2015 Kia K900: Down a Quart After 2,000 Miles
July 9, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Kia K900 received its second, and most recent, service at 16,000 miles. The 15,000-mile scheduled service consisted of an oil change and tire rotation, cabin air filter replacement and a more comprehensive series of inspections than the first service.
That was only 2,000 miles ago. So I was surprised when I checked the Kia's oil level and found it was a quart low.
Having just returned from a road trip from L.A. to Phoenix and back in the K900, I was gassing up at my local 76 station when I decided to yank its dipstick and see what was what.
The big V8 was a quart low, so I walked into the station's store hoping they would have a quart of the 5W-20 oil that Kia recommends. They did. Castrol. I dropped it on the counter and pulled out my cash. The clerk banged a few keys on the register.
"That'll be $8.50," he said.
"$8.50," he repeated.
I couldn't believe it: $8.50 for a quart of conventional oil. I told him to forget it, put it back on the shelf, and drove across the street to the Shell station. In that convenience store they also had a quart of Shell's own 5W-20. I asked the clerk, "How much is this?"
"$3.89," he shot back.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 17,802 miles