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#4557699 - 10/28/17 08:19 PM Hats off to Kia for servicability
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 818
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
I've done the pre-winter maintenance on our vehicles over the past few weekends, and am very impressed with our '09 Kia Sedona.

Likes:

- The cartridge oil filter up top is easy (and not at all messy) to replace.

- The plastic skid plate does not have to be removed to drain the engine oil, ATF, or coolant.

- The tranny has a drain plug in its oil pan.

So far, it's been a good vehicle. (We've only had it since June 2016 though, and it only has 111K km on it now.) It's fairly thirsty (typically turning in 11 l/100 km on the highway [which is about 25 MPG Imperisl or 20 MPG US]) but we don't drive it enough for that to be a big deal.

Ergonomics are well-thought out.

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#4557714 - 10/28/17 08:26 PM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
My Hyundai Santa Fe was the same way... Access port in the Skid Plate, drain plug for the transmission and while it had a spin-on filter I could access it no problem without jacking up the vehicle if I wanted to.
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#4557800 - 10/28/17 09:37 PM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10559
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Agreed. The only Hyundai product I owned was a 2008 Santa Fe AWD. Fluid, lube and filter changes were a breeze. Rear wheel bearings were not so much. Couldn't get at all the hub bolts w/out taking the suspension apart on this vintage.

In regards to the Sedona's fuel economy, we're on our 4th different make/model minivan in a 14yr span. They all got 17-20mpg day to day driving and mid to high 20's on steady, long highway cruises. Even loaded to the gills.


Edited by JTK (10/28/17 09:38 PM)
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#4557845 - 10/28/17 10:07 PM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
boom10ful Offline


Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
The '15 Kia Sorento had access holes/plates on the skid plate. The '16 Kia Sorento that we have now doesn't mad. Nothing a knife couldn't fix though smile.

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#4557922 - 10/28/17 11:37 PM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: boom10ful]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4206
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Originally Posted By: boom10ful
The '15 Kia Sorento had access holes/plates on the skid plate. The '16 Kia Sorento that we have now doesn't mad. Nothing a knife couldn't fix though smile.


I've cut my own access holes in a few different plastic skid plates. LOL
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#4558085 - 10/29/17 07:54 AM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
yugrus Offline


Registered: 04/06/04
Posts: 437
Loc: ON, Canada
I have rust-proofed friend's Sportage the other day, and was impressed with accessibility. Plugs everywhere! Frame, rockers, pillars, etc. Absolutely no need for extra holes for the wand or the trim disassembly.
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#4558238 - 10/29/17 09:58 AM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
TheKracken Offline


Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 515
Loc: Fort Worth TX
I might just have to consider a kia for our next mini van. My wife and I both love our sienna, build quality is amazing.
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#4558250 - 10/29/17 10:10 AM Re: Hats off to Kia for servicability [Re: Number_35]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41759
Loc: New Jersey
Good to hear the cartridge is up top. Never understood why auto makers would take such a perfect that BMW and MB used for decades, which is ultra-clean and ultra-easy, and stick it upside down, under a vehicle...

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