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Hi all,

I have loved and enjoyed my 2014 Cadenza (fully loaded with tech prior to SXL name ) and have only 6500 miles. No real issues other than disappointing depreciation. However, in seeing the similar drop for used K900s, I admit I'm very tempted. I own the car outright and would plan the same for a K900.

My dealer loaned me a K900 with VIP for a couple days when they first came out and wow; what a heck of a car. But, not for me at the $68K price. Now that the same vehicle with low miles can be had for very low $30's, I would like anyone's input who has a K900.

I love the styling and features, and the fit, finish and luxury of the K900. To anyone owning a K900 would you recommend the car, provided it is a verified well taken care of vehicle? I plan to consider low mileage ones only as I clearly do not drive much. I love the head's up display, the rear seat features, the surround camera, and, the ride quality. I'm retired and looking for comfort, luxury, style and reliability. IMO, the K900 beats its competitors hands down, including the Equus.

I'd really be grateful for real life stories from any owners as to loves, likes, or dislikes and especially, any quirks with the model including how well or poorly the dealers seem to be when servicing or repairing them.

I'm in cental NC and do have a good dealer who can locate a car for me when and if I decide to upgrade.

Thanks in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Dave H.
 

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Hi all,

I have loved and enjoyed my 2014 Cadenza (fully loaded with tech prior to SXL name ) and have only 6500 miles. No real issues other than disappointing depreciation. However, in seeing the similar drop for used K900s, I admit I'm very tempted. I own the car outright and would plan the same for a K900.

My dealer loaned me a K900 with VIP for a couple days when they first came out and wow; what a heck of a car. But, not for me at the $68K price. Now that the same vehicle with low miles can be had for very low $30's, I would like anyone's input who has a K900.

I love the styling and features, and the fit, finish and luxury of the K900. To anyone owning a K900 would you recommend the car, provided it is a verified well taken care of vehicle? I plan to consider low mileage ones only as I clearly do not drive much. I love the head's up display, the rear seat features, the surround camera, and, the ride quality. I'm retired and looking for comfort, luxury, style and reliability. IMO, the K900 beats its competitors hands down, including the Equus.

I'd really be grateful for real life stories from any owners as to loves, likes, or dislikes and especially, any quirks with the model including how well or poorly the dealers seem to be when servicing or repairing them.

I'm in cental NC and do have a good dealer who can locate a car for me when and if I decide to upgrade.

Thanks in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Dave H.
I went from a brand new K900 (one year owning with about 7000 miles ) to a brand new Cadenza full load and I took a hit . Having said that I like the Cadenza much more for a number of reasons .First and foremost the screen is not touch controlled .All commands come from the Joystick. Simple things like locking in radio stations are a real pain in the *** . Secondly ,it ate gas like a sieve .I drive in the city with no freeway driving and stop and go mostly stop .. Thirdly I found the ride hard vs the softer lower feel that the Cadenza has ,Granted I liked the HUD screen and the comfort I would never go back to the K900 again

I suspect if you take road trips the K900 would be more comfortable but not that much noticeably different .In Canada, I had the V6 which was not available until this year in the USA I can only imagine the gas it would use


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I have a Cadenza and a K900.
Depends on what you want the car for, which one to have.
In the city I prefer the Optima SX I had. 4 cylinder turbo
good gas mileage, sporty handling.
Cadenza gets better mileage in the city than the K900.
On the highway you can't beat the K900 for a cruiser.
Biggest problem you might have in some areas are the
dealerships which can service the car.
Here in Glendale, az I have a dealer who treats me well
Nothing like one of the big three dealerships, because they
are the same dealerships which service all KIAs
I get 27-28 MPG on the highway but about 13 in the city
If you get a K900 get a CPO used and add the 100,000
mile warranty as the warranty for everything except the
drive train will end after one year on a CPO. most
dealers end your warranty on just used car after 30-90 days
There are some good deals out there. A CPO K900 luxury
with VIP package here for sale 8200 miles $ 36,900
 

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warranty work on highway

I was in Salisbury , NC last summer hit a pothole tore up tire and wheel
right next to a KIA dealership, they were not allowed to touch it, but called KIA
for me. KIA came had the car towed to I believe it was Morrisville or some
thing like that. Brought me a new cadenza to drive, had the car repaired and
returned to me the same day. NO CHARGE for anything, not even the tire
or wheel. That was on a used CPO K900.
I ask KIA what would happen if I broke down in the middle of no where on
the trip home as regular dealers can't touch it.
Their reply was call us we will tow your car and bring you a loaner at no charge.
There are somethings I would change. Air ride like the Hyundai equus but
don't care for the styling of the equus.
It is an old fart (like me) car.
I see the new 2017 Cadenza has almost everything on it that the 2015 K900 has.


Hi all,

I have loved and enjoyed my 2014 Cadenza (fully loaded with tech prior to SXL name ) and have only 6500 miles. No real issues other than disappointing depreciation. However, in seeing the similar drop for used K900s, I admit I'm very tempted. I own the car outright and would plan the same for a K900.

