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Hey everyone!

I am looking at purchasing a Cadenza but I am pretty hesitant to take the plunge. I read through the forums the past couple of weeks, lot of good info. I have a few questions and your opinions will be greatly appreciated!

- I am worried about reliability, I like driving vehicles for 100,000+ miles. Do you think the Cadenza can make it there without major repairs?
- The car is very new to the scene, are parts expensive or hard to find?
- Parts for repairs, not so much customizing

- I am between this car and a Honda Accord, anyone have personal expletive with both?

I am looking at a used Cadenza with 19,000 miles on it. It looks great and I enjoy how they drive, I'm just hesitant because I've never purchased a KIA and I'm worried about buying a money pit.

Thanks so much for your help!
 

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For me, so far so good on reliability. I think it can easily make 100K if maintained properly. Can't really speak to how expensive the parts are, but if you are really curious you can go to a site like kiapartsnow.com and look up some parts. I think even rockauto has parts as well.

If you really keep cars for 100K, why not look for a Kia CPO with the 10/100K power train warranty? Good peace of mind for down the road.
 

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Thanks for the reply!

I looked CPO Cadenzas but they are more expensive and they have certain guidelines.

I looked on Kia parts now and I couldn't find any parts for the Cadenza, not even an oil filter. Does the Cadenza use the same stuff as another model?
 

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I had no trouble finding parts on Kia Parts Now. Better check again. I bought a CPO Cadenza last August. I usually keep vehicles until they have 155,000 to 175,000 on them. I have full confidence that I can do this with the Cadenza. Interestingly, our choice was between an Accord and the Cadenza. The Cadenza is just so much more automobile for the money.

I'm on my second intrastate road trip with this car. I smile every time I get behind the wheel. I also smile because I bought a CPO and have the 100K Drive Train Warranty. I also bought an extended bumper to bumper warranty to protect me after 60K. I did pay $1800 for that warranty but at today's prices, with so many computers, I feel that was a good gamble.
 

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I've had my car for 2 yrs in a week, it's going really well. Mind you, I've only got about 16k miles on it. I love it and would love to buy it after lease but seeing others right now are already at the price that mine will be in a year from now :/
 

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Keep in mind buying used it will not come with the full 10 year/100k warranty unless it has some sort of transferable extended warranty or something. Double check that before making your purchase just so you know! Good luck
 

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Thanks so much everyone! I really like the white Cadenza.

The more I look into it the better it seems. Even with the factory warranties I will still receive 4 years of coverage. Also, it is bigger than the Accord, and I don't know about Hondas CVT transmission.

I am still a little hesitant to get one with a sunroof thought because I have read about several problems regarding the sunroof.
 

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Never had an issue with the sunroof. Here's the thing, you want this car with at very least the lux package. Anything less and you're going to be disappointed when you realize all the missing features. Lux has the HID's, cooled front seats, retractable visor in the back, easiest way to know too is the instrument cluster, it has an LCD for the MPH, where the base model has physical dial like the Tac. Now from there you go lux with Tech, or Limited, they just add on a few more things.


Also as mentioned, don't waste time getting one without at least CPO or an extended warrantee through kia. They stand behind the product, but you gotta be under the coverage or you'll be stuck with high priced repairs.
 

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Never had an issue with the sunroof. Here's the thing, you want this car with at very least the lux package. Anything less and you're going to be disappointed when you realize all the missing features. Lux has the HID's, cooled front seats, retractable visor in the back, easiest way to know too is the instrument cluster, it has an LCD for the MPH, where the base model has physical dial like the Tac. Now from there you go lux with Tech, or Limited, they just add on a few more things.


Also as mentioned, don't waste time getting one without at least CPO or an extended warrantee through kia. They stand behind the product, but you gotta be under the coverage or you'll be stuck with high priced repairs.

Thanks for the advice MadMax!

Do you mind telling me the difference between the Premium and Limited? I'm looking at them and they seem to be very similar.
 

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Premium base is a rental car, don't get it, halogen headlights, lame instrument cluster, and non of the options this car should have at the base. It does have heated front seats, and I swear I've seen base models on the internet with a sunroof, but most don't have.


Premium with lux (which I think is where this lineup should have started) has HID adaptive, heat/cooled front seats, heated rear seat, electric steering position, memory steering/seats/mirrors, leg rest, rear sun visor, better looking dash cluster, sunroof (think that's it)


Premium lux w/tech adds I think electric parking brake, rear bumper side collision avoidance, adaptive cruz control, and the lane departure/warning (I think, it's been a while since I've seen the options) then I want to say it also has different wheels, but it's not the limited wheels.


Limited has the LED fogs (I'm not a fan, but they aren't horrible looking) 19 nicer wheels, Rain replant coating on the windows, maybe a few other really mundane things, but essentially has everything ever offered for the car.
 

