My second hyundai. First was "99 Accent
which was very dependable. Sonata was
bought new, July "01. Car has 61130 mi.
Battery replaced after 24 mos., Front
rotors turned--47000mi. Front rotors
and pads replaced @ 60000 mi--$ll8.00.
Other than oilchnge every 5,000mi,
repairs, bat&rotors, came to less thn
$200. Car is quiet, smooth, roomy. Many
good comments from friends on ride and
performance. Owned around 30 cars in my
life, my sonata is among the best I've
owned, Major dislike: Steering is too
light. I prefer more road feel.
Smooth ride, room,performance
Longer lasting battery. Short battery
life seems to be a common problem.
Engineer more road feel in steerting
This car is great! It gets up to speed
quickly which is important for merging
in California. :-) The ride is
comfortable, and the stock stereo is
pretty decent. Comes with so much more
than the Camry I was looking at, and
affected my wallet a lot less as
well! Would definitely buy another
I like the V6 engine and the great gas
mileage. The average price per gallon
in Riverside is a disgusting $2.30,
fortunately my Sonata is not a heavy
Driving through very open high wind
areas like Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho
requires cranking up the stereo to
avoid listening to the peculiar
whistling sounds that the Sonata makes
when the wind hits the front dead-on.
I was initially skeptical in buying a
Hyundai, but I'm glad that I made the
purchase. The warranty is great. I
have only had a few minor problems that
the dealer took care of with no
questions. The price was very
Was forced to buy the Sonata due to
constraints set by the bank and my
budget. It turned out it is a great
car for the money. Fun to drive on the
highway, handles like a dream and has
lots of pep. Plenty of room inside and
in the trunk. Nicely styled too. The
stereo cranks except the CD player
skips sometimes. Some of the paint is
peeling off a door handle. It's a 5
speed. The shifter is horrible, hard
to find 3rd gear sometimes and have to
be at a complete stop to go into 1st.
All in all I would recommend to a
friend to buy a Sonata anytime.
I was very sceptical at first when
looking at Hyundai to purchase a family
size car, we looked at Honda, Toyota &
they were out of our price range. The
Hyundai Sonata was definitely the right
price, & the great warranty was a
factor in deciding on the Hyundai. I've
owned this car almost 3 years & have
not had a major mechical breakdown,
with a few minor exceptions, the car is
very reliable. The Sonata drives like a
Camry & feels very comfortable driving,
although it's not a performance sedan,
it could use a little more horsepower
out of the 2.4 liter engine, but you
could always opt for the V6. Overall I
rate this car outstanding.
Very comfortable seats, this car will
make a long drive effortless.
More horsepower out of the 2.4 liter
engine, better handling.