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2003 Optima is JUNK! by Ripped Off - Wisconsin on 07/11/2007. Trim: 2003 Kia Optima SE, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Seems affordable and looks nice.
Cons: Unfortuanately you get what you pay for. KIA neglects to tell their customers about regular service checks that need to be done at 30, 60, and 90,000 miles. The 100,000 mile warranty applies to original owners only. The problem with the engine seems to have been fixed in the 04 model. It seems to me the owners of previous models should have been informed of the major engine problems when they were discovered. When my timing belt broke it damaged the engine costing the thousands of dollars to replace (a common problem with this model). The car looks nice but is essentially a pile of junk.
Overall review: I am very unhappy with my Optima and would urge others NOT to buy one... at least not any older than 2004. I myself will never buy a KIA product again.
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