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Being BIG (6'4", 270 lbs.) and born and raised in Detroit, I could never find a decent sized import. Until this January when my 2002 Taurus started going on me. Looked at US built, found some promising chances, especially a nice Chrysler 300. But to a man, the sales people did NOT want to deal, couldn't get them to a reasonable price. Did more looking, and a salesman at a Honda ... Read More
We own a 2012 Sonata SE and while I don't have a lot of miles on it I researched the model in general A LOT before buying it. This in spite of owning two Santa Fe's (2002-2003) that were trouble free and a daughter owning a 2003 Elantra again trouble free + our sons 2000 Elantra that he sold at 193,000 miles still running fine. I guess I was mostly concerned ... Read More
I recently leased a 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS, and I think I got a good deal. Terms of lease: 36 months, 15000 miles per year, 199/mo Down payment plus TTL was roughly over $4120, but I traded in my 2002 VW Passat (damage to the front, 119k miles, typical wear all over) for $2500 and used the $1500 rebate towards the $4120, and ended up putting absolutely nothing down. The only ... Read More
Hey everyone, I know in my recent posts I was asking for advice on a deal for the SE 2.0T + Nav, but I went down to the dealership I was chatting with, test drove a limited turbo, the SE turbo, and a Limited non-turbo. After the road comparisons, I decided to go with the Limited non-turbo. The car has plenty of starting get up for me, the turbo was nice ... Read More
Well, I have the 2nd post on this thread, and now the 7940th post. This is now my 3rd Sonata, the first one bought in 2001 (a 2002 model - that I totaled in 2009). The second bought as a replacement of the one I totaled (same 2002 make and model with a couple of different options - that I still have). Now this one (to replace my wife's Mazda MPV). ... Read More
I agree. Imagine this wacky scenario: you have a time machine, and you bring a new Sonata 2.4L back to the year 2000, with all the "Hyundai" and "Sonata" emblems covered with tape. Then, you find people driving brand new midsize family sedans, let them test drive the Sonata, and then tell them that the car they just drove is a 4 cylinder Hyundai Sonata. Can you imagine the responses you'd ... Read More
I really wish I knew why the Mazda6 doesn't sell better. About the only thing it's not at or near the top on is fuel economy, but it's not like the FE is terrible. It's possible that some mid-sized family sedan buyers find the styling too much, but then look how well the Sonata is selling, and that car's styling is even more extreme to my eyes than the Mazda6's. If ... Read More
My personal opinion is somewhat based on the technology reviews for this newer model due soon. (I hope) In any case it is MY choice for my next new car. The Buick, Ford, Toyota and other Hybrid's do not appear to have the technical advantage here. Hyundai appears to be the clear winner. I will wait for 3-six months after release to purchase. :-) I am the proud owner of a ... Read More
I live near this dealer, Paramus Dodge and Hyundai I think it's called, and I had some bad experiences with them. One time I was just looking at a car, a new 2006 Sonata at the time, while my car was getting an oil change. I said I was just looking but just out of curiosity I asked what was the best deal I could get, but I also said I ... Read More
I failed to mention that by your name I assume you are in CT, I also am in CT. What part of CT are you in, and where do you plan on buying? Just a suggestion to you, my wife and I have bought a total of 5 Hyundai's since 2002, and I have dealt with Meriden Hyundai on all of them. Very pleased with the dealer.
I was really hoping Hyundai was truly at the same level as Honda, Toyota, Subaru and some others in term so quality, but after seeing the credible reports from owners with new, low mile 2011 Sonatas post problem ... Hate to tell you this but owners of "Honda, Toyota, Subaru and some others" also post credible reports of problems. So I guess Hyundai is truly on the same quality level. I ... Read More
I bought my wife her 3rd Sonata the last day of June (a 2011 Limited). All have been great cars driven hard around town and on a few road trips - she had one shock failure on her 1st one - 2002 Limited - and that's it. 120K miles between the two. The 2nd one was a 2007 Limited. We live in the DFW area, just returned from a quick 155 ... Read More
Since you don't own one, it's not fair to criticize us owners. No one has said there are no other cars out there comparable. Let's face it, Hyundai has come along way since the flops in the 80's. I have owned a 2002 Sonata, a 2006 Sonata and the 2011 Sonata. My wife has owned a 2003 Elantra and now a 2010 Elantra which we picked up 2 weeks ago. I ... Read More
I had a 2002 Hyundai Sonata, black on black. It was good to me over the last 8.5 years. I bought it new and kept it through about 120,000 miles. The new Sonata was hard to pass up on. My previous Sonata had a V6 with approximately 180 hp. The 2011 Sonata has a 4 cylinder but 200 hp. First, the cabin in the new Sonata is much nicer and quieter ... Read More
fyi the 2002 Sonata was a fairly old design, first debuting in late 1998. It was designed prior to Hyundai's big push on quality, which began in 1999. IMO models designed after that, specifically the 2001+ Elantra (an Edmunds' Top Used Car choice) and the 2001+ Santa Fe were solid cars, quality-wise, although quality improved even more with the latest generation of vehicles.
