Dude... Where's my KIA?


Veteran Member
Jun 17, 2006
Is a Kia and a Hyundia the same car mostly?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Two 14-year-old boys are dead and a third 14-year-old boy is injured after a crash involving a stolen vehicle in Sunday night in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.
Columbus police said the crash happened about 8:20 p.m. near St. Clair and East Fifth avenues.
Police said a group of teenagers was driving a stolen Hyundai Sonata when it crashed into a building and flipped over.
Sounds like a happy ending to me, or was it Karma that got them?


Lifetime Gold Member
Jun 1, 2005
Scott from Hamilton, NJ
So all the work of chipped smart keys that drastically reduced theft over the last 30 years, HKMC decided to just toss out the window? At least back then you needed to break the key area and lock out of the metal column and there wasn't anyone on the internet showing you exactly how to do it...
Nobody uses those anymore. Everything's push start now.


Veteran Member
Gold Member
Mar 2, 2001
I am sure it was to save the manufacturer some money on the lower models. I am sure the current buyers won't be dissuaded to buy another Korean car because of this.

My daily Honda CR-V that is 17 years old has a coded key with an immobilizer.