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Installed the mud guards. Took 30 minutes because I needed to go out and get a set of tools I thought I still had. They are kind of small and you don't really notice them. Hopefully they do their job. They were sealed and came in original packaging from what I can tell. It even had the new kia logo on the sticker. Paid $59 for them, good deal considering they are almost twice the price from the dealer.
 

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Installed the mud guards. Took 30 minutes because I needed to go out and get a set of tools I thought I still had. They are kind of small and you don't really notice them. Hopefully they do their job. They were sealed and came in original packaging from what I can tell. It even had the new kia logo on the sticker. Paid $59 for them, good deal considering they are almost twice the price from the dealer.
Nice, thank you for the pics! Where did you get them again? If there’s a link for ordering them online, be great if you can share. Thanks!
 

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Nice, thank you for the pics! Where did you get them again? If there’s a link for ordering them online, be great if you can share. Thanks!
Yeah no problem!

I ordered them on April 2nd and it arrived yesterday April 19th. Shipping says it takes around 10 to 30 business days. I haven't seen them any cheaper online but $59 isn't bad.
 

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Yeah no problem!

I ordered them on April 2nd and it arrived yesterday April 19th. Shipping says it takes around 10 to 30 business days. I haven't seen them any cheaper online but $59 isn't bad.
Thanks for sharing the info, and for validating this supplier. Normally I’d be hesitant to order international, but your experience gives me confidence!
 

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Thanks for sharing the info, and for validating this supplier. Normally I’d be hesitant to order international, but your experience gives me confidence!
I ordered my mud guards 22 days ago. Hopefully they show up within the 30 days. According to the tracking, the package is still in korea.
 

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I ordered my mud guards 22 days ago. Hopefully they show up within the 30 days. According to the tracking, the package is still in korea.
Their tracking is weird. I had to track it through 2 or 3 systems. It gives you the flight number the package it's supposed to ship with. You can track the flight but there is usually a massive delay since I guess it just sits at airport for a few days. Mine went to Alaska and I'm in jersey, so I feel like it would take longer since I'm on the other side of the country.
 

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Installed the mud guards. Took 30 minutes because I needed to go out and get a set of tools I thought I still had. They are kind of small and you don't really notice them. Hopefully they do their job. They were sealed and came in original packaging from what I can tell. It even had the new kia logo on the sticker. Paid $59 for them, good deal considering they are almost twice the price from the dealer.
What tools did you need or where they just clips ?
 

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What tools did you need or where they just clips ?
I used a regular phillips head screwdriver for most of the screws. You don't have much space to work with for two of the screws by the rear tires. I needed a very small socket wrench with a bit adapter to get them out. The guy at autozone told me I might need to remove my rear tires to get the screw out. Thankfully I didn't listen and found a small enough wrench. The front two mud guards have a hole on the bottom that needs to be secured with a clip. The mud guards didn't come with screws or clips. I used the screws that were already in the car but my car didn't have those two bottom clips. They don't make much of a difference as the front guards are secured by 3 screws. The rear guards use two screws and a clip near the bottom, that clip is already in the car.
 

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Just confirmed that the 12V charger in the 2nd row can draw power from the battery without the engine running. This requires touching the start button, which also fires up the front display, but that can turned back off. It does trigger the warning about draining the battery, which is understandable and helpful.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this, because it could enable running a 12V fan which in turn could enable camping in the car on a hot summer night. Will have to ensure it’s an efficient fan which doesn’t drain the battery, or ideally a fan with a rechargeable battery that charges when the car is running and can run on battery power through the night. If you are aware of products that may fit the bill, please share.
 

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I’m cautiously optimistic about this, because it could enable running a 12V fan which in turn could enable camping in the car on a hot summer night. Will have to ensure it’s an efficient fan which doesn’t drain the battery, or ideally a fan with a rechargeable battery that charges when the car is running and can run on battery power through the night. If you are aware of products that may fit the bill, please share.
If that's your sole reason wanting to use that 12v outlet, I'd highly recommended going with a rechargeable power bank instead, along with USB powered (i.e., 5v) fans. You should avoid using your car battery for that kind of stuff unless you have a way of actively monitoring its health/charge.

For camping, I own both small li-ion batteries like this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JIWQPMW and larger ones like this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D29QNMJ. The fans I use (https://www.amazon.com/Keynice-Personal-Applications-Portable-Cooling/dp/B01GZMMH7K) in our camper last for several nights off the small ones, and barely even make a dent on the big one.

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As you mentioned, they do make similar fans with built-in batteries, but those are unitaskers that don't allow you to also charge your phone, run some lights, etc.
 

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If that's your sole reason wanting to use that 12v outlet, I'd highly recommended going with a rechargeable power bank instead, along with USB powered (i.e., 5v) fans. You should avoid using your car battery for that kind of stuff unless you have a way of actively monitoring its health/charge.

For camping, I own both small li-ion batteries like this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JIWQPMW and larger ones like this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D29QNMJ. The fans I use (https://www.amazon.com/Keynice-Personal-Applications-Portable-Cooling/dp/B01GZMMH7K) in our camper last for several nights off the small ones, and barely even make a dent on the big one.

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As you mentioned, they do make similar fans with built-in batteries, but those are unitaskers that don't allow you to also charge your phone, run some lights, etc.
Many thank for the pointers and product recommendations, this is incredibly helpful. I forgot there were USB rechargeable mini-fans, I feel that might fit the bill perfectly, as long as I can find one that can run for a few hours on a fully charged battery. My use case would be to keep one or two plugged in to one of the rear USB ports, so I have fans to use in a pinch, whether I plan to sleep in the back of the car or a tent outside. I’ve heard Li-ion batteries lose potency when it gets too hot, so will be interesting to see if they can survive a summer inside the car.
 