I believe the comment "how does a Sonata perform after 100K" is too broad to answer accurately. There are just too many variables in all respects e.g. preventative maintainence, driver empathy with the car (washing, listening for odd noises, quick repair of early faults etc) , driving style, geographical terrain..on and on...that all have an influence on how well any car will run not only after 100K miles but long before ... Read More
Replying to: windjammer (May 18, 2010 2:28 pm) For the first twenty five years or so they produced mostly junk, ... Got to disagree on this... Early on, OK bad cars, but by the late 90's these were decent cars. My mother in law had a 2001 Sonata. Great car with no issues. In 2001, I bought my kids a used 2000 Sonata GLS 4Cyl. with about 14K miles on the ... Read More
This was my 3rd time buying a first year model, a 2002, 2006 and now a 2011 of Hyundai. Haven't been disappointed with any. With the warranty, you have some satisfaction. You can have problems with any make, weather being a first model year or later. I have also bought the 2002 Sonata and Elantra, the 2006 Sonata and Elantra 5dr and now the 2011 Sonata SE. Other than a minor ... Read More
This was my 3rd time buying a first year model, a 2002, 2006 and now a 2011 of Hyundai. Haven't been disappointed with any. With the warranty, you have some satisfaction. You can have problems with any make, weather being a first model year or later.
No matter what brand car you purchase a problem could arise with the car you purchase. However I would put my faith in a Co that has the fewest Consumer Complaints since 2002 and provides the best warranty. Also the 2011 Sonata has been tested by many car buffs, magazines and testers with no mention of the safety problems posted on this Forum. I have the 2011SE which is my 5th ... Read More
My red SE is awaiting my pickup tomorrow. I bought it from Huntington Hyundai. They gave me the best deal with a trade in of my 2006 Sonata. I got Homelink,Ipod cable, wheel locks, and full carpeted floor mats. With Huntington every other oil change is free. They have been doing that for us since 2002. My salesman is Bobby Awn. He's great to deal with.
Hello, I have owned a 2002 black hyundai sonata for 9 years. I am now in the market for a new sedan. I have done much research on what cars are out there, and I just must have a soft spot for this new 2011 sonata. Can someone tell me how the bluetooth phone hands free works in the speakers? I have heard from one site that there is much echo ... Read More
Those Equus pix are sweet! I currently have a 2011 Sonata Limited on the way. It will probably arrive while I am in Seoul next week. It amazes me how far Hyundai has come in the last 10 years or so. My work has me traveling to Asia 2x a year to meet with our Vendors. (Including Samsung, LG etc..) I have been traveling to Korea since 1991. When I would ... Read More
bhmr59: those "standard" features (V6, 17" alloy wheels, power seats, etc.) on the Azera are "options" on the Sonata. backy: when comparing apples to apples, the price difference between the Sonata and the Azera is only about $1-2k. the Sonata fully loaded is about $29,000 MSRP while the Azera is about $32,500 MSRP. however the last generation Sonata can't be equipped with power folding mirrors (i'm not even sure if the ... Read More
"Reversing polarity, even for a short time, is hazardous to the health of the computer. Since the computer interacts with or controls so many things on modern cars, it is possible it go fried. I hope for your sake, and wallet, this is not the problem, but a possibility maybe worth investigating. Good luck. " Fortunately, this is not true. As an electronic designer of automotive electronics, I know that almost ... Read More
The 2003, 2004, and 2005 models were almost identical; very, very few changes were made between those years (and as an owner of a 2003 (and a 2009), I can't tell the difference visually between the models). Changes between a 2002 and a 2003 were slightly more significant, as there was a major facelift in 2003; 2005 was a "short run" ala the way the 2010 model will be, where the ... Read More
Bought this new 2009 se v6 2 1/2 months ago, we travel quite a bit, have 10,000+ miles as of now. I thought I had done a pretty good job on my research, did at least enough to know what we wanted. Well, I found out things about this particular trim model I really didn't have a clue about, but am learning on a regular bases. Such as Trip computer, heated ... Read More
Just call the national Hyundai phone number and tell them what is going on. In my case, they sent a tow truck out free of charge to pick up my 2002 model. I think it had about 110K miles at the time. The subframe was replaced and I was given a loaner car to drive.
