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I have recently purchased Kia Seltos GTX+ 1.4T 7DCT as of Sep'22 and have done under 200 KM only. Facing Transmission Overheating Warning and Transmission Failure in Bumper to Bumper Slow Moving Traffic. The Dealer says I shall not use Automatic Transmission, but Switch to Manual Transmission in Slow Bumper to Bumper Traffic. The Automatic Transmission is the Most required in Slow moving Bumper to Bumper Traffic only and Switching to Manual Transmission at this time is really not acceptable from such a High-end and Reputed International Brand. Any Solution to it....Please help....Thanks!
 

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I have another DCT Vehicle with no issues in similar traffic situation. I asked these specific questions from the sales manager before purchase, but, his answer was as usual...no issues. Kia must resolve these issues if they want to sustain in this highly sensitive and competitive market. Only branding will not serve in long term, they must understand and resolve.
 

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I have another DCT Vehicle with no issues in similar traffic situation. I asked these specific questions from the sales manager before purchase, but, his answer was as usual...no issues. Kia must resolve these issues if they want to sustain in this highly sensitive and competitive market. Only branding will not serve in long term, they must understand and resolve.
Wet or dry clutch though?
What's the other vehicle?
 

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I figured it was probably a VW and I actually thought most (if not all) were wet clutch, but it appears the Vento does use a dry clutch.
They are two totally different designs and manufacture plus the Kia 7-spd dry DCT is known for overheating in heavy stop and go use. TFL took one off-roading and just about burned it out...lol

Repeatedly inching forward without fully engaging the clutch in these rigs will rapidly build up heat, especially in an already hot environment. You can help avoid this issue a bit by allowing leading traffic to pull away a bit before moving forward, to ensure you fully engage the clutch pack. (not just feather it out...which is hard on any clutch). That juddering you feel as you're moving forward slowly is the clutch slipping and not fully engaging...when you are able to give it some throttle and make the clutch pack engage, you aren't creating near as much friction.
 

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In local traffic conditions, it is not possible to pull back and then cover. Seems, Kia DCT has not been designed properly and have basic design issues. If VW can design, Kia can also if they want to remain in business. Ignoring is not the right solution for any brand.
 

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I don't really think they're ignoring, but a resolution would require a complete redesign which no company is going to do for a small overall percentage of complaints...especially when it's not a defect so much as a design shortfall. Probably why they are going to a regular automatic on the '24 MY (from what I hear).

There have been quite a few complaints about how the transmission operates, but it really was more transmission than the price point/target audience was up for in my opinion. In normal driving I love it myself, but if I was going to be in heavy gridlock, I would have definitely opted for the CVT version in this particular case.
 

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I have another DCT Vehicle with no issues in similar traffic situation. I asked these specific questions from the sales manager before purchase, but, his answer was as usual...no issues. Kia must resolve these issues if they want to sustain in this highly sensitive and competitive market. Only branding will not serve in long term, they must understand and resolve.
I believe the new 2023 model transmission DCT has been refined. No more "jerky" movements from 1st to 2nd gear. I've seen this on a YouTube current review. I have a 2021 SX Turbo with the DCT and I'm quite used to it. I've been in a lot of stop and go traffic and never had any problems. Next time I'm in that situation I'll keep an eye on the Transmission temp gauge.
 
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