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Kia Sorento Accessories

lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
I checked with two local Kia dealers. They all said the Kia side step bars are just came in. My dealer quoted $450 installed. And another dealer quoted $345 plus $77 labor ($422 total).
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Was there a question in there somewhere or was that just an announcement?

    You might try posting in the Kia Sorento discussion.

    tidester, host
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    No. It was an information for any Sorento owners who may be interested. I was trying to tell the part has been delayed and finally here at your local Kia dealers.
  • dbgindydbgindy Posts: 351
    lok was just imparting info that will mean a great deal to Sorento owners (myself included:-).
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    Yes. It is about time to add a new discussion. We are driving this for almost 10 months now. Companies are expending their product lines to Kia Sorento. I will post my comments and experience here for the side step bars.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Great! Then have at it!

    Not having owned or driven a Sorento I'll rely on your judgement.

    tidester, host
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,695
    trim package? I was getting my Sportage's left rear power window motor replaced the other day and picked up a brochure that covers Sorento toys sold and sometimes installed by the dealer. The trim package was for the taillights and side mirrors and also they offer some chroming for the inside of the cabin that looks quite cool. Anybody bought these things yet?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,695
    and parts of the interior trimming? The best looking part of the chromework was on this beautiful new SUV's taillights. Really looks great IMHO. Installation looks easy with no hardware required and a "snap-on" installation approach. I'm sticking with my '01 Sportage 4x4 and loving it but with this hot looking chrome taillight accessory you can get for Sorento, well...hummm....they're doing it again! The headlights look great straight from the factory as they are IMO.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • hecnyhecny Posts: 29
    Has anyone purchased accesories from Cobra or T&H. I am interested in step bars/running boards,and front and rear protective gaurds for the bumpers. I came across these two companies that make these accesories for the Sorento. I have a Silver EX, and can't decide if the stainless steel finish, or the black powder coat would look best. The difference in anti-corrosion warranty is, 10 years for the stainless steel, and 3 for the black powder coat, So the stainless steel which also cost about 20-25 percent more seems to be the better alternative. Any advice,opinion, or experience would be greatly appreciated.
  • I have the T&H Step Bars; They are very beautiful.. I have the Stainless Steel Finish ones.

    See pics of the Step Bars at my site:

    http://www.powow.com/mysorento
  • hecnyhecny Posts: 29
    Thanks, they really do look very nice. This is one item that I want from T&H, but I am not crazy about the front gaurd. The rear single pipe guard is not bad. So my dilema right now is that I may have to mix products. The T&H steps, and rear pipe, and the front gaurd from Cobra. I am hesitant to do this because I don't know if the finishes will be close enough.
  • hecnyhecny Posts: 29
    Did you put those on yourself. It's supposed to be easy.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    I am also shopping for the side steps for my Sorento. I have no experience on installing this item. Do you think the stainless steel will last longer? I have seen many SUVs with black powder coating side steps, running boards and front guards (mostly factory accessories) have rust on them once the coating has scratch. Any suggestion?
  • hecnyhecny Posts: 29
    loK888,

