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Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (32%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 577 repairs.
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Kia Optima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (62%)

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Chart based on 318 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Kia Optima problems by year

before 2002 (0%)

2003 - 2003 (2%)

2004 - 2006 (10%)

2007 - 2008 (20%)

2009 - 2010 (3%)

2011 - 2013 (57%)

2014 - 2015 (5%)

2016 - 2018 (3%)

2019 - present (0%)

Chart based on 588 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Personal Experiences: Pros
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far my experience with the Optima has been outstanding. The perfect roadtrip car. The perfect around town car. Exterior styling is just a little bit conservative, but it is worth having such a powerful, comfortable, inexpensive and reliable automobile. full 2007 Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is the 2nd KIA OPTIMA that I have owned. Never had a problem with either one. full 2007 Kia Optima review

Kia Optima Problems and Repair Histories

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