dealer for another Optima.
Car wouldn't start in morning; AAA replaced battery and car is back to normal.
Drivers side mirror would not move L&R. The problem was observed on delivery when new but was intermittent. It was determined that the L&R motor in the mirror was defective from the start and will be replaced under warranty.
The navigation stopped working, it did reset and begin to function normally again, but the dealer replaced it without question. One interior light had a short in the switch. Switch replaced under warranty.
Drivers mirror motor will be hopefully repaired by replacing the wiring harness. Attempts have been previously made to make this repair. It has been intermittent in the past, but had failed to activate in all directions now.
Window would not close Nav system freeze and abends
AC blower motor replaced. Bearing making lots of noise when cold.
Backup camera inop
Antenna replaced due to no signal on Sat, traffic, or radio.
Driver's airbag replaced due to dash light illuminating
battery died with less than 15k miles and 23 months old...
Heated seats didn't seem to be working. Dealer determined the switch was faulty and caused all four seats to not heat. Ordered part, will repair under warranty later in the month. iPhone will connect to Bluetooth but contact list won't sync. Was told it's a firmware issue with the navigation system, and cannot be fixed until the new firmware is released.
Heated seat switch was replaced. Heated seats still not working, booked to find out actual cause.
Finally solved heated seat - problem stemmed from the factory - wiring harness prong bent - caused a short circuit and the fault in the heated seats. Took 6 months to solve!
Back up camera needed to be replaced because of condensation build up inside the camera
The driver-side seat heater is not working.
Back-up camera failed.
Backup camera wouldn't come on. Took apart camera and blasted with WD40, and greased the o-rings to keep water out. No issues since.
Would not cool. Made "breathing" noise. Manifold gauges showed small pressure differential. Replaced A/C expansion valve, vacuumed system, and recharged.
Driver bottom seat heater not functioning. Elements replaced
UVO system not working with iPod
Parking brake light stays on after being disengaged.
The lighted Kia door sill burnt out. Assembly replaced.
A/C would make a moaning noise when under 30mph and coasting. A/C would periodically go "humid", then return to cold. The valve on the inside the compressor was replaced on the first visit, didn't fix it.
A/C fixed on second attempt after waiting for a new compressor. They ordered a 2014 compressor since they've been having lock-up problems with the 11+12's. Once it was totally replaced, everything's ok.
Factory backup camera failed. Camera was replaced under warranty
Vinegar smell in cabin attributed to bacterial growth in AC vent system. Service of AC vent cleared the issue.
Steering wheel station/preset control would change to FM2, AM etc and mute randomly while changing stations. The switch module was replaced twice. The 1st replacement failed 2 days later.
XM receiver stopped getting a signal. It was continuously hunting for a signal â€“ everywhere. Dealer replaced the radio unit but this did not resolve issue. Dealer ordered new antenna and installed it. Issue seems to have been resolved.
TPMS light on. Tire pressure set correctly.
Condensation under backup camera lenses. Blurred video. Backup camera replaced under Goodwill warranty
Rear view camera stayed on while in drive, would not switch off unless car was restarted.
Speaker in passenger door was distorted. Dealer replaced speaker
Rodent damage to fog light wiring and windshield washer tubing.
Bluetooth software update...replaced backup camera
Replaced windshield washer pump
Air conditioning van selector motor has failed. The entire air conditioning system replacement was recommended for $3,600.
No repair was done due to high cost
Navigation system produced Windows Error message is driven over about 1.5 hours and required reboot to fix. Problem unknown, pulled computer and diagnosed, no resolution, will probably replace system. Was proved with a loaner for the day.
System replaced this week with a totally new model (warrenty covered). Upgraded graphics, faster performance, better interface, knows speed limits, not the same model that's for sure. Perhaps the nav system from the 2014 model.
Trip odometers 1&2 resetting intermittently; digital gas gauge erratic readings occasionally; may be due to cold weather.
Booked a service call; no problems determined; will probably book another service call if problems re-occur.
A/C not cooling when interior temp is above 105 degrees. Compressor does not engage for at least 5 minutes or until interior temperature drops below 100. Dealer attempted to reprogram A/C as system cools well under other conditions or once.
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.
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.
Paddle shifter on steering wheel: ceased functioning.
Will shortly be repaired on warranty.
Backup camera was slow to run; showed lines but no picture for up to 30 sec
Performed TSB on key fobs
Electric heated seat switch was bad. Rear passenger, driver side. Replaced under warranty.
Dome light flicks on when turning a corner. Flicks on momentarily when just pushing on the drivers door. Please note this problem is caused by closing the door on the seatbelt buckle which just lines up with the door switch smashing it in.
Intermitent issues with the car not starting,, a switch under the brake pedal was a recall and fixed the problem once replaced
Had to replace battery
A/C not cooling all of the time. Not draining properly. Used A/C evaporator cleaner P/N UM090
Nav locked up, replaced nav system. New nav worked until car was sold but dash rattled and could never be repaired. Fuel level sender failed replaced
Dealer replaced under warranty a switch attached to brake pedal that prevented car from starting if brake pedal was depressed. Could still start car by holding down button for 20 sec. Dealer states it is a common problem.
loose fuse caused ac and tail lights to go out.
