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  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053

    @explorerx4 said: Haven't driven my Fusion this week. I'm bringing in for oil change/tire rotation on Saturday. No way to wash it this week, was 2 degrees this morning, so I'm trying bring it in only semi dirty.

    A man after my own heart! When I dug out my Optima she was still clean and tires still shining from Armor-All Tire Foam, (which I recommend). It is so cold that nothing has melted, so my car is still pretty clean. SInce I live in a second floor condo, I usually go over to my moms to wash it.

    I used a local brush-less car wash about a week ago, but my wheels, tires, and wheel-wells still had dirt and brake dust all over them afterward. I politely talked to the manager about it, and he said that I would have to pay for the "super wash" ($18) if I wanted my wheels treated. WHAT??? I just want them clean. I will treat them myself. As far as I know, wheels are connected to the car, and I just want them washed!! Ugggh.

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452

    @cski. I only use the brushless if I'm not going to wash it myself. It doesn't do a good job cleaning the wheels, but I do it mostly to wash off the underneath and the wheel wells.

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452
    edited January 25

    It was supposed to be a simple oil change/tire rotation.

    I got there a few minutes early for my appointment. The SA said they were backed up and it would take a bit longer than usual, but I made the appointment with that in mind, so it wasn't a big deal. SA came to get me from the customer lounge and says service is done, but there is a problem. Brings me over to the car and the back bumper is damaged from backing into something. How you do that with reverse sensors and a wide angle rear view camera is beyond me. We will work next week on getting it fixed. At least they owned up to it. Then, I noticed they put he wrong oil in the car, so I waited while they changed it again. It looks like the just overwrote the 2 in 5w20 on the reminder sticker with a 3. Not feeling too confident. When I got home, I decided I should check the oil life indicator and of course it was not reset. After the car cooled off, I checked the tire pressures. I had set them all last weekend.The front 2 were over inflated and the other 2 were each a different pressure. It just keeps on getting better and better.

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,623

    explorerx4: Yikes, what a nightmare. Was that at a Ford dealership? Best wishes for this to somehow be resolved in a good way.

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452

    @benjaminh said: explorerx4: Yikes, what a nightmare. Was that at a Ford dealership? Best wishes for this to somehow be resolved in a good way.

    Yes, it was at a Ford dealer. I have cars serviced at 3 other Ford dealers and everything goes smoothly. It was my 3rd visit to this dealer and each one has had some kind of issue.

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,623

    wowza. Worth a drive to avoid that place!

  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053

    I bet it is the dealer that is closest/most convenient too. Don't go back there, and make sure to write it up on Yelp so others can avoid the same hassles. I had problems at my Kia dealer too, but only when asked to go beyond oil and filter change. Your dealer didn't even get the basics right and crashed your car as a bonus??? Oh sh**.

    I still check the oil before I leave the dealer (to make sure they remembered to refill it) and then I check it again the next morning to make sure they didn't cross-thread the filter or forgot to put the oil plug back in. Also, I am familiar with the towel-off-the-caps method of "topping off" or "checking" your fluids.

    Following up costs me nothing, especially after a Mobil station cross-threaded the filter in my '92 Saturn causing it to run out of oil downtown in DC, where there are zero gas stations. Nice. :s

  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053

    Anyone else have recent dealer issues on their mid-size?

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,623

    I bought our two Hondas at two different dealers in Louisville. One of them is huge, and the other is pretty small in comparison. But so far they've both offered very good service at fairly good prices. They always as for me to rate them highly with Honda, which I do because everything has been good. But it seems like Honda is breathing down their necks a bit!

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,623

    according to Auto News, Hyundai dealers are asking for added help to get rid of their 2013 models. Could be some great deals out there on the Sonata....

    Hyundai dealers seek incentives to sell off 2013 models

    Ryan Beene Automotive News January 27, 2014 - 4:12 pm ET NEW ORLEANS -- Hyundai's U.S. dealers are hungry for additional incentive support to clear out leftover 2013 inventory as the brand seeks to recover U.S. market share.

