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Kia Rondo



  • 93949394 Posts: 67

    i agree with conwelpic, mine has factory fog lights and to be honest with you, they don't make your visibility any better in those foggy nights.

    after talking to my friends they also have same experience (with different makes and models), i can only say they make your car look better, not the driver.

    having said that, after market fog lights with a yellowish tint may be different ?
    according to law of physics, lights closer to the red end of the spectrum do penetrate better through the atomosphere.

  • rmblroyrmblroy Posts: 4
    IMO regular oil changes are the cheapest engine insurance possible. I wouldn't go past 4K miles even with the synthetic I use. I'm sure the owner's manual recommendation is sufficient to keep the engine going till the end of the warranty period. But, I'm also certain they're not gonna put a new mill in if it breaks later.
  • rmblroyrmblroy Posts: 4
    Any experience and/or recommendations
  • castg1castg1 Posts: 34
    i agree with conwelpic, mine has factory fog lights and to be honest with you, they don't make your visibility any better in those foggy nights.

    In foggy weather, I noticed incoming cars are easily seen when their foglights are on. For this reason, I turn on my foglights. To be seen by incoming vehicles.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    Another example of idiots in Detroit. As you stated, the shorter wave length of light penetrates fog better, far better than white light of which much will be reflected back blinding the driver. Red near infra-red would be best but red is only legal on the back. So the next best would be a near red Amber.
    Also, I hate those yellow lights on the back. Red is the only color that does not cause night blindness and that is why it is used on aircraft carriers during night operations.
  • Has anyone replaced the fuel filter in a 2007 V6 Rondo?
    Mechanic told me it's in the fuel tank!! :(
  • Some drivers are using fog lights for regular driving. It's very blinding to older drivers and is being considered for a policing ban when there is no fog; by some locales in NA (North American)..
  • 93949394 Posts: 67
    i find that the HID lights are even worse, they are making driving at night, especially rainy night a hazard for all the drivers with regular halogen lights.

  • eveyevey Posts: 1
    We bought a 2010 Kia Rondo with tan interior and have found the seats stain from raindrops if you don't close the door quickly, snow if it happens to fall on the seats, and some water from a water bottle that tipped. I have never had any vehicle do this. I left a white towel on it to absorb the water bottle stain. It stained the towel brown. Took the kids sleigh riding, some snow on their coats made the seat belts run and stain. Part of the seat belt is now a darker tan. We are not happy at all with spending money on a 2010 vehicle and having it look like it is 10 years old in 4 months. We are taking it to the dealership to have an inspection done, which the results then go to the district manager, and then to Kia. We will see where we get with this, but obviously Kia has not addressed their upholstery fabric issue since 2008.
  • ofionnachtaofionnachta Posts: 36
    When we bought our 09 gray Rondo, I would not let anyone use it until I had sprayed the cloth seats with Scotchgard 3x. I thought the fabric looked like it would stain easily. Also, I had read things on these forums.

    But, I wd have done the Scotchgard route anyway. I have been a big fan of the stuff ever since I sprayed it on a white purse (to be used by dau at a wedding) and water just beaded up & ran off it.

    It has been working well for me & I have been driving it more than a year.
  • woofmeowwoofmeow Posts: 1
    Scotchgard has bad chemicals which will affect the environment and your and your family's health. They break down eventually and seep into your tissues.
  • bgwbgw Posts: 116
    We had a 2007 with grey leather and now have a 2011 with black leather. We are finding the leather quite easy to clean, even with 2 kids. Plus, when we still had the 2007, the leather was showing little sign of wear at all. A friend had a 2008 with cloth, I did not hear her mention how easy/hard it was to clean.
  • tsm280ztsm280z Posts: 29
    Has anyone had problems with warped brake rotors?
    I have a 2007 EX V6 with 30,000 miles on it. Getting a severe vibration in the steering wheel during moderate to hard braking. Pads are fine. I assume it's the rotors or front end wayout of alignment. Do they even resurface rotors anymore or just replace them?
  • bgwbgw Posts: 116
    I replaced all 4 brakes (!) in 2010, at about 30,000 miles. The rear calipers had frozen due to our very salty climate and I wasn't proactive enough to notice it. I did think that the front brakes were working harder than normal but by the time I had the brakes checked, the rears were rotted and the fronts had begun to warp. Partly the fault of our climate, and partly my fault. (Our climate is so salty, my 2002 PT Cruiser's rocker panels are almost non-existent!)
    Considering that I replaced 4 rotors, 4 sets of pads and needed to free up the rear calipers, the cost wasn't too bad. Now that I have a 2011 Rondo EX V6, I will be paying closer attention to my brakes!
  • tsm280ztsm280z Posts: 29
    Thanks bgw. My wifes' Taurus had the same problem at 30,000 miles.
    Turned out Ford used crappy rotors ... common problem.
    Just curoius how many other Rondo owners have a similar problem.
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    If within the past few thousand miles anyone dropped the wheels for rotation, brake check, etc. take it to them. You might try gotcha by asking to see their wheel changers torque wrench. But he might actually have one, just did not use it.
    Most are now recognizing that failure to use torque wrench is the reason for warped rotors. It has been a long known fact but denied by many mechanics. GM has even put out bulletins to mechanics to always use a torque wrench for the wheels because doing otherwise will damage rotors and even the wheel base. If you have cast aluminum wheels, the improper torque warps the mounting face as well as the rotor, so just replacing the rotor still leaves you with a warped wheel. I would not accept a turned rotor because the problem may resurface, but to a lesser degree. The metal will try to rebound a little if properly torqued.
    If you can prove they improperly torqued, say an impact wrench, with or without torque-stix was used, then I'd say they owe you new wheels and rotors.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    I have a '08 EX with the 2.4L and I'm still on the original brakes and tires with over 70,000 km.
  • tmurphytmurphy Posts: 10
    I have a high pitched sound coming from what I believe is from the rear brakes. Sounds similar to the sound the brake wear indicator would make (not sure if Kias have them) but I have plenty of pad left (34,000 miles).
    It only happens on the highway at speeds over 60 mph. If I tap the brakes the noise goes away
    and then comes back after I release the brake. This is what makes me believe it's coming from the brakes. If I drop the speed the noise goes away.
    I've taken the wheels off to inspect but can't find anything out of the ordinary.
    Anyone else have a similar problem?
  • e_net_ridere_net_rider Posts: 1,380
    OE finally wore out, past 60K. I talked my wife into putting Michelins on. What a difference. Ride quality has improved a lot as well as road noise.
    Dealer rotated them at next oil change, prematurely since they only had 1000 miles, but idiots used impact wrench, not torque wrench. The warped rotor vibration was starting before I realized it. Some of it has gone away with proper torqueing.
    The dealer apparently has added their own alignment rack so they no longer slep the job out and tire installation was done in dealer shop.
    Steering seems a little loose when it comes to highway control. A bit more than what had been. It always had a bit of control issue in crosswinds and passing vehicles. A good wax job may reduce some of it, but I also get the feeling that tie rod ends may be involved or the alignment.
  • tsm280ztsm280z Posts: 29

    Anyone out there who has had there timing belt replaced at 60,000 miles? Experiences?

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