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Did my first oil change this morning. My Niro hit exactly 7000 miles and I'm off work so it worked out just right.

A few points...

If I had all my tools and stuff lined up, I think I could have done it in 20 minutes. Heck, my garage never even got warmed up with a space heater.

Why did I have to use the 17 mm wrench on the pan bolt the entire way out? I could not turn it by hand. Threading is easy...

Of course the factory filter was installed by a giant with a 1" air impact wrench set to 900 foot pounds, but I've never had a vehicle that hadn't been. My filter wrench actually crushed the end before it finally broke free.

The oil filler opening has some kind of metal guard inside, I assume it is to keep oil from splashing up or from dropping something in there, but all it does is make using a funnel a 2 person job. Silly design.

4 quarts sucks, wish it took 5. Oil comes in 5 quart bottles and guessing is kinda dumb. Maybe next time I'll go back to single quart bottles, but that's a waste of plastic and money. Or 4 oil changes and I'll have 4 quarts left over in 4 bottles.

Other than that, piece of cake.

P. S. Oil was Mobil 1 0W-20 and filter was Mobile 1 also. On sale at Advanced Auto for $29.99.
 

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Wait 7,000 miles for first oil change?

Bought my last new car in 2002 when the first oil change was something like 1,000 miles, as I recall. It is troubling to think I should be driving around with the first oil for 7,000 miles. Can that be correct? It will take me close to two years to put that many miles on my Niro. I bought my car in September and now have 2,000 miles on it. Longest trip might be 50 miles. Most are 3 miles.
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Did my first oil change this morning. My Niro hit exactly 7000 miles and I'm off work so it worked out just right.

P. S. Oil was Mobil 1 0W-20 and filter was Mobile 1 also. On sale at Advanced Auto for $29.99.
I'm not quite clear if this is a Kia thing, but I had the idea that the first service, including oil change, was free. I confirmed this when I picked up the car.

Mobil 1 filters have been excellent non-paper filters in the past, but the problem is that they can switch designs and vendors. I discovered years ago that Purolator One filters have the same excellent design as the Mobil 1 filters at less than half the cost ($5 to $8). I use them on my cars and motorcycles. If you are going to change filters at the recommended intervals, cheaper paper filters will work fine. But a low stressed Atkinson cycle engine can go much further between changes. Purolator markets these filters as good for 10,000 miles. In the last forty years, I have changed my oil every 30,000 miles and have never worn an engine out. Anecdotal for sure, and really I should test the old oil after changes. But objective evidence is out there for longer oil change intervals. Used to be safer to do that, but now with Kia's silly long drivetrain warranty, we have to stick to recommended intervals for 100,000 miles to maintain the warranty.
 

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I'm not quite clear if this is a Kia thing, but I had the idea that the first service, including oil change, was free.
I believe this varies from dealer to dealer - my paperwork clearly states that ONLY the 1st oil change is free, I have to pay for the remainder of the 7500-mile 1st service. (Yeah, my cheap-ass dealer sucks.)
 

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I was thinking of doing 5000 mile oil changes (with whatever other maintenance is due by then... e.g something listed for 22,500 miles I'd probably do at the 20K appointment.

Reasons why:
1) 5000 is easier math to do :), but I'm an engineer so I can handle that one...
2) The manual (I believe) says "7500 miles or 6 months". I don't drive 7500 miles in 6 months (typically I do 11-12K per year so that's 5K in just about 5 months). So that would leave me doing every 6 months at whatever random mileage. I'd rather have a mileage target.
3) Slightly more often oil changes is cheap insurance to avoid problems later.

Any reason not to do oil changes at 5000 mile intervals instead?
 

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I was thinking of doing 5000 mile oil changes (with whatever other maintenance is due by then... e.g something listed for 22,500 miles I'd probably do at the 20K appointment.