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Limited also has the white leather package (if you're into that), a faux velour headlining, and it also gives you more wood paneling in your car. If you don't care about the extra tech (lane keeping, auto cruise, collision avoidance, etc...) then I suggest a Premium with lux, it's what I have. The only thing I wanted was LED fogs (which I got from K5OS, see Paul above) for like $60 and super easy install, the hydrophobic glass which can be solved with Rain-X for about $10 and 10 minutes or so of work, and the extra wood paneling which I'm just out of luck on.

Also, look into the car and see if either BOTH front seats are cooled or just the driver. Models made before October of '14 have only the driver side cooled. If you see a Limited without a cooled passenger seat you may be able to get it put in by Kia, I would ask either the dealer or call Kia corporate first. If you find either Limited or Premium without a cooled passenger seat it should be lower priced than the others, use that as a bargaining chip. I don't sit over there so it wasn't a huge deal to me if I had it or not, I would liked to have had it but... Oh well I guess.
 

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Premium base is a rental car, don't get it, halogen headlights, lame instrument cluster, and non of the options this car should have at the base. It does have heated front seats, and I swear I've seen base models on the internet with a sunroof, but most don't have.


Premium with lux (which I think is where this lineup should have started) has HID adaptive, heat/cooled front seats, heated rear seat, electric steering position, memory steering/seats/mirrors, leg rest, rear sun visor, better looking dash cluster, sunroof (think that's it)


Premium lux w/tech adds I think electric parking brake, rear bumper side collision avoidance, adaptive cruz control, and the lane departure/warning (I think, it's been a while since I've seen the options) then I want to say it also has different wheels, but it's not the limited wheels.


Limited has the LED fogs (I'm not a fan, but they aren't horrible looking) 19 nicer wheels, Rain replant coating on the windows, maybe a few other really mundane things, but essentially has everything ever offered for the car.
Thanks so much MadMax! Right now I'm looking at a premium with the Luxery package.

Do the head lights make a big difference in the looks between the premium and limited?
 

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Thanks so much MadMax! Right now I'm looking at a premium with the Luxery package.

Do the head lights make a big difference in the looks between the premium and limited?


Once you're into the Lux package they all have the same headlights. Limited has the quad LED Fogs, but I put yellow halogens in mine for different visibility and a different look, I like much better then the Limited's LED setup which you can't change with different bulbs, would have to replace the housing.
 

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Limited also has the white leather package (if you're into that), a faux velour headlining, and it also gives you more wood paneling in your car. If you don't care about the extra tech (lane keeping, auto cruise, collision avoidance, etc...) then I suggest a Premium with lux, it's what I have. The only thing I wanted was LED fogs (which I got from K5OS, see Paul above) for like $60 and super easy install, the hydrophobic glass which can be solved with Rain-X for about $10 and 10 minutes or so of work, and the extra wood paneling which I'm just out of luck on.

Also, look into the car and see if either BOTH front seats are cooled or just the driver. Models made before October of '14 have only the driver side cooled. If you see a Limited without a cooled passenger seat you may be able to get it put in by Kia, I would ask either the dealer or call Kia corporate first. If you find either Limited or Premium without a cooled passenger seat it should be lower priced than the others, use that as a bargaining chip. I don't sit over there so it wasn't a huge deal to me if I had it or not, I would liked to have had it but... Oh well I guess.
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I was curious about adding LED fog lights to the premium, now I know it can be done!
 

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Found a Premium for sale with the Luxury package. Spoke with the dealership and I will be buying it tomorrow!

Thanks for all the help everything! I already have some plans to change out the emblems to K7 emblems.

Maybe, if I'm feeling brave, change out the shifter for the New Faces led.
 

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Found a Premium for sale with the Luxury package. Spoke with the dealership and I will be buying it tomorrow!

Thanks for all the help everything! I already have some plans to change out the emblems to K7 emblems.

Maybe, if I'm feeling brave, change out the shifter for the New Faces led.
Are you leasing or buying? Just wondering what the current lease prices are?
 

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Are you leasing or buying? Just wondering what the current lease prices are?
I purchased used. I keep my cars 5+ years so for me leasing doesn't really make sense.

Plus, the car I purchased still has 42 months of bumper to bumper factory warranty which is awesome!

I do all my own oil changes and stuff so I did not need certified pre-owned, but most places that certify give the 10 year powertrain warranty and additional bumper to bumper coverage.

Personally, I think buying this car used is the way to go because of the depreciation, I am out the door at the dealership for $23,500.
 

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I purchased used. I keep my cars 5+ years so for me leasing doesn't really make sense.

Plus, the car I purchased still has 42 months of bumper to bumper factory warranty which is awesome!

I do all my own oil changes and stuff so I did not need certified pre-owned, but most places that certify give the 10 year powertrain warranty and additional bumper to bumper coverage.

Personally, I think buying this car used is the way to go because of the depreciation, I am out the door at the dealership for $23,500.
Sounds like a great deal! I am trying to get a feel for what people are leasing the 15 or 16's for now. I currently have 5 payments left on my 13 Optima SXL lease, and was maybe considering the Cadenza. I know if I stick with a Kia, they will forgive my last 5 payments. The dealer has been calling me since August wanting to put me in a new Kia.

I'm a DIY oil change guy myself as well ;)
 
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