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#224 of 409 Re: 2008 Rondo EX (Canadian model) [meandmymaxx]
Nov 01, 2007 (6:48 am)
thanks, just pick up a 2008 brochure or download one from KIA Canada you will see the expanded lineup with two different interior colours, depending on exterior colour. I can only get grey with my Aqua Silver, but with red you can get black or grey. Also the additional of aux. jack for the stereo system (fantastic stereo) is new for 2008, but we are finding that some minor things have been dropped or change. Still in the process of finding this out.
#225 of 409 Windshield wiper coverage
Nov 07, 2007 (8:51 pm)
My friend is delighted with the 1st 500 miles in her new Rondo except ---- There is small triangular spot on the lower windshield in front of the passenger seat where the blades do not cover. For reasons known only to her brain this is very distracting to her. As I look, it appears that if the blades were each on inch longer there would be complete coverage. Has anyone else noticed this? Thanks
#226 of 409 Re: Windshield wiper coverage [204meca]
Nov 07, 2007 (8:58 pm)
I've noticed it. Wiper coverage of the windshield is very good in the Rondo. I'd buy her a plastic bobble head doll to stick to the dash so she can't see the small triangle that is not covered by the wipers.
I don't think a wiper that is a inch longer would work without hitting something else. I may have to look again, I've been wrong before.
#227 of 409 Re: Windshield wiper coverage [204meca]
Nov 08, 2007 (5:15 am)
Yes, I've seen the missed spot too and thought it was odd that it wasn't covered but it doesn't bother me. Areodynamics on the Rondo are good enough that the wipers stay flat even in heavy rains and traveling at high speed. That's a major plus in my book.
#228 of 409 Re: Windshield wiper coverage [crewzin]
Nov 08, 2007 (8:01 pm)
That triangle is so small that it is practically unnoticeable to my passenger and completely unnoticeable to me as a driver. My Subaru Legacy had a far larger unwiped portion. Hardly something to nitpick about!
Nov 19, 2007 (9:04 am)
I own 4 relatively new vehicles: 06 Vibe, 07 Mazda MX-5 (Miata), 06 Honda Civic, and 07 Rondo. With the first 4, I get a bit of black carbon dust at the edge of the tailpipe every so often (coupla weeks), which I just wipe away. The build up of this carbon, however, is clearly worse in the Rondo---carbon shows after 2-3 short drives/uses. Any others of you notice this on your Rondo?
#231 of 409 Re: Signs of carbon [garnermike]
Nov 19, 2007 (9:19 am)
I have an 07 Rondo V6, bought new in August. I do not notice any carbon on the tailpipe at all. It currently only has 4800 kms (about 2500 miles) so far though.
#232 of 409 Rondo traction & stability control
Dec 14, 2007 (11:28 pm)
I just read a somewhat unflattering review on the Rondo.
The reviewer was especially critical of the traction & stability control. Any owners out there have experiences good or bad with those functions?
#233 of 409 Re: Rondo traction & stability control [204meca]
Dec 15, 2007 (6:22 am)
2007 EX 17" 5 seat, 4 cylinder - Michlen tires (I think)
I felt that the ESC worked very well, ABS worked well. Only driven in about two snowstorms this winter though. Comments later in the blog claim that the rubber on the stock tire is too hard and that reduces traction. We usually don't get much below 25 with snow where I live. If it is bitterly cold and slick, that could make a large difference.