It’s nearly time for the long-term wrap-up on our 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line, however earlier than then, we took it to the native dealership for a tire swap and a pair of software program updates. Software program updates have been a constant theme all through our couple visits to the service middle, as Kia has had a number of every time we present up.
The primary “improve” for our long-term EV6 was described to us as a VCU software program improve that adjusts the automobile’s emergency parking brake conduct. Now, our EV6 robotically engages the parking brake once you put the automobile in Park. It’s actually a small replace, however value noting for individuals who personal an EV6. The second replace issues a difficulty with temperature items randomly switching from Fahrenheit to Celsius when utilizing distant features, just like the app that connects with the automobile. We didn’t discover any such switching of items when exercising the app, however now it ought to by no means exhibit such an error.
These software program updates took a few hours to finish, which looks as if a very long time on the vendor, and it actually is. We spent lots of further time with the vendor for this service appointment, too, on account of some tire snafus. You see, one of many authentic all-season tires picked up a nail proper earlier than we swapped onto winter rubber. When the time got here to change again to the all-seasons post-winter, we wanted a brand new tire and ordered one by the Kia vendor that may be performing the work. Proper earlier than we left for our service appointment, we obtained a name saying that they by chance put in our tire on a unique EV6 the day before today and would wish to order one other one. Beautiful!
A number of days go by, after which Kia informs us the tire is in, so we carry the EV6 again in for the tire swap and software program updates. Sadly, the tire portion of this job wouldn’t go easily both. All 4 all-season tires (together with the one new one) go on, however the tech doing the job by chance broke one of many tire strain monitoring system sensors whereas doing so. Not the tip of the world, nevertheless it meant that we would wish to return, as a result of the vendor didn’t have any TPMS sensors for the EV6 in inventory on the time. A number of extra days go by with us driving the EV6 round shouting TPMS glitches at us, after which we return in for the tip of this saga. The vendor installs the brand new sensor, and we’re despatched on our merry method.
Predictably, none of this was low cost. The massive 20-inch authentic tools Continental CrossContact tire (to interchange the one with a nail in it) was $310. Add labor for the tire swap and tax into the equation, and we walked out with a $510.51 invoice. As you’d count on, the vendor paid for and put in the brand new TPMS sensor it broke totally free. Nonetheless, anybody paying for such a service out of pocket would’ve paid $263.55 for the half and labor.
Hold a glance out for a long-term wrap-up of our yr within the Kia EV6, as we’re gathering our remaining ideas on this pleasant EV.