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  1. Kona Gripes

    2018+ Hyundai Kona: Likes And Dislikes
    Aside from the low passenger seat, the only real gripe I have is that my 1.6T Limited did NOT come Bluelink capable. Therefore I cannot take advantage of the offer of remote services (cell phone functions) that even an Elantra is equiped with! I did not buy the car with Bluelink functions in...
  2. Not Yet New Owner

    New Member Introductions
    I got my KONA Limited AWD turbo last month. So far it's great! The standard list of features on the Limited AWD is all I could ask for. The next model up is $2000 more and has features that I don't want. Do your homework on that now when you're not at the dealer with a slick salesperson. The...
  3. Homelink issues

    2018+ Hyundai Kona General Discussion
    I got the second Homelink/compass/autodim inside rearview mirror yesterday and swapped it out this morning. The same thing happened. So it has to be an internal wiring issue with the KONA that won't let non-Hyundai sourced mirrors operate properly. Well I found a reasonable solution. I just...
  4. What Are You Driving?

    Off Topic Discussion
    I got about what I paid plus what I put into it. Because that's how I have fun, rejuvenating older cars, I broke even and that's just fine. I now have my 2018 KONA Limited AWD pictured in GALLERY, and a new toy, a 1995 Buick Century woody (vinyl) station wagon with the almost never seen...
  5. Upgrading Wheels !

    Wheels And Tires
    I've stopped changing out wheels on my cars years ago. I realized that mods are for the driver and I see wheels as a more "look at me" move. And the expense! The 18" on my Limited are plenty for me. I'll spend my money on interior upgrades like tinting and tasteful trim. Actually, there's...
  6. 2018 Hyundai Kona Key Facts

    2018+ Kona News
    The high belt line makes me claustrophobic if I'm in any seat but the very position-able power drivers seat. Front passenger seat position is very low as well, I cant even see the hood. It doesn't matter, this vehicle is for ME. I drive it and it's what I wanted since June of last year...
  7. Two Tone Color

    2018+ Kona EV Incentives, Rebates and Credits
    So here's what I plan on doing; I'm going to have the outer roof rails from the front of the A pillar to the end of the spoiler wrapped in matte or satin black, keeping the white roof body color center section (no heat gain) and giving that two tone appearance from the side. I'll post the...
  8. Circumstances

    New Member Introductions
    Got my 2018 KONA last week! It's a 1.6 Turbo limited. Has almost all the toys I like and practically none of the ones I don't. Unfortunately it's white with a black interior. My least favorite colors. But the interior is leather and white stays cleaner longer, or so I'm trying to convince...
  9. Homelink issues

    2018+ Hyundai Kona General Discussion
    Haven't seen this one yet: Having an issue with the Homelink portion of my (upgrade) inside rear view mirror homelink/autodim/compass (replacing the auto dim only) purchased second hand but is a plug-and-play unit. The Homelink can only be programmed (or even functional) within minutes of the...
  10. Hyundai Kona Interior

    So, if the aftermarket manufacturers of dash kits and chrome do-dads might be monitoring these forums, exactly what add-ons might we like to see?.. I've always been partial to woodgrain, but I can see machined aluminum or piano black highlights, grey carbon fiber (or some other color maybe that...
  11. Hyundai Kona Tires

    Wheels And Tires
    tire sizes Tire sizes are as follows (from the factory) Continentals shown; 235/45R18, 215/55R17 and 205/60R16 I have yet to find AT tires in these sizes. All Season tires, no problem except that the tread pattern isn't quite agresive enough. Sorry, but I have no idea the wheel style for...
  12. Circumstances

    New Member Introductions
    I've notified three dealers of my interest in the Kona and at least two took me seriously enough to keep in touch at least weekly to let me know they haven't forgotten about me. When I worked at a KIA dealer, we had advance notice of deliveries, sometimes more than a week, and I hope the local...
  13. Hyundai Kona Tires

    Wheels And Tires
    Continentals are good tires but all season tires are only so-so for a 4WD machine that sees significant snow in the 7300' elevation east mountains outside of Albuquerque. There are now CUV tires from some makers in smaller sizes with a more aggressive tread. Maybe I can get a trade allowance...
  14. KBB - 2018 Hyundai Kona

    2018+ Hyundai Kona Reviews
    I thought y'all would be interested in that "from the horses mouth" bit of info. I'll be scouring the net for more reviews and pricing. From what I can gather from the publications so far, I'll be looking for the Limited model, 4WD with the (automatic) turbo in anything but black or that...
  15. - Hyundai Kona

    2018+ Hyundai Kona Reviews
    Valving and dampening rates will probably differ, affecting both struts and springs. Suspension travel itself may be increased. If travel is increased, heavier duty lower ball joints, sway bar, and possibly even wheel bearings would be worth the effort to increase durability.