fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,670 miles

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2014 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 062016


  • 51,000 miles


I was changing the oil on my car and noticed that a hose below the car broke and was leaking some type of fluid. I noticed this about 30 minutes ago, but the issue could have been going on for much longer.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 082016


  • 62,845 miles
2014 Kia Forte 63000 miles shuts off at random speeds and when stoping or turning this is a extream safety issue something needs to be done about this dealer cant figure it out and wont work on it anymore its has been to the dealer about this issue 4 times a week with no help

- Bowman, SC, USA

problem #6

Feb 022015


  • 15,085 miles
When driving at any speed, and often times when coming to a stop and then starting to accelerate again, the vehicle loses power and turns off. At this point the check engine light, battery light, oil light and others come on. The vehicle then needs to be put in park, and turned off, and restarts with no issue. The fuel pump has been replaced but has failed to resolve the issue. Fucillo Kia is also refusing to honor the warranty and continue working on the vehicle until the issue is identified. A flight recorder box was put in the vehicle to record the issue if it were to happen again on one of the occasions they gave me back the vehicle stating they were unable to duplicate the problem. The issue did occur again with flight recorder box in place but they said it did not send any signal stating there was an issue with the vehicle. The vehicle has been to them 6 times and at this point they will no longer work on the vehicle despite it being well within the 100,000 mile/10 year warranty. The issue started at 15085 miles and now at 19,000 miles the problem persists.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 062015

Forte 6-cyl

  • miles


Recall issue on that pertains the fan belt.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Feb 072015

Forte 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
I have had two accidents, the first time when I went to try and start my car up and it would not start up. Kia replace my fuel pump, believing that was the issue. The second they told me they could not diagnosis a problem so it was nothing that they could do.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 062014


  • 1,500 miles
I discovered along with other Kia Forte/K3 owners that when it rains, whether it is moderate or heavy, massive water leaks inside engine compartment. This also happens when the car is parked and not move an inch and still I found water all over the engine(after rainy day), battery terminal, fuse case, air filter case, and majority of left side of the engine room as well. Dealer told not to worry, but I've had many cars in the past that never experienced this flaw. I'm afraid this can lead to massive engine/rust possibly fire from massive water droplets and high temperature of engine and all kinds of connectors that is exposed as a result of this. I plead NHTSA to investigate this critical and dangerous flaw posed by Kia and their irresponsible solution of ignoring passenger safety. As of now, I stopped driving in the rain, and this is extremely inconvenient as a working commuter. I would first test the part where window wipers meet and pour some water there, and then I would use pressure wash to just spray the hood and you'll find what I mean. Moderate rain should not create this much water leaks all over the engine compartment. Thank you. Best to contact me via email if needed.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 292014

Forte 4-cyl

  • 13,900 miles
On 2 occasions the car has stalled while making a left turn.the first time it was in April 2014.2nd time it happened was around July 29th 2014. I first report it to the dealership back in March when I took the car in for a oil change. They would not put it down on the paper work to look at it since they could not replicate the problem. Then reported it to a different dealership as well as Kia. The new dealership did put it down on paperwork. But since they are not able to replicate the problem, they would not look into it further. Also have reported a engine noise to the first dealership. They first told me it was a standard noise. So we started getting videos of the noise. They then said they would replace the engine. The same day that we picked the car back up from the engine being replaced we heard a noise coming from the car. Some how the right drive axle got broke. They said they did not work around that area.so then that means that they committed fraud by falsifying docs when they said they replaced the engine. 2 days after finally getting the car back the engine noise came back.now I got told that they will not look at the car until the check engine light comes on or the car comes in on a tow truck. Now the biggest concern is the car just stalling while driving? what happens now if we get into a accident.this really needs to be looked at. Kia needs to be held responsible for this.it is not normal for a car with less than 14,000 miles on it to just up and stall. I am tired of hearing everything is standard. Kia is fraud they do not want to honor their warranty that they sell.

- Ocala , FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 172013


  • 30 miles
I have a 2014 Kia Forte since September 2013 acquired several days the unit is started having a vibration in the engine. These vibrations are felt throughout the car and when in low or stopped. I took him to the service center where you buy and service technicians always tell me that no faults everything is working well, the vibration that I describe is normal in these cars, this due to the technology of motor bracket. As of today I'm not happy and I understand that the drive is failing. I'm really disappointed with the explanation given me the service center. A new car zero miles per more technology should not have to have much vibration in the engine. Further details of the unit that are wrong are the strange sounds of the valves and the sound engine braking.

- Gurabo, PR, USA

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