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In the middle of February I bought myself a new Picanto 1.1 LX, and thoroughly enjoyed it. At some point between then and now it started losing power, but this has been a gradual thing and I can't actually say when it started. The first time I was really aware of it was a month or so back on the motorway - from 70 I dropped to 50 when the road took a slight upturn.

On the flat it was merely sluggish, but up even a slight incline I would have to change into lower and lower gears, at one point needing first gear to get up a 1:10 slope! There were no warning lights on, and I checked all the fluid levels. Everything seemed okay, though when it was about a month old I did notice the engine sounding a little odd, but I think that passed.

Anyway, I took it back to the dealership and they said they'd check it, though wear-and-tear wasn't covered under the warranty. My response was that wear and tear breaking a car within four months is indicative of something being wrong anyway, and they took the car to look it over. That was two weeks ago. I had an update after a week that the mechanic had checked everything mechanical and was starting on the electronics, and then another a few days later that he was baffled and waiting on a call back from Kia themselves, but still nothing.

I found references here to Sportages having the same problem, and a suggestion that it was caused by a clogged catalytic converter, and passed that on, but does anyone else here have something else to suggest?
 

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i also have the same issues..... but its random, somethings its back to normal and eager to go...

I suspect it could be due to climatic condition as Asia is hot... also i am suspectign i could be the petrol, i am using Shell .....

any pointers guys ?
ps/ i have also change just my spark plugs ....didnt help wif the random problem of engine slugglishness.....
 

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Ask them to check for play at the crank (cambelt pulley) pulley, some have an underspec pully which rotates on the crank and alters the timing, loosing power.
It's a small but known problem.
 

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Cheers. I've passed that on, but since they gave me the loan car it feels as though mine has become a low priority for them.
 

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Hi LabRatt,

that would be reason enough for me not to enjoy my car anymore. So don't be put off by the dealer's response. Such a decrease in performance must be covered by the warranty.

To my knowledge, KIA out-sources repairs to independant garages in most countries. Quite often these people don't have a clue, I'm afraid. Whereas a Volkswagen garage in my country would make you feel welcome at any cost, my KIA mechanics usually make me feel completely abandoned.

As in: "You have a problem, we don't."

I guess that's the price we pay for driving a definite low cost vehicle. The mechanics and service are real low cost, too. Therefore: Fight for your rights.
 
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