2015 Kia K900 Long-Term Road Test - Maintenance

2015 Kia K900 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Kia K900: Down a Quart After 2,000 Miles

July 9, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: Service Includes Wrong, Random Tire Pressure

June 9, 2015

2015 Kia K900

Recently our dear leader finally figured out the right tire pressures for our 2015 Kia K900. Although the car calls for 31 psi all around, he determined through some tinkering that 33 psi front/35 psi rear felt better. Then we took it to the dealer for service.

The tire pressure they chose was surprising (unless you looked at the photo above, in which case it won't be surprising at all).

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2015 Kia K900: A Little Late to the 15,000-Mile Service

June 5, 2015

2015 Kia K900

A road trip to San Francisco and the search for a future long-term vehicle pushed our 2015 Kia K900 slightly over 16,000 miles. According to the service intervals outlined in the manual and the K900's onboard distance-based maintenance minder, we were due for service at 15,900 miles.

We had good experiences with Kia of Cerritos servicing our 2014 Kia Cadenza, so we returned with the K900. I used the dealership's website to schedule an appointment on a Thursday at 10:30 am.

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2015 Kia K900: Better Tire Pressures

May 22, 2015

2015 Kia K900

I've been playing with the tire pressures on our long-term 2015 Kia K900 and I think I found a sweet spot.

Believe it or not, factory spec is a comically low 31 psi (cold) in all four Hankooks. It feels like it. Every time I drive the car I think it feels like the tires are low. So I check, only to find out they're exactly at the factory spec of 31 psi. After 10 months and nearly 15,000 miles, I decided to do something about it. I decided to try some higher pressures to see if the car felt better to me.

It does.

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2015 Kia K900: Best Fix for Chrome Wheel Rash

April 24, 2015

2015 Kia K900

After nearly 15,000 miles of threading our 2015 Kia K900 through L.A traffic and stretching it out over the occasional road trip, the luxury sedan's bright, shiny chrome wheels have taken a few hits.

I noticed this 3-inch scrape on the right rear wheel while fueling up. Ouch.

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2015 Kia K900: Which Service Interval to Follow?

April 23, 2015

2015 Kia K900

In January, Dan Edmunds took our long-term 2015 Kia K900 to the local Kia service center for its first regular maintenance visit. Dan also pointed out the benefit of the K900's three-year/37,500-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance program.

While driving the K900 this morning, I noticed the dealer maintenance sticker in the corner of the windshield, stating service due at 13,335 miles. Our K900 was already at 13,663 miles.

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2015 Kia K900: Post Road-Trip Service Visit

January 23, 2015

2015 Kia K900

The countdown began on the northbound leg of our Oregon holiday trip in the 2015 Kia K900 sedan. We were just approaching our first overnight stop at Harris Ranch when a prominent Service Required message flashed its first warning indicating 1,000 miles to go.

More than 1,000 miles would pass before we got back home, so we'd be a little tardy. But at least they would be easy cruising miles, I told myself.

Monday morning saw me first in line at my local Kia/Suzuki/Isuzu service center. The service writer had never seen a K900 before, and indeed the sales lot was thick with lower-price fare that consisted mainly of Optimas and Souls.

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2015 Kia K900: Windshield Washer Fluid

January 2, 2015

2015 Kia K900

A new light illuminated this morning on the 2015 Kia K900's instrument cluster, indicating the big sedan was in need of windshield washer fluid.

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