Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: East TN Sevier County is Near Knoxville
QUOTE --- I spoke directly with Kia Motors regarding my situation and they stand by their vehicle saying it is normal and the only problem is I am not driving it enough to keep the battery charged. I would not like others to find themselves in my unfortunate situation. Please be mindful before making a purchase. ---- QUOTE
Seems KIA Motors told him that ( I assume Customer Service ) and not the Dealer (as one poster suggested)?
Our NIRO has sat for a day (maybe two) a time or two. So far no problem starting. I have noticed sometimes the engine (gas) starts at the time I start the car, other times it backs out of the garage and either runs down the street on EV or engine starts. PS: Like another poster said, the battery charge indicator for the Hybrid Battery stays around 50%
Yesterday for instance, I was suspicious in that engine (gas) started and kept running for a couple miles. I say that but a little confused about exactly what was going on.
What I did notice is that when I let off the gas as I usually do at different spots to let it go on EV (the Gas mileage indicator stopped between 50 and 75% several times). Usually it always goes to 75 MPG when I let off the gas and sort of coast. It did finally settle out and acted normal (went to 75 MPG when I let off the gas coasting) the rest of my trip (say 30 mile RT).
So, perhaps there was something funny then -- the Battery charge was showing as usual 50% range (+/-) during all that time.
Hard to say what is normal and not, but IT IS UNSATISFACTORY to think you need to drive a car every single day. My 2005 Dodge Van sets for week at a time and no problem.
I assume you are talking the 12v part of the battery. I don't understand how that works, is it taken off the Hybrid Battery???? I assume it is cause there is not a visible separate battery. Then the Hybrid stays at 50% +/- whey would the 12 v be down?
They have the Dead Battery Button in hopes that will get it started. Per the book, you can jump the battery (terminals in the fuse box).
Maybe put a volt meter on it and see what it is doing when sitting over a day????
Last edited by PAULRIDES; 03-15-2017 at 10:08 AM.