Thanks, thats great advice.
So an update on this whole issue... 2 weeks after they replaced the strip along the drivers side of the sunroof (piece that goes from front windshield to rear between door frame and sunroof) we had our first rain since the hurricane that produced the first notice of water intrusion....
I got in the car to run an errand and was PISSED!!!! water, but less water, but water nonetheless....this time, dripping from top edge of windshield / interior headliner above steering wheel, getting the lower left controls on the steering wheel wet and dripping onto floor. It seems to have been a slow steady drip here. And again on the drivers side pillar right above the top of the drivers' side door.
I calmed down, thinking ok, its LESS water, I 'll get this worked out, no problem. The next day I emailed my contact at the dealership, and almost immediately a guy who works in service gave me a call and was understanding, and apologetic, asked me to bring vehicle back in. Wanting to have all my stuff together when I took the vehicle back in, I started looking closer at the initial repairs they made (like I should have done before leaving when they attempted the first repair!), and I noticed a few things...
1.) the long rubber (flat) seal along top edge of windshield (on the drivers side corner / end) was damaged (rips and tears like something chewed on it and it was loose and wasn't solidly in place and it seems that it had to be where the top of windshield was allowing water inside. this damaged area was just below the trim piece that was replaced.
2.) Also in the same corner / area, the tip / corner of the windshield glass itself had a cracked / chipped edge, about an 1/8 of an inch, tiny, but I KNOW it wasn't like that originally, and I know that it means the integrity of the glass itself (at least in that area) is now questionable....
3.) AND the whole trim piece doesn't appear to be 'seated' properly... the ends did NOT sit flush with the surrounding areas -- when compared with the passenger side trim piece it was raised on both ends (at rear and front windshields) about 1/4 inch or more and when you press lightly there was a lot of 'flex' / movement. it was obvious that there wasn't a tight SEAL here.
I get another appointment the following morning and showed them the issue and they promised to get it fixed... then about 10 minutes later I get called into the service bay area so they can show me an issue with the windshield, saying when they try to fix the trim piece again, the crack / chipped edge of the windshield will be under pressure and it will almost definitely crack the entire windshield -- which I WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR -- that was it, I flipped out. I let them know that the 'pressure' applied for this type of repair / trim replacement was what caused the issue the first time they attempted the repair and there was no way I was paying for a glass that they damaged... a little back and forth, then I get them to bring over the head of the service dept... he listened, took a look, and immediately told his team they needed to just fix the vehicle the right way. he told them to order a new windshield, trim piece, to get their water intrusion vendor to come out and test it after the repairs were made and booked another visit for a few days out, enough time for the windshield and part to get in.
It's been back in my possession for 2 days now, I have to wait until Monday before I can wash it because of the new windshield. The trim seems to be almost identical to the passenger side trim piece now, maybe a slight raised area at front, but it seems seated properly at least this time.
I'm hopeful this will be the end of this drama, if its not, I can promise you it'll be the last time I buy a Kia, note: we've bought 2 in the past 3 years and up until now have been happy. the K900 was next on my list, so if this doesn't work out I'll just go get a Benz like the one I was about to buy before I got this Cadenza. To be clear, I love this vehicle. I just need it to stay dry inside!
will post an update after it rains later this week or I get it to the car wash and can see if theres any water making it in.