With 15,000 miles on the Borrego's odometer, we took it to Car Pros Kia in Carson for its second scheduled service. For $451.61, Car Pros performed an oil change, f ull inspection, tire rotation, and replacement of the synthetic differential fluid. Fortuitously, the Kia's check-engine light had come on the day prior, so we had it checked out as well. The cause was a faulty gas cap that was replaced under warranty. Art director Andy Foster experienced gremlins with the nav while on trip in Death Valley, so we also asked the dealer to inspect the directional system. He reported no nav updates and nothing apparently malfunctioning. Speaking of the nav, editor at large Arthur St. Antoine logs, "Nav system and multimedia interface are brilliant, and Kia is content to let you input destinations and make song changes on the fly."


Our Vehicle
Months/miles in service 7/15,119
Avg econ/CO2 16.2 mpg/1.20 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $619.83 (2 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires, replace differential fluid)