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    Junior Soul popkurn611's Avatar
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    Oil change requirements

    So I took my Soul in for its first oil change at 4,128 miles. When I first bought the car the salesmen said to change the oil every 7500 miles, and also that every other oil change is FREE.

    Well, lets start of by saying that the service manager told me that your oil change is free WHEN you purchase the maintenance service which is required at certain mileage points. So there is a maintenance service at 7500 miles which is I believe 49.99 and then my oil change is free.

    I also looked at the sticker they put in my windshield stating when my next oil change is, which said 7,128 miles...hmmmmm that is only 3,000 miles from my first oil change...thought it was every 7500.

    One more thing, the free oil change, does that have to be done at the time of the purchased maintenance service or is it recorded for whenever I am due for my next oil change?? This is all so confusing!!!

    Can someone list the maintenance services at the required mileage and the cost for me?

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    Best thing to do is look in your manual first. Then ask your service person any other questions. If you follow the book, and want to do it on your own, keep good records and receipts. Your warranty is in full effect. Most dealers make there money on the extra service agreements, and oil changes. I do my own and use the extra money from the service agreements to purchase better oil and filters, and other add on's as I find them. Best of luck.
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    As Bratboy says - follow your service manual. The requirements change from country to country.
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    If you don't do freeway driving EXCLUSIVELY, you need to follow the Severe Maintenance Schedule, 3000 mile oil changes. If you ONLY drive on freeways, then you follow Normal maintenance, 7500 mile oil changes.
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    Lets say the few that qualify for severe driving would be an interpetation that everybody can chime in on ( debate that keeps going and going). If you want to change your oil every 3000 miles, and spend the money, that is your call. This is why I pefer better oils and filters. ( another debate that keeps going and going) This is why a manual was put out for people to follow to keep their warranty in check. Just because your dealer says one thing doesn't mean they are right ( again the manual). Best of luck.
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    Kia requires the use of the Severe Maintenance schedule if any ONE of the following conditions are present.
    -Repeated Short Distance Driving
    -Driving in dusty conditions or sandy areas
    -Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are being used
    -Extensive use of brakes (repeated Mountainous downgrades)
    -Driving on rough or muddy roads
    -Driving in Mountainous areas
    -Extended periods of idling or low speed operation
    -Driving for a prolonged period in cold temperatures and/or extremely humid climates
    -More than 50% driving in heavy city traffic during hot weather above 90 degrees F.
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    Greg, that covers almost everyone.

    It is like Bratboy says this is a debate then goes on and on. The manual says 7500 miles, dealers and oil change centers will usually tell you 3000 miles. Then throw in the debate on what oil to use. Kia recommends just good quality dino oil. Of course others will swear that using synthetic oil is of great benefit. In each case you need to decide what works for you, within warranty constraints.

    With cars I cared about, or was going to keep for a long time, I used quality dino oil, changing every 3000 miles. With my Soul, I changed after the first 1900 miles, to get that first break in oil out of the car, using dino oil. Now I will change in 3000 miles to full synthetic, Mobile 1, and then every 5000 miles using synthetic.

    That's me, I plan on keeping my Soul for a long time, I don't drive more than 10,000 miles a year, often half that. For those, like me, who have a reasonable understanding of oils, and cars, they will do what they think best. For anyone not sure, find someone who you trust and decide based on your set of circumstances, and needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Kia requires the use of the Severe Maintenance schedule if any ONE of the following conditions are present.
    -Repeated Short Distance Driving
    -Driving in dusty conditions or sandy areas
    -Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are being used
    -Extensive use of brakes (repeated Mountainous downgrades)
    -Driving on rough or muddy roads
    -Driving in Mountainous areas
    -Extended periods of idling or low speed operation
    -Driving for a prolonged period in cold temperatures and/or extremely humid climates
    -More than 50% driving in heavy city traffic during hot weather above 90 degrees F.
    Like I said before, this will always be a big debate. Do what you think is right for you. I've drive too many miles and regardless, these are guide lines and only you know what driving you do. If you think you fall into this group, knock your self out. Most people I know will average out all their driving and find a mixture. This is why I recommend a better oil, filters and such. Also these engines are not the engines your daddy had. Even then, my engines and such surpassed the manufacture life expectancy.
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    my dadys motor were as good or better

    Bmw straight six is the bombbb back in 80's the oil change requirements stated. Change once before winter and once in spring or change every 7500 miles depending on type of driving. I have no clue who started the 3000 mile oil changes maybe jiffy lube to make money. I think oil quality is down compared to what we ran in 80's, Gas is garbage now day's. The old oils had a nice virgin smell today's im scared to think where it comes from. Mobil ONE syn it not same product they had back then as well new stuff seems cheaper. There is a video of e30 bmw going million miles using mobil one fun video youtube! 1900 miles is not enough for break in I plan on going 10k miles before switching to any synthetic or semi.
    Last edited by corolla; 10-16-2010 at 03:24 PM.

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    As far a break in time goes before using synthetic oils, and I know this isn't KIA but, Ford Uses Mopar oil (synthetic blend) in there cars, Toyota uses full synthetic, and starting for all 2011 GM vehicles GM and all of its sub-names (Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, ect) will require a synthetic oil that meets the standard of there new oil Dexos.
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