My dealer loaned me a K900 with VIP for a couple days when they first came out and wow; what a heck of a car. But, not for me at the $68K price. Now that the same vehicle with low miles can be had for very low $30's, I would like anyone's input who has a K900.

I love the styling and features, and the fit, finish and luxury of the K900. To anyone owning a K900 would you recommend the car, provided it is a verified well taken care of vehicle? I plan to consider low mileage ones only as I clearly do not drive much. I love the head's up display, the rear seat features, the surround camera, and, the ride quality. I'm retired and looking for comfort, luxury, style and reliability. IMO, the K900 beats its competitors hands down, including the Equus.

I'd really be grateful for real life stories from any owners as to loves, likes, or dislikes and especially, any quirks with the model including how well or poorly the dealers seem to be when servicing or repairing them.

I'm in cental NC and do have a good dealer who can locate a car for me when and if I decide to upgrade.

Thanks in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Dave H.
 

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I was in Salisbury , NC last summer hit a pothole tore up tire and wheel
right next to a KIA dealership, they were not allowed to touch it, but called KIA
for me. KIA came had the car towed to I believe it was Morrisville or some
thing like that. Brought me a new cadenza to drive, had the car repaired and
returned to me the same day. NO CHARGE for anything, not even the tire
or wheel. That was on a used CPO K900.
I ask KIA what would happen if I broke down in the middle of no where on
the trip home as regular dealers can't touch it.
Their reply was call us we will tow your car and bring you a loaner at no charge.
There are somethings I would change. Air ride like the Hyundai equus but
don't care for the styling of the equus.
It is an old fart (like me) car.
I see the new 2017 Cadenza has almost everything on it that the 2015 K900 has.
Gene,

Thanks for your input! I bet the dealer that helped you with the tire issue was Keffer Kia here in Mooresville. They are my dealer and have sold me several vehicles. They are a very stand up group; especially service. Their only difficulty is shared by many dealers, and that is proper diagnosis support from KIA corporate; their former GM is a friend and has shared KIA's frustrating lack of response/solutions.

I am back and forth on changing cars; I have found a VIP edition around $32K with under 15K miles and you just can't beat the value of the car due to extreme depreciation. That's really the only reason I'm mulling this over. I have no complaints about my '14 Cadenza, and only have 6700 miles on it. Perfect shape; still new. I have another car that I will always keep; an early Lexus SC430 hardtop convert. with 60K miles and it also is like new. Between the two I probably only drive 3 to 4K miles a year; and I'd definitely add the 10 year 100K warranty extension to a used K900; and make sure it is transferrable.

I agree gas mileage difference between Cadenza and the K900 is not a great thing; I consistently get 18 to 19 city on the Cadenza. V6 vs V8 and the K9 is heavier. I also do like the Cadenza front wheel drive, but am not thrilled with the transmission shift smoothness. The dealer has upgraded the shift software with no real improvement.

It honestly comes down to the fact that both models are valued at half or worse than original list, and the K900 is just a rock solid luxury car; I am definitely in the old fart range where comfort, options, and quality are the big factors.

I've had many rear wheel drive cars, and also front wheel. I like both equally; since you have both models, have you found one drive train preferable to the other? I definitely remember liking the smooth shifting of the K900 and heavier road feel; also, the cabin noise difference significantly better on the K9.

Thanks for your input and to anyone else who may have additional thoughts. I guess I'm getting that 3 year itch!
 

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Hi DAVE
I usually get the 2 year itch, but this time may wait for 4 years.
Wife no longer working so we will only need one car.
Looks like we may keep both for now, but think I'd keep the K900
if we dump one.
Looked in my paper work, yes it was keffer kia. waiting area
wasn't what you get at some of the older luxury car dealers, but
The service was exceptional. You can tell them that the next time
you visit them.
I see the new cadenza has the 8 speed transmission also.
I usually only put about 4-5 K miles a year on a car, so don't mind
spending a little more on gas. This year we had a death in the family
and have made 4 trips from Arizona to North Carolina. Took the
Cadenza on first trip and the K900 on the other 3. If that tells you anything.
Good luck on buying a K900 if that is what you decide on.
My dealer here always has a low mileage Cadenza waiting for me even
if it's only an oil change. First time in they gave me a K900 as a loaner, but
just don't have them setting around.
It's a shame KIA isn't pushing them more.
 

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In the final analysis and after thinking about this topic for a few days I think the determining factors in me switching from the K900 to the Cadenza was : the size of the K900 was a tad too big for me , the gas it sucked but the most important reason which might sound silly was the lack of the touch screen. I just cannot understand why they didn't include that along with the Joystick . Gene- doesn't that also bother you ? There is no question though the K900 is a **** of a nice luxury car but I really like the Cadenza a lot and my wife hated the K900 except for her passenger seat Women go figure But to quote Gene Happy wife happy life .If you decide to buy the K900 you will enjoy it for sure but try to but the premium ,The additional features really add to the car especially the HUD
 

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yes the one thing I would change is the touch screen.
Takes a long time to get used to it, and I still miss the touch screen
Cars started out
wife's car K900
My car Cadenza.
She took over the Cadenza because of the touch screen
 

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To all my American Kia Freinds HAPPY THANKSGIVING TOMORROW !!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving wishes as well; and thank you Funnyman for your comments. It's interesting to hear the opinions of others about things like the features; I am maybe an odd duck ( well, more than maybe ), but, I actually don't care for the touch screen as fingerprints drive me into an OCD state! I very much appreciate the great input from you guys, and, like you Gene, my miles per year are so low gas mileage is not the issue it was when I was driving more.

