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  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    glad to help, you can also buy the complete compact spare tire kit online for around the $200 range (US).
    No sure what UFO is, never heard of it, do you mean UVO? If so, no it doesn't you have the navigation unit that is in a premium package option in the exclaim model to have that feature.
    Also if you have the UVO system then you also have the Infinity sound system with the 8 speakers including a sub-woofer and also the front door lighted speakers (that is all part of the audio upgrade package when buying new).

  • Yes its uvo, thanks again. It looks just like the picture you sent. What good work you do, I am 79 years old and the wife the same, she loves the car. Our other is a lexus which she says she will sell when I die. Thats how much she likes it, so easy to get around in parking lots and plenty of pep. She has not started on programing the radio yet but her eyes lighted up when I told her about the juke box thing. The rear view camera is nice also. I believe I got a fair price since it was traded in at a dodge dealer and they seem to know nothing about how to get to the spare or anything else. I am 6'4'' am able to get into and out very easy. I had looked around at two dealerships and they had only one at the dealerships and it was the highter priced one. They must be selling well, seems the writeups here are good. I will take her to the local kia dealer to have them fix the pull up thing in the rear, inside, will ask them to help my wife program the radio because it seems like a lot to know. If there is any thing else you can tell me, please do. Thanks again-that what these forums are all about-to help people, Harry in central florida
  • The SAT section of the radio works, is this something I will have to pay for somewhere down the line? Harry
  • Good to hear you like your Soul.....I, too, live in central Florida (Sebring) and continue to follow the Soul until I'm able to get one. I like the height and ease of entry. Continue to enjoy....this forum is terrific.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    edited November 2012
    thanks glad to help, I'm 11 years younger than you and live in Canada, we have friends in St. Petersburg.
    There should be a book on the UVO system that comes with the car along with your owners manual and warranty book. The UVO is very easy to use, however, I do not use all the features only the radio, jukebox and USB port, I have no use for the bluetooth feature. I don't bother with satellite as I do not feel like paying a monthly fee to listen to music when I have such a vast library of my own music that I keep on a flash drive and store in the Jukebox, then I just flip back and forth between the two just like two radio stations.
    If your SAT is working now then it could be because the previous owners was paying for it, so maybe it didn't cancel when he sold the car. If you really want it, wait for it to finish and then the company will be back to you to try to get you to subscribe and then you get good deals, don't always accept the first. Normally when the car is new you get a free subscription for 3 months, they are still trying to get me to subscribe with good offers and periodically they also give free service for two weeks, which perhaps could be the reason yours is working at present as mine is working now but expires at the end of this week. So if you try it next week and it doesn't work you will know why.
    Yes the back-up camera is great.
    Here's the Jukebox showing copying a track from a mp3 CD to the storage. It will not copy from a standard pre-recorded CD it has to be an mp3 conversion. You can also copy from a flashdrive too. (right click on picture and select "view image" to see full picture - that's in Firefox)

    Here's a current picture of mine (2012 Soul 4u) Hard to see in the picture but it also has a sunroof.
  • Yesterday I went to the local dealership to have an oil change and tire rotation, also to have the string tab fixed. Quite an experience. When the car was finished I asked about the tab being fixed. The service lady said "the manager told her that there was no tab for a reason, being so many of them were broken on the 2011's that they did not put them on the 2012. I questioned this and the manager was called, he said I will look in the spects book. I had just looked at a 2013 on the showroom floor with the pull tab. He went to the car pulled up the carpet with a screwdriver went away and came back with something that looks like a rubber band but strong. He placed it into the hole and it works, even tho its not the correct item. He had mentioned before he placed the band in, I would have to order a new floor mat. I wonder why he did not. When I came home I sent an email to the dealership complaining about this treatment, will keep you posted.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    they did not put them on the 2012 - you should have asked then how do they open the lid if this is the case :confuse: :D
  • Yes I did ask them before the manager fixed it and they said with a screwdriver?? It was very weird, I can not wait to receive an answer to my complaint and wonder what they will say.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    edited November 2012
    yes that's a bit of a dumb reply. I'm actually a bit surprised that KIA didn't just put in a finger notch on that cover, which is what they do on the Rondo, at least that way nothing would beak.

