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2013 Kia Soul repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (37%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (23%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 43 repairs.
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2013 Kia Soul repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (71%)

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Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Georgia, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
Feb 2013

6600 mi
had to replace the ECO on/off switch on the dash 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Aug 2012 - Jul 2018
Dec 2012

6000 mi
Front passenger door didnt close easily upgraded bluetooth system 
Feb 2013

8600 mi
since upgrade of blue tooth software dialing system does not work properly (though it did previously) Door still difficult to close 
May 2017

55000 mi
Intermittent failure in back-up camera. Dealer replaced camera under warranty. 
Kia Soul in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013 - Jul 2017
Jan 2016 Clicking, metallic noise coming from rear of vehicle. Dealer replaced both left and right rear shock absorbers. Noise gone. 
Feb 2016

21080 mi
Front left inner door handle finish chipped.rnReplaced part as per recall. 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Oct 2013 - Nov 2013
Nov 2013

4000 mi
During heavy rain water leaks through front, side drivers window and the roof. 
Kia Soul in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

45000 mi
Replace leaking on oil pan gasket. 
Jan 2017

29800 mi

US $685
I could not get my car out of park. ESC, EPS and check engine light came one. Needed to have car towed to dealer. They replaced brake switch, but would not cover it under warranty. Also had a low fuel level code, at same time. wire fix. 
Kia Soul in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

35000 mi
Replaced coils and spark plugs 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2017
Dec 2012

6000 mi
Phone charger outlet stopped working. Dealer fixed at no charge. 
Mar 2017

86000 mi
Head unit screen failure and backup camera was foggy. Dealer replaced both on warranty. 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2013

11000 mi

US $130
starter wire got pinched behind the air intake and after a while the rubber coating rubbed off, causing it to short out. 
Kia Soul in Alaska, United States
Oct 2012 - May 2016
May 2013

6100 mi
wheel nuts rusting on 2 wheels 
Nov 2014

15000 mi
Passenger side seat heater switch stuck in ON position 
Kia Soul in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2016
Sep 2015

18000 mi
backup camera replaced 
Kia Soul in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

29000 mi
Vehicle would pull hard left or hard right 
Kia Soul in Idaho, United States
Jun 2013 - Oct 2016
Jul 2013

13000 mi
After a long discussion with the dealer, he admitted that the paint quality of the Kia Soul is in his words "soft" and that they have had other complaints. Same for glass quality of front windshield. He took pictures of the problem areas. 
Jan 2014 Dealer replaced drivers side inside door handle as chrome was peeling off. 
Sep 2016

76000 mi
Replace inside door handle (Drivers side.) 2nd replacement 
Kia Soul in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2014 - Jan 2018
Dec 2016

52000 mi
Sensor in my transmission was out 
Jan 2018

72000 mi

US $30
Passenger side headlight went out. Had to change. 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

39000 mi

US $160
replaced the battery 
Kia Soul in Colorado, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

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. 
May 2017

71000 mi

US $101
Replacement of brakes, pads and rotors 
Kia Soul in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

49000 mi

US $200
Both front struts replaced due to bent strut. 
Kia Soul in Georgia, United States
Aug 2013 - Jul 2019
Jul 2019

30000 mi

US $1000
AC compressor was leaking oil and had to be replaced. 
Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Aug 2015 - Jan 2018
Jun 2016

24000 mi
Check Engine light indicated camshaft position problem or oil control valve timing problem. 
Dec 2016

28000 mi
Check engine light came on again, recording the same code as previously addressed. Unable to identify specific issue, the replaced the entire engine, under warranty, no cost to owner. 
Kia Soul in Virginia, United States
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
Jan 2018

71000 mi

US $500
replace front pads and rotors 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2014

15000 mi
Rattle coming from dashboard. 
Kia Soul in Arizona, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

64000 mi

US $107
Radiator fan started making noise, intermittent problem. Dealer can not replicate over 2 days thus stated no issue and returned car in same condition. 
May 2018

93000 mi

US $350
Radiator fan finally died. Required new fan assembly. 
Kia Soul in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Mar 2018
Sep 2015

14880 mi
Back up camera replaced 
Mar 2016

17360 mi
Front driver and passenger door handles had always felt rough and eventually the paint peeled off revealing plastic underneath and a sharp ridge that cut my hand. Door handles replaced under warranty 
Sep 2017

27900 mi
Paint had peeled off front door handles last year. Same problem with rear handles - both replaced.  