    Despite being generally positive, with applause often punctuating Hyundai's nearly two-hour make meeting here at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention, dealers voiced concerns about excess 2013 model year inventories, and some asked the factory for extra incentives to clear out outdated models....

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  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053

    What about over at Kia? Is there a similar glut of 2013 models Ben?

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587

    already seeing cheap leases on Sonata and Elantra GLS. if they get crazy to blow out '13s next month, certainly worth taking a look at.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053
    edited January 28

    Kia's new flagship is to be called the K900. In their home market it is simply the K-9. Not sure I see the genius in essentially calling the car a dog! I guess someone in marketing seems to have serious cojones. It sure is a nice looking sedan; powered by the 3.8 liter V6 or the TAU 5.0 liter V8. 2 pictures are attached.

    Back to the Optima,. I Just got back from a 75 mile trip. Got 33 MPG! That is an all time high. I guess my car likes the 16 degree air.

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,545

    K-9? Maybe that why the grille is shaped like a dog biscuit. :)

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,712
    edited January 28

    @ab348 said: K-9? Maybe that why the grille is shaped like a dog biscuit. :)

    ROFLMAO. That was great. The grill on Kia's has always been my negative view. Looks like a meth user's smile.

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  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,023


    Optima 's k-9 will compete with Hyundai's new redesign 2015 Genesis. I bought my 2013 Genesis, R-Spec sedan 5.0 in Nov, with 430 hp and 0-60 in 4.2 sec. This car is so fast its scary. On the highway from 30 to 100 in seconds.. I bought a 2013 model cause i did not like the new look of the 2015 model comming this spring. If you check out the Detroit Auto show they have a 30 min presentation by hyundai on this new redesign 2015 Genesis on sale in spring time at dealerships.. The list of standard/ tech features are very impressive for 45k. Lane departure system, CO2 sensors, heads up display on dash, pw train modes from, Auto to Sport to Eco to Awd system, New underbody structure, Senserory Surround braking system with fog and rain detection. 1100 watt 18 speaker with amp lexicon radio w, 7.1 surround system.. and the list goes on.

    I have the 1000 watt 17 speaker 7.1 surround in my 2013 and it is by far one of the best radio's i have had in any high end vehicle.. The Bang olufsen system is a close comparison to this if you had a Audi or Bmw or lexus with mark levinson system..

    What impressed me the most in this 2015 model was the new braking system with laser camera's front back and sides that will auto brake vehicle if the system detects on comming vehicle to close or a crash.. This system alerts when vehicles are comming from behind very fast next to you.. Great feature especially at night with the rain and fog..

    Hyundai Genesis may be back on top in the 40 to 50k segment. lotta bang for your buck here..

    The big question is??????..................... Are folks going to buy a 45k Hyundia.

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053
    edited January 28


    @ab348 said: K-9? Maybe that why the grille is shaped like a dog biscuit. :)

    God, I didn't see that until you pointed it out. LOL. Right away I didn't care for the Cadenza grill at all, and even though this one is done much better than the Cadenza, it does indeed look like the K-9 has a bone in it's mouth. OMG. It is the worst part of the Cadenza hands down.

    Still, it doesn't bother me as much as the over $120,000 S-Class "clown wheel". Yes, I am going to attach it again...

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111


    "Are folks going to buy a 45k Hyundai?"

    Yes, as long as it had $15K worth of incentives plus 0% financing:) Oh, and a V8 would be a requirement:)

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • brian125brian125 New york / S.C. myrtle beachPosts: 2,023
    edited January 28

    The s class clown wheel would look even beter inside the Acura tl. The back of the Acura looks like a big smiley face..

    Consumer reports had the best line on that model.. looks like this Acura got hit with the big ugly stick............. Thank god they redesigned it.

    2013 Genesis 5.0 R-spec, 2013 Accord EXL V-6, 2012 BMW x-5, 2012 ML350

  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,053

    The back of the TL looks like Ultra-mans head. Especially the 1997 2.2 TL (thinly-disguised Accord)

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