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Kia Soul Problems and Repair Histories

520 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Kia Soul. 144 of these members (27.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 257 repairs to Kia Souls--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Kia Soul problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Kia Soul problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Kia Soul problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Kia Soul repairs by problem area

12% of the Kia Soul repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 2% to the suspension, 41% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 16% to the body and trim, and 11% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 257 repairs.

Kia Soul repair cost distribution

Of the Kia Soul repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 43% cost less than $100, 29% between $100 and $499, 14% between $500 and $999, and 14% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 14 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Kia Soul problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

142-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 0    
0 Speaker Mood light switch replacement per TSB 
6000 0 Rear wiper motor making grinding noise. Problem was dried out rubber gasket. Dealership took motor apart, lubed gasket and re-assembled. Very quiet now. 
15000 0 Shift skirt replacement to fix 'missing' first gear when coming to a stop Radio was having issues with steering wheel control, volume down instead of up, switching modes instead of channels. Replaced radio 
42000 100 Amplifier was bad and had to be replaced. 
45000  

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2010 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

142-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Kia Soul in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009    
0 srs light on. lighted speakers do not pulse in music mode 
2000 0 SRS light would not go off. bluetooth would not pair with samsung phone. Speaker lights would not pulse to music. 
3500 0 TSB SA010 issued to replace speaker light control on vehicles mfr. between Jan and April 2009. Will request my repair at next oil change. 
9700 21 Speaker light switch replaced per SB. Also had tires rotated (1/5/2010). 
22000 10 updated odometer 
30700 590 Replaced damaged RF wheel and tire. Tire rotation. Alignment and replaced furl filler cap (TB) 
42000  
Kia Soul in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
4000 0 update for Sirius radio replaced mood light controller for speaker lights reported passenger front suspension noise or thump. rough up shift between 2nd and 3rd gears in auto tranny. Not often, maybe 5 times since bought. 
7000 0 Had dealer check noisy rear wiper. Dealer lube washer motor and work fine after that. 
7000 0 Had a front passenger side suspension loose thud sound. Dealer test drove and ordered new strut upper mount. Dealer installed new right side front strut mount. 
 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
1000 0 TSB for Sirius radio - I downloaded and installed the firmware update myself 
5000 0 TSB for Sirius  
14000 0 ESC light came on and stayed on, but once car was turned off, and then back on, the light did not come back on. Took car in to check for codes. New brake sensor needed. 
55000  
Kia Soul in Manitoba, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
1240 0 Sirius radio stopped working 
1860 0 The Dealer is still trying to resolve the Sirius problem. They have the new radio but need to comply with the trouble shooting before installing the new one. They determined it was a communication breakdown between Sirius and our stereo system. The service centre wanted to be 100% sure, so we had to wait for a second service call where they just switched out the whole stereo unit...it now works fine and the 
 

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