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2004 Kia Optima

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 27/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

2004 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 337 Ratings for the 2001 - 2006 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Cheaply made

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,469

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "Cheap paint job"

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

"On the negative side - The paint has been chipping off (half gone from door handles) since 20,000 miles. Made them change hubcaps around 30,000 miles because of paint peeling. Parts started going bad after warranty ran out, but was almost maintenance free before then. On the positive side - After 10 years, still a comfortable ride that has continuously maintained 27 to 28 MPG (once got 32mpg on long trip)."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This has been a very reliable car

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"This has been a very reliable car for my son to drive. He doesn't drive fast, etc. so it hasn't required much repairs."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Incredible car.

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Air conditioning stopped working. $400 to fix it.

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives very smooth, and it's POWERFUL!!"

Cons: "Timing belt! & a lot of stuff breaks..."

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

New stereo system

"I loved my Kia!! I only had to sell it because everything kept breaking. My driver's side window kept jumping off the track and wouldn't roll up. Also, the timing belt was about to expire and I didn't want to pay to get a new one (If you don't get a new timing belt after 80,000 miles, the belt can break and your car will most likely be totaled from it). My air conditioning didn't work for 5+ years, and my auto repair shop said they couldn't figure out what the problem was, so they would have to investigate which would cost $400+. But other than that, my Kia was the best car in the world! Great factory-installed speakers. Got a new radio though because the quality of the factory installed radio wasn't very impressive. The car did, however, drive VERY SMOOTH!!! It feels like you are floating. It was also VERY POWERFUL. I got a couple of speeding tickets..."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

New stereo system

great car

By on Sunday, January 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "none"

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

"This has been the best vehicle I ever own. It has over 131000 miles and still going strong never had to take it to the shop other than routine services. Wish every car was as reliable as this"

15 people out of 19 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."

26 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Great Little Car!

By on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fit, Finish, Standard Luxury, Reliable, Handling"

Cons: "Sound System Could be Better, No Rear A/C"

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

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my Optima EX and she's done exceptionally well for us. No mechanical issues and lots of pep. She was my husband's car first for commuting and them my runabout. Holds lots of cargo for a sedan and very comfortable. When brand new she was often mistaken for a Lexus because of the body styling and leather interior. Very nice fit and finish and still going strong. We bought another Optima EX (2011) and love it also. We'll always have an Optima in the family."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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