Kia Soul Transmission & Powertrain Problems

Class Action Investigation

Lemberg Law is investigating vehicle owner complaints regarding the Kia Soul Transmission & Powertrain. Vehicle owners have been telling our firm that the transmission in the Kia Soul appears to be faulty and potentially dangerous.

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What is Wrong with the Transmission of the Kia Soul?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already logged over 50 consumer complaints regarding this issue on the 2020 Kia Soul and several complaints for the 2021 Kia Soul. Furthermore, Kia issued several Technical Service Bulletins, or TSBs, related to the transmission. TSB SC199 provides the procedure to update the transmission software, Transmission Control Module logic. In addition, it states “if necessary, replace the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).” The Technical Service Bulletin goes on to detail the issues that affected vehicles may exhibit such as lack of acceleration or delay in acceleration.

What Problems are Kia Soul Owners Experiencing?

Many complaints state that the powertrain failed while driving, potentially putting the driver, passengers and other drivers at risk. Here are some samples:

An owner from Wisconsin states, “I was driving down the interstate at 70 mph. Noticed the car felt like it was accelerating and then decelerating like I was fighting against a strong wind. Looked at the tachometer and saw it fluctuating between 2000rpm and 3000 rpm. Suddenly it redlined to 7000 rpm and I had very little power to the wheels. It would drop back to 3000 but if I tried to accelerate it would redline. I was in heavy interstate traffic. I barely made it to an exit and into a parking lot. By the time I got off the highway it would go no faster than 5mph. … Easily could’ve been rear-ended or crashed in the heavy traffic with no power to the wheels.”

Another owner that logged a complaint on the NHTSA website from Arizona stated, “The vehicle started loosing power. the engine would rev up but the car wouldn’t go. the car had to be towed to the dealership because the vehicle would not engage into drive or reverse. the dealership is replacing the transmission. It is the IVT transmission”

Some of the complaints state that the transmission of their Kia Soul was replaced twice: “The transmission failed twice the first time they replaced the transmission and now they have to replace it again they are saying. The vehicle was on the highway and all of the sudden the rpms went through the roof and the vehicle just started to die.”

What should you do if your Kia Soul’s transmission failed or is experiencing issues?

It is possible that your Kia Soul is a lemon. Allow our experts to work on your lemon compensation at no cost to you. The law requires Kia to pay the legal fees for your claim and you might be able to get rid of your lemon car. Every year, automakers buy back, replace and pay cash settlements because of thousands of lemon cars. You just need the right professional working on your side.

If your Kia Soul’s transmission/powertrain is showing signs of failure and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Debora C

    I bought a 2020 kia soul and at 3000 miles on the car they had to replace the transmission.

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