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I collect my New Kia Forte (shipped to Nigeria as New Cerato) Ex, Champagne Gold colour. The car is really an eye turner.

However, I noticed that the temperature gauge is not available. My Console readout display trip computer and nothing else. I checked the manual but there is no information on this.

Where is Engine Temperature Gauge? Anybody with clue?
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The SX models have a temp gauge in the dash display. I'm not sure the EX/LX models have a temp gauge though.
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Does that mean the car does not have temp gauge? This is weird.
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Your Kia Forte EX has the temp gauge in your instrument cluster but is unlit under normal condition (like the check engine light). This warning light will illuminates when the ignition switch is turned on and will turn off after a few second.

IMHO, Kia engineers made it that way instead putting that panic gauge in there because if you keep your vehicle properly maintained, that warning light chances of turning on is less or none.

The location of the temperature gauge in your instrument cluster (Type A for Forte EX) is highlighted in this image.


The following is the page in your owner's manual telling what condition triggers the illumination of this warning light and what to do if that happens.



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My wife's '08 saturn Vue has no temp guage,the '09's have a readout in the 'driver info center'. '09 Subaru Forester,'idiot' light only. MANY cars were 'idiot light ' only years ago. It DOES keep customers from fretting when the temp guage rises a little out of it's normal range in extreme heat/certain conditions,though the guage in my Rondo,once warmed up,stays in one position no matter what so far. I like the guage or readout.
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The warning light idea is ok, but I still like the good old gauge. It is always easy to see any problems early if you keep a check on your gauges.

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I collect my New Kia Forte (shipped to Nigeria as New Cerato) Ex, Champagne Gold colour. The car is really an eye turner.

However, I noticed that the temperature gauge is not available. My Console readout display trip computer and nothing else. I checked the manual but there is no information on this.

Where is Engine Temperature Gauge? Anybody with clue?
There's no Engine Temperature Gauge on LX/EX Fortes (I don't know for the SX). Personally, I'm disappointed. In winter time, the gauge is helpful to know when the engine is warm enough to put the heat on and not get blasted with cold air. Now I have to guess, depending on how long I’ve been in the car. Not a big deal but a bit inconvenient on a car that has so many other features…
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The SX model does have a temp indicator [sliding bar] in the center guage very cool by the way. That's why it's always good to buy a car loaded with all the nice extras!
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But what if you don't want the less efficient engine or the bumpier ride?
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But what if you don't want the less efficient engine or the bumpier ride?
- you mean a more powerful engine and better handling...
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