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Which Cars are Most Likely To Need an Engine Rebuild with Low Miles?

As your car gets older, the likelihood of problems goes up. Continued general maintenance and repairing worn parts is to be expected as a car gets older, but sometimes cars experience catastrophic failures of engine or transmission parts that cost thousands of dollars to repair. As modern cars become more dependable, the risk of major problems is fairly low, but they do happen, and they happen to certain vehicles more than others.

Three problem areas are the most common with certain modern cars. These include the engine, head gasket, and transmission. What's interesting is that these problems often start consistently at a specific age and mileage range.

 Broken Down GMC Sierra/Chevy Silverado

What Causes Engine Failure?

Engine problems are obviously the biggest issue in any vehicle. Depending on the severity of the problem, it might require an engine rebuild kit. There are over a dozen older models (of modern cars) that tend to experience engine problems serious enough to require a rebuild. What kind of problems might require an engine rebuild? Let's take a look:

  • Low compression from worn piston ring
  • Crankshaft failure
    • Connecting rod bearing failure
    • Burning oil
    Blown engine head

    Rebuilding an engine can be costly and time-consuming, which is why repair shops will often go the remanufactured route. Instead of rebuilding, the shop will install a remanufactured engine of the same type in place of the original engine. However, these days, parts shops like Partsology actually sell engine rebuild kits that contain everything you need to rebuild an engine. These kits can even be customized to include exactly what you need and omit what you don't. For head gasket issues, you can get engine gasket kits to fix them.

    Let's take a look at some vehicles known for major engine problems at relatively low mileage.

    2015 Kia Optima

    2014 Kia Optima

    The Kia Optima is a midsize sports sedan with a four-cylinder engine. The Optima is known to have engine burnout problems in the mileage range of 96,000 to 127,000, which is considered pretty low mileage for a modern vehicle to start having serious problems. The Optima’s engine is also used in the Kia Sorento, and a 2014 Kia Optima engine rebuild kit from Partsology also works for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Sorento. The reason for Optima’s severe engine problems is due to machining errors during the manufacturing process. This might cause premature bearing wear, which could cause the engine to seize up.

    2012 - 2013 Kia Sorento

    The Kia Sorento is a small crossover-style SUV with the same four-cylinder engine that’s in the model year of Optima mentioned above. The mileage range where engine problems often appear is between 69,000 and 108,000, which is even lower than the Optima. A 2013 Kia Sorento engine rebuild kit from Partsology is the same for the Optima as well. The Sorento’s engine problems are also exactly the same as the Optima, only that they tend to happen earlier.

    2013 kia Sorento
    2014 Santa Fe Sport

    2012 - 2013/2014 Hyundai Santa Fe/Sport

    The Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport fall into the same category as the vehicles mentioned above. Engine problems tend to happen between 97,000 miles and 118,000 for the Santa Fe, and between 74,000 and 101,000 for the Santa Fe Sport. For the Santa Fe Sport, the 2014 model year is also affected. A 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport engine rebuild kit is available at Partsology as well as all other models mentioned. The reason for the engine problems is engine seizing caused by premature bearing wear.

    2011 - 2014 Hyundai Sonata

    Another vehicle fitting the above parameters is the Hyundai Sonata. The mileage of engine burnout is usually between 72,000 and 142,000. The reason for engine burnout is mechanical debris left in the engine during the manufacturing process. This debris can cause premature bearing wear and engine failure. A 2014 Hyundai Sonata engine rebuild kit from Partsology is the same as the vehicles above and covers 2011 through 2016 model years.

    2014 Sonata
    2012 Subaru Forrester

    2012 Subaru Forester

    The 2012 Subaru Forester is a four-door small crossover, and it was known to develop engine problems between 81,000 miles and 129,000 miles. A number of problems can lead to engine failure in the Forester, including head gasket failure and a leaking camshaft/crankshaft. You can get engine gaskets and a 2012 Subaru Forester engine rebuild kit from Partsology.

    2011 Audi A4

    The 2011 Audi A4 is a luxury four-door sedan that typically develops serious engine problems between 62,000 and 82,000 miles. Oil leaks from the camshaft chain tensioner and valve cover gaskets, and the engine tends to burn oil, which causes a risk of engine burnout due to not having enough oil. A 2011 Audi A4 engine rebuild kit may be necessary to keep your A4 on the road if these problems start piling up.

    2011 Audi A4
    2011 Chevy Equinox

    2011 - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

    The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers are essentially the same vehicles, and both start experiencing engine problems between 86,000 and 124,000 miles. Like the A4, these two vehicles often experience excessive oil consumption, which can lead to a situation where there’s not enough oil to keep the engine from burning out. A 2011 Chevrolet Equinox engine rebuild kit may be necessary before 150,000 miles.

    2015 Ford Mustang

    The engine issues on the 2015 Ford Mustang were on the four-cylinder engine, and they typically happen between 76,000 and 85,000 miles, which is appallingly low for such a new vehicle. The 2.3-liter four-cylinder in this year of Mustang was actually recalled due to excessive heat building up underneath the car from the turbocharger. A 2015 Ford Mustang engine rebuild kit might be necessary well before it reaches 100,000 miles.

     2015 Mustang
    2013 BMW X3

    2013 BMW X3

    The 2013 BMW X3 crossover is another vehicle that may develop engine problems before the 100,000-mile mark. The problematic range is between 83,000 and 93,000 miles. Catastrophic engine failure is quite common in these vehicles, leading them to have the worst possible score on Car Complaints. The average mileage for failure was reported at 91,000. The failure was also bad enough to require a rebuild or replacement. Timing belt failure and oil pump failure have been blamed for this engine’s burnout. You can get a 2013 BMW X3 engine gasket set at Partsology if your X3 runs into this issue.

    2015 Volvo XC60

    Finally, we have the 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover. It too experiences engine failure at a very early mark--between 60,000 and 86,000 miles. Although, some customer complaints show that serious issues can show up as early as 20,000 miles. Fuel pump failure is common with this vehicle as well as coolant leaking into the transmission. If you need a 2015 Volvo XC60 engine rebuild kit, Partsology has you covered.

    2015 Volvo XC60

    Partsology is a unique online parts store where we understand that you want your car problems dealt with fast. That’s why we have everything on our site delivered the next day when you order by 3 PM. Don’t wait for a week to get your engine rebuild kit, come to Partsology and get it the next day!


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