So it’s been a while since I updated this thread because, well, it’s a new car. Not much that can really go wacky, and I live a fairly boring life of “eat, sleep, work”.
I do have a couple things of note.
First off is a tale of two companies.
For those who have been around here a long time, you probably know that in 2015, I picked up a brand new “demo”’ unit Chevy Silverado with 4,000 miles on the odometer. As it was considered new (never registered), it had the full warranty. At about 8000 miles, it started burning oil. Significantly. I took it in to the dealer, they couldn’t find anything wrong (WTF?)… so on I drove it for another couple thousand miles, kept burning oil. Took it in again. they put dye in the system. Took it in another 2000 miles later. “'Yeah, ok. We’ve found it’s burning it internally. Its not leaking. But since it’s not burning it fast enough, we’re not going to fix it under warranty.”
So, GM/Chevrolet, apparently, will not repair an engine under warranty for oil consumption unless it is using 1 quart per 1000 miles. My truck was burning it at 1 quart per 3000 miles. This didn’t seem right, so I protested and raised the question. The response? “All new engines burn oil.”
Uhm… WTF? No, no they don’t. The 2013 Chevy Sonic Turbo I also had burned ZERO oil whatsoever, and it had more than twice the mileage on it. Also I’VE HAD SUBARUS WITH 250,000 MILES THAT USED LESS OIL.
I ended up losing my warranty battle with Chevy, so I ended up ditching it and picking up a 3 year old (at the time) CPO Hyundai Santa Fe. Which, in the 18 months and 13k miles I’ve owned it, has leaked or burned exactly ZERO oil (f*** you very much GM).
How does this relate to my new commuter?
About 2 months ago, the Check Engine Light came on, and the car stopped charging. There was a recall for a battery cutoff switch, so we got that taken care of, but it didn’t resolve the issue. The dealer kept the car (and borrowed my charger for a day to make sure it wasn’t the charger), and came back with:
“Your on-board charge port is bad. It would be $2700 outside of warranty. We’re going to get it fixed. We have to do a little paperwork, because the cost of the part requires authorization from Kia, but that’s just a formality.”
3 days later (with a free rental car the entire time, something Chevy never offered), I have my car back, good as new. Oh, and they installed my accessory window deflectors for free for the inconvenience.
I love Kia. Really I do. This is the only major failure I’ve ever had with one, and they jumped right to fixing it, and made sure I was taken care of in the mean time.
Alright… now that the tale of two companies is out of the way, here’s the other update.
I hit over 150 MPG.
Our 4th tank of fuel took us damn near 3 months to go through. In the end, we had exactly 2000 miles on the tank, and used 12.86 gallons. 155.52 MPG. Hot damn, I’ll take it!
(And then my friend, who has been watching me gloat about this car’s mileage, goes out and picks up a used Volt so he can park his GMC Sierra and commute… and just posted his first full tank after getting used to the car, and gets 250+ MPG. Lol… showoff)