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I was looking at my owners manual , basically searching up the fuel and oil specs . In the part of the oil specs it actually recommended an oil !! Total oil is the brand . I've never heard of it before , but then I come to find out it's used at all high end car dealers . I'm going to order the 5-30 9000 so I have it for the first oil change :) Font Gas Logo Metal Advertising
 

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Thats what they recommend but isn't what you MUST run. You can run others and be just fine. I saw that in my manual to but it's not carried by anyone around me so I use the Pennzoil Ultra Platinum.

It is good oil from what I have seen online though but I would have to order it. Boohoo
 
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A Kia dealer 30 miles south of me carries it and Napa can get it . I ran castrol syntech in my 1.8t and mobile 1 . So if I don't go with the total because of issues getting it I'll run one of those . I was never really a fan of penzoil but I hear great things about the ultra platinum that is made with natural gas .
 

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Here in Australia our cars have a sticker that says "Kia recommend Shell Helix", but the dealers don't use it ha-ha.
Total is good stuff though.
 

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My local dealers suggest mobile 5000 . I ran it in my F5 Ex ( Cerato Si trim in Australia ) it ran fine no issues at all . But I wouldn't run that in a turbo car lol
 

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I'm still shocked by the 3k recommendation on these. My 2010 GTI was a turbo GDI as well but they still recommended 10k intervals and even the dealer service guys didn't try to sell it any more than that. Though perhaps that is motivated by the longer warranty on the Kia. But as it is this is going to have a higher maintenance cost due to the shorter intervals.
 

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kia does indeed recommend using shell ultra helix, does that mean that you have to use it? No. I believe as long as it is ACEA a5/b5 rating you are good. I'm definealty sticking with the pennzoil ultra platinum , well since it's basically the same oil as Shell. Not every dealer will use the same oil, I believe dealers use the cheapest oils they can get away with personally.
 

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kia does indeed recommend using shell ultra helix, does that mean that you have to use it? No. I believe as long as it is ACEA a5/b5 rating you are good. I'm definealty sticking with the pennzoil ultra platinum , well since it's basically the same oil as Shell. Not every dealer will use the same oil, I believe dealers use the cheapest oils they can get away with personally.
That's why I didn't take my dealer up on the free oil changes lol. I told them I will do it myself with the oil I want.
 

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Total 9000 5 w30 is what my dealer uses I had them do the oil change there cool people I guess I got lucky had the koup for 1 year no problem
With the total oil. Liquid Bottle Bottle cap Automotive tire Fluid
 

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I'm still shocked by the 3k recommendation on these. My 2010 GTI was a turbo GDI as well but they still recommended 10k intervals and even the dealer service guys didn't try to sell it any more than that. Though perhaps that is motivated by the longer warranty on the Kia. But as it is this is going to have a higher maintenance cost due to the shorter intervals.
Kia does not recommend 3k oil changes . The dealer does . It's 5k and you have to use a synthetic or A5 crap what ever . Same as VW . If you use reagular oil then 3k to prevent corking up the turbo internals . But to be on the safe side always always use a good synthetic that is made for turbo and some turbo diesel applications
 

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I have a lifetime engine warranty if I do all my services at the dealership... Yeah. ALL services, not just oil changes.

That said, I always do my own maintenance my self and I don't feel comfortable paying someone $80 to rotate my tires or change my oil when I'm perfectly capable of it myself.

Thoughts/suggestions? I'm thinking I'll bring my own oil to the dealer and let them do it while I'm in warranty (only 5 years here in Canada).

Pennzoil ULTRA isn't available near me, only the Pennzoil Platinum. Same story with Total oil.

Decisions, decisions.
 

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I got caught up in that life time bullshit with the other F5. . Kia warranties no matter and if you buy an extended warranty for the five year you are good . But a dealer promised warranty not in writing is bulox !! Keep all service records . You wil have to get the car oil changed and regular intervals at a professional establishment . But one of your choosing . I take my factory oil filter and new washer to Walmart ,just purchase the oil there and pay service. Kia North America only requires you show upon request you have done the service so the dealer can get paid for the warranty issue
 

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Yeah I have it all in writing.. Its part of this specific dealers loyalty program.

It states that I need to change the oil every 8k kms and perform all other scheduled maintenance at the dealer and they will warranty the engine as long as j am the owner.

I do have 5 years of power train warranty and I feel that I can taken better care of my vehicles than the dealer... Especially when they use a synblend of Quaker State 5w30.

If I still have the car after 5 years they'll still warranty it, but how much money will I be paying extra to have them do all the work for me... Never trust dealers but that's just me.
 

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I use to think that . Now I tske to hart full dealer reviews . Good you have a good dealer . I had a shit one that lied to me . Now I take my car 35 miles to one that follows the true Kia maintenance Intervals . Not out of the blue fuel injection cleaning and fog cleans after they have already been completed within the year or are not required by Kia . I had similar issues with VW dealers to . So now I keep close contact with Kia North America on my phone
 
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