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I don't think that my remote is working. If I long press on the hatch open button, the turn signals flash after a few seconds but the hatch doesn't open.
Is that wrong?

P. S. Mine is a LE
 

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I don't think that my remote is working. If I long press on the hatch open button, the turn signals flash after a few seconds but the hatch doesn't open.
Is that wrong?

P. S. Mine is a LE
The hatch doesn't open and rise like some minivans. Pressing on the hatch open button just unlocks it, so you can open.
It also will open(unlock) in proximitry with fob, just like the driver door.
 

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I have no clue why that button is on the key fob. It serves no purpose unless you want someone else to open the hatch without the key fob in hand.

Maybe they set up the buttons that way for a future automatic opener.
 

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I have no clue why that button is on the key fob. It serves no purpose unless you want someone else to open the hatch without the key fob in hand.

Maybe they set up the buttons that way for a future automatic opener.
NJ- that is what the remote button on the fob is for. Say you were inside the house, and wanted to let your kids get in the car without giving them the key-hit the remote. Or you wanted someone to retrieve something you left in the back, without walking back to car- the hatch remote. Or you didn't lock with the handle button, and now are away from car- use the remote to lock.. etc.
 

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OK, so the button is practically useless.

Every car, SUV or truck that I have owned in the past 10 or so years had that exact same button and it DID pop the hatch or trunk or rear door. It didn't open it, just popped the latch.

One other thing, there is no way to open the hatch on the NIRO from the drivers seat??? There isn't any button or switch or toggle etc. If you carry the keyfob in your pocket, you need to reach into your pocket to retrieve the remote to open the hatch. Not always easy.

Heck, my 1979 Dodge Colt had that feature and here we are almost 40 years later...

Oh well, thats not why I bought this car.
 

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The button for the lift gate just unlocks the lift gate, you hold the button, the hazard lights will blink twice to show it is unlocked, once the lift gate is opened and then closed it will lock itself automatically.

If you have the remote with you in your pocket, you don't need to take it out to unlock the lift gate, it will unlock automatically once you press the button on the lift gate to open it.
 

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I held down that lift gate button for ever, and nothing happen.. nice to know I don't need a new fob.

Also, thanks for telling me about the no hands, and in pocket auto unlock on the lift gate, helpful with full hands.
 

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TOTALLY LAAAAAME FOR THE REMOTE TO HAVE A WORTHLESS BUTTON... ONLY MAKES ONE FEEL DISAPPOINTED... EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT IT... You worthless piece of crap button!!!

FALSE ADVERTISING!!!!!!!!!!

SOLUTION:. make it frickin work KIA, or take it off the dang remote!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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To save weight they eliminated to auto hatch opening motors. After a week it stopped bothering me. But I was spoiled with the 2013 Energi I traded in - it had a hands free auto open on the hatch, just pass your foot under the bumper !!!

Also why the hatch itself is aluminum not steel, most of the car is made of low weight high tensile steel, there is no sunroof, plastic hub caps ..... every 100 pounds removed probably adds a few MPG.
 

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That is the one feature that I did wish the car has. When I purchased the car the sales person said it would do it but then after I had bought it they realized it didn't. But if I could get the car to work. Just not sure if I want to be the first one to give this a try.
 

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I can one-up these posts. Leased a 2019 PHEV LX a week ago. Rad car, but on the third day the rear hatch just stopped working. Not with FOB, not with regular unlock buttons, just not at all. Only way to open it is with the emergency manual release from inside of the hatch (which is hard to get to, and impossible if there is anything actually in the cargo area). Hard to know what the problem is, would think it is the button on the outside of the hatch hat you have to press to raise it, but also there is no unlocking sound when I hold the hatch button on the FOB, so I don’t really have confidence in any part of the system. Also, bizarre that it worked for only a couple of days and then went caput. Thought that maybe I’d selected some setting by accident but can find none anywhere, and have read the full manual. Am I missing something or is this just a question for the dealership? Many thanks for any knowledge!
 

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Not missing anything. This is either a button failure (the one that "opens" the hatch), or a solenoid failure (that actually releases the latch).
 

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I've been spoiled by auto opening hatch on my last 3 cars. :x
When I get my Niro I definitely want one of these! The price is not a deterrent, however, not so sure I want to be a guinea pig for one from Aliexpress. Anyone have any experience with this specific product, or one like it. I'd even settle for a manual pop up hatch live my 2017 VW Golf has (has gas pistons & electric release but no motor to raise hatch; the gas pistons provide the energy to raise hatch. it has to be manually - by hand - closed ).

How reliable in general is Aliexpress & its products?
 

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Actually this product is available from a US distributor. Natch it costs more than the one from China, but looks identical. I can't wait to see who is gonna be the 1st to order & install one of these and give their report :nerd:
 

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Actually this product is available from a US distributor. Natch it costs more than the one from China, but looks identical. I can't wait to see who is gonna be the 1st to order & install one of these and give their report :nerd:
Info on last post is NOT accurate! All were actually from China. The Aliexpress price is the best, all products look identical.
Here is a 30 minute video of an install on a Toyota Highlander. • https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/aftermarket-power-liftgate-installed.1404009/

I can't wait to see who is gonna be the 1st to install one of these and give us their report >:)
 
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