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2012 Kia Soul repairs by problem area

Engine (13%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (17%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (38%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 53 repairs.

2012 Kia Soul repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (17%)

< $100 (67%)

Chart based on 6 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Arizona, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2015
Dec 2012

3000 mi
Battery would not charge, car could not be jumped after being idle for two months. 
Kia Soul in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2012 - Oct 2015
Apr 2012 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. 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Sep 2015
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Popping sound when playing i-Pod through UVO ICE system. Dealer updated software. 
Dec 2014

35000 mi
Moisture in headlight. 
Kia Soul in Georgia, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

8000 mi
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 

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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
Mar 2012 - Nov 2012
Aug 2012

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. 
Dec 2012

14000 mi
Dealer could not fix issues with hesitation and surging, so got rid of the car. 
Kia Soul in Iowa, United States
Feb 2012 - Nov 2015
Apr 2012 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! 
Jul 2012

4000 mi
Replaced yaw sensor under warranty. Sensor was having random communication failures that became apparent when hill-start system stopped working. 
Mar 2014

19000 mi
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
Feb 2013 - Aug 2015
Mar 2013

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. 
Oct 2013

23500 mi
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. 
Mar 2014

26000 mi
Door locks didn't work. They replaced a fusebox which corrected the issue. Took 3 trips and many parts ordered to correct it. 
Jan 2015

30000 mi
Misfires. Fixed by running carbon cleaner through the motor. 
Apr 2015

32000 mi
Kia Soul in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

24000 mi
transmission leaking, TSB transmission replaced 
Kia Soul in Alaska, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

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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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Oct 2012

22000 mi
They had to replace the glove box. It rattled and would not close tightly. Replace glove box 

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2012 Kia Soul Repair Histories

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