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Fiance just bought a Soul last night. Just wondering if anyone had any basic suggestions off the bat to improve performance or longevity.

For example, it looks like lowering the tire pressure to ~35 and leaving the Active Eco off for the break in period is a good start.

Any other suggestions/tips/ticks/simple add ons or what not?

Thanks all!
 

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which model of Soul did you get, your DRIVES profile on left doesn't tell us that ???

Break-in suggestions are in the front part of your owners manual, nothing elaborate just a few tips. Follow the suggested maintenance as outlined in your manual and use OEM oil filters.
 

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If you have had to LOWER the tyre pressures to 35 PSI, they were probably too high originally (as delivered from the factory and not adjusted by the dealer). 35 PSI will be OK, although the KIA recommendation would probably be 32 PSI.

Don't be too concerned about the break-in period. Not too fast and not too slow either. The manual recommends 2000 to 4000 RPM, using light throttle etc. Also keep an eye on oil level and coolant. Use the break-in period to get used to the controls, instruments etc., also the fuel gauge (how much to fill from ¼ full etc.). It's normal for the engine to use a little oil in the first 2000 km or so; after that it should use almost no oil.
 

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which model of Soul did you get, your DRIVES profile on left doesn't tell us that ???

Break-in suggestions are in the front part of your owners manual, nothing elaborate just a few tips. Follow the suggested maintenance as outlined in your manual and use OEM oil filters.
Thanks! And updated.

If you have had to LOWER the tyre pressures to 35 PSI, they were probably too high originally (as delivered from the factory and not adjusted by the dealer). 35 PSI will be OK, although the KIA recommendation would probably be 32 PSI.

Don't be too concerned about the break-in period. Not too fast and not too slow either. The manual recommends 2000 to 4000 RPM, using light throttle etc. Also keep an eye on oil level and coolant. Use the break-in period to get used to the controls, instruments etc., also the fuel gauge (how much to fill from ¼ full etc.). It's normal for the engine to use a little oil in the first 2000 km or so; after that it should use almost no oil.
I checked the pressure today. All four tires were at around ~39 psi. Lowered them to ~33.

Just hoping to funnel all those recent/old owners who can pass some useful words along. Thanks yall
 
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