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#1 of 10 bad Kia sun visors
Jul 15, 2010 (12:22 am)
Are you disgusted with how Kia is MISHANDLING their across the board rotten sun visors in '06-'08 models? Have you noticed that all the sun visors in wrecking yards are GONE and wreckers want RIDICULOUS prices for OLD, USED ones (that may fail the day after you buy?) Do you want to buy a USED sun visor on ebay that is probably not any better than your bad one? Are you OUTRAGED at the ridiculous price ($100) for a replacement sun visor from Kia - who should be offering their customers some kind of special deal to replace the admittedly HORRIBLE Kia sun visors?
Well, you can buy a NEW - not used, Kia sun visor here for just $80.08 (includes shipping). Delivery in about 11/2 weeks
good luck and tell others about this..........
#2 of 10 Re: bad Kia sun visors [jimrich]
Jul 15, 2010 (5:02 am)
Visors? What can go wrong with sun visors? My 2006.5 Optima's visors are like new,and I expect that to continue.(38,000 miles)
#3 of 10 Re: bad Kia sun visors [jimrich]
Aug 15, 2010 (6:01 am)
Mine kept falling on the driver's side, I ended up having to rip it off one day since I was in heavy stop and go traffic and it kept falling in the way. It was covered under warranty and replaced for free. My recommendation, if your visor fails and you are still under warranty, take it in right away to have it fixed because your new one may also fail and you'll want to get that fixed within warranty period too.
The visor is not constructed very well and if you use it a lot, the plastic casing that holds the visor to the bar will snap and just not stay up any more. But this is covered under warranty.
#4 of 10 Re: bad Kia sun visors [jessica_az]
Aug 15, 2010 (6:48 am)
I have a 2006.5 Optima and have carefully examined my sun visors.Just don't see how one could fall down since the are attached with two clips.
#5 of 10 Re: bad Kia sun visors [mickeyrom]
Oct 16, 2010 (2:27 am)
My wifes optima has had a total of 3 of these defective visors. Kia would replace only one saying that the item wasn't covered under warranty for more than 12 mos. They want her to buy the replacements for her now 2 defective visors at a cost of $136 each. The warranty just says 6 year, 60000 mile warranty. There is no printed exclusion of this item in the warranty. Nevertheless, this is a safety issue, and if Kia was a AAA company they would "man-up" and put a safety recall on this item. Meanwhile, my wife is stuck driving with the sun in her eyes.
We've contacted an attorney to begin the process of getting Kia to conform to their warranty agreement. We encourage others to do similarly.
#6 of 10 Re: bad KIA sun visors [nergy]
Oct 16, 2010 (5:12 am)
First of all the warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles,not 6 years.It is also "limited"whatever the hell that means.
What kind of problem are you having with that visor.I have been driving since 1957 and have never had any kind of visor issue.I looked my 2006.5 Optima's visors over carefully and I can't imagine what could go wrong.There really are no moving parts.
#7 of 10 Re: bad KIA sun visors [mickeyrom]
Nov 11, 2012 (1:52 pm)
I have no idea how it it happens but the visor rests at a lower position so that it blocks your view. I've never had this happen before in car and I have not idea why it happens, but I also have a faulty kia visor. It was fine for a few years and now won't raise up totally. I suppose there must be some sort of "spring" action that has loosened but I can't tell from looking at it what is causing the problem. Or the plastic "clasp" at the top rotates more than it should.
All I know is I can confirm the information the others have given above. I have the same issue. It is very frustrating.
#8 of 10 Re: bad KIA sun visors [lbeard]
Nov 11, 2012 (2:19 pm)
FWIW I had a similar problem with both sun visors on my 2007 Sonata, a cousin of the Optima, which I purchased used about 3 years ago. First the driver's visor had trouble staying up, and was replaced under warranty. Then the passenger visor did the same thing, and was replaced under warranty. I hope the replacements fare better than the original visors because the warranty has expired now. Other than that, however, and a power recliner switch that had to be replaced (also under warranty), the car has been very reliable.
#9 of 10 Both sun visors failed in the same week
Apr 04, 2013 (5:55 pm)
First my drivers side failed and would no longer stay up. I had to drive with one hand holding the wretched thing up. When I got home I used some clear packing tape to hold it up. Two days later the passenger side failed.
I looked to see if Kia would step up but they seem to be reluctant to do the right thing. The Hundai Sonoma has the same visors and Hundai has issued a Technical Bulletin and will replace them even off warranty. As any reputable company should for any product that is faulty like these are.
As it is a safety issue perhaps if everyone contacts Kia AND the government agency responsible for recalls.
#10 of 10 Both visors have failed on 2006.5
May 12, 2013 (2:13 pm)
First failed 55,000 miles. Second at 61,000. There's a plastic piece inside the visor that breaks. Kia says replacements about $250/ea. There's a video on YouTube on how to repair the Honda Civic visors that also failed (for less than $2.00). My brother did and worked fine on his Honda. Would same work on Kia?