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Photos of Undercarriage 2019 Kia Sportage AWD

Took the Sportage in for its first oil change today at 2,000 miles.
While on the rack the mechanic allowed me to take a few photos of the undercarriage.
Thought I would share the photos with those who are curious.
He told me that the powertrains (engine and trans) are supplied by Mitsubishi Motors of Japan.
This has not been verified by myself, but it is plausible.
Installed 5.07 qts of 5W30 Mobil 1 full synthetic along with Wix oil filter made for synthetic oils.
Photos are mostly self explanatory, but if you have questions I will try to answer.....

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Took the Sportage in for its first oil change today at 2,000 miles.
While on the rack the mechanic allowed me to take a few photos of the undercarriage.
Thought I would share the photos with those who are curious.
He told me that the powertrains (engine and trans) are supplied by Mitsubishi Motors of Japan.
This has not been verified by myself, but it is plausible.
Installed 5.07 qts of 5W30 Mobil 1 full synthetic along with Wix oil filter made for synthetic oils.
Photos are mostly self explanatory, but if you have questions I will try to answer.....
I'd get some confirmation of that - as far as I know it was many years ago when they were getting established that they used powertrains from older Japanese models, just like SSangyoung used Mercedes Benz powertrains in the Musso and Chairman.

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That's why I added the disclaimer that the information was not verified.....one sentence down.
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That's why I added the disclaimer that the information was not verified.....one sentence down.
Yes I saw that.

Really odd that a Kia mechanic would come up with that, but I guess he's not obligated to research the company history etc.

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Not a Kia mechanic. He is a local Master Mechanic I have been using for 5+ years. Too far of a drive (2 hrs both ways) to get to the nearest Kia Dealership. I'll only use the dealership for warranty issues or software updates. General maintenance can be handled in my little town......
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I think some of the confusion might be the early history of Kia and Hyundai. They did have early beginnings with Mitsubishi, first with engines and transmissions, then making the mitsubishi designs in house, then eventually the co developed with Chrysler and Mitsubishi, and that eventually lead to Hyundai /Kia going beyond those origins on their own. Much of that early design history is still present in their powertrain products, but they are distinctly Hyundai/Kia and stand on their own these days.
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Why do you change oil at 2000 and with full synthetic when you do? I believe that 6000/12 months is the requirement.
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Its not unusual to do an early oil change on the first oil but unless the oil has gotten unusually dirty, there's no valid reason to do it. In fact it seems most auto engineers think you should leave the original oil in for the whole first term. On the other hand, usually someone doing this just wants to go ahead and get their synthetic of choice in the engine, particularly with a turbo, for protecting/cleaning the bearing.

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Not a Kia mechanic. He is a local Master Mechanic I have been using for 5+ years. Too far of a drive (2 hrs both ways) to get to the nearest Kia Dealership. I'll only use the dealership for warranty issues or software updates. General maintenance can be handled in my little town......
OK, understood, he's not up to date with the Kia name, but doesn't mean he's not competent.

Often I read here where folks make the comment that they're are a mechanic, but don't know anything about Kia's or foreign vehicles, which is really odd to me as I don't see anything that makes them unique with regards engineering etc.

Good photos and it looks like a nice clean robust system.

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Its not unusual to do an early oil change on the first oil but unless the oil has gotten unusually dirty, there's no valid reason to do it. In fact it seems most auto engineers think you should leave the original oil in for the whole first term. On the other hand, usually someone doing this just wants to go ahead and get their synthetic of choice in the engine, particularly with a turbo, for protecting/cleaning the bearing.
That's what I did with my Ford 2.7L twin turbo - I confirmed that the initial fill was Ford's standard synthetic blend (no special break-in oil), so got it over to full synthetic early in its life.

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