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1999 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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Hyundai Sonata Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 149 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    New powertrains, more safety features, excellent warranty.

  • Cons

    Noisy four-cylinder engine, breathless V6 engine.

  • What's New for 1999

    Hyundai's Sonata is completely new and much improved for 1999.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (16 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

Good comfort, reliability, economics, value

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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

I purchased this vehicle in 2002 with 15,000 miles from the original owner's estate. It presently has about 50,000 miles, including 4 cross-country trips from SFO to ORD and back. Hyundai reported no warranty claims prior to my ownership, and I've had none. Owner 1 did only basic maintenence, according to Hyundai records, and I've done the same: oil and filter, coolant, trans and filter, battery, tires. It's a solid, comfortable, reliable, economical and completely practical car, and it's served me well for nearly 10 years. It's not as much fun to drive as my Miata, but I can't carry lumber on a roof rack of a Miata. I'll gladly purchase another Sonata, with even better value.

Pros and cons but overall,

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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

I bought new in 1999 at only 84 miles. Now in 2010, I'm at 149,000. 4-cylinder is decent during daily commute and actually smooth and quiet during highway cruising but don't even think about fast lane changes or quick acceleration on entrance ramps. Fuel pump and Tranny were problems during first 50,000 but warranty was in effect. Timing belt replaced after 80,000. Car groans over speed bumps, brakes have always squealed, and paint is chipping now, but other than regular oil changes every 3k, she's had no major repairs in her old age. Still averaging an impressive 28mpg highway today. I'm finally getting another car but this one's lasted longer than I expected.

Sold ours for $500

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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

We bought the car when it had about 60,000 miles on it. My wife drove it basically around town. At about 90,000 miles I thought it needed the wheels aligned but our mechanic said the cradle bolt (sub frame) was rotting out and it was unsafe to drive. The part from the dealers cost $1500. We checked availability from junk yards and the common response was laughter. Since we were not the original owners, Hyundai did not offer any recourse. We sold it to a mechanic who said he would take a chance on it.


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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

The driving of this car has been normal.It has been reliable wherever I wanted to go with.

Car is as good as

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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

I bought this car 4 years ago. I use it to go to and from work. I've had 1 problem (sensor) in 4 years, 50K miles. The person who owned it before me regularly seviced the vehicle, I have done the same. I did not expect a lot out of this car given its history. I can't believe it's still around. Sensors go in any car w/age. You can buy this car now for <$3K. If you know the car has been maintained, I'd give it a try. I took the risk and still have it several years later.

It's cheap and it runs...

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Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

I bought this car in August 2005 with only 40K miles. I've had it for 6 months now with no problems whatsoever. So far, it's been good, cheap, reliable transportation. Not sporty, not luxurious, and I wouldn't enjoy it on a long trip, but for my 10 mile daily commute -- it fits the bill.

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What's New for 1999

Hyundai's Sonata is completely new and much improved for 1999.

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Gas Mileage


  • 19
  • cty
  • 27
  • highway
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