Manual transmission difficult to shift into 1st gear on Kia Soul

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.

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Average mileage: 51,644 (13,600–100,000)
4 model years affected: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
15 people reported this problem
problem details
2013 Kia Soul 13,600 mi,
difficult to get into first gear at times. put in neutral and release clutch. push clutch again and now will usually go into first gear
2011 Kia Soul 20,000 mi,
my clutch went at 20000 miles and the flywheel, they said warranty wouldn't cover it !!! 1500 dollar repair !!! and ive driven stick for 30 years and never had a clutch go ever....
2012 Kia Soul 70,000 mi,
Shifter was a little difficult at times to get into gear. Now at 74000 miles, shifter is really difficult to get into gear.
2010 Kia Soul 89,000 mi,
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.
same trouble of shifting into first.
2010 Kia Soul 52,000 mi,
trouble shifting into first or third gear
2011 Kia Soul 42,933 mi,
My 2011 kia soul sticks when shifting into first and also when i try to shift into reverse. One of theses days its not going to go and i will get hit from behind! kia cant replicate the problem and has told me its driver error....
2011 Kia Soul 81,500 mi,
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...
2011 Kia Soul 38,000 mi,
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.