Kia Offers Full Respray For Defective Sunset Yellow Stingers

The Sunset Yellow option offered on the Kia Stinger may look nice but the South Korean automaker has announced a stop-sale on all examples painted this color.

Speaking to Car Advice, Kia Australia chief operation officer Damien Meredith confirmed that the Sunset Yellow paint features an oil that causes long-term durability problems, making the paint prone to chips and cracks. The issue reportedly impacts how well the paint adheres to the primer.

According to Meredith, the 50 plus owners of Sunset Yellow Kia Stingers in Australia will be offered total resprays.

Not often does a company offer to respray your car for free!

“We’ve contacted all of the owners. There was an issue in regards to an oil residue in the yellow which could possibly crack more when hit by a stone chip, et cetera, et cetera, so we’ve moved very, very quickly.

“As of today, we’ve contacted all of the customers apart from 15 I believe that we haven’t been able to get a hold of at this point in time, and we’ve offered them to respray the car and give that paint a lifetime guarantee,” Meredith said.

Responding to further questions, Meredith confirmed that the issue is affecting Stingers around the world, saying that complete vehicle resprays will be covered under the sports sedan’s global warranty.

While it’s unlikely all owners of Sunset Yellow Kia Stingers will go ahead with the respray, the fix will inevitably cost the company millions of dollars. In fact, a full respray with a lifetime guarantee can easily cost more than $10,000.

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  • Mr. Crankypants

    So where do these cars get resprayed -the local MAACO?

  • G82FS

    Solid move for them to step up and offer a fix so quickly.

    • TrevP

      and offer a lifetime guarantee. That’s awesome.

  • john1168

    I’m glad KIA is stepping up to the plate and taking care of this BUT I’ve read ceramic silver and micro blue are having the same problems. What are they doing for those customers? I’ve also read that the paint on the Stingers is VERY thin and easily susceptible to scratches and halos.

    I was seriously considering purchasing an AWD GT2 but the lack of available exterior/interior color combos as well as missing options that are available everywhere else in the world and the quality control issues like this paint issue in addition to warped brake rotor issues, subwoofers that don’t work, rear hatches that squeak and rattle after a couple of months (there’s now a recall on the hatch), gremlins in the balance/fader with the stereo, seat bolsters that wear out prematurely and cracks and paint chips where the headlights meet the front bumper because the area flexes while driving. These are issues that I believe are easily correctable and I hope they are addressed with the 2019 MY. But until these issues are addressed, I’m not paying $53,000 for a KIA with these issues.

  • DailyDose

    What the rest of us poor people? I bought a white Kia SOUL ! and the paint started chipping off the next. Since then, several chips… On the back of all places. But because I’m broke and don’t have the money to do anything about it, I guess I and the rest like me will be ignored.


  • Salih Ahzem

    Good ol’ “Never buy the first model year” advice still holds true I guess…

    • KSegg

      Not just that, never buy a Pre-facelift model year, and always go Facelifted version.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    OMG. Take a halfway decent vehicle and dress it up in school bus yellow? This think looks beyond dreadful. But perfect for busy dads that take all the kidlins to school on his way to work.

    • Craig

      This bright school bus yellow has never been one of my favourite colours for a car either. It looks good at a car show but in real life? No thanks!

  • Craig

    Good for them. THAT’S how you build a great reputation. [And I’m being dead serious] As the story goes… when the Lexus LS400 first came out – a few of them were found to have a faulty electric rear window defroster. For each LS with this problem – a Lexus mechanic picked up the owner’s LS from their home – leaving behind an ES to use in the meantime – and took the LS back to the shop to fix the problem. I remember people literally going, ‘Wow!” [Mostly Mercedes and BMW owners – I’m sure!] I wonder if Lexus would have gone so far as to respray the entire car?! [They probably would have – THEN!]

  • KSegg

    Rather have another car. Respray is LOL for a brand new car.

    And can Kia PLEASE get a new logo. Their cars are getting much better, but their logo is still reminiscent of their shitbox days.

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