Originally Posted by K9Intender
So does that mean you traded, tomspoon? If so, what did you get?
You are right, oldbiker--not every Kia dealer is certified. To anybody looking to buy a K, I'd advise for sure checking on the dealer situation in your area.
Yes, I did reluctantly trade for a 2019 Kia Sportage SX Turbo in Pacific Blue with Gray Leather interior, w/Panoramic sunroof, Harmon Kardon sound system with NAV and other options. I took a loss over what I paid for the K900 in December 2017, but decided that was worth it to be rid of the frequent no-start situation and other issues, and have a full 10 year power train warranty (since I bought the K900 from a BMW dealer, power train warranty was reduced to 5 years, 60k) as well as the 5 year, 60k bumper to bumper warranty. Interestingly, the K900 did not linger on Kia's lot, it sold in a very short time. I certainly miss the luxury and quiet of my K900, the HUD, ESPECIALLY the rotary head unit control of the sound system, the extremely comfortable seats, etc, etc. But I was able to get a well equipped vehicle with *most* of the same safety equipment. One upside about the Sportage is that the insurance is much less vs the K900, which had gone up more than $200 for the renewal that was coming, even though I only drove it 2k miles in the past year, no tickets, no accidents. Insurance provider explained it was just very expensive vehicle to repair.
One thing that I had not mentioned previously about my K900, I had two wheels that had dings where chrome plating had scraped off, as well as some areas that appeared to have chrome flaking off - an issue supposedly resolved in MY 2016. I also occasionally had the steering wheel oscillation even though the tires had been replaced with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The mold issue was the final blow for me, for the dealer could not explain why moisture was getting in the trunk area and therefore I knew it would continue to happen.
One last thing I want to say about buying a used car - I was so excited to finally find a 2016 K900 with VIP Plus pkg, I bought the car in the rain. Don't EVER do this. I found cat scratches on the hood, lots of little paint chips on the front of the car, and what I thought was water on the front camera lens was actually a cracked lens! I told the Kia dealer upfront about the cracked lens upon the trade in, but when I went in to pick up my license plates for the Sportage, they told me that in order to sell the K900, they had to replace the front camera which cost them $1200! Yikes!!!
I am considering getting a Stinger down the line!