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2013 Kia Soul Problems – All That You Need To Know!

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Most 2013 Kia Soul problems are related to the engine, electrical system, steering, brakes, fuel system, and interior. Although the reported problems require high repair costs in some cases, this vehicle did not receive a high number of reported complaints. 

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To get a good understanding of the mechanical problems of any vehicle, it is recommended that you review what current and previous owners say about his vehicle. Many online websites allow owners to report mechanical problems with their vehicles.

For instance, the 2013 Kia Soul received a total of 48 complaints to carcomplaints.com,  a total of 487 reported complaints to vehiclehistory.com, a total of 55 complaints to Edmunds.com, and about 500 complaints to repairpal.com.

In this article, we provide a quick overview of the 2013 Kia Soul vehicle characteristics. Then, we provide a detailed summary of the most reported complaints about this vehicle. In summary, we highlight the problem, the suggested repair options and repair costs, and the mileage at which the problem occurred. 

2013 Kia Soul Description


In this section, we provide a quick overview of the most characteristics of the 2013 Kia Soul.

According to cars.usnews.com, the 2013 Kia Soul was featured as one of the top 2013 Compact Cars, 2013 Hatchbacks, 2013 Affordable Small Cars, Used Hatchbacks Under $10K and Used Small Cars Under $10K. 

The vehicle was featured for the great headroom, cargo space, long list of features, and very easy parking. The 2013 Kia Soul gets from 23 to 25 miles per gallon on city roads and 28 to 30 miles per gallon on the highways. The vehicle comes with a front-wheel-drive and provides from 138 to 164 horsepower.

The 2013 Kia Soul comes with either a 1.6 L or 2.0 L four-cylinder engine. This engine is associated with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. This car comes with about 12.7 gallons of fuel tank capacity.

According to Kelly Blue Book, the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Kia Soul is about $15,175 and can get up to $24,000.

2013 Kia Soul Problems 

In this section, we provide a summary of the most reported problems about the 2013 Kia Soul Problems. Most reported problems were either related to the engine, the electrical system, the steering, the brakes, the fuel system, and others.


  • 2013 Kia Soul engine problems



Engine problems are one of the hardest types of problems that any driver doesn't want to hear about. This is because these problems usually require high repair costs, and they need a certain level of mechanical skillset to be fixed. Even if you are an experienced mechanic, you might not be able to resolve engine problems without the necessary tools. 

Unfortunately, the most reported problem with the 2013 Kia Soul has to do with the engine. More specifically, several owners reported complaints about their engine's ticking, failing, or running rough.

The majority of reported engine complaints indicated hearing weird noises like ticking. Engine ticking was followed by a complete engine shut down and required a full engine replacement to get resolved. The Average reported repair cost was about $4,100, and the problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 104,000. 

Other owners reported a complete engine failure without any warning signs. Engine failure happened mostly before even starting the vehicles. Unfortunately, the problem was resolved by installing a new engine for about $5,000. The problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 71,000 miles.

The last reported problem with this vehicle's engine indicated engine running rough when idle. The owners mentioned that the problem was related to the engine carboned up and needed to be cleaned. It is important to note that a couple of owners were not able to cover this problem under the extended warranty for some reason. The Carboned engine occurred mostly at vehicles around 27,000 miles.


  • 2013 Kia Soul electrical system problems



Electrical system problems were the second most reported about the 2013 Kia Soul. Most of these problems had to do with the battery, the brake light, the plastic coating of the wires, and the pressure warning light. 

A couple of owners of 49,000 miles vehicles reported frequent dead battery despite the regular maintenance of their vehicles. The problem was very severe and forced the owners to keep a jumper in their car as they had to use it even if they left the car for a couple of minutes. The complaint did not include information about repair options or repair costs; however, it was described as “Pretty Bad.”

Other owners reported frequent issues with the brake's lights in their 75,000 miles 2013 Kia Soul vehicles. The problem was resolved by replacing the bulbs for about $40, on average. The problem was described as “Really Awful.”

An interesting problem was reported about animals eating the vehicle's wires. Two owners reported having unexpected issues with their vehicles due to animals eating the wires because they are soy-based. The problem was resolved by rewiring the vehicle for about $410. The wiring issue did not occur one time; it occurred several times in a row and costed the owner's continuous repair money. This issue was reported mostly by vehicles around 34,000 miles. 

The last problem we would like to highlight here is related to issues with the pressure warning light. One owner of a new vehicle, around 6,000 miles, had issues with the pressure warning light. The issue was not directly related to the pressure warning light; it was the loss of pressure, especially in cold days. The owner had to come frequently to the dealership to fill the tires, almost every month. The problem was not resolved, and the owner did not post any repair options or repair costs. 


  • 2013 Kia Soul steering problems



Steering problems were also reported about ten 2013 Kia Soul vehicles. The only reported problem had to do with hearing some clunking noise coming from the steering when turning. The problem was resolved either by replacing the coupler, or the steering column. The average repair cost to resolve the clunking problem was about $560, and the problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 59,000 miles. 


  • 2013 Kia Soul brakes problems



Brakes problems were not reported as frequent as the previously listed problems. Only five owners had issues with their brakes. 

Some of the owners indicated that their brakes are very sensitive and over-respond whenever they hit them. The problem was associated with rear brakes wearing before the front, which was very weird. The problem was resolved by replacing the brakes for $480. Brakes problems occurred mostly at vehicles around 22,000 miles. 

