What are some common problems with the Kia Soul?

My local car dealer has a number of used Kia Souls at great prices. I was thinking about buying one, but like with any used car, I want to know if there are any potential issues. Are there any common problems with the Kia Soul?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Jun 15, 2022
The Kia Soul is one of the most reliable cars on roads today. But like any used car, you need to make sure that it doesn’t have any mechanical issues that could make it a money pit. Here are some of the common problems with the Kia Soul:
  • An engine-knocking issue that can cause fires, although a Kia dealership will repair this for free if you cite recall #SC200
  • Stalling and engine failure caused by damage to the catalytic converter due to heat damage
  • Surging of the cruise control without warning, although Kia has not made a recall or found a significant issue with the problem
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