Originally Posted by Lurch72
Update: I called some of the dealerships that are 3+ hours away, all of them said it was no problem to turn off the auto unlock on park feature. I called my local service department and they still say it's not possible. Same with the next closest dealership. Can anyone confirm this either way? Im pretty sure some of the other Kia's allow you to do this on your own.
I'm wondering if you might get the effect you want by enabling two-stage unlock. You apparently can do this by pressing the lock and unlock button (on your fob) simultaneously for 4+ seconds. Not sure if this will work or not but, apparently, this will change the manner in which your fob will work wrt unlocking doors. If this doesn't work and you want to return the fob to its previous state then simply repeat this procedure.
Good luck and please let us know if this works.
Oh, and by the way, the following statement appears in the Owner's Manual:
An authorized KIA dealer can activate or deactivate some auto door lock/ unlock features. If you want to activate or deactivate some door lock/unlock feature, consult an authorized KIA dealer.