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Hi there everyone,

I'm looking at getting a 2014 Cadenza.

There are two in my area one is price for 17 900 the other one is 22 888. Both have about the same mileage. 31000 miles
I'm in canada by the way.

What would you guys say to look out for when i go look at the cars.
Like what are the things that usually go bad in the cars.

Thanks for any advice in advance.
 

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Keep in mind I can't see any of the pics on the website you pasted. First and foremost is try to pull an accident report, make sure both are clean. Vehicle specific is to see if both front seats are cooled. If only driver is cooled then you are like me and your car was built pre-October 2014. After that both seats will be cooled. Lister for engine rattle at start-up. If you hear it and don't like it, take a pass. The rattle is not dangerous to our engine and Kia says it is within spec but be aware, it is a thing and presents itself more when it's colder. Take it for a ride and listen for flexion in the roof. Sometimes our soonroofs pop/squeal. It's not bad on my car but I can hear it sometimes and it doesn't sound the nicest (almost cheap). This is my first car with a full glass roof so I'm not sure if that's just how it is or not. This is best done when ingress/egress of a curb at an angle (don't pull in straight).

If these are SXLs take a look at the tires, the chrome on some of these peels off. Look at the map/software version that is on the vehicle, they may be way out of date, if they are then try to get the dealer to upgrade them for you. The map software for these cars aren't cheap so try to get the dealer to do it for free (not add the price into the car). Do a test drive at highway speed and make sure roof seals are good, some people had a problem with this. Also listen for whistling with the side mirrors, if you hear whistling then it should covered under a TSB. Fully open the sunroof and listen to the action, it should be smooth with no interruptions. Also, while it's open, check the seals and make sure they look good and not flattened 1 direction or another.

In general be aware that our engines are a bit sooty and in that regard if you like to keep a nice looking car you'll need to wipe the exhaust ports down probably about every week or so. If your car is rolling on the original tires people don't much care for them so you may want to look into upgrades, you guys get a bit more weather than we do down here (you're our top hat!). Other than that just do normal used car diligence. The things I listed above are just things I've heard over the years, most people will experience none to some of these while a few have experienced most or even more lol.
 

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Hold off for an SXL version.
These both look like the pre oct. versions.
First one engine compartment is dirty look at hoses
Second one has been cleaned at least.
There was a version with luxury and Tech packages which
was just like the SXL. Only one or two little things missing
Check your pricing on Edmunds .com
 

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Keep in mind I can't see any of the pics on the website you pasted. First and foremost is try to pull an accident report, make sure both are clean. Vehicle specific is to see if both front seats are cooled. If only driver is cooled then you are like me and your car was built pre-October 2014. After that both seats will be cooled. Lister for engine rattle at start-up. If you hear it and don't like it, take a pass. The rattle is not dangerous to our engine and Kia says it is within spec but be aware, it is a thing and presents itself more when it's colder. Take it for a ride and listen for flexion in the roof. Sometimes our soonroofs pop/squeal. It's not bad on my car but I can hear it sometimes and it doesn't sound the nicest (almost cheap). This is my first car with a full glass roof so I'm not sure if that's just how it is or not. This is best done when ingress/egress of a curb at an angle (don't pull in straight).

If these are SXLs take a look at the tires, the chrome on some of these peels off. Look at the map/software version that is on the vehicle, they may be way out of date, if they are then try to get the dealer to upgrade them for you. The map software for these cars aren't cheap so try to get the dealer to do it for free (not add the price into the car). Do a test drive at highway speed and make sure roof seals are good, some people had a problem with this. Also listen for whistling with the side mirrors, if you hear whistling then it should covered under a TSB. Fully open the sunroof and listen to the action, it should be smooth with no interruptions. Also, while it's open, check the seals and make sure they look good and not flattened 1 direction or another.

In general be aware that our engines are a bit sooty and in that regard if you like to keep a nice looking car you'll need to wipe the exhaust ports down probably about every week or so. If your car is rolling on the original tires people don't much care for them so you may want to look into upgrades, you guys get a bit more weather than we do down here (you're our top hat!). Other than that just do normal used car diligence. The things I listed above are just things I've heard over the years, most people will experience none to some of these while a few have experienced most or even more lol.
sh30469 is correct about the aforementioned issues. If the vehicle is still under warranty, I would not worry about peeling chrome rims or the rattle under the hood (TSB 148). My dealer got me new rims at 45k mi and did the timing chain fix - both under warranty. I would take a close look at the tires - especially if they are the OEM Hankook Optimos. I replaced mine at 45k when they still had 4/32nds of tread. Despite regular rotations and proper inflation maintenance, one of mine had a significant belt shift that was a blowout waiting to happen. A new set of Pirelli cinturato p7 all season plus was a huge upgrade in all aspects of performance.
 

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Thanks everyone for your help,

So I went to go look at one of them today.

I Think they are both just the base models they didn't even have any cooled seats just heated also no sunroof on them.
Maybe its a bit different then in the states.

