> GUEST wrote:
> For those of you calling me cheap for not buying a rear wiper blade
> my Rio 5 from the dealer they want $30.00 for the blade only.
> That's why I asked if anyone knew where I could get a CHEAP
Kia-Ed, did you ever find a place that sells these
wiper blades/refills? I'm needing one and I can't find them anywhere.
Thanks for your help.
For the guy who was actually looking for a blade, the dealer told me my
best bet (If I didn't want to spend $60 for a whole arm) was to go to a
junk yard and see if they had any Rio 5's. Since I've seen a total of
five of these babys in the U.S. (I saw one at the Frankfurt auto show
last year) I'm betting there won't be too many in the junk yards.
And to you "regulars" here, I don't really know what your problems are,
but I hope you don't get stuck looking for an odd-sized replacement
part someday. Then again; maybe I do.
I too am (or was once upon a time) a regular. I am a bit annoyed at the
broad brush used in painting us all as "idiots" but I understand the
frustration. Like Rev. Wenndt, I also have no knowledge of the Rio in
particular, merely more generic knowledge plus that of my own KIA, a
To recap my experiences with KIA rear wiper blades in general: As
stated above, I own a 2003 Sorento. I ran into the wiper problem while
shopping for winter blades. I found that while I could get blades that
fit the arm, they weren't the same size. Certainly the resultant
"sweep" across the rear window was not the same. The amount of
clearance was far less. The blade that Canadian Tire had recommended
was a 13" blade while I am fairly certain that KIA's is a 14" unit.
I also suspect that the point of attachment was not the same relative to
the end of the blade as with a genuine KIA blade. The result of that
the area that is cleaned by the blade is offset compared to the original
To add to the confusion - and hence misery - KIA has since gone to a
pretty fancy design of armature on most models. The whole blade seems
to be covered by a plastic trim, practically guaranteeing that you have
to use their blades.
Careful, Ed. As one of the regulars, I not only do not think you are an
idiot, but empathize with your problem. I too have had some cars (a Chevy
Sprint, fore-runner to the old Geo Metro was one) where I had to try to find
a unique wiper blade.
I didn't post, because I didn't have any information I thought would help
you. But I must admit that I also have been frustrated at the insistence of
certain car makers to feel the need to have to "re-invent the wheel" when it
comes to wiper blades. And I guess they know they "have you," since
everybody will need a wiper blade change at some point.
Sorry for not posting sooner. But not every regular here tries to be snide.
I only post when I can help, and I wish I could here. But I have not been
able to find anything useful for you here.
Well thank you. I knew there had to be more reasonable readers than the
idiots that a) Didn't read the initial question. b) Didn't read the
initial question completely. c) Ignored the initial question and
decided to have a little "fun" at my expense.
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