Kia Sorts Out Stinger Paint Issue, Offers Other Stingers for Owners Who Can't Be Bothered

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
kia sorts out stinger paint issue offers other stingers for owners who cant be

We told you recently about an odd issue Kia’s having with a select group of rear-drive Stinger sports sedans. It seems those painted in eye-catching Sunset Yellow have a tendency to flake and peel — like a Canadian at the beach. In short, the paint won’t stay on, and Kia traced the source back to some oil residue that made its way into the vibrant coating sprayed on a small number of Stingers.

In the U.S., just 400 special edition Sunset Yellow Stingers found buyers, making the issue quite limited in scope, but nonetheless troubling. Buyers won’t be happy once the sedan starts shedding its skin. Luckily, Kia has a plan.

According to Motor Authority, owners won’t have to put up with chipping and cracking on their hood, doors, A-pillars, and trunklid.

Kia worked out a solution that involves arranging a repainting job through the dealer, with the respray (of likely-to-be-affected areas) in keeping with Kia’s guidelines. Going this route nets you a temporary loaner from Kia, plus a $5,000 “financial goodwill gesture” to turn frowns upside down. Note: you can’t select a new color.

But maybe the experience soured you. Can’t trust yellow paint anymore? Too sunny? Kia’s got other options waiting. Should an owner prefer to forego a respray, the automaker will purchase the car back, or flip the owner into an equivalent Stinger model. You’ll still have a Stinger, just one that won’t make like Big Bird after the bombs fall.

The only stipulation here is that it’s time sensitive. Kia began mailing out notices to affected Stinger owners in July, with those drivers given 30 days to respond if they’re thinking of going the car replacement route. The automaker’s goodwill on that front dries up December 1st of this year.

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  • 7402 7402 on Aug 04, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz is repainting cars in Mars Red as well, though they aren't going public about it. No sign they will exchange your E-series coupe or convertible for a new one though. Kudos to Kia for going the extra mile on this.

  • Lon888 Lon888 on Aug 07, 2018

    Ditching shades of gray for a "real color" is so refreshing. Gosh I'm tired of all cars being black, silver or white.

  • Allamericanred Interesting that as a car design nut that hates most American Suv designs that I think it is a pretty good design that stands apart but is not odd. The color really impacts how it looks to me. Some just do not work
  • NormSV650 I had a 2014 Vsport back in the day. It have a quiver feeling over some bumps in turns. Currently have a 2018 CT6 it is very solid and a great driver's car for the size.
  • NormSV650 I had a 2014 Vsport back in the day. It have a quiver feeling over some bumps in turns. Currently have a 2018 CT6 it is very solid and a great driver's car for the size.
  • MaintenanceCosts I saw my first IS500 out in the wild today (a dark-grey-on-black example) and it struck me that it was much more AMG-like than this product. (Great-looking and -sounding car.)
  • ToolGuy https://youtu.be/Jd0io1zktqI
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