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2007 Hyundai Azera: Power Point Predicament

January 09, 2007

Here's the scenario: I'm working at home (I know, I know - World's smallest violin) and the company cell phone goes dead. All I have is a cigarette lighter charge cord and my wits. What to do? Here's a hint...

Out I trot to my driveway, where the Azera is encamped, with power cord in hand. As I half-expected, there isn't any juice behind the cigarette lighter with the ignition off. But what about the others? No, that's not a Lost reference. I'm off in search of the Azera's other two power points.

Inside the center console box...

...and at the back of the console, facing the rear passengers.

But none of them, NONE of them, is hot with the key out. Since I just have to charge my phone, all I can do is seperate the key from the remote fob, poke it in the ignition and turn it to the required "accessory" position, lock the door and wait.

In just about any domestic, one or all of the power points is always hot. Most, but not all Asian companies, on the other hand, have tended keep them unpowered until the key is twisted. I've never heard of a cell phone or iPod charger killing a car battery, so why not make at least one of the powerpoints hot 100% of the time?

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,471 miles

Comments

  • garym1j garym1j Posts:

    Battery in 2007 Azera finally needs replacing, I,e., dead battery. Are there any special adjustments or other than operator resettings required with battery change. Can Walmart do it or do I need to be gouged at the dealership?

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