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  1. Condensation inside headlight assembly?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Thanks, me too. :) Just today, drove through my first hard rain/puddles since, and so far nothing inside I can see. Hope it stays that way.
  2. Condensation inside headlight assembly?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    So far so good. I bought a box of silica beads from Michaels, and some cheesecloth. I made 4 pouches of dessiccant, tied tops with rubber bands, didn't use metal so no chance of shorting anything. I opened the dust caps for a few hours to let any moisture out, put a pouch in each of the 4...
  3. MPG will improve with time: myth or reality?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I'm coming up on 9,000 miles on my SX/V6. I'd say I've seen a 1-2 mpg increase. I find if I'm driving really carefully with mpg in mind, I can get as much as 28mpg on the hwy. More often it's 25-26. Around town if careful, about 21, if not about 18-19. But again, this is from the V6. I'd like...
  4. Condensation inside headlight assembly?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Do you think just removing the 2 circular screw in caps that expose the bulb wires and letting it air out for a few hours will do anything? I noticed silica gel packs in there. I'm wondering if maybe leaving the screw caps off for several hours on a hot day, and replacing the silica packs with...
  5. Condensation inside headlight assembly?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I know there's a TSB on this. I read it, they say it's normal. And that if you notice it, just turn the headlights on and drive a few minutes. Well, lately it seems it happens almost whenever it rains a lot. If its still raining, driving with the lights on wont clear it up completely, until the...
  6. Engine went off-line by itself

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Coasting in neutral is also going to add brake wear. A big part of what slows the car are the gears, might end up replacing brake pads sooner.
  7. All Weather Floor mats?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Im overall happy with the Husky mats and cargo liner, but I agree with most of your criticisms. The spikes are indeed sharp, but they do hold them in place very well. I agree you need to be careful removing them for cleaning, I'd think you could scratch your interior if not careful. I agree the...
  8. Auto Trans Oil : Change Now or Not ?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    A few things: 1) At 46,000 miles, your tranny fluid should be fine. Unless you're doing severe driving, it's good for another 54,000 miles! Kia doesn't give you a dip stick to check your tranny fluid, and they claim it's a sealed system that needs NO SERVICE OR EVEN INSPECTION until 100,000...
  9. Horrible gas mileage

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Last week I took a short hwy trip. Approx. 80 mi there, 80 back. All hwy at one constant speed. Since the trip back was the same road, I averaged the mpg there and back, to allow for uphill/downhill/wind, it came to 26 mpg. I have a FWD V6. I was going EXACTLY 75 mph both legs, with AC on...
  10. 2013 Sorento - Rough Idle

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Too smooth, soft and quiet, those BASTARDS!!! :eek: :)
  11. 2011 EX not starting

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    This is (probably) a known defect in the brake switch. Needs to be replaced. Go into car, hold button down. As you're holding button down, vigorously pump the brakes until car starts. Drive to Kia and ask them to change faulty brake switch while you wait. It's a 15 min. job.
  12. I have a dumb question about the AC vents... :)

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Good suggestions. :) Of course right now, I'm much more preoccupied and interested in trying to fix the big paint chip in the middle of my passenger door that some douche apparently caused when I was parked somewhere recently. Some people clearly just don't care at all about other people. :(
  13. I have a dumb question about the AC vents... :)

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I'm a very big guy, 6'8, 350 lbs. , size 17 feet, so yes, I'm a giant, which might complicate things as my seat is all the way back, and my big right arm lays heavily on the black leather center rest. Also, my wife enjoys parking in our garage, my car stays outside 24/7 and it gets very hot. I...
  14. I have a dumb question about the AC vents... :)

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Yeah, it's very odd. On a really scorching FL summer day, I need cold air blowing on all of me, not just my middle and left side. And it kills me that 1) I can't direct any air on my right side, unless I use my left vent for my face and my drivers middle to cool my right side and arm, but then...
  15. best fuel mileage recorded on our v6

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    My best ever was 27.5 on a 150 mi. hwy trip. Well, 90% hwy. averaged about 70 mph. I can't believe some are getting close to 30. I don't doubt them, just seems too good to be true in a 4000lb. 280 HP SUV.
  16. I have a dumb question about the AC vents... :)

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I'm alone while driving 90% of the time. I live in FL so anything I can do to make my AC stronger or more efficient is a good thing. As I'm usually alone, I have typically in my cars, closed off the 2 passenger vents to route that air to my 2 driver's side vents, or, even better, like in my...
  17. $18k Trade Fair?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I'd assume private party.
  18. Factory Oil??

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    I was told a 5w20 blend. Personally I think a 5w30 or even a 10w30 full synthetic is better, except perhaps in winter. But you can't go wrong with a full synthetic that's approved in the climate/oil chart in your manual.
  19. Anyone know the fix for iPhone auto connect issues?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Very few contacts. But again, works flawlessly in my wife's 2011 Sportage, just not in my 2012 Sorento. If its a software fix I'd do it, if they need to remove the head unit, I'd just live with it. Wish I knew what the fix was.
  20. Anyone know the fix for iPhone auto connect issues?

    2011 - 2013 (XM) Sorento Forum
    Thanks for the response. :) But I don't agree it's the phone, because my phone connects automatically in my wife's 2011 Sportage 100% of the time, then I take the same phone into my 2012 Sorento, only connects about 25% of the time. If it was the phone itself, it wouldn't work literally 100% in...
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