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Glowing review of the X-line. Admittedly one reviewer’s opinion, but these were my “notes to self”:

  • Sport mode on winding roads seems the way to go. (Start in Smart mode though).
  • Dual-clutch solid, especially in Sport mode
  • First good review of sound system!

 

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Glowing review of the X-line. Admittedly one reviewer’s opinion, but these were my “notes to self”:

  • Sport mode on winding roads seems the way to go. (Start in Smart mode though).
  • Dual-clutch solid, especially in Sport mode
  • First good review of sound system!

Up to speed: Don’t challenge this Kia Sorento to a race, folks. This fairly big SUV pulls 311 horsepower from its 2.5-liter turbo four, and it gets to 60 mph in a rocking 6.5 seconds, according to Consumer Reports.

I think it confused torque and HP, but this review does not seem very detailed or it should have caught mistakes like that.
 

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Up to speed: Don’t challenge this Kia Sorento to a race, folks. This fairly big SUV pulls 311 horsepower from its 2.5-liter turbo four, and it gets to 60 mph in a rocking 6.5 seconds, according to Consumer Reports.

I think it confused torque and HP, but this review does not seem very detailed or it should have caught mistakes like that.
Good catch, I totally missed that one. Agreed that it doesn’t seem like a technically sound review, but feels good to read positive press on the X-Line
 

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He complains of poor mpg but must have stayed in Sport mode to get such bad mileage. Some of his complaints of shifting and about the AC buttons don't match my experience.
 

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Some of his complaints of shifting and about the AC buttons don't match my experience.
But if you need to change the air source or fan speed, it requires touchpad-type buttons with no sensory response and not much sensitivity.
I agree on the sensory response since they're not tactile buttons, but their sensitivity hasn't been an issue for me either.
 

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I’ve had my X-Line a week now. The Glacial Pear White is gorgeous for a white car (my wife’s favorite), but the “Rust” leather interior is stunning. People looking inside have actually gasped. One fellow said, “It looks like the chairs in a library!”

The car build was programmed a couple of months ago and assigned to my dealer. I showed up to buy one and this one was in the pipeline, so it was reserved for me. Took six weeks to get here.

It came with a donut spare tire and jack, which I prefer, and floor mats. No tow wiring harness included.

We added the following, all done by the dealer as we had special pricing on the installs as part of our deal:

1. The tow harness and 2” hitch
2. Side steps—which look very good, not obstrusive, yet wide enough when doors are opened. Very helpful for some older folks and younger grandchildren.
3. HomeLink rear view mirror to get garage opening capabilities.
4. Rear cargo plastic trim protector against scratches from luggage, etc.
5. Full “Clear Bra” treatment in front: hood, fenders, bumper area, headlights, outside rear view mirrors. I’ve had this in my last seven cars and it makes a world of difference in keeping the car clean, chip free. Adds value at sale.
6. An American flag license plate frame for the rear (Whoop whoop!). No front plate required.

I will add footwell lighting on my own soon. Those areas are very dark.

Still waiting to see good gas mileage after break-in. 24 mpg mixed driving is the best so far @<1000 miles, but it is improving. I love the engine performance. The techno driving gadgetry is growing on me, but I was raised a stick shift drive-it-yourself guy, so there are some challenges here that go beyond just the computer features.
 

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I’ve had my X-Line a week now. The Glacial Pear White is gorgeous for a white car (my wife’s favorite), but the “Rust” leather interior is stunning. People looking inside have actually gasped. One fellow said, “It looks like the chairs in a library!”

The car build was programmed a couple of months ago and assigned to my dealer. I showed up to buy one and this one was in the pipeline, so it was reserved for me. Took six weeks to get here.

It came with a donut spare tire and jack, which I prefer, and floor mats. No tow wiring harness included.

We added the following, all done by the dealer as we had special pricing on the installs as part of our deal:

1. The tow harness and 2” hitch
2. Side steps—which look very good, not obstrusive, yet wide enough when doors are opened. Very helpful for some older folks and younger grandchildren.
3. HomeLink rear view mirror to get garage opening capabilities.
4. Rear cargo plastic trim protector against scratches from luggage, etc.
5. Full “Clear Bra” treatment in front: hood, fenders, bumper area, headlights, outside rear view mirrors. I’ve had this in my last seven cars and it makes a world of difference in keeping the car clean, chip free. Adds value at sale.
6. An American flag license plate frame for the rear (Whoop whoop!). No front plate required.

I will add footwell lighting on my own soon. Those areas are very dark.

Still waiting to see good gas mileage after break-in. 24 mpg mixed driving is the best so far @
I’ll add photos if anyone would like them.
Congrats on the new X-line. Pics would be nice, please share! A cargo trim protector would have been helpful for me this weekend As for the Clear Bra, how much would that set me back? Thanks in advance!
 

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Congrats on the new X-line. Pics would be nice, please share! A cargo trim protector would have been helpful for me this weekend As for the Clear Bra, how much would that set me back? Thanks in advance!
The cargo trim protector is clear plastic, so you could not see it in a photo.

The running boards have a nice Sorento logo on them. They look absolutely stock and not at all out of place.

Three local protective film installers here quoted me the same $1195 for a typical half hood, less extensive installation, and $1400 for the full hood, complete coverage job I got. All of them said I would be 2-3 weeks out for the install. My dealer had the same price but could get the job done the next morning. I went that route, and apparently the installer gave the dealership a deep break that was passed on to me. Maybe there is room for negotiation?
 
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