    I made that same observation, SUV's with the accesories in the black powder coat finish. After a few years, you can see the rust forming. That's why they are only guarenteeing them for three years. The one's Slan_Canada has,look great.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    I agree with you on the stainless steel. I first thought the stainless steel is a bit too much (too bright?) for the car. But I am getting used to it after seeing more Benz ML, Toyota Highlander, RAV4 with them.
  • No, my dealer installed them.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    I just replaced the stock radio antenna rod with this Euro-stlye "shorty" one with the same good or even better radio reception. I first tried to unscrew the stock rod. I probably unscrewed the annetnna mast instead and broke some connectors. It caused a poor radio reception. This time, I just unscrewed the rod. Better reception?? Yes. I drove by the area with high rise buildings nearby. There is no effect on both AM and FM stations. And it was worst with the stock annetnna. BTW, I bought this from ebay. I wish I know how to download from pictures of my Sorento.
  • iamru2iamru2 Posts: 5
    Has anyone found a front end bra for the Sorento? I've been looking but have had no luck. I've seen pictures with European models with them. Thanks - Chris
  • iamru2iamru2 Posts: 5
    Does anyone have experience with getting a security alarm installed in their Sorento? I'd like one that arms and disarms when the doors are opened/closed, including the rear window. If you know the manufacturer of the system and the basic cost, I'd appreciate the info. I live in the SF Bay Area. Chris
  • hciaffahciaffa Posts: 454
    I am looking for a good alarm system as well as for the bra try your Kia dealer. They offer one that looks pretty good.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    Chris - Did you check out the front end bra at your local Kia dealer? I would rather put those 3M clear productive tapes for automobiles. I have seen those on the front end area and side mirrors on BMW and Audi. For the alarm system, I want to install one with remote starter before the winter comes. The guy at my local auto stereo place (not Best Buy or Circuit City) told that is going to cost me $350 installed. I think it is made by Python, one of the Directed Electronic products (www.directed.com).
  • iamru2iamru2 Posts: 5
    I believe I heard reference to the Python alarm before. And I guess I will check a dealer for the front bra. I'm not familure with the protective clear tapes.

    Chris
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,451
    Check the Car front end protective bras & film discussion for info on the clear tape, aka, film. It's nice stuff, but still pricy.

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  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    For my understand, you can't just buy a roll of film from them and cut on your own. Every set is pre-cut. They also recommended a professional installer like some auto glass and window places. I heard the cost of the film (for front bumper, hood, rocker panel, mirrors) is about $300 to $400 or more. It looks nice and maintenance free. But for the same cost, I can probably paint my bumper twice.
  • iamru2iamru2 Posts: 5
    Just for curiosity, I checked out the Xpel website for pricing. For my Sorento it's about $297 for the hood and $297 for the bumper. This is just for the material, no installation.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    It is still pricy. It requires advanced installation skill. I actual have a small portion of these tape or film on my 2003 Toyota Camry near both rear passenger's doors and rocker panels. They are pretty much stick on the surface of the panel. My dealer told they are installed at the factory. And for this product, I don't know if insurance will cover it for car accident unless you show them the receipt of the installation.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    hciaffa - I just ordered a complete set of the window deflectors from WeatherTech. I also ordered another set for my other car (03 Camry). This saved me some shipping. I hope this is too late for the season. And I hope the weather will permit me for the installation. Will post message about it.
  • I purchased a set of 4 VentVisors by AutoVent from ebay the other day. Installed it on my Sorento and noticed that I have a lot more wind noise than before. The noise is very noticeable if speed is over 50mph. Anyone has similar experience.
  • I need to run a 12 Volt power cable from the Sorent's battery to under the driver seat to power my ham radio.

    Is there already a hole I can use or I need to make a hole myself from under the hood to the inside of the car ?

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,768
    benjamin - See my previous post. You should try the one from WeatherTech (www.mats.com). I just ordered a set for my Sorento and my Camry. They cost twice as much as the Auto Vent but without taping them outside the window frames. You just insert them inside the window channels. You need to tape the rear set inside the channels. BTW, I have the Auto Vent on my Accord (car sold). I have no problem about it but the tape had been peeled off. And I had to remove the vent for power window motor & regular replacement on the Accord.
  • hciaffahciaffa Posts: 454
    As long as the temp out side is in the 70's you should be able to attach them especially the rear one with the tape. If you done't have a garage then do it outside and leave the Sorento in the sun to heat up the rear windows. As per the instructions you will have to run the windows up and down several times to seat them and then they must be kept closed at least overnight. I put mine on in April and it was still cool here in Ct. Like I mentioned I did notice s slight wind noise from the from drivers window when we got the Sorento but after installing the visors the sound was gone.
    By the way this have a slight gray tint and when look at the Sorento head on or from the rear they are so thin that they hug to the window and give no silouette. I also read in the last advertisement in a Motor Trend mag that they have a darker tint so you may wnat to ask for that. I am happy withthe light gray tint. I matches the tint on the windows.
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