2014 Kia Soul Exclaim Long-Term Update 3
Serviced and Snow Dazed
A couple things have happened over the past couple months with our long-term 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim. The first is that it was taken in for its first service a little before the suggested 7,500-mile mark. I tried to make an appointment a couple days in advance but was surprised to find that the next available appointment wasn't for another two weeks. I decided to take my chances and walk in instead, and I was pleased that they were able to take me. After all was said and done, the Soul's oil and filter were changed and the tires were rotated for a grand total of $73.84. That was a little more than I expected to pay.
Another first for the Kia Soul was a day at the slopes. With the snow sport season in high gear, the Soul has already rolled through the parking lots of the Big Bear Mountain Resorts more than a few times. Although the Soul only has to transport our snowboards about 5 miles from our cozy cabin to the resorts, the boards still managed to beat up the Soul's interior quite a bit. With the 60/40 split rear seats folded down the 40 side, the three boards fit just fine, but they've left scratches on the back of the passenger seat and on the black shiny plastic trim on the right rear passenger's door panel. Wrapping the boards in a blanket or towel could help remedy this issue, but either way, it'll be interesting to see how the Soul's interior holds up throughout the season. An easy solution would be getting Kia's $280.20 roof racks and $129.00 roof ski/snowboard attachment, except that it's not even an option. Our long-termer has the panoramic sunroof, which basically means nothing can be installed up there. No roof racks. No cargo box. No bike attachment. No kayak attachment. Bad news for those who like to get out of the city every once in a while. Even if I could get one installed, Kia's roof ski/snowboard attachment can only accommodate one snowboard. Gee, thanks.
After a little research, I found that automakers such as Audi don't let panorama sunroofs limit roof rack installation, so it would be nice for Kia to figure out a system to allow owners to enjoy both. That doesn't mean I still can't prep the Kia Soul for snow duty, though. To prevent further damage to the Soul's interior, I have a couple things down on my wish list: all-weather floormats, a cargo tray, and a cargo tray seat-back protection.
Stay tuned to see if we can get our hands on some of these accessories.
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