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Wow! I was away for a few weeks and saw this thread. Not in my wildest dream would I think a discussion in this forum would last 12 pages and counting.
Congrats to the 2019 owners. Read much angst on the hardship trying to find the right car. Doesn't look like that would change anytime soon. FYI Jan'19 US nationwide sales came in at a whopping 26 units (for reference 2014-18 annual sales were 1330 | 2524 | 834 |455 | 354; respectively). Trivia: Stinger sales were much better (16806 units in 2018 and 939 units in Jan'19).
The "sleeping gem" and bang-for-buck are what captivate most of us to the K900 to begin with. Unfortunately that's also why dealers have been reluctant to stock them (tying down too much capital and floor plan financing for a slow selling car).
Surprised to hear the Michelin Primacy is noisy; as I've quite a few sets (granted not as wide as the ones used in the K900) and have been very happy w/ them. Tire-rack survey says Primacy is among the quietest grand touring tires. My MY'15 (V8, VIP) currently wears Michelin Pilot Sport, and the only reason I went w/ that is because Michelin does not make Primacy in those sizes.
This next statement is not meant to offend, just my 2 cents: the new K900 definitely has the better interior (and of course feature content by virtue of its newer design) but the older model looks nicer on the outside. The MY'19 just doesn't look that luxurious, despite it being a fantastic car (feature, value, warranty, sleeper quality...).
2 changes would remedy this.
1) Kia should introduce the pano-moonroof coupled with the full glass blacked out roof treatment like the old K900.
2) Make the headlamp design and grille "pop" a bit more. Note I didn't say oversize and grotesque (think Lexus RX), just more sophisticated.
I don't know if either of you got the tire and wheel warranty, but I didn't. At some point, I'd like to replace the Primacy's with something else. It's kind of ironic because for the life of me, I can't actually find Michelin Primacy MXM4's in our sizes anywhere online. TireRack comes back with This tire isn't available in 275/40-19 (Front) & 245/45-19 (Rear). So I even wonder what good a dealer warranty would even be if an exact replacement can't be had for this tire. I'm thinking KIA had Michelin make them exclusively for the K900 and Michelin saw no market to make those sizes in for the MXM4 which is a Grand Touring All Season tire.
If you look at the Ultra High Performance All Season tire, there's 2 contenders that I've researched that tend to have the best reviews for a good balance of wet, dry and snow with minimal road noise:
1. Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
2. Pirelli PZero Plus
The Michelin Pilot Sport AS 3+ gets good mention also but they have a bit more tread growl from what has been reviewed.