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2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

50000 mi
Key and car lost connection. We couldn't lock/unlock door nor turn on/off the car using the keyless remote entry. 
Kia Soul in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

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

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2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Louisiana, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2015
Sep 2013

39000 mi
Brake switch causing cruise control to have problem. 

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2013 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

138-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
Dec 2014

32000 mi
Windshield cracked pulling out of my driveway. 
Apr 2017

72000 mi

US $340
Front brakes were on yellow. Replaced. 

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2012 Kia Soul 4dr Hatch

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

Kia Soul in Idaho, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

120000 mi

US $100
Oil leak, pan gasket was resealed. Catalytic Converter was replaced due to the check engine light. 
Jan 2018

200000 mi

US $542
Timing cover was leaking oil 
Kia Soul in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

95480 mi

C $107
Checked for oil leak at compressor. Found leak. Discharged system 134a refrigerant 
Jun 2017

99200 mi

C $30
Had to recharge ac system as it stopped working. Oil seal leaking on compressor shaft. 
Dec 2017

102300 mi

C $386
Backup camera would not work. Replaced sensor behind catalytic converter. Code went away 
Mar 2018

105400 mi
Battery failed totally 15% charge when tested by garage 
Jun 2018

113460 mi

C $1087
AC compressor seal failure. Replaced compressor,recharge systemp 
Kia Soul in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

53000 mi
Backup camera failed. 
Sep 2017

128000 mi
Backup camera is failing. Replacement deferred due to cost. 
Oct 2017

128000 mi

US $50
Replaced both low beam headlight bulbs. Also replaced license plate bulbs. 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

53000 mi

US $47
Engine code said failed camshaft sensor bank B. Replaced sensor. 
Kia Soul in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2017 - Aug 2019
Jul 2017

85560 mi

C $5
Replaced rear driver side brake light bulb 
Aug 2017

91760 mi

C $60
Replaced serpentine belt. But intermittent battery warning light still flashes on during occasional hwy trips when give the car gas, same as prior to the repair indicating something else is part of the problem. 
Jan 2018

94240 mi

C $150
Parking brake seized and was stuck on which caused me to have to buy 2 new winter tires as it wore off all the tread on them just driving around the corner, not knowing what was wrong at that point in time 
Kia Soul in Colorado, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

54700 mi
Windshield washer stopped spraying (front and back). 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

58000 mi
As part of routine maintenance, mechanic said was burning some oil & to watch oil level. He said there was blue smoke when it started up. No dropping oil levels & I drove to Oregon & back.  
Kia Soul in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

61580 mi

US $16
Replace passenger side rear brake light bulb. 
Mar 2018

63000 mi

US $32
Tire rotation. Had a second blown rear brake light (left side this time). Replaced all bulbs in left and right rear lights. Took about 20 minutes per side. 
May 2018

70500 mi

US $250
Rear camera (aka back-up camera) stopped functioning due to moisture leakage. I will be ordering camera from S. Korea because of better pricing ($225.00 vs. 418.00). 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

96000 mi

US $500
Battery failed and once replaced, noticed the stereo system lost all audio. Removed and tested amplifier and head unit. Head unit has failed and new one estimated at $750. Replaced with aftermarket. 
Kia Soul in Alabama, United States
Jan 2016 - May 2018
Feb 2016

39700 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. 
Kia Soul in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2012 - Oct 2016
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 California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2018
Oct 2013

21300 mi
Dealer reflashed the computer to eliminate a potential HVAC issue with the firmware. 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 Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

17900 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 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 Florida, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

64000 mi

US $65
Left headlight out 
Mar 2017

81000 mi

US $210
pads replaced and rotors shaved. 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2016
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Drive side headlamp had moisture within glass. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
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 Minnesota, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
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. 
Apr 2018

168000 mi

US $1100
I purchased Kia struts and shocks on line approx $550. Indi shop installed for $559. This was before quick struts were available,e aftermarket. 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2020
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 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 Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

15000 mi
UVO upgrade 
Nov 2015

23000 mi
Backup camera failed. Dealer replaced camera. 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2017
Dec 2016

