Came across this TSB regarding popping noise on shifting gear on 2010 2L manuals with no cruise control fitted. and reprograming of ECM to fix it on www.kiatechinfo.com and thought it may be of intrest to some Forte forum members.
I purchased my Forte EX 5 speed manual transmission with cruise control
in July 2009. From the get go, I experienced a problem with the shifting from 1-2 mostly, but it also happens from 2-3. No smooth shifting for me. I've always driven stick shift cars, so I know the problem is NOT behind the wheel. I reported the issue to my dealer who told me it was not a transmission problem but rather a computer
problem. Said it might get better with time and with more mileage on (it has about 6000 km now). In January I took it in for a reprogramming and it got WORSE, so I asked that the original programming be put back. Which helped, but the problem is still very much there.
I love my car with all its features and great looks, but my driving experience is very disappointing. I do a lot of city driving so I have to shift all the time. I've read a lot of comments on many forums and the issue was not mentioned that many times. I asked my dealer to replace the computer since it's not ALL the Forte EX five speed manual that have the problem, insisting that it means that if SOME cars don't have the problem, all computers are not identical
, but the mechanic said they don't do that and it wouldn’t fix the problem. I still don't get it but hey, I'm no mechanic, right? So I have owned my car for 7 months now, going on one year, and I'm afraid, since not many owners have the problem, that the company is not getting enough pressure to fix it. I understand that my dealer can do so much and has to wait for the company to find a solution. I'm wondering what I could do to speed things up. Would writing to the company help?
Anyone else has the same problem?