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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,509 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Kia Soul engine problems

engine problem

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2013 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 022016


  • 33,000 miles


My 2013 Soul plus gets exhaust into cabin especially when cold. The rear muffler or converter directs the exhaust straight down, no tail pipe. This seems to be a design flaw.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 292015


  • 19,037 miles
As I started the vehicle in the morning I heard what seem to be belt noises. As I drove to work, the noises increased to the point where the car was shaking and decelerated. When I arrived at my workplace 5 miles later, the oil light came on. The car would not drive past 2-5 mph. I called the Kia service and car was towed to dealer. Dealer stated engine is no longer usable, but so far refused to fix because I don't have proof of oil changes by a dealer.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 162014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Kia Soul. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was not diagnosed. The battery was charged; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000. Updated 5/4/15 updated 11/10/2015

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302014


  • 8,000 miles
Sudden deceleration quickly followed by loss of all electrical power including steering, brakes, complete engine shut-off and dash instrumentation. Dealer found "no problem" and did not repair or replace ignition switch or anything else.

- Austin, TX, USA

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