The last year or so, my brakes have been pretty soft. Since we are going on a road trip soon, I wanted to get them fixed. So I took it to a mechanic my wife knows (and trusts) instead of the dealership. Let me backtrack a bit. About two years after buying the car, the brakes went out. It took the dealership four trips and two months worth of work to figure out what was wrong (thankfully the brakes were under warranty). But they never really felt tight, like brakes should. So I took them to this new mechanic. So he replaced the master cylinder, and they were supposed to have worked fine. My wife picked the car up Friday and proceeded to start home. The brakes seized on her, to the point where she couldn't even get it in gear! So we had it towed back to the mechanic. He called this afternoon to inform me of the problem. The dealership, in order to keep people coming back and making more money off of them, was adjusting the rod between the master cylinder and the vacuum booster, which helps the brakes engage (as he explained to me - that's a new part in my terminology). So the dealership was knowingly ignoring the real problem (my master cylinder) and putting a Band-Aid on it by adjusting this rod, which made my brakes super loose. So I guess the new mechanic didn't realize this, and replaced the master cylinder without readjusting the rod, which caused the problem Friday. Anyway, the car's out of the shop, and I've got fully functional brakes! And I am NEVER taking my car to the Kia dealership again! The Kia itself is a fine little car, but I'm sure as hell not giving that dealership one more cent!