Hyundai and Kia’s Engine Problems


For those of you who remember the early era of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, you probably remember them being noted for being some of the most unreliable vehicles to own. From engine issues to heating and cooling problems, to simple things like faulty headlights. Hyundai and Kia had a worldwide name for being poorly made vehicles.

However, after an intensive redesign and some serious engineering overhauls, both brand names regained a place in the automotive world. After the relaunch of a totally redesigned brand of vehicles, they enticed consumers with some of the best warranties on the market. This included the first ever 10-year limited warranty on a vehicle.

Kia and Hyundai Losing a Good Name for Making Quality Vehicles


Although they had a good run of affordable cars with very few problems at the start, their fame was ultimately short-lived.

Now, since the release of the 2011 line-up of vehicles for both Hyundai and Kia, they have quickly reminded consumers of their original namesake; junk.

Common Hyundai & Kia Vehicle Issues

With a wide array of recalls on Hyundai and Kia vehicles, it’s unfortunate that engine issues are at the top of the list for both brands of cars. However, as awful and inconveniencing a dead engine is, there are many other common issues between both carmakers’ vehicles. They span from various 2010 models all the way up to 2022 models of cars, SUV’s, and minivans.

Hyundai Most Common Issues:

Engine Issues

  • Engine Failure
  • Transmission Failure
  • Electrical Problems
  • Sensor Failures
  • Steering
  • Interior Quality
  • Exterior Components
  • Unreliable Crash Detection Systems

Kia Most Common Issues:

  • Engine Malfunction Resulting in Fires & Stalling
  • Transmission Issues & Failures
  • Faulty Electrical Systems
  • Sticky Door Latches
  • Exterior Components
  • Poor Build Quality
  • Faulty Airbags
  • Headlight & Taillight Problems

As you can see, this is a pretty all-encompassing list of issues with both brands of vehicle. Which is why more people are choosing to sell their Hyundai and Kia vehicles that they purchased in the past 10-12 years. If you’re considering selling a Hyundai with a dead engine, or a Kia with a blown transmission, we will buy it. We always pay MORE cash for cars than any of our competitors in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Kia Engine Fire Recalls Canada

The most damning evidence for the car manufacturer Kia would have to be the recent rash of engine fires affecting many of their vehicles. Not only were the engines catching fire, but their hydraulic electrical control units were also igniting fires in their vehicles’ braking systems. The fire risk associated with several Kia models has made new headlines. Not only just in Canada, but in the US as well.

With such a huge fire risk being publicly posted all over social media and in the news, Kia will have some serious work to do to regain any credibility as a reliable carmaker.

Affected Models Include:

  1. 2012 – 2013 Kia Sorento
  2. 2012 – 2014 Kia Forte & Kia Forte Koup
  3. 2011 – 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid
  4. 2014 – 2015 Kia Soul
  5. 2012 Kia Sportage SUV
  6. Kia Stinger with a 3.3L Engine

If you’re not sure whether or not your vehicle has been affected by the fire risk recall, head over to the Kia Canada website to find out. Input your VIN, and if your vehicle pops up, contact your local Kia dealership as soon as possible. Additionally, start parking your vehicle outside just to be safe.

We Pay MORE Cash for Cars with Mechanical or Electrical Issues

Some of the recalled vehicles that Kia was unable to notify through its database are still on the road today. While others have succumbed to one of the fire related issues. If you have a Kia vehicle affected by the recall, and still aren’t comfortable driving it even after the repairs, talk to our team.

We buy used cars, trucks, SUV’s, and vans in ANY condition, and with ANY kind of problem. If you’ve lost a vehicle due to fire damage, we buy those too! And unlike other scrap car removal companies in Vancouver, we always pay MORE cash for scrap cars, even if they have fire damage.

Hyundai Fire Recalls Canada

Over 390,000 Hyundai models have also been recalled in Canada due to the associated fire risk that Kia is also experiencing. Consumers are being advised to park their vehicles outdoors instead of in a carport or garage because the risk of fire is so great.

There are two separate recalls relating to fire risks with the Hyundai vehicles, because there are two separate issues. Some vehicles are affected by both recalls. Hence, why Hyundai is advising that people do not park their cars indoors.

Affected Hyundai Vehicles:

  1. 2013 – 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV
  2. 2019 – 2020 Hyundai Elantra
  3. 2019 – 2021 Hyundai Kona
  4. 2019 – 2021 Hyundai Velosters
  5. 2019 – 2021 Hyundai Tuscon

If you think you might have a vehicle that is affected by this recall, or any other, and have not yet been notified, you can check your vehicle’s status on the Hyundai Canada website. Input your VIN and if your vehicle comes up, get in touch with your local Hyundai dealership right away.

In the meantime, avoid parking indoors and take any valuable belongings and important paperwork out of your car.

Hyundai & Kia Automakers Hit with Class Action Lawsuit

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be publicly humiliated for making a crappy car, the two automakers are now being hit with a very justifiable class action lawsuit. This is in direct response to the recalls that affected hundreds of thousands of their vehicles.

In fact, the current total is over 500,000 affected vehicles across North America, and still climbing. There are many more Hyundai and Kia vehicles experiencing recall issues that have not yet had their VIN associated with the actual recall.

What If My Car Isn’t Covered Under the Recall?

This leads to another issue. What happens when your vehicle is out of warranty, and isn’t included in the recall?

You’re having the same issues with your car as the other recalled vehicles, but you can’t get the repairs covered by Hyundai or Kia. When it’s a minor issue, the cost is usually low and is worth repairing. However, if it’s something like a dead engine, or one that has or can catch fire, replacing it could be thousands of dollars.


Fortunately, if you can’t get the repairs covered by a company recall or your warranty, you can sell your car for MORE cash to More Cash For Scrap. We buy vehicles in absolutely any condition. We buy cars with dead engines, fire risk, faulty braking systems, electrical problems, and blown transmissions.

MORE Cash for Scrap Cars Vancouver

As if having mechanical issues with your vehicle isn’t enough, when you decide to scrap it, many scrap car removal companies will offer you next to nothing for it. Particularly, if the vehicle you’re selling has a dead engine or blown transmission. If it has fire damaged along with it, you can be sure that most scrappers won’t give you anything at all for it.


That’s where we are different. At More Cash For Scrap, we know that selling a car shouldn’t cause a headache. Not only that, but you also shouldn’t have to accept mere pennies for your car, just because it needs expensive repairs.

We pay MORE cash for vehicles with mechanical issues, electrical problems, collision damage, interior damage, stolen catalytic converters, you name it. Contact our team of scrap car removal specialists to find out how much your vehicle is worth! You might be pleasantly surprised.

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