Ok, after seeing everything that you've posted, I'm now able to put all the pieces together and make sense out of your story. The part that was throwing me off from the beginning was your statement that engines were being 'rebuilt'. However, based on the itemized list that you posted, it's totally clear that your engine (short block) was replaced, not rebuilt. And I'm now also virtually certain that those 7 vehicles in line ahead of yours were also having the engines replaced as well. And it's also fairly likely that most (and perhaps all) of those other vehicles were GDI/Turbo engines being replaced under warranty/recall.I bought my car from Lipscomb Auto Sales,they towed it to the local KIA dealership,they dealt with KIA not me,the car was listed in their name,they added the 6k for the motor onto my account.The local KIA dealership had 7 KIAs ahead of me for rebuilds.
I also now realize that you're probably not aware that there is a very big difference between rebuilding an engine and replacing one. So much of a difference that if you had used the word replaced, instead of rebuilt, I would not have been questioning your story as I have been doing, because Kia has been replacing lots of engines over the past few years. And I also wouldn't be surprised if the sales person at Lipscomb that you were dealing with also use the word rebuilt, instead of replaced. So the bottom line is I now believe your story and apologize for giving you a such a hard time with this. There are lots of troll and competing dealer types running around on these forums, and sometimes it's difficult to separate legitimate posters from the jokers and fakers.
Now having said all of that, here's something for you to take into consideration. You bought you Forte used, and I'm assuming that the vehicle did not come with a reliable history of oil changes. If so, then it's entirely possible that the engine failed strictly due to poor oil maintenance. It is unfortunately a fact of life that too many people do not take care of their vehicles properly, and very often dump them on unsuspecting individuals like you, when the first sign of a problem shows up.
In any case, you will not accomplish anything by posting on auto forums that your engine had a manufacturing defect, except to possibly make you feel better by ranting about it. So if that's what floats your boat, then carry on. But if you want to do something that may possibly help your case, then file a complaint with the NHTSA. I don't think complaints like that will result in Kia taking any action with your vehicle model, but I guess it's not impossible either.