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Kia Soul repairs by problem area

Engine (13%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (38%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 429 repairs.

Kia Soul engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (46%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 13 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

9000 mi hesitation on take-off 

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2014 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

29000 mi Canister purge valve. 
12000 mi Engine bogs or hesitates at take off in lower gears as accelerator is pressed hard. 

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2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

25000 mi Timing chain tensioner had to be replaced. After repair, driver noticed that the same problems were occurring and took the car back in to be looked at. We believe it is now resolved, hopefully. 
45000 mi Replace leaking on oil pan gasket. 

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2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

12000 mi Oil light coming on when stopped and clutch in. Replaced oil pump? 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

6324 mi The check engine light led the dealer to replace one of four ignition coils under warranty. For a few weeks, there was and odd noise for a few seconds at start up. This went away slowly after repair. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

12000 mi Manual transmission. Hesitation, surging, poor throttle control. Dealer says there's nothing they can do since there's no code and that I just need to get used to the electronic throttle. I will be getting a different car. 
16000 mi Dealer could not fix issues with hesitation and surging, so got rid of the car. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

17000 mi Misfire related to GDI fuel system, replaced injectors and DI fuel rail. Removed head and cleaned carbon deposits off of valve stems because of build up from GDI poor design. 
30000 mi Misfires. Fixed by running carbon cleaner through the motor. 
32000 mi Misfire 
6000 mi Winter temps got to zero or minus, engine temp randomly drops to half or less of usual gauge reading, drops interior heater temp by 15 to 20 degrees.Dealer changed thermostat, but problem continues. Never happens in warmer weather. 

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2011 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

142-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

25000 mi

US $25
Car wouldn't start (keyed ignition). Engine tried to turn over but wouldn't. Personal mechanic tested battery, charging system, starter - all OK. Turned ignition on few times, car started. 
111000 mi

US $28
Noticed loss of horsepower, checked sparkplugs and found wear. Replaced with iridium sparkplugs. 
7000 mi car would not start. Has push button start. Could not depress brake pedal to engage brake switch. Happened 3 times. Eventually pedal would soften up and car would start. This time, we got it towed. Driver tried to jump it without luck. 
46500 mi Squeaking coming from engine 
58280 mi

C $650
Timing belt replaced as well as 2 other belts. 
1000 mi Transmission lurching with very hard shifts from second to third.. 

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2011 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

122-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

28000 mi Thermostate Replaced 
31000 mi car would not start, dealer stated they could not replicate so could not do anything about it. 

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2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 126hp 1.6L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

5000 mi Engine stopped.MIL light on,stayed on as we drove home.On starting car up 3 days later-no MIL light-car ran normally. Agent-detected faultcode-was reset. problem thought to be ice in fuel, I think wax separation in fuel most likely cause. 

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2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

142-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

10000 mi Evap Valve had failed. Dealer replaced Evap valve. 
13200 mi manual transmission shifting issue (TSB)  
11000 mi check engine light came on saying that the car was taking to long to warm up. 
13000 mi Gas cap seal leak; replaced with new cap. 
143000 mi

US $1450
Changed timing belt at 63000 miles. It was due again and I knew it; just "not this week". at 140,000 it broke. Two valves, two pistons, machine work, and labor: $1450. This is not a fault of the care; it is a fault of the owner. 
154000 mi

US $900
PO440 Purge valve fault. Replaced valve, filters, rotated tires, four wheel alignment. 

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2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

142-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

117800 mi

C $232
Fuel Sensor, charcoal filter 
55000 mi

US $500
Exhaust leak within down pipe. Replaced down pipe and flex pipe assembly. 
8300 mi Emissions Control Light Came on. Was the seal at the gas cap. Replaced under warranty. 
78300 mi

US $350
replaced purge valve 
56000 mi

US $35
Premature wear on Accessory Belts caused a need for replacement of all three 
49000 mi eng and trans continue to pull after releasing throttle until car speed drops below 25mph. while applying brakes you must release pressure when car gets to 25 mph or you will be standing car on its nose 
95000 mi

US $150
Rusted heat shield 
48000 mi Cranked, no start. Plenty of battery charge for accessories. Towed by KIA Roadside: said engine flooded (by tow driver), started after draining. 2nd dealer days later: perhaps not quite enough charge for all components. No issues since. 
16500 mi Transmission was slipping and surging. There was a TSB on this problem which needed a flash update. Car runs beautifully now. 
34300 mi

US $105
Premature degradation of spark plugs shorted out engine coil pack. New spark plugs were installed snd will be examined every 6 thousand miles for plugs burning out. 
16740 mi The antenna coil had to be replaced... the car would not start periodically.... apparently it thought the wrong key was in the ignition. The antenna coil was replaced... had no further issues. 
3720 mi I have taken the soul back to the dealer,and they "flashed" the tranny,but to no effect.It is now worse. I am going back again to have it looked at.(third time now). 
4960 mi The transmission is still doing the same thing! Head office is now involved,but I'm not getting anywhere with them. Sure Kia has a good warranty,but if they keep denying the problem is there,what good is it? 
4000 mi Car died again (less than a week after being told at dealer that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle) and had to be towed. This time dealer replaced starter and ignition. So far car has not died again. I am keeping my fingers crossed! 
4000 mi Check Engine light came on; when software was reset, light went out and never came on again. 
54700 mi

US $600
Timing belt replaced 
28000 mi bad catalytic converter. Entire converter and exhaust manifold replaced. 
25000 mi Loud squealing coming from car. First time could not locate it. Then took back and pointed it out. After they had it they said it was a alternator so they replaced it then noise still there then determined bad water pump and replaced it. 
83000 mi

US $500
Replaced the belt, it was getting worn and had started cracking. 
11780 mi faulty fuel pressure valve! 
23560 mi Constant check engine light on. Issues filling with gas (have to pump extremly slowly or it will over flow). Replaced valves, sensors and part of the intake hose into the gas tank. Problem still occuring! 
25420 mi Same as before. Problems at gas pumps and check engine light on. Dealer replaced the canister and c.c valve. So far so good! 
40000 mi Fuel Purge Solenoid failure 

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2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

122-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70000 mi

US $200
Replaced all spark plugs and one wire. 
103000 mi

US $80
Crankshaft position sensor failed 
34000 mi Loose heat shield over exhaust. 
52000 mi Replaced thermostat, worked alright for a few days then replaced thermostat again. Everything fixed now. 

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2010 Kia Soul 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

58260 mi My engine light came on don't remember what part was replaced but it wasn't serious. 

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