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1993 Hyundai Sonata

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By Ryan Usher
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Vehicle

1993 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan


Review

This was my first car, and the two yeas I owned it were an exercise in frustration. When the thing was working, it drove pretty well. Handling and brakes were decent. The interior was uncomfortable, and at least half of the controls stopped working within six months. Fuel economy was so-so. My main problem with this car was the terrible reliability, I had it in the shop eight times in two years, and for some big problems: Transmission, alternator, starter, and finally the engine failed, costing me a total of twice the price I paid for the car, before I called it quits and donated it to charity.


Favorite Features

I could have had a less-stylish car for my first. There really wasn't anything really great about it, and it wasn't in total running shape often enough for me to get any enjoyment out of it.


Suggested Improvements

I understand Hyundais are better cars now, but my experience with the 93 Sonata soured me enough that I don't think I will ever buy another car from that manufacturer again.


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1993 Sonata/STD/5-speed trans
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Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
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By Sonata01
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Vehicle

1993 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought my Sonata brand new in 1994 (it was leftover stock from 1993) for the price of a used Ford Tempo. In other words, I got a real bargain on a brand new car (I knew the risk I was taking on Hyundai in the early 90s). Ten years later, I still own the car, and haven't spent a penny on anything but oil, fuel, and windshield wiper fluid. I bought the base version, which came with standard air conditioning (still works), tilt steering wheel, and a good stereo. The interior is quite roomy and the driver's seat has a height adjustment for short drivers.


Favorite Features

Remote trunk release, remote fuel door release. Electronic (automatic) seatbelts: Good for old passengers, who find it difficult to reach behind the seat and grab the belt. The lap portion is very easy to attach.


Suggested Improvements

Fifth gear should be more of an overdrive gear. At 60 MPH, the engine turns at close to 3000 RPM, which makes for good throttle response, but isn't great on gas and doesn't seem appropriate for a family sedan.


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