Replaced the camshaft sensor now the car wont start had the timing belt done 2 years ago but not getting any fire to the plugs can anyone help
I bought this 2007 Limited (leather seats) after postive reviews on both construction and build quality. Immediately I experienced suspension clunking (which the dealer says he cannot hear) and seat creaking every time I sart-up or slow-down (stop-and-go traffic= constant creaking) . I felt like suggesting he get a hearing aid, but decided I would just scout out the type of bump that elicited the problem and take a mechanic for ... Read More
Interesting - the discussion about suspension issues on the Sonata sound EXACTLY like the issue some of us have had/are having with the Genesis. I can tell you that about two years ago I drove a 2007 Sonata loaner when my 2002.5 Santa Fe was in for one of it's many warranty repairs/recalls. - it was a nice, smooth ride. I remember liking it. Then, last month when I had my ... Read More
Hi Tom, There are 110,000 miles on the Sonata. David
How Many miles are on your car? I am glad to here they are repairing your car. *******************firstname.lastname@example.org************************** Tom Baker
The local Hyundai service center called me. They said that the subframe needed to be replaced and that Hyundai was covering the cost. They said the part was on order and they should be done by Friday (3 days). They didn't offer a rental, so I mentioned that Hyundai had provided cars for others in this situation. He then said he would get me a loaner. I just drove home a ... Read More
Today I was driving in a residential area and noticed a severe pull to the right. If I let go of the steering wheel, the car would have turned a corner itself. When got out to inspect the tires, I noticed that the driver side front wheel was pointed straight and the passenger side front wheel was turned a little to the right. After setting up an appointment with a local ... Read More
HOLY HYUNDAI !!! at first - I didn't get it, it's just a cable. Then I saw the other posts, and got it. (thanks for the posts telling me to read-again-slowwly rv65 and themerg!!) So today, I actually got it - at the Hyundai parts counter for $30 It works - it's cool - it's flippin sweet. I can scroll through artists,playlists, songs, albums right from the Sonata in-dash screen. Brilliant. ... Read More
Took delivery of a 2009 Sonata 4-Cyl Limited PZEV w/Nav purchased from Mirak Hyundai in Arlington, MA yesterday, Jan 5, 2009. Sticker price on vehicle was: $24,150 base price + $1,250 Nav System + $90 floor mats + $85 sunroof wind deflector + $695 freight = $26,270 total sticker price. I noticed that the base price for this vehicle currently listed on the Hundai website is $400 higher ($24,550) than the ... Read More
My 2002 Hyundai Sonata was having the same problem (working fine until it randomly wouldn't start--all lights, AC, radio, and power windows would work fine but there would be no sound or movement under the hood at all... and then at random it would work fine again). My mechanic thought it was the starter so I had it replaced. It was fine until a week later when it happened again. My ... Read More
I am so sorry.. apparently my brain was going faster than my fingers... i meant the ignition coils.
What does "my check engine light came on and those were changed" mean?
I have been having this same problem... and no one can figure out waht it is. It feels like the car is not getting enought gas... my check engine light came on and those were changed and i am still having the same problem.. changed spark plugs and plug wires, still the same issues.
My 2001 Sonata GLS (54,000 miles) has similar problems. Local shop reported it to me during an oil change. They actually called Hyundai to get a part price to give me an estimate when Hyundai asked if I was the original owner--after they ran the VIN, Hyundai told him to have me call them... When I called the dealer on Tuesday (8/5), they wanted to see it ASAP... Just picked it ... Read More
I was driving down the road one day and all of a sudden my engine cut out. The gas tank was full. After I towed it home I changed the fuel pump, which was unneccessary. I cannot figure it out. When I start the engine there is no smell of fuel in the engine compartment. I have the Hyundai Sonata 2002 4 cylinder. Can anyone help?
I changed the fuel pump on my Hyundai Sonata, which was not necessary for some reason it is not getting fuel to the engine there is no fuel smell in the engine compartment when I am starting it, what could it be?
Try this for your glove box rattle. It worked for another person. http://www.hyundai-forums.com/index.php?showtopic=17330&hl=
Hello all. I have this irritating squeaking sound coming from my glove box, esp. when it's in drive but I'm idling at a stoplight... comes back when I hit anything but very smooth road. If I push on the front of the glove box, it stops. It's like the glove box won't close all the way anymore or something (although it looks closed and doesn't come open). What could it be? ... Read More
If you'll check the boards, you'll find that Honda Accords and Acura TLs in the 2002 range had this same problem, with some catastrophic results sometimes. Honda has a "quiet" replacement deal going out there for those so affected. It's a dead bang sure thing Hyundai has no such program. But I think your transmission is toast. I'd dump the car.
bought my 2009 Sonata GLS I4 2.4 automate from TOWNe today. OTD Price :17575 , paid 13475 in cache, traded in my 2002 Nissan Sentra for 4100. Overall pleasant experience, no hassle, nice salesman. recommended.
