KIA Motorsbad paint

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I bought a Kia Optima 2012 (Dark Cherry) this Summer, and in less than one month the paint had deteriorated from bird dung, insect debris and from the minimal snow flurries we had this Nov. 27th! I made Kia aware of the situation in order to exercise the suppossedly great warranty they have just to find out that they decided not to do anything about it. The Kia "Inspector" stated that the issue with the paint was "Environmental" therefore, Kia was not going to fix it! I park my vehicle next to our 2003 Kia Sorrento (a black one) and both vehicles are exposed to the same bird droppings, insects, and flurries, as well as millions of cars. The nearly 10 year old car Sorrento has had no paint problems at all. It is ovbious that Kia is taking advantage of its previous popularity and success from the past good quality vehicles they made then, but is selling us substandard, inferior, low quality vehicles now. I will never buy a Kia vehicle ever again. I found myself driving a brand new good looking car (the design of the Optima is great) with 4 and a half years of monthly payments to make, and with a beautiful color stained and rusted just because the vehicle is outside like millions of other cars is enough pain to have learned my lesson.


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    Mauricio_Ramirez May 11, 2017

    I have a KIA Sportage 2015 and the paint is truly weak. The car has collected a few tens of minor scratches on several parts of the car. This is the first KIA car I have and never had problems like this with previous ones I had (Mitsubishi, Toyota and Suzuki). I definitely agree with your comment.

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    KRohl Jan 09, 2018

    I own a 2015 KIA Forte Koupe with the electric blue paint. 2 weeks ago not a thing wrong with it. I went through a "touchless" car wash this morning and as I was walking into work this morning noticed about 30 circular paint chips all over the hood of the car. My car sits in a garage and is not over exposed to elements. It appears to be ONLY on the hood of the car, not the roof, trunk, etc. So I believe this to be an issue with either the paint they use or the application of it. Do I have any recourse back to the manufacturer on this?

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    Kay McGrew May 15, 2018

    @KRohl I just took a 2017 Sedona to the dealers body shop this morning with paint off the hood same as yours some circular shapes and some look like drag marks over an inch long. The vehicle has 2700 miles...that's two thousand seven hundred. The estimator ask me if I parked under a tree. I don't. But if I did so what? Paint should be able to stand up to almost anything except maybe hail...and I seen hail damage that hasn't broke paint. I had a 2003 same Sedona it did the same thing wouldn't you think in 14 years they would be able to get paint right? That one by the way, was painted so many different times it looks like a calico cat ( it was Sapphire Blue) This one is black.

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    Dispatch65 Apr 19, 2018

    I have a 2013 Kia Optima and I love it. But I will never ever buy another Kia. I only have 66000 miles on my Kia.
    At 50, 000 they had to replace the motor. Which I find very odd but I guess there was some problems with the motors. The dealership that replaced it was great. I still go there for all my oil changes and service maintenances. They really take care of you. Now the problem is the paint is peeling off on the pillar on my windshield. It is also peeling off on the trunk and also inside the trunk. I took it to the dealership and was told it was out of warranty for the paint. Which is 3 years. But they took a report, took pictures and sent them to the Kia Consumers Affairs. I was told they would not fix it. But I believe this is a Kia problem and they should take care of it whether its out of warranty or not. Paint jobs don't start peeling for no reason. I have owned numerous other cars and none of them have ever had the paint peel off. I was told at the dealership they have had other people come in with the
    same problem. The person at Kia Consumers Affairs escalated higher and I received a phone call again telling
    me it's out of warranty and they would not fix it. It is not my fault that the paint is peeling off and I would venture
    to say it the paint they use or the car isn't prep correctly before they paint it. I believe Kia should take care of
    this problem, especially before it gets worse. I am not happy about this and will not ever buy a Kia again. I'm posting this out of frustration with the company and I bet it would be safe to say they don't read these or respond to the comments.
    Cheri from Calfiornia

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    Deloris68 Oct 14, 2019

    @Dispatch65 I have a 2015 Sorento with the same issue, at less than 28, 000 miles around the driver side door by the windshield started peeling off and on top of the windshield, steady getting worse. I hate to even wash my car it takes off more paint.

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    IORTOO Apr 28, 2018

    I have a pearl white 2013 Optima, today I notice a 1x3 inch of paint missing from inside passenger windshield post, just wondering if this is a problem for others. Sad thing is I only have 28k miles.

