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Kia Amanti, Kia, Sedan
Oct 10, 2005 (12:36 pm)
From what I could get out of KIA officials at the dealership here when they visited, the 2006 AMANTI is virtually unchanged. A nav system may be introduced mid-year and a remote engine start will be optional. I wish they would offer the electrically operated tilt/telescope steering wheel found on the Korean version instead. Why add 4 grand to the price of the car for a nav system when you can get the top of the line portable system for about $2k and keep it. Nav adds little to the resale value of a car. Just personal opinion...
#976 of 1413 Oil Change at Wal-Mart
Oct 13, 2005 (7:46 am)
Has anyone else experienced this? Yesterday my wife took my Amanti to TWO different Wal-Mart Supercenters, trying to get an oil change. BOTH of them told her that they had a new policy that they will not do oil changes on Amantis - something to do with a filter that is either hard to obtain or hard to install or something. She ended up having to go to the Kia dealership to get a friggin' oil and filter change, which is WAY out of the way for us, plus it's more expensive. Has anyone else experienced similar nonsense?
#977 of 1413 Re: Oil Change at Wal-Mart [staceyaz]
Oct 13, 2005 (5:07 pm)
the amanti has high oil pressure and if the person is not compentant at the job (most people working at those jobs do not have much experance working on cars)then it will leak at the filter seal, the trick is to put oil on the seal before installing the filter, that will allow you to get the filter tight enough without warping the seal.
#978 of 1413 Re: Oil Change at Wal-Mart [shadow99688]
Oct 14, 2005 (9:04 am)
So apparently Wal-Mart decided it was easier to put the Amanti on a "banned" list than to teach their oil/lube technicians how to put a little oil on a seal, and tighten it appropriately?
When I was about 10 years old, my dad taught me the very advanced technique involved in this delicate procedure: "Son, you stick your finger in a little motor oil, then rub it all around the seal on the oil filter, like this." As I recall, that was the same day he also taught me the highly complex skill required to "Make sure the old seal came off with the old filter, before you install the new filter - you don't want that extra seal material remaining on the car, or you'll leak oil really badly."
Geez. Maybe I just need to go back to changing my own oil, even though I really don't have the time or interest in doing so.
#979 of 1413 Re: Oil Change at Wal-Mart [staceyaz]
Oct 15, 2005 (8:12 am)
I have never experienced this nor will I ever...WHY would one want to take a fine automobile to Walmart????????? You might save a buck but at what cost??? My dealer charges about 5 bucks more that the quickie lube shops do and throws in a free wash as well!!!!! But it is not all about money.......if some kid at Walmart screws up you just might be jeopardizing your warranty as well, so I don't think it is worth it by any means..............in all honesty, Walmart in their infinite wisdom, did you a favor............
Oct 18, 2005 (10:10 am)
Why take it to Wal-Mart instead of my Kia dealership?
1. Because it's an oil and filter change, and is not rocket science. I would not take it to Wal-Mart for anything that required much skill, but an oil change, frankly, doesn't.
2. Because my Kia dealership has screwed up more things on my fine automobiles than Wal-Mart ever has. The things that come to mind include the four trips I had to make (42 miles each way) to my Kia dealership to get a faulty Amanti lumbar support fixed, and the three trips it took to get my Sedona's bumper fixed after the kid working at the dealership backed my Sedona into a pole while I had it at the dealership for - you guessed it - an oil change. My experience thus far has been that my Kia dealership is far less cautious and far more incompetent than my local Wal-Mart, astoundingly.
3. Because taking it to the Kia dealership takes half a day out of my schedule, and taking it to Wal-Mart takes far less of my time.
4. Because my wife can't shop for her groceries while waiting for the Kia mechanics, the way she can while waiting at Wal-Mart.
5. Because an $8 difference for a low-tech "oil and filter change" still matters.
Other than those five, I have no real reason for not taking it to the dealership every time.
#981 of 1413 Re: Why? [staceyaz]
Oct 18, 2005 (1:14 pm)
I worked at a NAPA Parts store for 2 years, I was at a ford dealership when they burnt a customers car almost down to the frame (you do NOT spray flamable undercoating on a hot catalitic converter). From what I have seen dealers and shops do, and the type of parts I delivered to dealerships I would not allow them to do anything on any car I own.
I have not seen how the Kia dealership does things as there where not any at that time.
#982 of 1413 Re: Why? [staceyaz]
Oct 18, 2005 (11:24 pm)
Hi Staceyas, I can't imagine taking my Amanti anywhere except the dealer's for an oil and filter change. Of course as part of the deal Canadian Amanti customers were given free oil & filter changes (up to 3 per year) for as long as we own our Amantis. So they're free, and I get a free vacuum and wash to boot. And I can go shopping because they'll take me anywhere I want to go and pick me up when the've finished with the car. It couldn't be more convenient. And from what I've experienced so far, my dealer does all sorts of little extras as part of their preventative program, so I'm delighted with the service....and with the car.
#983 of 1413 Re: Why? [magmax]
Oct 19, 2005 (7:50 am)
Max, that sounds like a wonderful deal!
I am still totally delighted with the car, just not the dealership(s). Fortunately, I don't expect to be at the dealership very often. Let's face it, if an automaker gives a 100k-mile warranty, it's because their reliability predictions indicate you won't need it. Because of that, I suspect I interpret long warranties differently than most people. Where most people see a 100k mile warranty and think "Awesome - if it breaks, it won't cost me anything", I see that warranty and thing "Awesome - it's very unlikely this thing will break!"
As far as the oil changes go, what concerns me the most is the fact that in a couple of years I expect to be moving back to an area where the nearest Kia dealership is 100 miles away. That would be an immense inconvenience, if I had to take the car to the dealership for every oil change. Using 200 miles of each "oil change cycle" just getting to/from my oil change is not very appealing. In fact, that is one of the very few things that might convince me to sell this car (otherwise, I plan to drive it for 11 more years).
#984 of 1413 Re: Why? [staceyaz]
Oct 19, 2005 (11:12 am)
Well it appears we have totally different experiences and different levels of competencies regarding dealerships..my dealer is 10 minutes away, longest wait time has been 30 minutes ( 5 minutes to check in, 25 for oil change and wash job), all my experiences with this dealer has been A+ ( Mercury/Lincoln/Kia), my one and only warranty issue was handled professionally but it seems you have lots of reasons to partake of Walmart's various services but I don't and l will stand by my reasons to stay away from WM..............Walmart will be very happy to serve and can use your business, I am sure...........but no thanks when it come to the Amanti....off to the dealer we go.... ......