2011 Kia Soul Consumer Review: 18 Months... the Paint!!

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18 Months... the Paint!!
By hamster_rider on


2011 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


So I've owned my Kia Soul for 18 months, still love driving it, maintenance is a no brainer, however, while washing it today I noticed a fine rusting (white car) on most panels, even the major plastic pieces!!
I will be calling Monday for an appointment, I just am putting it out there for others to watch for, I live in Florida so no winter conditions here, no road salt etc. I will update after it gets looked at.
Others have posted with paint issues, better safe I guess.

The only problem with the car to date is the brake light switch at the pedal failed and it took the dealer 5 days to get me in to replace the switch, which of course was a warranty repair. So no brakes for 5 days

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By steve520
on 11/09/13 10:51 AM (PST)

Never had the problem and I live in Upstate NY, the home of salted roads and never seen the problem on other Souls in upstate. Maybe he shouldn't drive in sand

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By waterlily52
on 03/29/14 20:50 PM (PDT)

When I looked to buy my 2011 Kia Soul I though the paint looked scratchy. The dealership said they needed to buff it. I bought the car new. That didn't work and it looked like spider webs. I wanted a different car and could not get one. When I picked it up the door was open and the salesman rushed me in to show me the blue tooth. After two attempts at the dealership and another at a body shop the paint still didn't look good. I went to corporate offices and ended up with a rust proofing package. Now I am seeing little rust spots all over my car. It is 2 1/2 yrs old. The dealership will sent pics to Kia. So now I have a car a little over 2 yrs old with multiple rust spots.

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