2002 Kia Optima SE from North America
Would not buy another KIA
Three of the four automatic windows have not worked at one time or another.
The "Check engine light" was constantly on for no reason.
The Clock LED indicator display did not stay lighted at all times.
The rubber seal around the front window has started to come apart.
The silver trim around the driver side back window has become disengaged from the car.
A flat tire caused the aluminum rim to shatter and have to be replaced. It was not covered under KIA's warranty so I had to replace it myself.
Both headlight bulbs have burned out and had to be replaced.
I feel that the problems I have endured are too many for a two year old car with less than 60,000 miles.
The performance and comfort is very good, but the ongoing problems quickly cause those to be overlooked.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th September, 2004
I brought a 2001 Kia Optima brand new and the first two months I was in a rental car because it was in the shop with unknown electrical problems. The check engine light refused to go off and the temperature gauge ran from cold to hot immediately upon starting the car, the dealership mechanics were never able to find the problem. Most recent I was in a head-on collision and the air bags didn't deploy. Thankfully, the car was totaled and I am now forced to buy a new vehicle. This was not my first Kia, but it was my last!