Brakes grinding was also reported about a couple of 1,000 miles 2013 Kia Soul vehicles. Grinding issues prevented the owners from slowing down at the right time and was described as very dangerous and could cause safety issues. To get rid of the problem, the owners had to replace the brakes for about $160. 


  • 2013 Kia Soul fuel system problems



The only reported fuel system problem about this vehicle was related to the poor mileage. Interestingly, the problem was mostly reported about newer vehicles around 6,000 miles. The owners mentioned that the vehicle doesn't get more than 20 miles per gallon with a 12-gallon tank. Owners did not include information about repair options or repair costs.


  • 2013 Kia Soul suspension problems



Suspension problems were reported only two times about the 2013 Kia Soul. One complaint came from an owner of an 18,000 miles vehicle. He mentioned that his vehicle has lousy traction when driving in snow days. To make things work, the driver had to put a 160 lb lifter in the back of his car. This issue caused significant damages to the vehicle and required about $1,500 on repair costs. 


  • 2013 Kia Soul windows problems



Windows problems were also not reported as often about this vehicle. One owner had issues with the windshield wiper owner, and he suggested its very weak and doesn't do the required job in his 18,000 miles vehicle. Another owner indicated that his 3,700 miles vehicle had a broken windshield window despite the gentle use of the vehicle. This owner described the windshield as “poorly made.”


2013 Kia Soul Reviews – What do 2013 Kia Soul owners say about their car?


In this section, we included information about what current owners think of the 2013 Kia Soul.  


  • 2013 Kia Soul owner one



The first owner reported a complaint to carcomplaints.com: “Yes, my 2013 kia soul had engine problems so I took it to have a tune up done. Then 3 weeks later on Thanksgiving Day was going to dinner and it gets to knocking so bad that I stopped on the Interstate and called a tow truck. I had them take it to the nearest dealership. The next Monday I was told that I needed a new engine that my lower differential was full of metal shavings So they found me an engine to replace mine. Gave me a 12,000 mile warranty on it at a cost of $4100 counting the labor. Then a few months later they send out a letter for a recall on the catalytic converters with a list of all the same signs my engine had I was told I would be receiving a refund for the work that I had done so after a few months I received a letter that because the converters were not inspected now I will not be getting a refund. Just wondering if anyone else had came across this same situation?”


  • 2013 Kia Soul owner two



The second owner reported a problem to Edmunds.com: “Nothing but problems. Kia difficult to deal with. Gas mileage is not as promised Gas gauge has too much float Head unit quit working, been replaced Wheel speed sensor almost killed me and a friend throwing my car into limp mode. Ignition switch shorted out and had to be replaced. Radio cutting out. Again. Lights and wipers cut out. Oh did I mention the horrible shake, hard shift, failure to downshift?”


  • 2013 Kia Soul owner three



The third owner reported a problem to vehiclehistory.com “I like that it is very roomy and can fit into small places and the base. But the factory tires are terrible. I slide in the snow and rain. Gets stuck in mud easily. The hatch latch will not stay larges at all times. I have to push and hold the latch closed then lock it to make sure it locks or the lights stay on and kills the battery.”

2013 Kia Soul Problems– Frequently asked questions


In this section, we answer the most frequently asked questions about the 2013 Kia Soul.  


  • Are there any recalls on 2013 Kia Soul?



According to nhtsa.gov, Kia had recalled a specific list of 2013 vehicles that were made between 1/8/2009 and 10/2/2013. These vehicles had issues with the sunroof and the headliner. They mentioned that the headliner plate could get separated from the curtain airbag.


  • Is 2013 Kia Soul a good car?



According to J.D. Power, the 2013 Kia has an “above average” reliability score of 3.5. This indicates that the 2013 Kia Soul is a good vehicle. However, deciding whether this vehicle is good for you or not depends on your goals, lifestyle, and driving style. For instance, if you prefer a vehicle with a lot of room, Kia would be a good choice. However, it is important to keep in mind that the 2013 Kia Soul has a low safety score, and the transmission might hesitate when shifting. 


  • What is a 2013 Kia Soul Worth?



According to Kelly Blue Book, the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Kia Soul is about $15,175 and can get up to $24,000.


  • Does 2013 Kia Soul has Bluetooth?



Luckily, the new 2013 Kia Soul came with a long list of features, including Bluetooth. So, Yes, 2013 Kai Soul has a Bluetooth. 



2013 marks the fourth model year for the Kia Soul. It is expected for earlier models of any vehicle to have the most reported complaints. However, Kia Soul's problems raised from 2012 to 2016. While these years had the most reported complaints about this model, the 48 reported complaints about the 2013 model still is not a big number. 

Most reported complaints about the 2013 Kia Soul were either related to the engine, electrical system, steering, brakes, fuel system, and others. Luckily, this vehicle did not receive any complaints about the transmission.

As we mentioned earlier, the goal of this article was to help new shoppers make an informed decision about whether to buy the 2013 Kia Soul or not. Now, with this overview of the vehicle's most reported problems, the current shoppers know what exactly to look for and check, especially if they are buying used vehicles.

 The article also helps current owners be prepared for the different types of mechanical problems they will face and at which mileage. This way, they can make an informed decision about whether to keep their vehicles or not, especially if repair costs got close to the actual value of the vehicle. 

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