TRW Crash Sensor Defect
There's growing concern that some sort of electrical overstress is messing with airbag control units (ACU) in certain Kia vehicles.Continue reading article "TRW Crash Sensor Defect"
Kia Theta II Engine Seizing and Stalling
Many Kia vehicles have a Theta II, a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine that is well known for having oil flow issues that eventually cause catastrophic failures.Continue reading article "Kia Theta II Engine Seizing and Stalling"
Rodents Chew Kia's Soy Wiring
Rodents just can't resist the soy-derived wire coatings used in Kia vehicles. The chewed up wires are costing owners hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars in repairs. However, this isn't a Kia-only problem.Continue reading article "Rodents Chew Kia's Soy Wiring"
What Owners Complain About the Most
Sorting out which topics, problems, and model years have the most overall complaints from owners on CarComplaints.com.
Worst Issues view all problems
- engine failure in the 2011 Optima
- doors won't open from outside in the 2011 Sorento
- catastrophic engine failure in the 2012 Sorento
- engine blown in the 2013 Optima
- engine stopped working while driving in the 2012 Sportage
- engine stalls/shuts down while driving in the 2013 Sorento
- blown motor in the 2013 Sorento
What Breaks the Most view all topics
The relief plunger in the 2017-2018 Forte's oil pump can get clogged and needs to be fixed.
And here I was thinking plungers were for removing clogs. In this case, foreign particulates can slip their way past the oil filter and stick onto the plunger's sharp edge, causing reduced oil pressure and engine lubrication that can cause irreversible damage if left untreated.…keep reading article "Kia Recalls 2017-2018 Forte to Fix Oil Pump Plunger Clogs"
Kia is recalling 167,000 Soul and Seltos vehicles in North America that may need a new (Nu) engine because of improperly heat-treated piston oil rings.
The rings are harder than normal and can chip or scuff the cylinder bore. This could cause a range of problems from excessive oil consumption to a siezed connecting rod bearing and a total loss of power.
And while it's only happened in "limited cases", there's a whole busted connecting rod blasting a hole through the engine block, allowing oil to leak into the exhaust system where it'll catch on fire and burn the car to the ground situation to worry about.…keep reading article "Kia May Need to Replace Nu Engines with Faulty Oil Rings"
Another owner has sued Hyundai and Kia for knowingly equipping vehicles with defective Theta II engines.
Proving once again that when it comes to engines that catch on fire, people generally aren't fans. The automakers have settled similar lawsuits and issued recalls for these clunkers, but the plaintiff suggests not all affected vehicles were included.…keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Not Enough Vehicles Were Covered in the Theta II Recalls"
More than 1,800 Kia vehicles have burst into flames, now the government wants to know why.
It’s about time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was petitioned to look into these non-collision fires last June. They are responsible for 77 injuries and 1 death. The investigation will focus on the Theta II engine, but the NHTSA plans on looking into tail lights and other potential combustion sources as well .…keep reading article "NHTSA Opens Investigation into Non-Collision Kia Fires"
Kia is recalling the Sportage over concerns that oil pan leaks could stall the engine or set it on fire.
The automaker says there was a problem during the assembly of the oil pan seals for the 2011-2012 model years. Now they want owners to watch out for signs of a problem – oil pools on the ground, check engine lights, a wall of flames shooting out of your hood, etc. You know, subtle stuff like that. Kia doesn’t know how they’ll fix the problem and they don’t plan on contacting owners about the recall until April 10, 2019.keep reading article "Recall Warns Sportage Owners To Watch for Oil Leaks"
The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.