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Tomorrow, my 2008 Spectra5 will roll over 100k with exactly zero mechanical issues in it's life.

Including what came from the factory:

Twelve oil changes
Four sets of tires
Four sets of wipers
Two sets of brake pads
Two timing belts
(Air filter is after market cone filter)

I have beat the crap out of this vehicle in the past 5 years, and it has smiled back and kept delivering like a trooper.

My only complaints are it's worse than advertised mpg, and the worlds longest 2nd gear (automatic). Even with those, if I could go back, I would buy it again.

Curious, is there a link to the recommended preventative services so i can update anything else it might need?
 

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Great going! One of the reasons that it's still OK is that you obviously keep good records.

25,000 miles from a set of tyres isn't particularly good, but the front ones do wear fairly rapidly; about 15,000 miles and our fronts were worn nearly to the indicators.
 

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I don't fault tire life on the tires, it's my driving.

Every set except the factories were Kumho Ecstas. They're not super high quality, but they grip very well.
 

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Looks like you have most of it covered...
You did not mention if you have changed the tranny fluid during the 100k miles.
KIA states it should be drained and filled every 30k miles. The tranny is a modified Mazda/Ford design and it has a reputation for gumming up the fluid with material from the insides of it. It's the same tranny that was used in the Contour/Escort and a lot of Mazdas..It has been selected again by Mazda for their Mazda2.
These cars can do 300k miles if maintained...
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Have you ever changed your spark plugs? If not you are over due. Coolant change is needed as well.
 

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Original plugs, original coolant, original timing belt, and the trans fluid was changed at 60k only.

I was told to do a non-pressured flush of the trans (leave half the fluid in the transfer case) by kia, so I did. Is this the correct procedure?

I shouldn't have any problem doing any of this service, but I am curious, is it recommended to do the water pump or A/C pulley bearing while the belt is off? I know on a lot vehicles it's a good idea to swap the water pump around 120k anyway.

Also, does kia recommend to swap the plug wires when you do the plugs? The rubber on mine feels damn near new, but the cost isn't huge so w/e. Does kia recommend iridium plugs, multi point, etc?

If anyone could reference me to the recommended service interval for this vehicle I would appreciate it. I've found generic ones for Kia, but they were a headache.


Almost forgot, i saw someone talking about swapping the filter when doing the trans fluid, but i was told by kia dealership that kia only recommends you remove the metal particulate that builds up on the magnetic drainage bolt, and not to drop the whole pan unless it is giving cooling problems that make you think the filter is clogged. Input?
 

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The radiator or heater core will be soon on your list...There is additives in the coolant that protect dis-similar netals from interaction...The aluminum is the first to be eaten away...along with the water pump internals and head gaskets.
These additives are gone in about 2~3years..The fluid still "looks good" and green but it's not doing it's full job anymore.

The spark plugs (original OEM) are probably "Champions" and at 100k should be replaced. The ones in my wife's 07 Spec were junk at 60k. KIAs like NGKs.
Iridiums are great but platinums (OEM type) work well. Densos are OK if you can't get NGKs.

Stay away from BOSCH and multi-points as KIAs DO NOT like them. They create misfires and CELs.

With you being in Texas the wires/coil packs will not get the weather damage that we get in northern states (salt/snow/damp months) so you may be right on them.

When changing the TB on my wife's Spec I found the AC belt was severly cracked and I changed it for precautionary reasons...

You might want to read up on the IAC (idle air control) and throttle body cleaning.. and the "proper" way to clean a MAF.

Dave
 
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