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

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 50,409 (13,600–100,000)
4 model years affected: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
18 people reported this problem
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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
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...
Shifter was a little difficult at times to get into gear. Now at 74000 miles, shifter is really difficult to get into gear.
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....
My 2013 kia soul will not shift smoothly. There are times when it will not go into a gear with out a struggle.
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.
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....
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.