The logic of this thread is that there have been a number of transmission failures of the IVT reported on this forum, on the NHTSA website and on other forums and consumer protection/automotive complaint sites, and that only Kia (and not anyone you'd reach by phone as a consumer, and probably not anyone who speaks English as a first language) knows how many transmissions they've had to replace.I've reviewed the TSBs for the 2020 Kia Soul and found one specific to a automatic transmission replacement:
So, Kia has identified a specific issue with a transmission other than a CVT. So, out of the thousands of 2020 Kia Souls produced, and the lion's share likely equipped with a CVT, Kia is supposedly, if you follow the logic in this thread, so inundated with a "huge" numbers of failures that they've issued zero TBSs to address it.Kia TSB TSBTRA084: Technical Service Bulletin for the 2020 Kia Soul.www.carcomplaints.com
Does that make sense?
The issue affects IVT transmissions in both Souls and Fortes. The issue affects vehicles with early and much more recent build dates. The issue is potentially dangerous (sudden deceleration with no brake lights) and even potentially deadly.
Seems like something anyone who owns an IVT or is considering buying a vehicle equipped with one (Forte, Soul, Seltos) would reasonably want to be aware of and take into consideration when choosing a new vehicle. Had the data we have now been available when I purchased, I might have gone GT-Line Turbo to avoid potential IVT hassles. But it wasn't, so I didn't, and now am doing the next best thing - being aware of symptoms that foreshadow IVT transmission failure. So far I'm good. My co-worker who bought a 2020 Soul S for his daughter after seeing and driving my EX isn't so lucky. He and his daughter drove her Soul to southern California to tour universities before the COVID shut-down, and suffered rev spiking using cruise control. Me mentioned it to me when they got back. I sent him to our dealer. New transmission.