Read several long threads, most with a last post in 2015 and 2016, so rather than reviving them and get slapped, decided to start a new one. Now I'm aware of the 'older' 274HP engine issues, but almost no info on the new 'detuned' engines on our 2016 and newer SXs. Hope they're very reliable now that Hyundais ran it for a year, especially in fully stock form, like I'll keep mine. Anyway, besides reliability comments you may have, I have a few questions:
1. Any power benefits using premium fuel? I'm using Shell regular fuel since new, now with 1,200 miles on the clock.
2. Should we use Mobil1 0/40 year-round in mild winter states like TX, where it seldom freezes? And is it a good idea under warranty? Manual doesn't mention 0/40. I know it's actually better than 5/40, which is mentioned, but with lawyers, you never know. Even with full synthetic oil, I'll still change it every 5K miles, like the manual says.
3. Is it necessary to run a catch-can on these revised engines when they're seldom going to be run hard, as in high-rpm?
4. Not engine related, but does anybody know if the 2016 SXL has the 'SX light' or 'SX standard' steering programming? Seems quite light, even in sport mode. Just curious. My Porsche has the light steering (PS+), but this one is like 10 times lighter.
I think that's it for now. I'd have liked to have the 274HP when needed, but not at the expense of engine longevity. So I'm okay with just 245. It's still at the upper end of the spectrum on 2.0L engines, so not a big deal. Engine doesn't feel that powerful at lower rpm, but I haven't floored it yet. Does it make the power Kia claims? Just curious. What I wish is Kia put a better transmission on this thing. It SUCKS. It's super laggy, especially when cold, and on the 1-2 downshift. And even in sport mode, it refuses to downshift even at heavy throttle openings and well below 2K rpm, lugging the crap out of the engine. Since I'm used to always drive my sports cars with the paddles, that's what I mostly do on this car, although it's not nearly as satisfying (this is my travel car). Bottom line is tranny should downshift more readily, even in normal mode. Upshifts are nicely delayed in sport mode, but downshifts are the opposite. Is there a cure? Thanks gang.
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Just saw the new engine recall, and the newest manufacturing date was 05/14, and my car is 09/16, so I should be in the clear on that front. Just wondering if I should stick with the recommended 5/30 oil (M1), or use the M1 0/40 I use on the Porsche, based on higher turbo temperatures. Have both. Although 0/40 is theoretically better than 5/40, the fact it's not mentioned makes me lean towards the 5/30. And since I have to change it every 5K miles to comply with the warranty, it shouldn't be an issue. I'm not going to drive this car hard, but will see lots of traveling (that's what it's for), and sometimes fully loaded. Hope to hear from the experts here. Thx.
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Also curious if there's a need for a catch-can (OCC) on these redesigned engines. Thx.