really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,370 miles

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2015 Kia Forte miscellaneous problems

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2015 Kia Forte Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 152018


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owned a 2015 Kia Forte. While driving at low speeds, the contact detected a burning odor from the back seat. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and it caught on fire. The origin of the fire was not determined. Both police and fire reports were filed. The local fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an unknown location. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #6

Jul 242018


  • 47,000 miles
Engine is blown. Had no prior warning. It happened at a traffic ligh on a major highway.. check engine light did not come on prior to engine blowing. Temperature gauge did not register hot prior to engine blowing. Check oil light did not come on and stay on prior to engine blowing.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012017


  • miles
The 2 sets of keys issued at purchasing are separating from the remote.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #4

May 172016


  • 40,000 miles


I was driving 45 on a 4 lane highway the car in front of me had stopped dead in my lane I had plenty of distance to stop but when I applied the brakes I felt the antilock braes vibrate twice and then it felt like I was still going the same speed not slowing me down (I had both feet on brake pedal when I finally stopped).resulting in me striking the car and totaling mine and his. Witnesses said it looked like I had applied the brakes in plenty of time but didn't stop. I did not know he had stopped because he had hit the car in front of him which had pulled to side of road. This was a 4 car accident car 2 hit car 1 and then car 3 hit car 2 leaving car 3 sitting in road which I hit car 3. all because car 2 was looking at a accident in median. I asked to have car brakes checked and they said it would cost to much to hire engineers to check over.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 082016


  • 32,926 miles
I have a complaint against nalley Kia, lithonia, ga, and the effective tires they are putting O the Kia Forte. I was informed by the service manager chad dalton, that the tire with the bubble is not covered under the road hazard warranty. He tried to say I had hit a pothole and that is what is wrong with the tire. I haven't hit a pothole. I have looked on your site and I see other are having this same problem. I would like this tire replaced, I have only 34,000 miles on the car and they are the original 50,000 miles tire.

- Conyers, GA, USA

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problem #2

Oct 102014


  • miles
Well leaking water in trunk had to let Kia store in clarksville Indiana take it to fix didn't fix still paying on a lease and they still will not fix it screwing me over do not ever buy a car from Kia store in clarksville Indiana they are crooks mold growing in backseat larry West.

- North Vernon, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 242015


  • 4,664 miles
While monitoring the rear view camera display to avoid obstacles while backing out of a parking space, the video frame froze creating the impression that I was farther away from obstacles than I actually was as I approached them. It was not immediately obvious that the video frame had frozen, and that updated video information was not being presented. When I looked at the video display it was not showing me the actual real-time situation, it was showing me a video frame from several seconds previous. The video froze for several seconds, but I'm unsure of when it actually started to freeze as I was also monitoring my forward view, so when I looked down at the monitor it wasn't accurate. I stopped motion for several seconds and the video started updating. I found myself (my car) much closer to nearby cars than I had intended. A pedestrian wandering in the path of my vehicle would surely have been hit.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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