KIA Optima Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Engine froze

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Regular maintenance, car has been well cared for. Engine suddenly began to knock, and drove less than 1 mile before it stalled and locked up. Kia dealer said there is no recall on engine. Advised me to buy a new engine. Help please?? I don’t know what else to do?

Review submitted by:Kevin C

Pros:It is a nice car. It is stylish and comfortable.

Cons:Engine failure with no cause or warning

Engine Replacement

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The codes are listed as engine replacement under the recall. The mechanic told us that it should be replaced for free. But when we spoke to kia dealership they said they won't cover it because that vin number is not on the list. Yet the codes and errors are aligning

Review submitted by:Carolyn L

Pros:Nothing

Cons:Cost a lot to repair

2017 Optima SX T GDI 2.0 engine malfunction cannot be driven

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

On Saturday June 26 my car started sputtering and choking out on us in the middle of a 4 way stop. It started sputtering, choking out and there was white smoke coming out of the tailpipes. No warning lights or notification lights have come on all, no lights saying it’s

Review submitted by:Kimberly P

Pros:I love my Kia Optima

Cons:Engine failures, No communication from Kia motors regarding severe engine problems, Kia/Hyundai difficult to deal with

Avoid Kia Optima (2002-)

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

116,000 miles. Never been on long trips except 2. Drove it easy, local. Had problems after it was 8-10 yrs. #1 electrical, windows, radio, cd..Sensor s go bad..Never buy this unless you are Super Mechanic and have nothing to do. # 2 alernators(yes 3). Evap, etc. Avoid it

Review submitted by:Carl M

Pros:Nothing

Cons:Everything A-Z

Always something wrong

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

This car has had more problems than all of my families cars put together! In the span of 3 months the engine went out and now something is wrong with it again! Got stranded out of town twice in 3 months and I’m about to lose it.

Review submitted by:Kevin R

Pros:Nice interior

Cons:Literally always breaks down

Poor electronics

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The electronics in the 2016 Optima have taken a huge step back from the ones in my 2012 Optima. For the top end model they are slow and have many glitches making the vehicle more annoying than comfortable. The power in the Turbo is sluggish and at times cannot decide

Review submitted by:Jayson Geisler

Pros:The interior is beautiful and comfortable

Cons:poor electronics and power

MEH - this is just an OK car

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

If you are used to quality vehicles - this car will feel one thing to you - CHEAP - thats what it feels like to me - yes, it looks OK - better than most - the interior looks pretty good but thats about it - these seats - especially

Review submitted by:LV LOVELY

Pros:looks

Cons:driver seat

Not all cars will be great

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

To start off i am 6'4 330 and i fit in this car just fine and it is quite roomy for myself. The car has two big things I dislike. First is the 6 speed transmission that is standard in the LX model equipped with the 2.4L engine. The transmission

Review submitted by:Big jake

Pros:quiet, decent tech package

Cons:noisy engine, long shifts in the transmission

Transmission Issues

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Drove to work with no issue and when I went to get lunch the car would not exceed 30 MPH. Had to have the car towed to a dealership where they performed an update which fixed the issue but could not explain it. Very disappointing to have a new car

Review submitted by:Brian

Pros:Nice interior and display in the EX

Cons:Car might not run some days

Worse car ever high insurance

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Worse car I ever had. There is no power getting any where driving. I had a flat tire and they don’t have a spare tire and was stuck in the worse spot of town. If you get your oil change anywhere but the dealership they can void your warranty. KIA

Review submitted by:N

Pros:It is the worse car ever

Cons:Never ever buy any Kia insurance is 900.00 for 6 m

Stranded again 2 years and less than 30k miles

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Optima Hybrid

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

After being left stranded for another time, while still being completely under warranty, I figured I would actual say something. My newest example started when my car suddenly shuttered in the middle of the freeway, at cruising speeds. By the time I got off the road, it was shaking very

Review submitted by:Truth

Pros:They have free water while you wait...

Cons:Monthly payments for the randomly stranded game

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