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Kia Optima Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your Kia Optima

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The national average repair and maintenance cost for a Kia Optima is between $399 and $487 per year. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and service provider.

Kia Repair Estimates
Car
Service
Price
2004 Kia Optima Location: Front
Brake Pad Replacement
$179 - $231
2001 Kia Optima
Timing Belt Replacement
$260 - $324
2001 Kia Optima
Starter Replacement
$182 - $240
2002 Kia Optima Location: Front
Brake Rotor Replacement
$301 - $456
2004 Kia Optima
Serpentine Belt Replacement
$53 - $84

Kia Optima Problems

Front Door Will Not Open Due to Faulty Latch

A faulty door latch assembly may cause one or both front doors to be difficult to open. Replacing the worn latch will commonly correct this problem.

Software Update Available Which May Correct Transmission Issues

Reprogramming the transmission control module with the latest Kia transmission software may fix abnormalities in the automatic transmission and erroneous transmission-related Check Engine Light illumination. Software updates are commonly most effective on newer vehicles. Higher mileage vehicles may exhibit a similar symptom caused by a component failure. However, whenever major transmission repairs are performed the transmission software should be checked and updated as necessary.

Faulty Throttle Position Switch

Check Engine Light illumination—combined with a lack of power or a stumble on acceleration—may be caused by the throttle position switch (TPS). Kia released an improved part which should correct this concern.

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Kia Optima Questions

What can be causing my steering wheel to click? (1 answer)

My car has a clicking noise when going over a bump or turning, and my steering wheel feels like it moves.

What would cause my car 2002. Kia Optima to not pass emissions even after drivin (3 answers)

Drove over 200 miles and shows it is not ready did it twice now

Why did both headlights builds go out at same time. (1 answer)

I replace the fog lights one when out then before I can get home the other fog light went out.

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Kia Optima Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Not Properly Installed

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may not inflate properly in the event of an accident due to it not being installed properly. Dealers will repair the air bag free of charge to resolve the concern.

Right Front Axle Driveshaft Separates From Vehicle

The right front axle driveshaft may crack and fail, separating from the vehicle. Dealers will replace the front axle driveshaft free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Does Not Deploy Fully In An Accident

The dual stage driver's frontal air bag may not deploy fully in an accident due to a missing chemical enhancer not loaded with the air bag for proper second stage deployment. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Kia Optima Reviews

I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Optima and i was in a rush as they just done detailing the vehicle. So after i got the car home and checked KBB i found out he was charging me 4K over the book value! $7K for a vehicle with 166K miles on it! And its starting to break down! I put 4 new tires on it and that's all im going to ...
Best car I have bought. It is the most less expensive vehicle ever driven - the routine maintenance is not all that expensive. I am so glad that purchased a Kia vehicle gas saver 100% trouble free only things in the lasted 6 years were battery, tires, pads and plugs at 85,000k. The car is very dependable most people might say bad things about lower economical cars but with me buying a Kia was b...
Bought my 2004 Kia Optima LX 4 cylinder in 2008. Had basically NO problems with it at all till 2014. Door locks would occasionally not want to lock or unlock from inside and outside, as well as, with key or door lock buttons. CD player would not always take in CD or would spit it out on it's own. Seem to go through breaks often and gas mileage not what was expected. 2014 - Engine all of a sudde...

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