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    Kay McGrew May 15, 2018

    @IORTOO You got 25, 300 more miles than Me out of the paint job

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    Linda Hester Nov 19, 2018

    @IORTOO I have a 2014 Sorento pearl white with 58k miles and last week noticed a large section of the paint had peeled off on my passenger side divider of windshield.Took to dealer and they said it was a paint defect. They were going to send pictures to their boss and then Kia rep. Will get back to me, they said. Still waiting a week later.

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    Snake59 Jan 20, 2019

    @IORTOO My did the same thing, now I have a bubble under the paint on passager driver side door.. 2013 Kia Optima, Snow White pearl, 33k miles... last Kia I will buy plus do not recommend them to others.

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    Elyssa M Apr 12, 2019

    @Linda Hester Did you get an answer? I have the same problem with my 2014 Sorrento.

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    Burgessp May 23, 2018

    Hi, I bought a Sorento in 2010 and had exactly the same issue. For me, Kia asked me to get an independent engineers report and spend extra money before they told me where to go. NEVER buy a Kia is my suggestion, they are decent enough mechanically but the Warranty is not worth the paper it is written on and the paint quality is the worst I have ever seen in 30+ years of owning cars. I don't say this lightly I assure you. Kia were much cheaper back in 2010 also, I don't think I could stomach today's prices now that I know how poor quality they are. If I can stop just one person buying a Kia with this post then I will be happy.

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    Adam Antium Aug 22, 2018

    Well, this is disheartening. I have a 2012 Kia soul that started to have peeling paint shortly after I bought it used. For some reason they attach mileage to the paint warranty and wouldn't even consider looking at it. It turns out that the plastic housing has a defective paint job. It's now peeling in multiple spots. Kia contacted me after I tweeted, but I've heard nothing. I also had my a/c go out at 87k miles. I had a Dodge caliber with 175k that still had beautiful a/c and never needed more than fluid and spark plug changes.

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    stephen shawcross Sep 17, 2018

    I purchased a Kia Sportage March 2017, cleaned it every month using high quality shampoo. Whilst I was cleaning the roof panel, I found a small area where the paintwork had been affected. I contacted the dealer where they in turn contacted the warranty department. They replied to the dealer who in turn replied to myself that it was a bird dropping that had caused this problem and they would not be interested in this problem. This vehicle is kept on a driveway not under trees, not on the road where it could receive any damage and has been well looked after. There is only 6, 000 miles on the clock which shows I do not travel in it too often. I agree with all the above comments that the paintwork is inferior and if this is so then I would not recommend a Kia whatever model . I would also wish to be made aware that I had 10 in number wheel nuts go rusty within 6 months of purchasing this vehicle. I was informed this too was not under warranty but my dealership exchanged these wheel nuts but Kia did not want to know. All in all I do not think Kia warranty exists as they appear to have an excuse to discharge themselves.

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    Mark Belleau Nov 09, 2018

    I have a 2013 Kia Soul that I purchased used in 2015 from a Kia Dealership. I liked the car and was somewhat disappointed in it's gas mileage and I put about 25, 000 miles on it. I park it in an open parking area in front of my apartment. The sun is brutal here in Florida, but I never had paint problems with automobiles before, even if it is parked in the hot sun. I wash the Kia every few week and use a Turtle brand Wash and Wax. Wash it/rinse and that's it. It dries in the sun and shines. This past week I noticed some paint blemishes the morning after I washed it. An area on the hood was white and when I touched it, a piece came off that was clear and looked like scotch tape. It was the clear coat. Around the back hatch tail lights, the paint looked peppered with white specks and the finish was dull. It looked like the problem was coming through from under the paint. I don't believe Kia will do anything for me!

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    Kit Schiller Mar 30, 2019

    I have a 2014 Kia Sorento, Pearl White and paint is peeling off in large chunks. Past the 3 year warranty and so Kia is refusing to help. I'm not done. I think we all need to contact Consumer affairs, Better Business Bureau and Attorney General. I plan to do all three and fight this, even if I need to call Morgan & Morgan.

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    Tony & Marla Jul 30, 2019

    We have a 2014 Kia Optima SX. Within a few months I found a few paint chips on the hood. Chalked it up to a truck on the road ahead of us, or whatever. There are now chips of paint missing all over the car, and it scratches so easily.

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    33ericl Sep 21, 2019

    I have a 2016 kia rio 5 silver. its funny cause NO auto store has touchup paint for these cars because they are always SOLD OU. the paints is horrible thin and weak. I took my taillights off to change a bulb and I was ever so carefull and paint literally peeled off the edge. so mad!! there are other spots that easily pitted or chipped. I wont even bother dealing with kia warranty. they honor nothing

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