Problem Description and Possible Solution
The manual transmission may be difficult to shift into 1st gear. Our technicians tell us that a revised shifter lower skirt is available to correct this concern.
Average mileage: 50,409 (13,600–100,000)
18 people reported this problem
Shifting into first from a standstill, or downshifting from third to second, or second to first, can be very difficult. Transmission selector does not want to shift into the desired gear until you are crawling, even with the clutch down all the way.
I could be at a light and ready to take off, and it doesn't seem to want to go into first, even with the clutch all the way down...
We have had 5 transmissions put into our car 4 of which under warranty. Hard to shift causing synchronizers to go bad we have 150,000 miles on it now and the clutch and flywheel look brand new it's obviously not us. One trans input shaft bearing failure, one second gear sychro, one 3rd gear sychro, and one 4th gear sychro. We have been told by our locals transmission shop that Kia recommends the wrong oil in these transmissions and recommended a heavier gear oil. All the other transmissions we had before this one averaged a lifespan of 34,000 miles. We bought the most recent one from a junkyard and have almost 60,000 miles on it with upgrading the fluid.
same issue though found out this is a worn bearing and linkage in gearbox , don't know if warranty covers this hope so only had car 5 weeks, KIA taken car in though can't tell me if covered.