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 The Following!

The vehicles below are prone to catching fire

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

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.

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)