Ignition Coil on Kia Rio

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2008 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
Have replaced all 4 coils, and continues to have idle and running problems. Took to shop, they said it needs another coil. What the heck is making the coils go bad???

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder
I have had 3 coils go out and two of those were in the first year. Once again my check engine light is on and I'm terrified to drive it due to the issues with the coils. I also bought this car brand new and I can not wait to get rid of it!

2009 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 58,576 mi,
Stopped at light-check engine light went on and car started to shake.

Replaced all 4 coils The dealer knew what the problem was before they even put the car on the computer to be diagnosed because it is such a common problem with this car.

I don't understand why this isn't a recalled item

2009 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 164,000 mi,
I am out of warranty and replacing my 3rd Ignition Coil. I have always paid to have it fixed. They started failing about 2 years after I purchased my car new. I need to look into replacing these myself. The $250. at the shop is not worth it if the part is under $20.00.

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 76,000 mi,
My check engine light came on and my car started to shake real bad and sometimes stall out. I took it to the dealership and they replaced 2 of my coils free of charge. About two to three months later I started having the same problem again so I took it back to the dealership. They replaced the third coil. About a month ago it started back up again and called them and said since its out of warranty I would have to pay for it to be replaced but when I took it in to get the third coil I asked them to just change the fourth one too since I was there and they wouldn't. I have had nothing but problems with this car. I'm so ready to get a new car that isn't a KIA.

2010 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder
replaced on average at least 2 a year since I bought it new in 2010.They are easy to change,However it is BULLS___ that this is happening.WHY ??????????????

2011 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 80,000 mi,
I got this car in 2012 and once a year on the dot I have a problem with the engine coils. Same as all other comments on here - car will have idle and stall problems at red lights, and occasionally my engine shutoff at a red light while this was happening.

My car just had this problem again, in 2017, and now it is in the shop. I am tired of taking my car in for the same problem over and over and over.

We need to get organized and file a lawsuit or something. No car is perfect but this is clearly a widespread defect.

2001 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 21,000 mi,
Same problem with replacing th foils time and time again. Costs out of pocket now that the warranty is finished. My main question is why isn't there a recall if the problem is so common??? There is so little warning between the engine light going on and you feeling like the car will stall.

2010 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 68,000 mi,
Over the past 2 years we have replaced ignition coils 11 times (2 this week alone) Each coil has been replaced at least twice, some have been replaced 3 times. Something is causing these coils to go bad.

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 28,438 mi,
miss on #1 cylinder after warm up, replaced coil

2009 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 90,000 mi,
Misfire from ignition coil. Replaced a few months ago now the problem is happening again.

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 60,000 mi,
The car wouldn't start. When I took it to the dealer they replaced both ignition coils because I was only a few miles over the warranty.

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 31,000 mi,
I have had to change THREE of the engine coils. Luckily it's all under warranty so it costs me nothing but time and aggravation at the dealer. The dealer said that usually all four have be replaced and then it should be fine and it is A fairly common problem with Kia Rios. They also said they usually go out every six-ish months. Which has proven to be true thus far. I will be trading it in far before the warranty runs out.

2010 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 50,000 mi,
Replaced 1 coil pack at 50000 then another went out about 70000. Replaced all 4 now at 109000 they went out again.

2009 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 40,000 mi,
Every couple of months a coil pack fails. OEM or aftermarket, they are all the same. Junk!
The internet, Amazon and Ebay are all flooded with coil pack sellers, so this is a big issue for Kia and Hyundi owners.
And, Kia says nothing!

If it's a heat issue would ventilating or removing the top cover help?

I'll guess I'll carry a box full of coil packs and a cheap Harbor Freight socket set, and just drive it!

2010 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 31,000 mi,
The check engine light went on and was flashing. I had to have it towed. They said both times that 2 of the coils had to be replaced. I have never had a car where the coils were bad. This is not good!

2011 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 48,000 mi,
I purchased this vehicle because I was tired of purchasing used vehicles and having to make repairs all of the time. I have had to have the ignition coils replaced 2 times within the last year. This wouldn't be a bug deal if each coil wasn't $100+ to replace! I do not recommend this vehicle at all.

2008 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 84,000 mi,
I did not have problems with my 2008 Kia Rio 5 coil until I moved to Jacksonville Florida. I maintained the warranty of oil change every 3000 miles and never had trouble. But in the past 3 years 2014 2015 2016 2017 every time I get an oil change at a Kia dealer something goes wrong with the car with in 3-4 days after the oil change. I never had trouble with the coil until a Kia Dealer oil change in 2014 ever since than every time I have a oil change I need a new coil 3-4 days later. Last week April 13 I had an oil change at dealer Murfreesboro Tn (with no prior problems) and now an engine light is on again. I will never buy from a dealer that causes more problems with my car after routine maintenance. These inition coils need to be recalled and customers reimbursed

2011 Kia Rio - 1.5L 4 Cylinder 73,585 mi,
I have had to replace 7 ignition coils and 12 spark plugs to go with these bad coil problems. All in about 2 years of ownership

2009 Kia Rio - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 106,000 mi,
Have had the same problems with the coils....I think I will purchase four and just leave them in the trunk with the tools to switch them out....Takes all of 10 minutes to replace the coils....cost $250 when the dealership does it!