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2012 Kia Soul repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (43%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 74 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 Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Drive side headlamp had moisture within glass. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Kia Soul in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
May 2014

14220 mi
Brakes squeal in cold weather. Not resolved 
Jun 2016

30380 mi
Replace glove box under warranty due to wiring for light 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

27000 mi

US $100
Rear rotors were badly scored and scratched. Pads had halve of life left. No rust. Front pads and rotors good. Hard factory pads probable cause. Dealer has no recall info for this problem. 
Kia Soul in Texas, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

42000 mi

US $100
Water leak into interior primarily in the rear passenger seat area floor. Service Tech unable to determine the location of the leak. No repair completed. Still leaks during rainfall. 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

21700 mi
Check engine light. Tech checked codes, confirmed a one-time misfire on one coil. Swapped coils between two cylinders to see if the problem recurred, and to tell if it was related to that coil pack, or the original cylinder with the error. 
Kia Soul in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Apr 2016
Jul 2012

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. 
Mar 2014

40300 mi
Glove box light would not go off. Dealer replaced the glove box under warranty. Parts had to be ordered, so a second trip was required. 
May 2014

42160 mi
Back up camera failed. New camera ordered under warranty. Second trip needed as parts needed to be ordered. 
Mar 2015

70680 mi

C $500
Brake service for grinding noise from front rotors. Pads were not worn out, but new pads installed and rotors cleaned. returned four times with no effective results. Rotors replaced at my request and cost. Improvement seen, not 100 % yet. 
Jun 2015

75640 mi

C $500
Prior brake repairs were not effective. New ownership advised aftermarket pads had been installed. New OEM Kia pads installed no charge. Rears rotors and pads replaced, brake fluid replaced. 2000 km later no problems, finally! 
Nov 2015

86800 mi

C $118
Radio failed to save selected stations, clock time was incorrect and finally no sound. Repair cost was for diagnostic work only. Kia are replacing the radio no charge, as a goodwill jesture. 
Dec 2015

89280 mi

C $365
Fuel filler door failed to open at gas station. Finally popped open but no repeat. This happened twice before but months ago. Visit to dealer, lube was no help. Replacement needed at $365 tax in. All labour, only $61 in parts. Now 142000 km. 
Jan 2016

89900 mi

C $2000
Routine service LOF, brake service, rattle in rear on bumps. The rattle seemed to be related to the muffler. It was investigated and some minor work was done. Some improvement was made. Now it is back, same as before. Call from dealer to advise me the Instrument cluster has failed! $1300 for replacement + $ 300 service. Total this trip $2000! End of the road for this vehicle. No more Kia for me. 
Mar 2016

96100 mi

C $600
Wobbling noise from front when going over small bumps. Recommended repair was to the replace the sway bar links. Also replaced a leaking PVC valve on the transmission. Handles like new and improved gas milage bonus. An OK repair at 155,000 km. 
Kia Soul in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2012 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

38000 mi
Instrument Cluster stopped working for all gauges. Dealership found cluster faulty, replaced with a new one, but found the odometer could not be programmed. Had to send out the new cluster to be programmed. Then the third trip fixed it. 
Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
Nov 2014

17700 mi
Parking brake handle was not engaging the brake solidly. 
Jul 2016

24000 mi
Failing backup camera was replaced after intermittently not operating. 
Kia Soul in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

100000 mi

US $89
Lost the right side windshield "A" pillar molding when getting an air blast from a tractor trailer. Got one online. Used black duct tape until part arrived to keep wind noise less noticeable. 
Kia Soul in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

95480 mi

C $107
Checked for oil leak at compressor. Found leak. Discharged system 134a refrigerant 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

64000 mi

US $65
Left headlight out 
Kia Soul in Alabama, United States
Jan 2016 - Jul 2016
Feb 2016

40000 mi
Rack-and-pinion/steering gearbox replaced; coupler inside MDPS (motor-driven power steering system) found to be disintegrating and was replaced 
Mar 2016

41000 mi
Windshield wipers stopped working. Not a burned-out fuse. 
Jun 2016

43000 mi
Brake pads replaced after making grinding signal (built-in) 
Kia Soul in Kentucky, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2016
Mar 2015

13000 mi

US $130
Battery would no longer hold a charge 
Kia Soul in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

23000 mi
Backup camera failed. Dealer replaced camera. 
Kia Soul in New York, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2013
Jul 2013

51000 mi
Tire pressure monitor, sporadic notifications 
Kia Soul in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
Dec 2013

53000 mi
Backup camera failed. 
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 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 
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 Ohio, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

30000 mi
Reoccuring water leak from top of backlite 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Apr 2014
May 2013

16000 mi

US $110
Right windshield garnish blew off during strong headwind on freeway 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2016
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 Michigan, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
Sep 2013

39000 mi
Steering wheel leather falling off 
Feb 2014

45000 mi

US $154
UVO radio no sound...Has display, clock keeps defaulting 
Apr 2015

64500 mi
Radio dead again...No output speakers! Called KIA to open a case, told to take it to the dealer. 
Jun 2015

66000 mi
Radio issue again...NTF now working? 
Nov 2015

69000 mi
Back-up camera (just grid) has no video! NTF working today...Camera cost $415 plus labor! This is a on going problem 
Dec 2015

70000 mi

US $125
Battery acting up, now will not start! Replaced Battery...No issues all is well! Still issues with back-up camera? 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Iowa, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2016
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. 
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. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

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. 
Kia Soul in Washington, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

35000 mi
Bluetooth did not work. Had to replace entire radio. 
Kia Soul in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

49000 mi
switches to operate windows 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

24000 mi
transmission leaking, TSB transmission replaced 
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
Misfire 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

26000 mi
Fixed error in displaying MPG (went from ~4 high to within 1) 
Jun 2016

48000 mi
Exterior trim panels on A-pillar were pulling away from body. Dealer replaced. Cruise control switch was intermittantly not engaging. Dealer replaced. 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Mar 2013 - Jan 2016
Oct 2014

78700 mi

US $450
Starter went out. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Michigan, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2014
Aug 2013

32000 mi
Radio died 
Kia Soul in Maryland, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

33000 mi
Stuck Driver's window 
Dec 2014

42000 mi
Parking Brake didn't hold 
Jun 2015

50000 mi

US $417
Rear pads and rotors replaced 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2016
Oct 2012

4000 mi
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 
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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