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    Kia aware of paint issues?

    As some of you may know i'm not thrilled with the quality of the Soul's paint and feel that mine is very sub-par. I've also attempted to get the attention of Kia and never received a response.

    Anyways.....I was at my dealership today getting my oil changed before taking my wounded Soul to the estimator (rear ended while at stop light) and I couldn't help but notice that EVERY single Soul on the lot had a front deflector installed. I found that odd that of all the other cars I could only see one here or there but EVERY Soul had one. Could it be they're aware of the weak paint and are trying to prevent chips from appearing in the most noticeable spot (the same area that I first noticed mine appearing)?


    Also of note: I finally got to see the new door panel inserts (nice) and the new slider for the cubbyhole latch (seemed equally difficult to open as my current one). But what struck me most (aside from the deflectors) was that all the Soul Plus models they had didn't have the upgraded audio with the center dash speaker. When I purchased mine I think every Plus on the lot had the audio upgrade.

    Also of note that was different from mine were the colors around the steering wheel controls, chrome accents everywhere, and a very nice carpeted parcel tray (including Soul logo to match our floor mats) that was actually more rigid than that floppy one they had when I got my car.
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    You know Omey that's a really good question, I noticed the same thing two days ago when i was at the dealer. They just received a new shipment of 20 and every one of them had that hood deflector on them.

    Noob question from the blond - if I wax my car with a really good wax, will it help with the paint issues? if so what's a good wax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebaby View Post
    You know Omey that's a really good question, I noticed the same thing two days ago when i was at the dealer. They just received a new shipment of 20 and every one of them had that hood deflector on them.

    Noob question from the blond - if I wax my car with a really good wax, will it help with the paint issues? if so what's a good wax?
    I think only the non metallic colors are having the most problems , I have had my Java which is Metallic ( like your Blue ) , for six months and I have had ZERO paint problems . Waxing is just a good Idea anyway , I do mine every 3 months ...I really like Meguiars Tech wax 2.0 , it's kindof expensive but It has done great .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmc View Post
    I think only the non metallic colors are having the most problems , I have had my Java which is Metallic ( like your Blue ) , for six months and I have had ZERO paint problems . Waxing is just a good Idea anyway , I do mine every 3 months ...I really like Meguiars Tech wax 2.0 , it's kindof expensive but It has done great .
    My shadow is metallic...chips. And I wax like a mofo...Meguiars Gold, even though i'm allergic to it. I don't think you can go wrong with any of Meguiars wax products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omeyga View Post
    As some of you may know i'm not thrilled with the quality of the Soul's paint and feel that mine is very sub-par. I've also attempted to get the attention of Kia and never received a response.

    Anyways.....I was at my dealership today getting my oil changed before taking my wounded Soul to the estimator (rear ended while at stop light) and I couldn't help but notice that EVERY single Soul on the lot had a front deflector installed. I found that odd that of all the other cars I could only see one here or there but EVERY Soul had one. Could it be they're aware of the weak paint and are trying to prevent chips from appearing in the most noticeable spot (the same area that I first noticed mine appearing)?


    Also of note: I finally got to see the new door panel inserts (nice) and the new slider for the cubbyhole latch (seemed equally difficult to open as my current one). But what struck me most (aside from the deflectors) was that all the Soul Plus models they had didn't have the upgraded audio with the center dash speaker. When I purchased mine I think every Plus on the lot had the audio upgrade.

    Also of note that was different from mine were the colors around the steering wheel controls, chrome accents everywhere, and a very nice carpeted parcel tray (including Soul logo to match our floor mats) that was actually more rigid than that floppy one they had when I got my car.
    Do you know if the new door inserts come in different colors. I have the Soul Sport with the red door inserts. With the waranty replacements comming out soon how will they match the original interior color schemes? Going just grey etc. would be so awful. I love my interior look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARKCPA View Post
    Do you know if the new door inserts come in different colors. I have the Soul Sport with the red door inserts. With the waranty replacements comming out soon how will they match the original interior color schemes? Going just grey etc. would be so awful. I love my interior look.
    It should be tit for tat. On the new panels the + has the black , the ! has the beige , so it should be the same. I can't wait

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    concerning the initial question - i would bet money that they have been aware of paint and every other issue!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmc View Post
    It should be tit for tat. On the new panels the + has the black , the ! has the beige , so it should be the same. I can't wait
    I sure hope they have new red inserts to match my original red interior. I can't wait also!

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    I have had a white Sport since April and have no paint issues. Kia replaced the door panels with the new style under warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kspine95 View Post
    I have had a white Sport since April and have no paint issues. Kia replaced the door panels with the new style under warranty.
    Already replaced the door panels ?

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