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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Angry 2019 Kona Nightmare

Hi there,

I am new and really unsure where to go but....

I have a 2019 limited Kona, bought it before the cover was taken off of the outside paint. I drive a lot for work so I get a new car every 3-4 years to avoid major repairs. That being said, I was excited for this car. Flash forward to 9500 miles and 4 months into ownership and my engine light comes on. There was a misfire, I checked the codes with Bluelink and was told to not drive it far and bring it in. I didn't have the car all day but it seemed to be fine when i picked it up after they informed me they changed out the coils. 1 month later and here we are with the same engine light back on showing the same codes, out of a vehicle for 2 days (had to argue for a rental . . .) and I was told that it was most likely triggered due to the blend change in fuel. This is a first i have ever heard of that nonsense. Got the car back showing they reset the computer, and drove it for testing approximately 17 miles.

Willing to bet money it happens again and this is going to go to lemon law. has anyone had this issue? I made sure to buy a car not made on a Monday and only use premium gas of course.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 03:27 PM
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Hi there,

I am new and really unsure where to go but....

I have a 2019 limited Kona, bought it before the cover was taken off of the outside paint. I drive a lot for work so I get a new car every 3-4 years to avoid major repairs. That being said, I was excited for this car. Flash forward to 9500 miles and 4 months into ownership and my engine light comes on. There was a misfire, I checked the codes with Bluelink and was told to not drive it far and bring it in. I didn't have the car all day but it seemed to be fine when i picked it up after they informed me they changed out the coils. 1 month later and here we are with the same engine light back on showing the same codes, out of a vehicle for 2 days (had to argue for a rental . . .) and I was told that it was most likely triggered due to the blend change in fuel. This is a first i have ever heard of that nonsense. Got the car back showing they reset the computer, and drove it for testing approximately 17 miles.

Willing to bet money it happens again and this is going to go to lemon law. has anyone had this issue? I made sure to buy a car not made on a Monday and only use premium gas of course.
That sucks on a new car. You can stop using premium gas, your Kona is not designed to get any additional mileage per gallon or performance from it, your just wasting money every time you fill up. The blends of gas do change this time of year, what part of the country do you live in? How's your oil condition?

Our Limited has been perfect, but we drive a whole lot less than you do. Good luck with it!
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As long as the octane is at or above the minimum required it should have no problems.

I don’t know who told you this but it sounds like nonsense to me. Might want to try a different service department. Did you Google this complaint to see if anyone else has had this problem?
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Sounds like your dealer is playing you for an idiot. No way this sounds like a fuel related issue. I'd be mad as heck if they told me that. Maybe take it to a different Hyundai dealer?
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That sucks on a new car. You can stop using premium gas, your Kona is not designed to get any additional mileage per gallon or performance from it, your just wasting money every time you fill up. The blends of gas do change this time of year, what part of the country do you live in? How's your oil condition?

Our Limited has been perfect, but we drive a whole lot less than you do. Good luck with it!

No, not for me. I get detonation on 10% of a 10 of a full geared run if I use 87 octane. It can get just a hint of it with 89 octane and none with 93 octane. I have a knack in hearing detonation though. I also have concluded I had a bad LSPI event looking back now very early on when new when I was running 87 octane. The minimum octane my turbo Kona will every see is 89 octane and that would be done mostly in winter. I do 1/2 tanks of 89 octane after a 93 tankful and the hottest part of the summer it only gets 91/93 octane. My car goes again. With all my evidence I have seen with my car, I disagree with 87 octane in my car and would push it up at least to midgrade as I have for ME. And I have run LSPI speced oil since day one.



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When I read the 2019 manual,the 2.0 has hydraulic lifters and do not need to be adjusted.

Not so for the 1.6 Turbo. I would look to having the valves adjusted

It's on page 7-13 of the 2019 Owners Manual

Valve clearance *3 Inspect every 60,000 miles or 72 months

*3 : Inspect for excessive valve noise and/or engine vibration and adjust if necessary. Have an authorized HYUNDAI dealer perform the operation.

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When I read the 2019 manual,the 2.0 has hydraulic lifters and do not need to be adjusted.

Not so for the 1.6 Turbo. I would look to having the valves adjusted

It's on page 7-13 of the 2019 Owners Manual

Valve clearance *3 Inspect every 60,000 miles or 72 months

*3 : Inspect for excessive valve noise and/or engine vibration and adjust if necessary. Have an authorized HYUNDAI dealer perform the operation.
They are still hydraulic lifters on the 1.6T Hydraulic lifters can require adjustment , which is why they say to inspect and adjust if necessary.
We would have a higher rev range if they used solid lifters.. and more noise too..
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Try another dealer.. sounds like they don’t know and want you to go away..
This car doesn’t take advantage of premium fuel.. It’s designed for regular and premium is NOT necessary..
I would be using premium all day long if the ECU would advance timing and take advantage of it.. but that’s not the case with the kona..

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Hi there,

I am new and really unsure where to go but....

I have a 2019 limited Kona, bought it before the cover was taken off of the outside paint. I drive a lot for work so I get a new car every 3-4 years to avoid major repairs. That being said, I was excited for this car. Flash forward to 9500 miles and 4 months into ownership and my engine light comes on. There was a misfire, I checked the codes with Bluelink and was told to not drive it far and bring it in. I didn't have the car all day but it seemed to be fine when i picked it up after they informed me they changed out the coils. 1 month later and here we are with the same engine light back on showing the same codes, out of a vehicle for 2 days (had to argue for a rental . . .) and I was told that it was most likely triggered due to the blend change in fuel. This is a first i have ever heard of that nonsense. Got the car back showing they reset the computer, and drove it for testing approximately 17 miles.

Willing to bet money it happens again and this is going to go to lemon law. has anyone had this issue? I made sure to buy a car not made on a Monday and only use premium gas of course.
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Hi there,

I am new and really unsure where to go but....

I have a 2019 limited Kona, bought it before the cover was taken off of the outside paint. I drive a lot for work so I get a new car every 3-4 years to avoid major repairs. That being said, I was excited for this car. Flash forward to 9500 miles and 4 months into ownership and my engine light comes on. There was a misfire, I checked the codes with Bluelink and was told to not drive it far and bring it in. I didn't have the car all day but it seemed to be fine when i picked it up after they informed me they changed out the coils. 1 month later and here we are with the same engine light back on showing the same codes, out of a vehicle for 2 days (had to argue for a rental . . .) and I was told that it was most likely triggered due to the blend change in fuel. This is a first i have ever heard of that nonsense. Got the car back showing they reset the computer, and drove it for testing approximately 17 miles.

Willing to bet money it happens again and this is going to go to lemon law. has anyone had this issue? I made sure to buy a car not made on a Monday and only use premium gas of course.
Instead of guessing, what code are you getting. There isn't a code for an Ignition coil, there are misfire codes, such as p0300/301/302/303/304. Misfire codes are usually straight forward to diagnose and fix. However, the codes are "effects", not the "cause" of the issues, this is where troubleshooting comes into action. A p0301 for instance, a misfire on cylinder 1, could be a bad spark plug, ignition coil, valve cover tube seal leaking oil, leaking valve stem seal, vacuum leak effecting that cylinder, leaking fuel injector, damaged or defective cam or crank sensor, even a bad ground to ignition coil, and or cam/crank hall effect sensors. So there is alot of options. So, what code/s are you getting?

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Wow! that is not good news. I was planning to check the 2019 Kona out, but I may think twice before buying. Man! I like the 2019 Hyundai Kona, now I heard about that I hope it just a rare occurrence. Maybe I will get the 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Hydrid.
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