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  1. bigjl

    Worth staying with Kia Dealer for Maintenance

    It is annual service time for my daughters 2014 Kia Picanto. Quotes for the Service are all around the £240/260 mark (includes biannual brake fluid) The car has the usual 100k mile 7 Year Warranty which i believe after 3 Years requires you to use Kia Dealers to keep it valid. Being 4 years...
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    Just bought new Family Car

    As per the title. Just bought a new Family vehicle. We have saved up for a few years and time came to make a choice. We are getting a Corris Grey Range Rover Velar P250 SE I really wanted Air Suspension but not in budget.
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    Smart For Four oil change

    Just dumped the factory fill after 4k miles or so. Left the oil filter in situ. Annual Service due by time (1 year from first registration at beginning of May 2017) Car now doing mainly short trips of 1 and 2 miles then being parked up. Put in Mobil 1 0w40 FS, bought from Costco for £30...
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    Oil chosen for mid interval oil change S350d

    As per the title i bought the oil for my mid interval oil change on the S350d Vehicle has been doing a lot of local trips and short urban journeys and I felt uncomfortable leaving the current oil till the B1 Service is due at the beginning of April. Chosen oil is Castrol Edge 5w30 Titanium...
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    Oil choice for S350d

    I have been looking at the Specs in the handbook for the 2016 S350d and thought i would post for somw feedback/opinion My only priority is engine longevity. I have no interest in trying to improve economy. I was thinking a 5w40 or 10w40 off the top of my head. Maybe Shell Rimula R6 10w40. It...
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    Car upgrade season is here

    Finally got round to upgrading our Family cars. Clio has gone and been replaced by a 2016 Mercedes S350d LWB SE Line Executive woth 12k Miles, serviced in March by Mercedes UK (it was a Merc management car apparently) The Picanto has been given to my eldest and wife now has a 2017 Smart...
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    Decision made on oil for 2007 Pilot.

    After a month of usage in Ghana i have decided on the oil i will use. There may be flaming! On picking the car up, 124088 miles, OLM was showing 60%. Oil level was in the Min mark. Oil filter was a new looking OE Honda. No chance of finding 5w20, couldn't even find 5w30. Managed to find...
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    2007 Honda Pilot in Ghana

    Thought I would post up to see if any US based forum members have any hints or tips. I did join up to Piloteers but each time I did so the forum i tried to log in to post and I was banned permanently with no reason given. I thought the first time was a glitch so joined again and the same thing...
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    Maintenance schedule for low usage Honda Pilot.

    This is my tentative plan of action for the 2006 Honda Pilot. Vehicle will be used sparingly, 4/5 weeks of the year and be stored unused during rest of the year, won't be started and warmed, butvrather parked up with the battery removed with a cover. Usage will be varied, traffic density is...
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    2006 Honda Pilot Opinions? (Sorry for the Deja Vu)

    As I have mentioned in my previous and sadly pointless thread I am looking for opinions on the car we are going to use in Ghana. Car is a Metallic Grey 2006 Honda Pilot, 3.5v6. Any hints, tips or opinions gratefully received. Any common problems? Parts prices? And obviously opinions on the...
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    Toyota Highlander Opinions?

    We have bought a used Toyota Highlander for use when in Ghana for Holiday. I have never seen the car in person but it is a "virgin" import from the US so has no previous use on Ghana roads. Unfortunately exact specifications are sketchy but I believe it is the model with 7 seats. And is...
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    What is the difference between SL, SM and SN Oils

    As per the title What are the differences between SL, SM and SN. Is it acceptable to use a SN when SM is specced? And is it ok to use SN when SL is specced? Or should you only substitute SL with SM? Being familiar with ACEA specs I am just trying to get my head around the API specs. Is...
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    New purchase 2005 Kia Picanto 1.1

    So as per the title I have bought a little Picanto for running about, the Berlingo has a huge oil leak so is parked up awaiting repiar. Was a Sunday afternoon bidding sessions! Good news is that it has mainly Kia service history and a fully stamped up Service Book and has had the one owner who...
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    Kia Picanto 5w30 or 5w20

    So got this little Kia Picanto for local use. I have looked in the handbook and they advise 5w20 or 5w30 (SM) Annoyingly the Kia dealers all seem to supply 5w30 but I want to make sure economy is as good as possible I want the 5w20 I intend to change the oil and oil filter at 5k and have main...
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    Nexen Winguard Snow G WH2

    Had these fitted to one of my vehicles just after Christmas. Size was 185/65/14 Up sized from 175/70/14 They are wearing well and seem well up to the job for the price paid, £140 for four. Nexen tyres are now being fitted to some brand new Kia's as OE tyres. Alongside the South Korean brand...
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    Oil Recommendation 2002 Hyundai Accent 1.5 petrol

    Car is being uswd in Ghana. Temperatures are usually around the 80/90 oF range and lots of dust in the air. I was gping to send over 10w40 Semi Synth or Full Synth of some description. Possibly Maxlife. Mileage is unknown as odometer broke 2yrs ago at 230k km. Car probably covers 40/50k km...
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    Clio now gone!

    Wifes Clio DCi has been retired from active duty. Replaced by a Dec 2010 BMW 116D SE with 100k on the clock. A 5dpor hatch which I don't think you got in the US in the E87 model. Only ever been serviced by the BMW Main Dealer so far. Has had the runflats replaced by Michelin Energys all round...
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    What i just put in the Clio

    So been thinking about various things i have read on here. Primarily using thinner oils in colder temps. Say 5w30 instead of 5w40 for example. Now the 06 Clio is specced for mainly 0w40, 5w40 or 10w40. The later ones with a FAP/DPF are specced for a low saps 5w30 so obviously the motor can...
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    Amsoil HDD 5w30

    Looking to try this in the Clio for the winter period. Later versions of this engine are specced for 5w30 though ours is an 06 and specced for 0w40, 5w40 and 10w40. Needs A3, B3, B4 But this is Acea A3, B3, E3, E5 and has lots of other certification relating to lgv diesels. Including CI 4+...
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    First OCI on XJL 3.0d

    So going to do my first OCI on the Jag. Was done at Jag Dealer at 80k and car is now showing 92600 miles, was serviced at the end of July. Takes a very specific oil spec, Ford 934B, which is a C1 oil. I think that means it meets A5, B5 specs for HTHS but is low SAPS. Was tempted to use Mobil...
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