It’s been a rough month for our 2014 Kia Cadenza—or at least it has been for its wheels and tires. In our last update, we reported that the Kia had been affected by a recall, which said our car’s 19-inch aluminum wheels could fracture and split apart. The 2014 Kia Cadenza immediately went in for service at Suburban Kia in Troy, Michigan. The dealership had a set of replacement wheels in stock, swapped them out quickly, and had us back on the road the next day.
The next day, though, the TPMS light turned on due to low air pressure in the front-left tire. Only down a few PSI, we topped off the tire and figured the car had left the dealership wanting for a bit more air—no big deal. Then, after few days, the front-left tire’s pressure had dropped significantly, so back to Suburban Kia it went. The technicians found a nail in the tread, pulled it out, and patched the tire.
We had a week of no woes, during which associate web editor Jake Holmes noted, “The 2014 Kia Cadenza is quiet and comfy enough that I can hop in after a long day at the office, commute 60 miles home, and feel refreshed by the time I pull up to my home.” Then we noticed a deep gash in the front-right tire’s sidewall. It looked like someone had stuck the tire with a spear, but that seems highly unlikely. We called our friends at Tire Rack, who shipped a new 245/40R-19 Hankook Optimo H426 tire directly to—you guessed it—Suburban Kia, where we had the tire mounted. After purchase, shipping, and installation, we were out $212.91, but at least we didn’t have to worry about heading back into service anytime soon.
Or so we thought. Associate web editor Joey Capparella: “There is something wrong with the adaptive cruise control. I tried to engage it and was presented with the warning: ‘SCC Conditions Not Met.’ Then I tried to engage the cruise again heading into Detroit for a concert, and it worked. But as I approached a car in front of me, I noticed that the Cadenza wasn’t slowing down. Tried this several times with the same result, and then checked the sensors at the top of the windshield, neither of which look to be obstructed or damaged. A pretty serious defect, seeing how the adaptive cruise said it was working when it wasn’t. We need to get this checked out.”
Back to Suburban Kia we go. Hopefully the dealership sorts this issue out soon. We want to do a few more road trips in the 2014 Kia Cadenza before its yearlong stay with us comes to an end later this month.
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