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2007 Kia Optima repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (13%)

Chart based on 77 repairs.
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2007 Kia Optima repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (11%)

< $100 (70%)

Chart based on 27 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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2007 Kia Optima

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Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

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

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

Kia Optima in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
- Apr 2009
Apr 2009

17980 mi
Replace block heater harness on warranty 

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in Colorado, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008 mirror replacement - unknown reason for failure - Kia dealership replaced via warranty repair 
Aug 2010

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. 
Kia Optima in Georgia, United States
Oct 2011 - Mar 2013
Oct 2012

98000 mi
All drive pulleys, belt tensioner,  alternator, A/C compressor, transmission mount, and side hydraulic engine mount were replaced through my extended warranty plan. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2007 - May 2011
Jun 2007

650 mi

US $16550
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. 
Aug 2007

3000 mi
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 
Nov 2007

5000 mi
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. 
Kia Optima in Michigan, United States
Sep 2008 - Oct 2014
Dec 2008

17000 mi
Key would not turn in ignition. Called Kia roadside. They towed the vehicle to the dealership for no cost. The mechanic put some antifreeze in the ignition, and the problem has not recurred. I didn't pay any part of it, and it was fixed quick. Very happy! 
Apr 2011

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. 
Nov 2013

93300 mi

US $150
Replaced front struts, ball joints and sway bar links 
Kia Optima in Nebraska, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2014
Sep 2012

79000 mi
Master cylinder of the brake system had to be replaced. It had failed and wasn't getting good brake pressure. 
Jan 2014

90500 mi

US $900
Front struts had failed and were replaced. 
Kia Optima in Texas, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

113000 mi
Engine caught fire at 113k Miles while traveling on highway. Unknown cause. Total loss. 
Kia Optima in Florida, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2013

67300 mi

US $45
Sway bar links were worn and making noise. New ones were ordered on line and replaced by owner. Driver's side sun visor would not stay up. Ordered a new one on line and replaced the bad one. 
Dec 2013

68000 mi
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. 
Oct 2014

76000 mi

US $10
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. 
Dec 2015

91000 mi
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. 
Kia Optima in Alabama, United States
Apr 2013 - Sep 2017
Dec 2016

101000 mi

US $49
Upper and lower radiator hose replacement due to lower hose leak. 

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2007 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

161-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Optima in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2012
Oct 2011

94000 mi

US $600
Hydraulic went out in clutch. Car wouldn't move. 
Jan 2012

99000 mi

US $872
Shifter cable broke....this is a manual transmission 
Jul 2012

100000 mi
Leak in the parking brake line...would cost approx. $1,000 to fix 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2007 - Sep 2013
Jun 2007

5000 mi
The check engine light came on and stayed on for three days. Kia replaced an air intake sensor. The passenger side seat sensor for the air bag was not working properly. Kia replaced the seat bottom but it did not fix the problem. Now Kia is having a rep s 
Jul 2007

5500 mi
Kia rep flashed computer for pass. side airbag seat sensor. Appears to be working correctly now. 
Kia Optima in Puerto Rico
Jun 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2015

109000 mi

US $25
Engine stalled after gasoline added to tank. Purge control valve replaced. 
Apr 2016

115 mi

US $360
Timing belt replaced. 
Aug 2017

129000 mi

US $1000
AC system replaced, compressor, dryer, cooling panel Alternator replaced Power steering pump replaced 
Kia Optima in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2010 - Aug 2014
Dec 2011

72000 mi

US $125
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. 
Jan 2013

89000 mi

US $75
Power steering pressure hose had a small leak and was replaced. 
Aug 2014

107000 mi

US $1800
Car started to shudder at highway speeds and the MIL illuminated. Code P0741 was present and dealer quoted a replacement transmission. Car was not repaired and traded in before transmission failed which may have taken days or weeks. 
Kia Optima in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2009 - Jan 2011
Sep 2010

80000 mi

US $1
Starter motor would not crank occasionally.  
Kia Optima in New York, United States
Dec 2006 - Dec 2016
Dec 2008

35000 mi
Control arm bushing noisy. Waiting for replacement control arm 
Mar 2009

38000 mi
Cross arm bushings replaced, problem was noise when driving over uneven payment. Problem cured. Replaced control arm bushing under warrantee 
Feb 2011

59800 mi
Replaced Sun visors under warranty Replaced Sun visors under warranty 
Nov 2011

66700 mi

US $330
Check engine light came on. Car went into limp mode and would not go over 20 MPH. Dealer replaced Throttle position sensor. 
Jun 2016

107000 mi

US $650
one rear caliber bad, replaced both rear brake rotors and pads  replaced both front anti sway bars 
Sep 2016

110000 mi

US $400
Starter became intermittent. Had starter replaced 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4dr Sedan

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

Kia Optima in New Hampshire, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2010
Aug 2007

15000 mi
air conditioner compressor caused whining noise at idle and at acceleration. 
Sep 2007

19000 mi
audible noise from engine compartment in the nature of a whining noise. air conditoner compressor source of problem; fixed and no futher noise. 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2006 - Jul 2008
Jun 2007

3000 mi
Replacement of malformed (warped) plastic instrument panel gauge trim cover. Purely cosmetic. Replacement part has been received at dealership, will be installed on 7/6. 
Jul 2007

3600 mi
Replacement of malformed (warped) plastic instrument panel gauge trim cover. Purely cosmetic. Replacement part has been received at dealership, will be installed on 7/6. Replacement of dashboard gauge cover (cosmetic flaw) 
Aug 2007

8000 mi
Chrome-painted trim around cruise control switches on steering wheel began losing its paint (purely cosmetic) -- replacement switch assembly ordered and successfully installed within a week. Install new cruise switch assembly. Replacement of cruise control switch module (cosmetic flaw) 
Kia Optima in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2006 - Jun 2009
Jan 2007

4000 mi
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. 
Feb 2007

6000 mi
Passenger air bag indicator repeated an intermittent off signal when passenger was in seat. Kia rep was called in to update software. 
Jul 2007

10000 mi
Passenger airbag system again malfunctioning, intermittently, with a passenger under 140#s. Dealer still can't find problem. 
Aug 2008

20000 mi
Reflash for proper emission testing. 
Kia Optima in Illinois, United States
Dec 2006 - Sep 2017
Jan 2007

3000 mi
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. 
Feb 2007

3500 mi
Passenger seat didnt read a passengers presence very often.Since the repair,two weeks ago no problems. Extremely poor gas consumption.As low as 12.2 MPG.Measured by dividing miles by gallons. 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. 
Kia Optima in Missouri, United States
May 2007 - May 2011
Jan 2011

39000 mi
TSB on stuck throttle actuator. Cleaned and corrected problem of only being able to reach speeds of 15 mph 
Kia Optima in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

94000 mi

US $75
Windshield trim shrank and front windshield leaked causing water stains on the headliner. 
Apr 2015

97300 mi

US $46
Passenger side interior sun visor broken, ordered replacement. 
May 2015

98000 mi
Windshield moulding still detaching, had to use window silicone to reattach again to the body. 
Kia Optima in Washington, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

103000 mi

US $6
Check engine light on. MAF sensor error. Cleaned with MAF sensor cleaner. Check engine light on. MAF sensor error. Cleaned with MAF sensor cleaner. 

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2006.5 Kia Optima 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Kia Optima in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2007

1000 mi
Tire pressure sensor was defective. Replaced defective tire pressure sensor. 
Kia Optima in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

5000 mi
Rough idle at startup, then engine dies after short period. 

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