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I can't say that's been the case for me. My K900 has been in the shop for almost a month now because of an interior rattle they are trying to solve. A field tech has come out and torn most of the dash apart, which I fear will actually be very bad when it is put all back together. They may cure one rattle, but create 5 new ones. It's taken so long because a part they want to replace has been on backorder.
Next, on the steering wheel, the track advance switch (the left one) has developed a weird smooshy feeling in. It happened one morning after the car sat outside in cold temperatures. It stuck a little bit and then broke free and has been soft and weird feeling ever since.
My car has a rough 1-2 upshift when cold, it is less pronounced but still present when hot. There's also a weird throttle delay. When driving at speed with your foot off the gas and then you slowly press the throttle to accelerate, I feel two "jerks" in the car. One feels like the injectors coming back on and then the second, about 1/4 - 1/2 second later, is the car responding to the throttle input. No other car I have owned recently had this problem. I believe related to this delay is a similar problem at idle. When the engine is at operating temperature, in park at idle, foot off gas. If you slowly apply throttle pressure, I can see the engine RPMs jump from idle (about 650 RPM) to about 1000 RPM, with no smooth increase; it just goes from 650 to 1000 without anything in between.
Lastly, I still have a steering wheel shimmy/vibration that happens on smooth roads between 65-75MPH. Dealer has balanced the tires, but still no fix. I wrote an actual letter to top Kia management back in late January about this issue and never received a response. I eventually wrote an email to another person and they put me through to an escalation specialist, however that person has been a bit of a flake and unresponsive. It is clear that Kia doesn't have a customer focus, especially for someone who has bought their most expensive car. If their management won't respond to a customer's written letter, that's very telling of how they run the company in my opinion.
So, I think Kia still has work to do on this car. I don't see myself keeping it in the long run -- probably no more than 2-3 years. At this point, unless something substantial changes, Kia and by extension Hyundai, are off my list of car manufacturers to look at next time I am in the market.
Sorry man sound like you got the bad one apple of the bunch. It took a few days but I found my dash rattle was the sunglasses holder. Sunglasses were just rattling about in the holder. I also have some weird throttle thing that has show up intermittently so I thought it was normal or just the boost building back up. For me, during a low speed turn if I come off the gas and then get back on it, the throttle does not respond immediately. That in turn prompts you to naturally give it a bit more gas, when throttle catches up you get unintended over acceleration.
Ditto the throttle respsonse, mine is MY'15. I think this has more to do w/ the transmission programming, and/or perhaps the learning pattern in the throttle mapping. I'm usually gentle with the car, no sudden throttle movements (the exact opposite of a POV youtube test drive video if you ever saw one). Could it be that the throttle mapping has gotten used to my driving style and on occasion when I need to punch it, it hesitates thinking that's not the normal style the car has been subjected to...
bverant: sorry to hear about the rattle situation. Did the dealer give you a loaner during the month your K900 was in the shop? It's not uncommon in any new model intro, the 1st year or so contains some more troublesome specimens and yours might be one of those...
On rattles: even the most expensive cars tend to have hard plastic interior parts (e.g. the aforementioned sunglass holder, the lower door pockets, or in some cases the glove box. I usually wrap the rattle-prone items in small towels or (if anal), line the inside with felt.
On a happier note: one of the chrome wheels on my K900 was flaking off, the dealer was kind enough to contact Kia and they gave me a new one to swap out, totally free of charge, no deductible, no labor. Wuhoo...
Unlike bverant, my next car will most likely be either a Hyundai or Kia; just can't beat the value proposition. I've had European sedans/SUVs in the past, and liked them a lot (styling, quite elegance...); but they make you pay for everything extra. A $50k sedan doesn't even come w/ standard safety features (Porsche is the worst!!). As I grow older, I am able to look past the badge and am perfectly content w/ my K900 (especially when bought used).
Tip: some new Kias come w/ the SD card slot in the dash and some don't. I'd look out for my next one and ensure it has said slot; that's where they can perform software upgrades. My dealer said had my MY'15 came w/ the slot, they would've been able to upgrade my infotainment to use CarPlay/DroidAuto...
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