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2.0 Nu engine blown. 65K miles, beware.

Hey everyone, just a little update on the K3/Forte. A little background, I purchased the car used Aug 2014 with 4,000 miles on it.

I was driving the car home from work on a cold, cloudy afternoon last month, April the 7th. Cruising steadily at 60mph, I began to hear a metallic noise. I turned down the music down and continued to hear the noise so I let off the throttle, it let off simultaneously. Immediately, my brain started to shoot red flags. I snapped the throttle to test it and it became worse with the higher rpm's. Figured I didn't want to cause much further damage so I tried to find a side street where I could pull off the rural highway as stopping is prohibited there and the police here strictly enforce their local laws.

Just as I thought things couldn't get worse, I hear a metallic screeching noise which immediately causes me to pull over to the shoulder and limp to the side street. "End of the line" was all I could think. Called in the tow truck, and sent it to the closest dealer.

What truly horrified me was that this was a car that was very well taken care of. I'm a former Kia Tech that just left the industry this past December. Car used full synthetic since I bought it. Always used Kia factory oil filters and always maintained it on time. Unfortunately, since I'm second owner, Kia is really fighting me on this one as the powertrain goes out at 60K on second owner vehicles. But I told them, that's just way too soon for an engine to die. Especially one so well taken care of. They don't seem to be listening much. $5,500 dollars for a long block, $3,500 for short block.

Not too many issues with it but there were some things that made me ponder. The high beams would cut out at night, was found to be a multifunction switch. The shocks in the rear would knock around. Replaced those. There was a rattling near the exhaust manifold that suspiciously happened right before the warranty went out. Dealership never found anything on that. And then, bam, engine goes out.

Really disappointing Kia. I really wanted to buy a Forte Koup or Soul once this one was paid off but I have a foul taste in my mouth from this experience. Hope you guys have better luck with yours. As for me, I'm thinking of going European or back to Japanese. Still undecided. I really liked the Forte. I'll keep you guys updated.

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How many Miles on the Odo?....................

Still interested why your Engine Grenaded....................

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How many Miles on the Odo?....................

Still interested why your Engine Grenaded....................
65,000 miles and change brother. No clue either. The dealer was supposed to take it apart but corporate told me I hadn't authorized a teardown. Which I know is bull bc they quoted me for $205 diag
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65,000 miles and change brother. No clue either. The dealer was supposed to take it apart but corporate told me I hadn't authorized a teardown. Which I know is bull bc they quoted me for $205 diag
I'm really interested in this as I have 2 Fortes and a Forte5 in my Family with this engine. So far you are the first with this engine that lunched out that I know of. I'm assuming you have the 2014 Forte?....................................

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I'm really interested in this as I have 2 Fortes and a Forte5 in my Family with this engine. So far you are the first with this engine that lunched out that I know of. I'm assuming you have the 2014 Forte?....................................
That's correct. She's the 2014 model. So much potential with these cars. Thought the engine would have held up better. Perhaps carbon build up due to the GDI design may have been a cause. I'll be going to the dealership tomorrow to have them tear it down and identify the exact cause.
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That's correct. She's the 2014 model. So much potential with these cars. Thought the engine would have held up better. Perhaps carbon build up due to the GDI design may have been a cause. I'll be going to the dealership tomorrow to have them tear it down and identify the exact cause.
We had two Spectra5s with the older 2.0 with timing belt, my wife's car went 120k miles before we traded it in and mine went 230K miles, all trouble free miles with the original Timing Belt. Hoping yours was a fluke.
I do plan on installing Oil Catch Cans in our fortes, just researching what brand to buy or DYI them......................

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We had two Spectra5s with the older 2.0 with timing belt, my wife's car went 120k miles before we traded it in and mine went 230K miles, all trouble free miles with the original Timing Belt. Hoping yours was a fluke.
I do plan on installing Oil Catch Cans in our fortes, just researching what brand to buy or DYI them......................
Yeah, I've still got an Elantra with that same Beta II 2.0 engine. Runs fine, 134K miles currently. This has been a headache.

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Wow, hearing this really scares me. I drive approx 125 miles everyday to work & my ODO stands at 49k miles just under 1 year 6months. I have the 2015 koup with the MPI 2.0 Engine. I dont know if its the new or old. I think the new 2.0 is called the GDI engine. Either way mine is the MPI one. Ill use my car atleast for another 3 more years, so it will surly cross 150k+ miles. Hope she stays strong without giving me much probs.
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Please keep us informed on what the teardowns reveal.

We've had 2x 1.6T blow in the past 2 weeks on the turbo forums. Both cars were modded mind you but one member completely reverted to stock before he sent it in... Kia is denying both cars.

One had 8,000 miles.. Other around 35,000 I believe.
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There is a whole thread over at the Optima Forums dedicated to blown engines, mainly the GDI 2.0 Turbo Engines...................................
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That is definitely odd, I have a '12 with almost 90k on it, play with it on a regular basis....and have no issues whatsoever.
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That is definitely odd, I have a '12 with almost 90k on it, play with it on a regular basis....and have no issues whatsoever.
Does the 12 have a GDI Engine?.............

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Does not appear that it does, the '12 has a 2.0 (EX) or 2.4 (SX) CVVT engine.
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The 10-13 have the Port injected 2.0/2.4 Theta II's. The 14-up have the Nu 2.0 either in MPI or GDI trim

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Yes, mine has the 2.0 Theta II.
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