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#594 of 609 2004 Kia Optima problems!
Jul 24, 2010 (10:28 pm)
My mom bought my car brand new, never used, in 2004. It was great up until about a year ago. When the problems first started my lights would stay on after the car was turned off (keys were out of ignition, doors locked and no one inside the car). Also, there was a buzzing noise coming from the little breaker box inside the car. We took it to a mechanic in town and they had it for two weeks and couldn't figure out what was wrong. They stopped the buzzing noise, thank god. It drove us up the wall & it would give you a headache. All they knew was something was making the lights stay on and a continuous cycle was running my battery down. Drained 2 new batteries! They called it the possessed KIA...lol. that was quite funny to us, and told us that if we take it to the dealer and found out what it was to please come by and tell them what was wrong just encase they had another possessed KIA come up there for help. After the two batteries being drained my dad made me start unhooking the battery cable if its parked for over an hour. My power door lock don't work, I have to lock all doors manually. My power windows don't work. However, my sunroof does. (: So when I go to school, you best believe that you would see me pull up and then pop my hood to unhook it. We don't want anybody to run into the back of me now do we at night, so there's something for that too... When I have to drive at night, I have to pop the hood and put the fuse in that controls the running lights. & when I park, have to take it out also. We haven't had the money to put it in the KIA shop because we all know they will charge out the behind! I was just wondering if anyone else had the same problems. Which most likely I know it would be hard to find someone with the same exact problems. My best friends boyfriend has also gave my car the nickname of "can't get right" from the movie Life. lol Who knew such a problem would bring us so many laughs. Other than all this, I love my can't get right, and I will drive it anywhere it enables me to do so. I still love my KIA!
#595 of 609 Just some experience
Jul 27, 2010 (1:57 pm)
I recently wrecked my 2005 LX V6 optima with just under 100k on it, but here are some experiences I would like to share.
Affter years of continual check engine lights (with seemingly no stimulus) coming on once a quarter and the Kia service department insulting me by telling me I can't put on a gas cap correctly, Midas (no affiliation) told me it was a problem with my canister. After it was replaced, I never had a check engine light issue again.
In addition, with rpm issues: I had several issues with the rpms going crazy and the car bucking including when coming to a stop. Kia told me that it was because the gear shift line was ran over the engine, and if it was too tight and the car approached a hill it would respond as if the car was shifting. That worked for a little while but then the issue increaded. Kia thought I was crazy. One day the car stalled and wouldn't move, so I towed it to a mechanic who replaced the engine coil. This happened a total of 3 times. Each time it helped for a while, but then eventually failed after about a year and a half. This also meant replacing saturated spark plugs and wiring, so not a cheap trip.
I hope this helps anyone who may be having issues out there.
#596 of 609 Re: Just some experience [wfmetalica]
Jul 27, 2010 (4:06 pm)
I too also just recently lost my KIA due to a driver who decided to step on her brakes.
instead of the gas into a merge lane. So be it, the Airbags released and the 2004 EX
was not worth the repair. So I immediately set out to get a new KIA and found a 2009
leftover zero miles.
They are safe, they are great, you need to do the service as with other autos
and do not let anyone tell you the value sucks. After 106K miles and a very clean car
I recovered more than 50% of what I paid new..... Suck that up Lexus and Mercedes
#597 of 609 Re: Just some experience [capt4]
Jul 27, 2010 (5:04 pm)
Talk about irony, I lost mine the same exact way.
#598 of 609 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 - Door ajar sensor repair
Aug 28, 2010 (10:55 pm)
#599 of 609 2005 Kia Optima EX V6 - Door ajar sensor repair
Aug 28, 2010 (10:55 pm)
The driver side door ajar sensor surrounded by a small rubber cap (wrinkled cone shape) on the body frame is not working.
So the warning signal on the instrument panel, the indoor lights on the ceiling and the reading lights (when in "Door" position), and the door light are not turned on, when the driver door is open.
Would you please let me know the replacement part and how to fix it by myself?
Thanks in advance.
#600 of 609 Re: Problem after pumping gas or turning on the AC [lcav2216]
Sep 27, 2010 (5:58 pm)
Did you ever recieve an answer to your problem? I am currently experiencing the same issues only I am not using my AC or my Heater.
#601 of 609 car quits and it has burned up one replacement computer
Jan 22, 2011 (1:15 pm)
My son's 2003 4 cylinder kia has been to 4 sops for this problem. It begins to lose power and runs rough like only 2 cylinders are firing . It will run for a while then quit. you can let it sit and it will start back up in the 2 cylinder condition and run for 10 minutes and quit again. the computer has been replaced and 3 shops have fixed it only to have it return to rough running then quit. it is at a different shop and has been to the kia shop . no luck has 73000 miles on it. Help
#602 of 609 2006 Kia Optima Transmission Service
Mar 28, 2011 (7:41 am)
We have a 2006 Kia Optima at around 68K miles. I am thinking of at least having a drain&refill for the transmission fluid.
Kia, like Hyundai specifies SPIII ATF. Is that a must? Redline claims its D4 ATF can be used where SPIII is required.
Has anyone had experiences with Redline D4 or any other ATF on the one hand and with SPIII on the other?
Should I just have a drain&refill done or should I get a flush?
#603 of 609 Re: hard starting [fanizzi]
Apr 18, 2011 (8:10 am)
I have an '03 and an '04 that had the same problem - its the fuel rail pressure regulator. Get it replaced. Mechanic did the first car for about 130.00 and I did the second one for the cost of the part - less than 30.00. it's easy.