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Kia Forte Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Kia Forte repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (7%)

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Kia Forte transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (75%)

Chart based on 8 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2480 mi Could not remove ignition key when car was in park, told that I was being too gentle putting it in park. 
40920 mi Transmission cooling line failed, ordered and replaced cooling line. Car was in shop for so long due to delay in getting part 

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2011 Kia Forte 4dr Hatch

173-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

82300 mi

US $300
Transmission cooling line failed, all fluid lost on expressway. Car towed to dealer. 
39000 mi Leaking transmission lines were replaced under warranty. The dealer asked about a prior radiator replacement (after I hit a deer) but it was not clear if they thought that could have contributed to the transmission issues. 

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2011 Kia Forte 4dr Hatch

156-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

42500 mi A pressurized transmission fluid line came loose while I was driving. 

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2010 Kia Forte

Engine not specified

13020 mi A noise in transmision felt on tires 
16740 mi Noise in transmission they said was exhaust. Also occasionally jerked from a stop. 

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2010 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan

173-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60140 mi Tranny was previously replaced, Kia aware of the Hard Shift in the car but say they are unable to duplicate it in the week they had car while I paid for rental. Been acting up like this since new, 2 nd week I complained many attempts at kia 
20460 mi transmission slipping. ordered new transmission to be installed. taking forever. 
12000 mi Car experienced a hard shift on first shift from 2nd to 3rd (automatic) after starting. Transmission replaced. Later notice similar problem with new transmission, but only if drive with very light foot. Programming issue? 

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2010 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

3000 mi After much debate with KIA, the transmission was replaced. There was grinding in the 2nd to 3rd gear. 
9300 mi Bearing missalligned inside the manual gearbox was causing some sort of whistle. They replaced it. 

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2010 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

9000 mi Total transmission replacement under warranty to fix abrupt shifting. New transmission acts the same. Escalating to Kia corporate. Too bad, so many nice features to the car. 
16000 mi

US $70
Told that rough shifting is normal. 
30000 mi Never could resolve rough shifting. They gave me a great deal on a trade for a new Optima. 
4000 mi Defective transmission, harsh shift 

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2010 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

21080 mi

C $190
Transmission fluid was contaminated ... transmission flush. 

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2010 Kia Forte 2dr Coupe

173-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

6000 mi Had problem with car slipping in 6th gear. Had it to dealer a couple of times but car never failed while there. Their explaination was that I do not know how to drive a 6 speed. At 5685 miles car finally lost 6th gear. 

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Kia Forte Transmission Problems

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