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2012 Kia Soul Problems and Repair Histories

96 TrueDelta members own a 2012 Kia Soul. 19 of these members (19.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 28 repairs to 2012 Kia Souls--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2012 Kia Soul problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2012 Kia Soul problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2012 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 2012 Kia Soul repairs by problem area

11% of the 2012 Kia Soul repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 39% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 25% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 28 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2013 8000    
8000 0 Car would hesitate when you give it gas at a light, or turning also engine light came on. 1st time I took it in they couldn't find anything wrong. 2nd time the found a odd code in computer. It's still hesitates but not as bad 
Kia Soul in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 0    
0 Right front door speaker blew one week after I purchased the car. Hasn't been listening to it higher than an 8 in volume. Took to the dealer to check and they had to replace the speaker. 
29000  
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 0    
5000 0 Popping sound when playing i-Pod through UVO ICE system. Dealer updated software. 
23000  
Kia Soul in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 0    
3000 0 Battery would not charge, car could not be jumped after being idle for two months. 
8000  

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 1000    
12000 0 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. 
14000 0 Dealer could not fix issues with hesitation and surging, so got rid of the car. 
 
Kia Soul in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2012 0    
0 Hill-start Assist Control is not functioning, took to dealer for diagnosis. Dealer awaiting repair instructions from mfr. Hill-start assist not working, further diagnosis found steering angle sensor needed to be reset back to zero. System now works great! 
4000 0 Replaced yaw sensor under warranty. Sensor was having random communication failures that became apparent when hill-start system stopped working. 
19000 0 Pin connector in flip key broke, metal key fell off key fob. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2013 16000    
17000 0 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. 
24000 0 All but drivers power locks did not function. Tech greased all connectors and ran diagnostics and greasing the connectors fixed the problem. Drivers seat squeaks. Seat track ordered, not fixed at this time. 
26000  
Kia Soul in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2012 6000    
6000 0 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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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2012 0    
4000 0 total fiasco. took 3 mo car back to selling dealer for what i suspect is bad throwout bearing. ride with tech who agrees. 2nd visit leave car for diagnosis/drop clutch.SA call thenew clutch parts coming. then they say cars fine, no repair 
27000  
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 0    
22000 0 They had to replace the glove box. It rattled and would not close tightly. Replace glove box 
42000  

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