    However, that cover is pretty light so the only way the loop would break is trying to lift it with something heavy on top of it. If mine ever broke I would be more inclined to replace it with something a bit more substantial like a small knob or small t-handle, I wouldn't bother with warranty on something like that (it would only be a few bucks and it would cost me more in gas to go to the dealer - I'm 45 minutes away, one way), otherwise you are just getting the same thing back again - just a thought!
  • Harry here again, how do you light up the speakers?? I see the dial on the left that says mood or mode and radio but what lights up. Of course I have not driven it at night but I would think I could see it in the day light. Thanks Harry
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    it can be difficult to see in the day, and its not really as effective anyway. It is explained in your owners manual. Depends on the setting whether its going to the pulse of the music or in the mood setting. The + and - toggle switch is increasing or decreasing the intensity. There is no mention of radio just OFF, MUSIC and MOOD.
    It only works on the two front door speakers. Need a strong beat to show in the MUSIC setting. MOOD cycles through about 6-8 different colours, but you can lock onto one if you wish.
  • thanks, I think you took the wrong picture but you are correct there is no mention of radio, when it gets warm at night I will go out and try it, I was looking at the dash speaker and thinking, that would distract my vision if it changed colors. I will consecrate on the door speakers. Thanks again you are very helpful. My wife tells everyone she know that every woman should have a kia soul. She just toots around town and in the parking lots so easy, she likes the easy to turn and the smallness of the vehicle and she is 79 also. Harry
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    edited December 2012
    no I didn't its just that you only see half the picture on this column. Just right click on the photo and select view image. (Firefox) or if you use Chrome, right click and select open image in a new tab

    If you set in the mood, its like having foot-well lighting and you get to pick which colour you want too. :)
  • ok, here I go again, I have the eco package, as I read it says I have sg, stop and go, what does that mean? I know it gives me auto on lights and larger tires but the other I do not understand. Harry
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    edited December 2012
    are you sure, because by now you shouldn't have to ask that question. If it has ISG (idle stop and go) then it shuts down the engine each time you stop providing it meets certain conditions, so do you have this feature or are you getting it confused with ACTIVE ECO?

    Sure wish this forum would allow you to provide your location and what you are driving with each posting. I had to backtrack to remember what vehicle you purchased.
    It was a 2012 Soul + model, that vehicle never had a ECO PACKAGE (it was only on the 1.6L model that year), its only become available as an option for the 2013 + models.
  • I guess I have the active eco thing because the engine does not stop, I have the push button on the dash which turns on a light that says eco, which I assume means it is using less gas when the light is on. I should read my book, you are correct.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    when you active it, it tweaks the transmission and engine for maximum economy, but at the cost of performance. I can certainly know when its on, I haven't found its been of much help in economy for my use, but this could vary depending on the persons driving.

    When you push the button, it will stay on even when you shut the engine off, so you don't have to keep turning it on each time you drive the car, you will also have a reminder light on your gauges.

  • chevy3400chevy3400 Posts: 6
    edited February 2013
    Have a drawn interest in 2013 Soul. Can't seem to find a weight on it. Would also be interested in any feedback on test drives and ownership from anyone. Does the 1.6 L engine have enough power for the 6 speed manual transmission?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    I drove the 2013 Soul with 6AT and it had plenty of power for my needs. But I don't feel the need for speed much anymore. Should be even peppier with the manual. I recommend that you take the car for a test drive to make sure it has enough power for you.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    Soul 1.6L manual - 2615 lbs; automatic - 2,707 lbs.

    Yes it has plenty of power for that vehicle (from what I've read from owners on various forums), but you have to try it, it all depends on what you expect based on previous vehicles.
    I have the 2.0L model.

    You can find out all the info you want at the Kia Motors US website, that is if you live in the US or in Canada at the Kia Canada website.
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