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A great entry level competitor to Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 11/05/2011. Trim: 2001 Kia Optima LX V6, Owned 9 years.
Pros: I bought mine back in May 2002 for $14,500. Still driving the car every day. I only have 114K miles on it. Had to go to the dealer 6 times for warranty repairs during the 5 year warranty period. Loaner was $5/day. Still going on the original engine, belts, spark plugs, and transmission. Tires were replace 3 times and brakes twice. I replaced the front brake rotors at 100K. I'm on the third battery.
Cons: Warranty: Passenger window repaired, speed sensor repaired, auto transmission shift repaired, squeaking body caused by rusted sub-frame (finally broke after warranty expired), broken defrost switch replaced. Paid out of pocket: Rusted sub-frame replaced, leaky power steering pipe repaired, arm-rest/compartment lid repaired.
Overall review: For the amount of money spent on purchase and repairs, it was well worth it. I have gotten my money's worth in the past decade driving this car. It has been very reliable. I did not miss a day to work because of car trouble. I owned a mercedes before for 10 years, and missed more days from work while owning the mercedes. Reliability has been great, but little repairs will cost you in the long run.
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