Switch in brake to start engine failed. Replaced under warranty. Dealer told me how to get it started and drove to dealer for replacement. Great service.
Key fob lost its code.
Bluetooth not functioning, head unit for sound; bluetooth, replaced
Brake switch replaced because it was affecting starting the vehicle keyless ignition.
A left rear bulb marker and a new cabin air filter were replaced
VERY SHORTLY, I'll bring back my KIA Optima LX for new rear brake pads and rotors
Battery tested low--replaced with OEM battery
Driver power seat will not incline the seatback. Incline motor failure.
Drivers Seatback would not incline. Incline motor failure.
Replaced Driver's side headlight with LED bulb
Clockspring failed, resulting in loss of use of horn, cruise control, trip/reset button.
Replaced by OEM clockspring
Bluetooth System does not initiate; Voice recognition does not initiate Headlight diode had come off
Starter replaced due to engine failure
Faulty air bag sensor in passenger seat cushion.
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
Dead battery because headlights would not automatically turn off after parking in garage. WHY..I got seat belt stuck in door after closing door the car body was bent misaligning the door button that turns off lights when door is shut.
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!
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.
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.
the auto locks no longer work after trans number 2 went in. Seems no matter how well you do the services at kia and keep up on oil changes they seem okay other then transmission issues and crappy lights. Brakes and tires. Great road trip car tho.
AC was slow to cool cabin. System was down 0.75 lb. of refrigerant. Schroeder valve was found to be loose. System purged and recharged. Not considered a warranty repair by Kia.
No horns. I don't know if the car was delivered that way because I never tried the horns when I left the car dealership. Didn't discover the problem for a few weeks. Who tries the horn untill you need it. ( No Horns ) I never tried the horns when I bought the Optoma, but didn't work after trying at a later date. Horns were shorted out & ordered.Replaced with no problem.
Returned car for horn problem.Repaired. So far so good. Well it happened again (No Horns) Took the car back to the dealer to find they could not find the problem after 2 1/2 hrs of waiting. Got a loaner and left the car there. The next day they called to tell me they found the trouble. Will it pick up tomorrow
tire pressure dash light came on. Checked tire pressure ok. Called kia & they told me to add 2# pressure to tires from 30# to 32#. That did the trick The light went off.
alternator, A/C compressor,
TPMS light comes on intermittently when there is no difference in tire pressure in any of the tires. dealer checked and reset the sensors. the problem is not solved.
The switch in the driver's door jamb was broken and would not turn on the dome light when the driver's door was opened. The repair took 5 minutes and cost $9.47.
The problem with the TPMS light was never solved. Online research indicated it was likely the body control module (BCM). At the time we sold the car, the TPMS light was constantly on, even though the tires were all properly inflated.
The air bag light kept coming on. Dealer replaced air bag module, then the control module, and finally the clock spring which has fixed the problem for good. Covered under third party extended warranty.
Starter became intermittent. Had starter replaced
AC system replaced, compressor, dryer, cooling panel Alternator replaced
Passenger seat bottom sensor defective causing passenger air bag light to come on when a passenger sat in seat and for the airbag system to be inoperative. Repairs took over 30 days due to parts availability.
Passenger air bag indicator repeated an intermittent off signal when passenger was in seat. Kia rep was called in to update software.
Passenger airbag system again malfunctioning, intermittently, with a passenger under 140#s. Dealer still can't find problem.
Along with an oil change the right front Headlamp burned out and was changed following a pattern in which front headlamps have been replaced about every year for the past 5 years.
air conditioner compressor caused whining noise at idle and at acceleration.
audible noise from engine compartment in the nature of a whining noise. air conditoner compressor source of problem; fixed and no futher noise.
Replaced blower motor resistor.
Replaced driver low beam bulb.
Replaced H7 low beam bulb
Replace rear driver side door lock actuator.
Passenger side air bag light intermittently came on indicating the air bag was not functioning. They cant seem to figure out why the passenger side air bag periodically fails.Also the headlights have a weird pattern. 4 visits to date.
Passenger seat didnt read a passengers presence very often.Since the repair,two weeks ago no problems. On Feb 12th,the area tech reflashed the seat sensors and that seemed to fix it.Unfortunately after they fixed the low air in the tires indicator,that is failing again.Shows a false low air signal.
Window regulator went out, the window would roll all the way down, but roll only halfway up. It was the driver's window regulator.
Air was not blowing cold since summer of 2011. Decided to get it fixed. Not sure if there is a slow leak or not. The service rep said that there was no noticeable leak, but they did put in some dye just in case.
The airbag light kept coming on then off for several months. Now it is permanent. Am told that is expensive to repair and I am on limited income. Will have to wait a few months.
Airbag light on when sold.
Air bag light went on. Not sure what the fix was, since the service guy basically couldn't tell me what they did since the actual mechanic had left for the day.