94000 mi

US $250
Had to reset the "adaptive driving" setting as car was shifting hard. 
Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

30000 mi
Reoccuring water leak from top of backlite 
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. 
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 PCV valve on the transmission. Handles like new and improved gas milage bonus. An OK repair at 155,000 km. 
Kia Soul in Michigan, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2019
Sep 2013

39000 mi
Steering wheel leather falling off 
Feb 2014

45800 mi

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

63700 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? 
Feb 2017

75000 mi

US $179
Open case with KIA for good will...No display back-up camera at times? Dealer and KIA refused any good will help...My serpentine belt replaced by Dealer, Oh they charge for replacing P.S. and A/C belts? Wow car only has one belt.. 
May 2017

76000 mi

US $200
Purchase a new camera...After trying to get some good will with KIA. Dealer was a joke over charged to replace (My belt) Serpentine! So now we have a back-up camera. 
Oct 2017

75000 mi

US $25
Back-up Camera working sometimes... 
Jun 2018

78000 mi

US $300
Air filter, Brakes all rusted...R & R all 
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 Kentucky, United States
Nov 2012 - Nov 2016
Mar 2015

13000 mi

US $130
Battery would no longer hold a charge 
Kia Soul in New York, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2013
Jul 2013

50000 mi
Tire pressure monitor, sporadic notifications 
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 Alberta, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

30380 mi
Replace glove box under warranty due to wiring for light 

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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 2018
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. 
Feb 2017

45000 mi
Bad bushing in sway bar link, replaced sway bar link. 
Kia Soul in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012

9700 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 2018
Jun 2015

35000 mi
Bluetooth did not work. Had to replace entire radio. 
Apr 2017

61000 mi
The remote control would not function on locking the doors. Sometimes it took 10 hits of the button to engage the locks and sometimes it just did not work. The problem was sporadic in nature and the dealership could not replicate the problem (hence the reason it was in the shop for 21 days). 
Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

59000 mi
Engine was making a loud clicking sound. They found metal shavings in the oil. Kia replaced the engine at no cost to me. 
Kia Soul in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

74000 mi

US $750
brake job all 4 wheels discs and rotors which were too worn/rusted to be machined 
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. 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
Mar 2013 - Dec 2017
Oct 2014

78300 mi

US $450
Starter went out. 
Dec 2017

124000 mi

US $200
Blower motor replaced. It was bad from first day. Dealer would not replace. We would smack the dash occasionally when it would go out. Last December a smack would not restart it 
Kia Soul in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
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. 
Sep 2017

59000 mi

US $150
Steering wheel was "clunking" when turning; dealer replaced star gear (called it the "clunk star" repair). 
Kia Soul in Queensland, Australia
Mar 2017 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

31000 mi

A $1
10th visit since oct 2016 for engine malfunction light appearing. replaced sensors, replaced engine management system, removed and cleaned fuel injectors. latest repair is to replace catalytic converter. part n/a waiting for part to be shipped in. 
Kia Soul in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

24000 mi
transmission leaking, TSB transmission replaced Dealer overfilled transmission causing it to leak again and causing the gas mileage to be less efficient and car slower. 
Kia Soul in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Nov 2016
Jul 2016

49700 mi
switches to operate windows 

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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

21500 mi
They had to replace the glove box. It rattled and would not close tightly. Replace glove box 
Kia Soul in Ohio, United States
Mar 2012 - Nov 2012
Apr 2012 Had a ding on hood when it was delivered. Dealer had PDR fix it the next week. 
Kia Soul in Maryland, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

33000 mi
Stuck Driver's window 
Dec 2014

42000 mi
Parking Brake didn't hold 
Kia Soul in Illinois, United States
Jun 2012 - Jan 2017
Oct 2012

3500 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 Michigan, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2017
Aug 2013

32300 mi
Radio died 
Apr 2017

105000 mi

US $800
Full break rebuild, pads calipers, drums and rotors. 
Kia Soul in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

167000 mi

US $250
Excessive oil consumption. Determined rings worn. No further work at this time. May replace engine. 
Jun 2018

182000 mi

US $150
Increased Oil consumption leading to power loss and Catalytic Converter faults. Engine lost power and quit on highway. Performed throttle body and intake cleaning, plug replacement, PCV replacement, engine oil treatment and gas treatment. Oil consumption still very high. 

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