About Kia Forte Koup
Kia Forte Koup is a compact vehicle manufactured by South Korean automaker Kia Motors since 2008. The first Kia Forte Koup was introduced in 2008 as a 2-door coupe, so it is also called as Forte Coupe. However, it was sold under different nameplates in different markets. In Australia, Costa Rica, it is badged as the Kia Cerato Koup; in China, it is known as Kia Shuma and Kia Koup in Chile. Until now, Kia Forte Koup has been produced through two generations.
The first generation Kia Forte Koup (2009-2012) was first unveiled on March 20, 2008 at the New York International Auto Show as a concept car. There were both EX and LX trim levels available for it. It was powered by a 2.0 L Theta II inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine that could produce 154 horsepower and 143 pound-feet of torque, and the engine was mated to 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions as well as 4-speed, 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions. In late July 2012, the second generation Kia Forte Koup (2013-present) was introduced. Now, it is offered in EX and SX trim levels. Besides the 2.0 L GDI inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine, Kia Forte Koup also gets power from a 1.6 L Gamma GDI inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which could produce 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Available transmissions are 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Kia Forte Koup Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
It is natural that as accumulation of mileage, auto parts start to wear and tear, problems also find Kia Forte Koup. In order to help more Kia Forte Koup owners diagnose and solve problems on it as early as possible, here we have collected the most common problems for your reference:
First, engine noise. Some Kia Forte Koup drivers have complained that the engine would create squealing or whining noises while driving. What's more, engine performance reduced dramatically as loss of power while acceleration, engine stalling or misfiring, rough idle and the vehicle would even get stuck in starting difficulty. At the same time, due to some cooling system parts fail, engine overheating would also appear. Under this condition, you are advised to check the ignition coil, air filter, drive belt, throttle body gasket, oil filter, cylinder head gasket and fuel filter for solving engine problems. As for overheating, you might as well inspect the intake manifold and radiator.
Second, issues about suspension, braking and transmission systems. According to real Kia Forte Koup drivers, they feel the vehicle tends to tilt to one side and has uneven tire wear. At the same time, they feel bouncing while driving. Actually, this must be caused by the faulty coil springs in suspension system. As for braking failure in Kia Forte Koup, you can check the brake pad set first. As transmission would hiccup while driving in Kia Forte Koup, so you are advised to inspect the clutch disc and automatic transmission filter just in case.
While other than above auto parts, some vulnerable in Kia Forte Koup deserve your extra attention. Axle beam, as a chassis part in Kia Forte Koup is easy to go wrong. As cabin air filter is responsible for filtering foreign particles, so it would get clogged easily as time passes by. Door jamb switch as an electrical auto part, long-time using would cause severely wear and tear. While wiper blade is mostly working under adverse weather conditions such as windy, snowy and stormy, so it is also very easy to break. For your comfortable and safe driving trip, you had better keep them in great working order all the time.
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