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2002 Kia Optima

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 334 Ratings for the 2001 - 2006 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10
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Great car! I'd buy one again!

By on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, good price, reliability,"

Cons: "Belts and pulleys, cost to fix expens, order parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have a 2004 Kia Optima LX (4 cyl 2.4 L) When I bought this car USED, I bought it from a Buy here, Pay here dealership. The car had a little bit of a Warranty left on it, and had 46K miles on it. Now 2014, and the car has 114K miles on. Pros- GREAT GAS MILEAGE. In 2006, 2007, to fill my tank from 1/4 or even "E" it cost me about $20 to fill up. Now 2014, with gas $3.14-$3.45, it costs about $25-$30 from a 1/4 tank of gas. RELIABLE- The saying about "car will last long depending on how well you take care of it," is true. With that being said I have done religious oil changes, changed belts and pulleys on time, etc..Nothing but normal wear and tear on it. Cons- Squealing belt in cold weather, or wetness, due to heavy rain. Kind of hard on brakes. Since Kia is not American made, the parts have to be ordered, so therefor it can be expensive when it comes time to repair things. I know the motor/plastic piece on my door that has the mirror and window motor things, (can't remember name) was $200. Just for that little piece. This can also be said for Toyota's, good reliable cars, but expensive when time comes to fix. TIDBIT: Hyundai's are the sister to this car. Do not use belt dressing/grease on your belts! Makes things worse! Use gator back belts. Do pulley and belt change at 60,000 miles! If not, belt could break and get caught, causing damage to the engine! So if you see a Kia in the junkyard, it is probably more often then not, that someone didn't change the two belts."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I bought the cheapest wished for the best!

By on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Easy to handel lots of fun to drive"

Cons: "The windows dont all work from driver controls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my KIA! It's been a great car for me for the past eight years! Not one problem!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

a great car

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "boring body style"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had this car for 4 years, very dependable."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good value

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought with 30k, now has 250k on original engine and original transmission. Cars dont last forever but this one is pretty close. Been burning oil for a while now. Have replaced most everything but how many others cars will go 250k and everything else still be original? Styling is a bit bland. But it drives nice and rides nice and is good on gas."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I would buy another Kia, for sure.

By on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My Kia has been a safe and reliable car. I would buy another and recommend it to friends."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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