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Kia Rondo, Wagon
#35 of 54 Re: Accessories which I would love to see... [bgw]
Apr 22, 2008 (11:36 am)
I don't own one, but I would like to see on the darker cars more of a chrome trim around the windows. I've seen some dark blue Nissans like that, and it looks great!
#36 of 54 Re: Rondo accessories [irismg]
Apr 22, 2008 (3:34 pm)
The main benefits are to reduce wind noise, minimize interior heat when parked, and helps to keep side windows dry in the rain by allowing you to open windows an inch or two.
#37 of 54 Re: Rondo accessories [alamocity]
Apr 22, 2008 (4:57 pm)
thanks alamocity for answering the question. Now the weather has finally improved in my area I am now making use of the window deflectors when I park my car, I'm sure glad I bought them.
here's a picture of my hood deflector if anyone is thinking of possibly purchasing one of these. This is the official KIA deflector and lists in Canada for $108.08, its easy to install.
Drives: 2008 Rondo EX, 5-seater, 2.4L
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
#38 of 54 Re: Rondo accessories [conwelpic]
Apr 22, 2008 (6:10 pm)
About the little awnings on your windows, conwel, I guess I'm wondering, after alamocity's explanation (thank you) why you wouldn't just take the car to the window tinter and put about a 30% screen on the side and back windows? That's what a lot of people do down here in the sunbelt, practically as soon as they drive them off the lot. Is there any advantage to these devices you're using?
#39 of 54 Re: Rondo accessories [irismg]
Apr 22, 2008 (7:35 pm)
irismq - from past experience, and I guess it depends where you live in North America, but this way it allows me to have all my windows open an inch or so while the vehicle is parked, allowing heat to escape from the car. Even with tinted windows the suns heat still comes strong through the passenger and drivers windows (tint is limited by law on these windows) and also the windshield. You have tremendous heat build up inside a vehicle and even with a/c it still takes a little while to cool things off and this helps speed up the process.
Also (and this is what I found on my previous vehicle that didn't have them) if you got a sudden rain shower you didn't have to rush out to close the windows, or as in lots of cases it happened overnight while I was asleep and then had wet seats.
Also in some rain conditions (and also in some snow too) you can get fogging on the inside, so this way you can have the windows open a bit in a storm without any rain coming inside, to give your vehicle a chance to get the heat up to defrost it.
As I mentioned initially it was past experience that dictated the purchase and what I had gone through before and I feel in my case it was a very worthwhile buy. We also have a large dog and this will also allow us to have windows open without the wind buffeting that you normally get when you open a wind for just a bit. They are a fairly common accessory in my area and see them on a lot of vehicles.
As I have not had my vehicle through a summer, I'm still not sure whether to get tinted windows or not.
Drives: 2008 Rondo EX, 5-seater, 2.4L
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.
#40 of 54 Re: Rondo accessories [conwelpic]
Apr 26, 2008 (7:03 am)
Interesting! FWIW here in the Southern Plains you can put a pretty dark tint and still be legal. Ontario may have different rules, true.
#41 of 54 Looking for crossbars for roof. Any good sources?
Apr 26, 2008 (8:44 am)
Seems the two sources I found came to about $186 with shipping. Seems pretty high. Anyone find a better price or an comparative product that would work? Looking to put a soft cargo carrier on top.
#42 of 54 auxiliary iPod connector
May 18, 2008 (11:21 am)
Does anybody know if it's possible to purchase an aftermarket auxiliary iPod connector for the Rondo? I saw in the Honda Fit forum some discussion about aftermarket ones, but couldn't find who made them or how they worked.
I have tried the FM transmitters, with very poor results. Are there any other options for those of us with a pre-2008 Rondo?
#43 of 54 Re: auxiliary iPod connector [taximom5]
Jun 06, 2008 (8:28 am)
I went through the same dilemma for my 2007 Rondo LX.
Eventually, I found an FM transmitter that works reasonably well - iRiver's AFT100. I keep it plugged in at all times in the outlet inside the storage bin. When using it, I run the wire out the provided gap to my mp3 player, with a big, loose loop around the gear shift. I've found this improves the signal a bit.
If you haven't already tried one, I highly recommend getting an FM transmitter that lets you select any frequency, rather than the ones that only have 2-3 preset frequencies. I admit that my setup is not perfect. It's much clearer on long highway trips than for city driving. Another thing that helps is to turn up the volume of the mp3 player (rather than the Kia's radio). Turning up the radio volume amplifies the music and the static, while turning up the mp3 player's volume amplifies the music only. This does, however, use up your mp3's battery quicker.
I've still considered getting a hardwired Aux port installed, but I just can't justify the expense since the FM Transmitter works reasonably well for me.
#44 of 54 Under-floor storage covers
Dec 29, 2008 (7:47 am)
Just bought a used 2008 Rondo LX. Got a deal, partly due to dirty and damaged covers for the under-floor cargo space. Anyone know of a source of replacements for these? I can hide them with the cargo liner, but that doesn't address the problem of the broken handles...very hard to open the storage area using the handles as they currently are.
btw, I am enjoying the car. Had to buy it to replace a 2003 PT Cruiser GT which was totaled when a DUI (who was also texting) hit me and ran me off the Interstate. My PT GT spun and rolled over, but kept me alive!