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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2012 Kia Soul miscellaneous problems

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2012 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 232016


  • 50,000 miles


This is a standard 6 speed vehicle. Reverse is in the same location as 1st gear. The only difference is that one must pull on a slider control in the shift handle to get into first. Historically, reverse was always the gear farthest away from the driver. I have on multiple occasions thought I was in first but was accidently in reverse. I caught the mistake before there was any accident. As a suggestion, reverse should be in the same location for all cars in America. Actually, the entire gear pattern should be the same for all standard cars in America to prevent an accident.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 272011

Soul 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle suffered sudden loss of performance, would only accelerate sluggish, RPM would not go beyond 2500 RPM, had to get vehicle towed to dealership, lost driveability.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

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