I took it for a test drive and really liked the ride on it and the problems that got pointed out i couldn't notice.

I really like the car because how spacious it is because i'm gonna have 2 kids and it fit both the kids seats no problem one of the first cars that had that much space inside.

But now i'm wondering if i should try and wait for a more upgraded one or not.
I check my whole province and the only 2 for sale are the ones i listed so i don't think it sold so well her in Canada.

I also looked at the one gene posted and that one looks nice wish there was one here would love all the options on that car.
 

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There should be an "Edit" button on your post towards the bottom right (to the left of the other 3 options). Also, honestly it really just depends on your priority. Do you see yourself using a sunroof often? Even just to see through the glass even if it isn't open (Don't leave it open over night while it's raining...)? Do you think that you or whomever you're travelling with would like a cooled seat? Do you foresee yourself wanting all 4 seats to be heated (back seats only butt is warmed)? Would you like a thigh extension or rear window sunshade (only the back glass you look out of, not the back passengers)? Would you like an upgraded instrument cluster (it is quite a bit nicer) that gives you more info? The SXL has 19s, hydrophobic glass (is that still a thing after 3+ yrs?), e parking brake, and a few other features I'm not sure about. Most of the features I asked about first are a Premium with Luxury package like my car. If you want the tech package with it you get things like blind spot assist (I think), auto cruise control (possibly with full stop/go, not sure), and a few other safety things I didn't care about.

These cars were never meant to be big sellers here. They are nice but never advertised well and the badge snobbery is still real but fading. Another deciding factor may be to call your insurance provider up and give them the VIN to get a quote of what it would cost to insure that car at your current or expected value. I know after 3 years my payments actually went up. They cited the car being fairly rare and parts are hard to find for it (I believe it).
 

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There should be an "Edit" button on your post towards the bottom right (to the left of the other 3 options). Also, honestly it really just depends on your priority. Do you see yourself using a sunroof often? Even just to see through the glass even if it isn't open (Don't leave it open over night while it's raining...)? Do you think that you or whomever you're travelling with would like a cooled seat? Do you foresee yourself wanting all 4 seats to be heated (back seats only butt is warmed)? Would you like a thigh extension or rear window sunshade (only the back glass you look out of, not the back passengers)? Would you like an upgraded instrument cluster (it is quite a bit nicer) that gives you more info? The SXL has 19s, hydrophobic glass (is that still a thing after 3+ yrs?), e parking brake, and a few other features I'm not sure about. Most of the features I asked about first are a Premium with Luxury package like my car. If you want the tech package with it you get things like blind spot assist (I think), auto cruise control (possibly with full stop/go, not sure), and a few other safety things I didn't care about.

These cars were never meant to be big sellers here. They are nice but never advertised well and the badge snobbery is still real but fading. Another deciding factor may be to call your insurance provider up and give them the VIN to get a quote of what it would cost to insure that car at your current or expected value. I know after 3 years my payments actually went up. They cited the car being fairly rare and parts are hard to find for it (I believe it).

Okay thanks a lot. Yeah i should call insurance to see how much it will cost.
 

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Base models, you can tell right away by the little screen between the 2 physical dials for tac and speed. The Lux models and above have the LCD speedo in the middle of the console. I would not get into a base model unless they were selling it for $10k. Even then, you are giving up so many features that the Lux, then Tech, then Limited (aka SXL) offer.
 

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Base models, you can tell right away by the little screen between the 2 physical dials for tac and speed. The Lux models and above have the LCD speedo in the middle of the console. I would not get into a base model unless they were selling it for $10k. Even then, you are giving up so many features that the Lux, then Tech, then Limited (aka SXL) offer.
I agree The base model is really plain Jane ( no disrespect meant to all the Janes in the world):)
 

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Hey everyone,

I did end up buying one of them got it for 20000 Cad when i convert that to usd its about 15000.

I seen you said you wouldn't get the base model but it just fit with what i needed and i had to get a car soon.

Thanks for all the advice and help i appreciate it.
 

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Most importantly you got a great price from what I can tell. The base models should be around 16-18, upper trim models are in the low 20's (US dollar). All that depending on mileage and condition, but it sounds like you did good. Way better car then an Optima, same year same mileage, you might have paid more for the Optima despite it being a lesser car.
 

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I was wondering around my dealership while my 2016 Cadenza was being serviced and saw my salesman (who is the sales manager) who I felt was a really upfront honest no BS type of guy so I enquired about used Cadenza's .He said prior to Hurricane season and prior to Houston writing off 500,000 vehicles the used car market in Canada for Kia's was flush with excellent deals > since Harvey Americans have been buying used cars especially Cadenza's and Optima's (not so much K900's) and the price has been going up rather than down. He told me that a base model 2014 should be in the 18-22 (CAD) range 19-20 being a good price ( this dealership tries to avoid the base models only because their margin is small) so you did well He also said that my fully loaded would get a premium price if I wanted to trade it in except I don't :) Great driving and welcome to the club .
 
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