I finally decided to share some of my experiences with my new Soul to demonstrate just how long these vehicles will last and give others some insight on repairs and things I've done.
Now save the comments, but I bought my 2010 Soul ! With 172,000 miles on it. As far as I know, it is one of the highest mileage Souls in my area and definitely the highest mileage my Kia shop has ever seen. I know it's pure madness to buy a car with that kind of mileage but for the price and the impeccable service record and car fax, it seemed like a fit for me. Everything I wanted in a car. I had just got rid of my 2005 Audi A4 so it had everything I missed from my Audi. Premium audio, power sunroof, heated seats, all the good stuff. The exterior, immaculate, the interior not without a few scuffs and a little love but overall excellent condition. When I got the car from a less than reputable dealer, it immediately had issues with the car not starting after running low on fuel and filling up. Turns out it was the fuel flow mass spectroid valve, which the dealer replaced for free. Soon after, I took the car in to Kia for a full check and to address some noises I heard in the suspension. On the first pass, they tightened suspension and frame bolts and I had them do a transmission flush, oil change, fuel filter change, and timing and tensioner belt replacement. Ran me about $600. That trip to the dealer also revealed that I had purchased the Ghost edition Kia Soul!! Since that maintenance I have been loving my ghost but the sounds in the suspension have returned, and have had me back in for diagnosis two additional times. Kia did a free tightening of all the frame and suspension bolts but that only temporarily fixed the noise. It wasn't until my trip today to Les Schwab today that it was revealed that the noise, a springy creak when I turn one way or the other or go over bumps at low speeds, was the control arm bushings. I've seen many Soul complaints about suspension noises with no solution so I figured I would share this with fellow Soul-mates in hopes of helping diagnose the mysterious front end noise!
That said, I love my little ghost! All other things checked, both Les Schwab and Kia said the car is in excellent condition and shows no mechanical signs of the 172k+ miles on it. What shocks me even more is even with the regular service done by Kia, the timing belt was NEVER changed until it came in to my possession. I intend to baby the car, do lots of aftermarket upgrades like roof racks and fun stuff like audio equipment, never take it past 80mph, treat it to fuel cleaners and premium gas, and we'll see how far ghost and I make it. Stay tuned for more and lemme know if this helps you! Cheers!
-Ghost and I