really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new engine (2 reports)
  2. complete engine rebuild or replacement (1 reports)
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2020 Kia Telluride engine problems

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2020 Kia Telluride Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 092023

Telluride EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


Rod knock - blown engine due to excess oil consumption. This is a completely preventable problem. Kia and Hyundai engines were subject to a class action lawsuit about excess oil consumption. The Telluride engine was not included in that (too new at the time presumably?) However numerous Telluride owners report high oil consumption and dealers telling them they should be down one quart every 1000 miles.

Despite the fact that a quart per 1000 miles is ridiculous, this problem could have been prevented if Kia notified owners that they must top off their oil in between oil changes.

Long story short, the oil light never came on in our Telluride, but it started with what sounded like it needed a valve adjustment. So I parked it and started to diagnose. Saw it was ridiculously low on oil, put 2.5 quarts in it and it was still barely on the dipstick. Started it up and the ticking went away. Drove it and within a few miles it started rod knock. I can only presume it's a spun bearing, but it definitely is a rebuild issue at this point.

Terrible design to burn through that much oil, but at least LET US KNOW so we don't destroy our engine.

- Matt D., Westlake, OH, United States

problem #2

Aug 312023

Telluride ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

I have taken my Telluride back to the dealership on at least 5 occasions with the same complaint. High oil consumption and it being out of oil in between oil changes. I have had to add oil several times because it repeatedly happens.

- Sandra B., Prairieville, LA, US

problem #1

Oct 122022

Telluride V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

I have been dealing with my engine slipping since October 2022 and have brought it to the dealership at least once a month. I had an oil change in December and in January while driving on the highway at 65 and the fast lane, my car started stalling and would not accelerate. I had to go over 5 lanes of traffic to the break down lane and drove it not past 20. I was 30 miles from the dealership and brought it to them. They said, my car was down 5-1/2 quarts of oil. I had gone less than 3,000 miles. I have been back at least once a week and sometime 2 since. They had me come in to measure the oil after 1,000 miles 4x's. They said, I should be down a quart every 1,000 miles. It is a concern if it looses that much oil. The dealership then decided to put dye into the oil to see if it seeped into the engine. It is and the dealership does not want to do anything about it. It was under warranty when I started this process. Any suggestions on how to proceed is greatly appreciated.

- Susan W., Atkinson, US

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