Reasons why:
1) 5000 is easier math to do :), but I'm an engineer so I can handle that one...
2) The manual (I believe) says "7500 miles or 6 months". I don't drive 7500 miles in 6 months (typically I do 11-12K per year so that's 5K in just about 5 months). So that would leave me doing every 6 months at whatever random mileage. I'd rather have a mileage target.
3) Slightly more often oil changes is cheap insurance to avoid problems later.

Any reason not to do oil changes at 5000 mile intervals instead?
No harm in changing your oil before the recommended interval because at the end of the day you are maintaining an even higher quality of oil. I bet that during the 3750 mark oil really starts to show its age. But if you can, check the oil manually yourself to see the color and thickness, its the greatest indicator
 

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Bought my last new car in 2002 when the first oil change was something like 1,000 miles, as I recall. It is troubling to think I should be driving around with the first oil for 7,000 miles. Can that be correct? It will take me close to two years to put that many miles on my Niro. I bought my car in September and now have 2,000 miles on it. Longest trip might be 50 miles. Most are 3 miles.
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Lootas- if I remember correctly, the oil change is 7500 or one year. Check the manual, but there is definitely a time factor change included.
 

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Does each oil change involve replacing the drain plug gasket as well? My previous car used a crushable drain plug gasket that was recommended to replace with every oil change.
 

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Does each oil change involve replacing the drain plug gasket as well? My previous car used a crushable drain plug gasket that was recommended to replace with every oil change.
Each time I have had my oil changed at the dealer, they have replaced the oil drain plug gasket.
 

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I just got my first oil change at the dealer today. I guess I was wrong about using 5w-30. The service advisor didn't know that much about the Niro so I talked to the mechanic and he said that they use 0-20 Full Synthetic with the Niro and was quite insistent that, that is the correct oil to use and nothing else. So that's what I'm using, same as my old Prius. It's nice I get free oil changes every 5k mi. with full synthetic oil as a perk for buying the car there. Even though the service advisor wasn't that up to speed with the Niro it's nice to see the mechanics are and that your able to talk to them. So the first service went great and left with a good impression of the service dept.
 

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Hi all, well it's that time, the big 7,500 check-up. I had the work done at the dealer, made an online appointment. Had to, spent 2 days calling, getting shoved on hold & forgotten...... I really hate that treatment.....

However, I showed up on time, 9am, checked in, was told 2.5 hours worth of work including 3 TSB's, Wiring Harness re-securing, Battery Management, & Brake Feel Improvement.
At 11:50am I received a call, your car is ready.


It went way better than I expected......


This was at Glendale Car Pros / Kia!
 

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On my PHEV, the owners manual says first oil change is at 7500 miles. This week I turned over 1000 miles, and the UVO system popped up a warning that I'm due for my first oil change, and asked if I wanted the system to assist with scheduling. (I pressed "no.") Does every one get this 1,000 mile reminder?
 

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On my PHEV, the owners manual says first oil change is at 7500 miles. This week I turned over 1000 miles, and the UVO system popped up a warning that I'm due for my first oil change, and asked if I wanted the system to assist with scheduling. (I pressed "no.") Does every one get this 1,000 mile reminder?
At least a few of us have seen that message pop up around 1k. Sometime when your car is in park but in the "On" position, use the buttons on your steering wheel to scroll through the configuration options and you'll find one that allows you to schedule the maintenance reminder. You should probably plan to have it changed at 6 months or 7500, whichever comes first.



On a related note: I'd love to hear from anyone who clicked "yes" when prompted to let the car schedule the appointment. I'm skeptical that this could work well for most people, but it would be interesting to hear how it does work.
 

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Hi all, well it's that time, the big 7,500 check-up. I had the work done at the dealer, made an online appointment. Had to, spent 2 days calling, getting shoved on hold & forgotten...... I really hate that treatment.....

However, I showed up on time, 9am, checked in, was told 2.5 hours worth of work including 3 TSB's, Wiring Harness re-securing, Battery Management, & Brake Feel Improvement.
At 11:50am I received a call, your car is ready.


It went way better than I expected......


This was at Glendale Car Pros / Kia!
So, how many $$$ did that set you back?
 
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