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
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- engine failure in the 2018 Sportage
- excessive oil consumption in the 2017 Sportage
- rough idle in the 2017 Sportage
- loud A/C compressor in the 2017 Sportage
- smoke coming from A/C into car in the 2016 Sportage
What Breaks the Most
4th Generation (2016–2020) Sportage Key Numbers
One Kia owner has had enough of gnawed wires leading to dashboard warning lights and multiple calls to the insurance company.
Tsvetelin Tsonev filed a class-action lawsuit because his 2015 Soul is being used like a chew toy.
The plaintiff says he leased a 2015 Kia Soul in April 2015 that has allegedly been damaged three times because the automaker keeps replacing soy-based wiring with more soy wiring, inviting more critters to snacktime.
OK, so it turns out rodents don’t really snack on the coating, but they do love chewing on it and making nests out of it.
And if you’re wondering just how much damage a rodent could do, brace yourself.…keep reading article "Soy Wires are Still Being Chewed Up. Maybe Kia Should Stop Advertising with Rodents."
Kia is facing another lawsuit for metal shavings causing catastrophic failure in its Theta II engine.
The engines can allegedly fail at any time while driving any speed, leaving owners in dangerous driving conditions once the engines stall. According to the plaintiffs, damage to the connecting rod bearings causes metal shavings to appear in the oil.
A few months ago, Kia recalled 618,000 vehicles with Theta II engines that shipped with metal shavings due to a faulty manufacturing process. The recall only covered certain vehicles up to the 2014 model year.…keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Connecting Rod Bearing Create Even More Metal Shavings for the Theta II Engine"
Another day, another manufacturer getting sued for using soy-based wire coating.
Plaintiff Campbell claims her 2014 Kia Optima was damaged in December 2016 when rodents chewed the wire harness and wiring. Campbell asked Kia to cover the repairs under warranty but after allegedly making her wait almost a month with the Kia Optima sitting at the dealership, Kia denied her claim for coverage.
The lawsuit covers owners or lessees in California, Texas, and NJ with most of the 2012-2017 Kia lineup.keep reading article "Kia Sued for Using A Soy-Based Wire Coating"