Spotting Pretty Lemons, Mini Workshop

Learn How To:

      • Shop for the right vehicle
      • Negotiate Price
      • Avoid flawed vehicles
      • Inspect Exterior
      • Inspect Interior
      • Inspect Mechanical
      • Test drive
      • And more…

DO NOT PURCHASE USED HUNDAI OR KIAS!!!

Settled Class Action Law Suit

Engines are prone to catastrophic failure, without warning;

  • 2011–2019 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2013–2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 
  • 2014–2015 and 2018–2019 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011–2018 and certain 2019 Kia Optima
  • 2012–2018 and certain 2019 Kia Sorento
  • 2011–2018 and certain 2019 Kia Sportage 

If the engine has been replaced and the issues causing the fires have been resolved, if the price is good, it is your decision.

If the corrections have not been made, the only way I would purchase one is if you have a second vehicle.

The delays involved in waiting for Hyundai to make a decision can be lengthy.

The vehicles below are prone to catching fire

  • 2011-2018 and certain 2019 model year Hyundai Sonatas;
  • 2013-2018 and certain 2019 model year Hyundai Santa Fe Sports;
  • 2014-2015, 2018, and certain 2019 Hyundai Tucson;
  • 2011-2018 and certain 2019 Kia Optimas;
  • 2012-2018 and certain 2019 Kia Sorrentos;
  • 2011-2018 and certain 2019 Kia Sportages;
  • 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2011–2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (2.4L Theta II MPI HEV engines)
  • 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (2.0L Nu GDI HEV engines)
  • 2015–2016 Hyundai Veloster (1.6L Gamma GDI engines)
  • 2014–2019 Hyundai Tucson (1.6L Gamma and 2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2011–2013 Kia Optima Hybrid (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2012 Kia Sportage (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2012–2013 Kia Sorento (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2012–2013 Kia Forte and Forte Koup (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2014–2015 Kia Forte and Forte Koup (2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2014–2015 Kia Soul (2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2012–2019 Kia Soul (1.6L Gamma and 2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2012–2019 Kia Rio (1.6L Gamma GDI engines)

Recalls To Research

  • Research options before visiting lots.
  • Eat before shopping, negotiations can be lengthy.
  • Do not accept the first, yes, you have options.
  • Use options to negotiate prices.
  • If credit is blemished,  and you must purchase from a buy here pay here lot, make sure the lot reports payments, to credit bureaus to assist with re-establishing good credit for future purchases. 

Additonal Hyundai/Kia Autos To Avoid

The list of vehicles below are prone to the same problems as the original Theta 2 engine and are pending completion of a lawsuit

  • 2012 Santa Fe (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2011–2013 Sonata Hybrid (2.4L Theta II MPI HEV engines)
  • 2016 Sonata Hybrid (2.0L Nu GDI HEV engines)
  • 2015–2016 Veloster (1.6L Gamma GDI engines)
  • 2012–2019 Kia Soul (1.6L Gamma and 2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2012–2013 Kia Forte and Forte Koup (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2014–2015 Kia Forte and Forte Koup (2.0L Nu GDI engines)
  • 2011–2013 Kia Optima Hybrid (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2012–2019 Kia Rio (1.6L Gamma GDI engines)
  • 2012–2013 Kia Sorento (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)
  • 2012 Kia Sportage (2.4L Theta II MPI engines)

Nu, Gamma, Theta, Lambda and Kappa Engines

  • 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2009-2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue
  • 2010-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2017-2020 Kia Niro
  • 2011-2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
  • 2012-2021 Kia Rio
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2022 Kia K5