2002 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

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2002 Kia Optima
4.3
Average based on 3 reviews
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cant kill it

by from Dubtown, ny on January 30, 2013

I bought this car in 2007 from a Kia dealership with 41K miles, it was a leased car. Price was good and has lots of options, its the V-6 SE with leather, moonroof, auto-manual trans, etc. It got great...
I bought this car in 2007 from a Kia dealership with 41K miles, it was a leased car. Price was good and has lots of options, its the V-6 SE with leather, moonroof, auto-manual trans, etc. It got great mileage for a car at that time, have consistantly averaged up to 30 mpg highway and 20+ mpg city. Its got almost 200K miles now and still running good. It seems the engine and tranny cant be killed (knock on wood) but some other parts are cheap and have been replaced, brakes seem to go fast, suspension has been redone all around, been through 4 sets of wheel bearings, the front sub-frame rusted out but Kia had a factory recall and replaced it for free. The rear went out shortly after, no recall & cost $800 to fix. I'm probly gonna keep until something major needs to be fixed & maybe give to family member to see how long it will last. I really didn't think this car would have performed and lasted this long when purchased. Paid $10,000 and had over 6 years so my operating cost was nearly $130 per month before maintenance (i'm an engineering technician). And this little rice burner has saved some serious gas money because i often put 3,000 miles a month on it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Good car but engine light never stopped flashing

by from Fort Mill, SC on August 13, 2009

I bought this car brand new in April of 2002. I liked the features and performance. I still do but early on the engine light constantly went on. I kept bringing it back to the dealer and they always f...
I bought this car brand new in April of 2002. I liked the features and performance. I still do but early on the engine light constantly went on. I kept bringing it back to the dealer and they always fixed it, no questions asked. As it turned out, I almost rebuilt the car because they almost always changed an important part when the light went on. The engine light has not gone on for about 5 years. But the leather seats are now somewhat uncomfortable and the radio has a mind of its own, turning on when it hits a bump. Overall, it was a good purchase and I have no immediate plans to trade it. Would I buy a used one? Maybe because the Kia seems to be very well built. When you open the trunk from the inside, it does not pop open. It just unlocks because the trunk door is so heavy. In an accident that could come in real handy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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a very reliable car

by from biloxi, ms on March 7, 2007

i purchased my kia in 2002 it had only 3 miles on it. with a routine maintanence i currently have over 265,000 miles on it. i have really enjoyed my kia optima. my optima even lasted thru hurricane ka...
i purchased my kia in 2002 it had only 3 miles on it. with a routine maintanence i currently have over 265,000 miles on it. i have really enjoyed my kia optima. my optima even lasted thru hurricane katrina.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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