Gene, I was going to post a note to you; today I stopped at Keffer Kia on my way home from an appointment to have a look at the K9 on the sales floor ( new ) just to refresh my memory. I mentioned your good experience to my service advisor Justin, and, he remembered having helped you. He was very glad to hear your appreciation, and, I made the point to share it with his service manager. Yep, their waiting area and showroom are smaller than what we'd like for a luxury car; definitely not Lexus. However, they have since remodeled it completely with KIA corporates assistance and styling and it is very modern, clean, and greatly improved. It was once a tiny dealer for Suzuki and they are looking to move to a larger location eventually. Glad they could help you out; they've been awesome to me and are only a few miles away. Even for an oil change, Justin makes sure I have a Cadenza or whichever one I prefer; I have had a K9 loaner once for a two day period and did indeed love it.

Yes, I agree; the VIP features make the car especially the headsup and soft door electric closing; two of my favorite things. Gene, just thought of this, does your K9 have the collision avoidance feature which I see listed on the 2016 and 2017 K9? I'm looking at a 2015 and don't think even the VIP has that feature; oh, I do also love the all around camera.

Dealer had two 2017 Cadenzas; neither was the SXL and they are handsome; in person they didn't appeal as much as they have in videos; I'll likely change my mind but am still preferring the 2014 2015 2016 Cadenza look at this point. They will list the SXL at around 45K, no doubt with big discount, but it would still be as much or more than a low mileage 2015 K9.

thanks again; anyone else with thoughts please share them.
 

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Dave
Your right the service advisor was Justin.
Your also right the 2015 K900 doesn't have the collision avoidance feature.
even with the VIP package.
Haven't seen any of the 2016's used for sale yet.
Have a great Thanksgiving
 

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Keep us informed on what you end up purchasing if anything and good luck . As an aside Vancouver Kia was formerly a Mercury dealership but closed down when they discontinued the Mercury's in Canada It is very large and very spacious with a very large service area with unbelievably good service
 

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Keep us informed on what you end up purchasing if anything and good luck . As an aside Vancouver Kia was formerly a Mercury dealership but closed down when they discontinued the Mercury's in Canada It is very large and very spacious with a very large service area with unbelievably good service
I will post an update if I decide to make the change; my practical side is arguing with my " I want it " side and the practical side is weakening.....!
 

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question about k900 I agree screen 2015 vs. Cadenza 2014 with map update

Another question for any K900 buyers trading from Cadenza. Does the 2015 K9 with the VIP package ( or without I guess also ) have the requirement to press I agree every time ( or to click it with the controller ) ?

My 2014 Cadenza had that until I griped enough that my dealer did the map update that included automatically ' Agreed ' after about 10 seconds.

If the K9 is the same; anyone know if they have an update for it on the K(.

By the way, still considering a used K9; if I do trade for it, I will naturally join the K9 forum also; for now, it's helpful to ask via the Cadenza forum due to the comparison only an owner of both can offer.

Gene; I know you had a similar complaint as me on the Cadenza originally; and I did read one of your posts from July, 2015 about the K9 saying it did not automatically 'Agree'; does yours still do that?

Thanks again folks!
 

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Another question for any K900 buyers trading from Cadenza. Does the 2015 K9 with the VIP package ( or without I guess also ) have the requirement to press I agree every time ( or to click it with the controller ) ?

My 2014 Cadenza had that until I griped enough that my dealer did the map update that included automatically ' Agreed ' after about 10 seconds.

If the K9 is the same; anyone know if they have an update for it on the K(.

By the way, still considering a used K9; if I do trade for it, I will naturally join the K9 forum also; for now, it's helpful to ask via the Cadenza forum due to the comparison only an owner of both can offer.

Gene; I know you had a similar complaint as me on the Cadenza originally; and I did read one of your posts from July, 2015 about the K9 saying it did not automatically 'Agree'; does yours still do that?

Thanks again folks!
my k900 requireD me " to agree" EACH AND EVERY TIME my Cadenza's warning simply disappears if I don't agree .I had the 2015 tech package but I had not updated my map software
 

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Dave
Sorry about the message not getting to you
Seems to be my new computer, doesn't send any
messages out. Can't even post.
After I had the map update done on the K900
the agree goes off after about 10 seconds
 

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My factors to look at would be a comparison between...
road noise
wind noise
ride quality (ironing out bumps)
sound system quality
highway passing capability (quick bursts from 50 to 70, or 70 to 90, if needed)

If anybody can comment, that'd be great :)

PS: Gas isn't a big deal, they both suck at gas mileage for their comparative classes.
 
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