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I like my 2013 Kia Soul, but the odometer area has print that is orange on a black background. It is almost impossible to see this. Strangely, the other parts of the instrument cluster are bright green. Why Kia did this amazes me.

Is there a way to have the deal replace the black background with a white background, so the horrible orange is more visible? Or, can they change a bulb behind that area with a green or white one, which would brighten it up?

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Mine is red print on a black background. Both the odometer area and the radio. I can barely see anything because of the red. Especially with all the sun glare here in Phoenix, which I think is adding to the problem. I really like my Kia but I do not like this feature at all. I would prefer green on black
 

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I like my 2013 Kia Soul, but the odometer area has print that is orange on a black background. It is almost impossible to see this. Strangely, the other parts of the instrument cluster are bright green. Why Kia did this amazes me.

Is there a way to have the deal replace the black background with a white background, so the horrible orange is more visible? Or, can they change a bulb behind that area with a green or white one, which would brighten it up?

BillS
I remember someone on here taking their instrument panel apart and changing the LEDs to different colors, which is what you would have to do. It's not a job for the faint of heart. I think you're going to have to live with it unless you want to spend quite a bit of money having someone else do it (assuming you're not up to tearing down your instrument panel and doing the work yourself).
 

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Yep I agree .
I am a 70 year old engineer and can not distinguish the lettering on my mileage display. Did they just design this cars for youngsters?
 

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Yep I agree .
I am a 70 year old engineer and can not distinguish the lettering on my mileage display. Did they just design this cars for youngsters?
don't think so, I'm 69 and I can see it the vast majority of the time with no problem - but a more florescent red would be better ;) It's not critical info so not able to see it the odd time does not cause a problem.
 

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I have the same issues on my 2012 Soul with red LED numbers on black background. Another car we have has blue odomitor numbers and is so much easier to read.

Thx for reminding me about this. I got an email from KIA asking me to do a survey for their engineers. I want to be sure to mention this!


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I don't even look at my speedo. I just go with the flow and look at my GPS for a more accurate reading.
 

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I have to remove my sunglasses to read the red output, which is sort of a pain at times, but not something that I would change cars over. I only really notice it when my passenger quizzes me about the outside temperature, which she seems to do about every thirty minutes during trips.
 

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I recently learned that my biggest issue with readability is not the odometer itself but my sunglasses. I forget that I have polarized lenses, just like LCD displays. I get the best readability by tipping my head right about 15 degrees.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out where this green is in the instrument cluster. Everything that's illuminated in mine is white.
 

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I have no problem seeing mine with two different pairs of polarized glasses. I wonder if it is the lenses in certain brands that effect it.


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I am thinking that it depends on which direction the polarization is set. Take off you glasses and look through them at the dash while rotating the glasses. You should see the display darken/lighten. Remember that this only is due to the polarization in the LCD display.

There are some aftermarket window tinting film that is polarized. It plays havoc with my sun glasses.
 
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