103,000 and still going strong
Timing chain replaced: 91,000.
A/C compressor failed: 91,500.
Front axle replaced: 100,000.
I got a repossessed 2005 Kia Optima in January of 2009. When I purchased it (for $5400), it had 48,000 miles on it. It is the 4cyl, 5 speed model.
In my experience, it has been a reliable vehicle. The A/C compressor was not a major problem; it still drove just fine.
I see that many of you are having problems with the automatic transmissions — simple, just get a 5-speed. It’s cheaper and more reliable in the long run, albeit being a bit annoying in stop-and-go traffic. I have not completely put my trust in the Kia name; I was hoping for a Honda Accord or Civic, because my parents both have Hondas that have had little problems, with over 140,000 miles on each.
However, from what I have experienced thus far, Kia deserves a bit of credit. I am a college student, and the decision to buy this car was ultimately my dad’s. Beggars can’t be choosers, and so far this has turned out to be a pretty wise decision.
Now, all this being said, I don’t know how much trust I will put in it once it hits 130,000+, but I have looked on Craigslist and seen them with mileages as high as 170,000.
So if properly maintained and all preventative maintenance is done, I see no reason that this car can’t compete with the big companies such as Toyota and Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2010