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You may want to check every so often on Ebay for the door panel. I searched for "kia sorento door panel fl front driver" and a few came up. Here's one of them:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Kia-Sor...D/264240400032

One thing to watch out for is the insert pattern. I believe there are two...carbon and imitation wood. Mine is a carbon pattern...kind of checkered. So make sure the one you're looking at matches.

The Ebay items will be much less expensive. They usually post the part number or you can ask what the part number is and then check with a parts department.

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One thing to watch out for is the insert pattern. I believe there are two...carbon and imitation wood. Mine is a carbon pattern...kind of checkered. So make sure the one you're looking at matches.
Shoot. I think I misspoke then because mine looks like wood grain but is black/dark grey in color. Thanks for the heads up. These cars had so many different options apparently!

I ordered the start button off ebay. A little expensive at $40 but oh well, it would've driven me nuts. New OEM was 100+ (which is nuts for a switch, same part for my charger is 15?). I guess there were even two or more colors of THOSE (green or black)!

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I saw a thread about taking the center console/radio out and it actually looks straightforward. May be a good DIY project if you can get a replacement, if nothing else works.

I believe the member that I was thinking about is Cobra259. Not sure if he can help or not. I was trying to look for the previous thread but couldn't find it. Maybe you'll have better luck.

Another thing to try is to touch every other part of the screen to get past the screen. Maybe the touchscreen is out of calibration. Not sure how you'd put it back into calibration if that's the case though.
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Just a quick update, I'm updating the list back in the original first post now that I have edit permissions.

Cleaned the smudges/grime on the headliner with a little TuffStuff sprayed onto a generic microfiber rag and some gentle elbow grease. We're getting down to the final few items and I'm super excited.

I've just finished the Ignition Start Button replacement, for anyone else who ever has to do this there is a small panel on the door-facing side of the dash that pries off and hides two screws. It's a pain in the ass to reinstall because it has a lip underneath the door seal. Also, part came 5 days earlier than expected after accepting a counter-offer on eBay on Wed. Kudos to Garry's Auto Recycling down in Florida for really stepping up to the plate in an unexpected way and letting me get this part installed over the long weekend instead of over breaks during my work from home days.

I am, however, beating myself up right now. During the switch replacement, I had the door propped open and was working in my 1-car garage. I didn't realize that at some point the door was touching a 2x4 on the garage wall. With me moving around while sitting in the seat/leaning on it, the door now has a spot where it rubbed a bit of paint down to the color coat on the edge of the door. The joys of being 6'2" and 250 lbs and trying to work on cars "gently". Going to have to get that touched up/fixed.

Basically, my goal with this 100k mile car is to get it looking and working like a 50k mile car. So far I've spent $200 on parts, and I'm fairly confident that I'm within $500 worth of parts/labor of that goal (or less if I decide to test my worth as a polisher and not just a wax/basic detailer). The price difference in buying a newer, lower mile car would've been nearing the $5k mark from what research I've done.

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