Good work on scouting the TSB's and getting started with the BBB the NHTSA (Nat Highway Traffic Safety Admin - at least that's what it is in the states). The only ones I knew of were on 06 rear ends and a "kit" was put out for them and supposedly the suspension was changed for '07. Everything I know is contained in the previous posts of this thread: Others complaining of ... Read More
Get it done! I just got the car back from my dealer, and they were astounded at the 17 teeth missing from my timing belt at 61000 miles. It was making a racket, and I knew that it was supposed to be changed at 60000 so I got really nervous Monday AM when it was acting verry erratically and lurched on me etc. I took it directly there, and they said ... Read More
Yeah, anytime you short out the car, you can blow every microprocessor in the car. The alarm you may do without, if the rest of the car is working, count yourself fortunate. The fuses may have stopped some elements from getting fried, also, if you're lucky...... Hope the best for ya.
Yeah I hope the computer isn't the problem here. I got the radio and clock problem solved as it was the fuse. My guest is that the problem is with the alarm system. I cannot activate/deactivate the alarm with the remote. I'm getting nothing from it. I'm tiring to find out how to reset the alarm system . I simply get the clicking sound as if the starter were out but ... Read More
Reversing polarity, even for a short time, is hazardous to the health of the computer. Since the computer interacts with or controls so many things on modern cars, it is possible it go fried. I hope for your sake, and wallet, this is not the problem, but a possibility maybe worth investigating. Good luck.
Left dome light on and the battery died. Jump started the vehicle and it turned on fine but at one point prior to the vehicle starting the battery cables were accidentally/briefly crossed (oops!). Shortly after, as the vehicle remained on, the audible alarm system activated. Couldn't disarm the alarm while the vehicle remained on so the vehicle was then turned off. Attempted to restart the vehicle but it wouldn't turn on ... Read More
I just purchased a 2008 Hyundai Sonata 4 cylinder. It was a demo, therefore, the purchase price was $14,500. Original price was 22,995. It has 18, 000 mi. I took a first time Hwy ride to work over the weekend and couldn't believe my eyes. At one point, at 59 mph, I had hit 36 mpg. It toggled between 34-35 mpg on average. The ride was solid, quiet and smooth. I ... Read More
I just rolled over the 60,000 mile marker and it's time for a new timing belt (among other things). My Hyundai service tech quoted a price of around $450.00 for this. I looked up the part and it runs between $60-100. I've always had excellent service from my guys, but if I can get this done for less at a chain or small service place I'd like to. What have you ... Read More
Honda and Toyota are two of the best proven vehicles on the road, no question. Having owned both Honda and Toyota that have had numerous repairs, my 91 Honda Accord 2 starter coils fail and a part in the auto tranny that makes the tranny shift, I forgot what it was called, failed all before 100K. MY 1991 Toyota Celica started blowing blue smoke at 120K, and I replaced the drive ... Read More
I felt it was my responsibility to logon here and post my experience - I found info here right away after the same problem was found with my car during the yearly inspection. I have a 2002 Sonata which I absolutely love. I bought it about 16 months ago and have had very few problems with it save a rear brake cylinder that went bad - and was immediately repaired under ... Read More
Check out http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ there are complaints listed on 1999-2002 models so far and more will prop up as they age. Everyone with the same problem should file a compaint and maybe a recall will get started before someone gets hurt.
Man....I have a 2002 hyundai Sonata LX...and i had to do some work on it...like put a new battery,replace altinater,and some other stuff...But after all the work was finished the radio comes on but no sound come out..? Can someone help me?
Let us take JD Powers word on overall dependability, in that it represents a typical buyer and a real scenario. This is how some of the midsize sedans stacked up: Honda Accord: 4/5 Nissan Altima: 3/5 Toyota Camry: 3/5 Ford Fusion: 3/5 Hyundai Sonata: 3/5 Saturn Aura: 2/5 Mazda6: 2/5 VW Passat: 2/5 The only car that is said to be better than Camry is the Accord. But, Accord isnít something ... Read More
What is the point of comparing a car from 2002, which was designed in the mid-'90s, to today's standards? If you want to go down that route, we could for example compare, say, a 2002 Accord to a 2008 Altima, or even a Sonata. But to what purpose? Funny though how you bring up the Hyundai powertrain warranty now. I didn't think you thought much of it.
I also drove the Sonata twice in my quest for a new vehicle. I was pretty impressed with how quiet it was and it drove very nice but like you say, it seemed rather "vanilla". Just couldn't put my finger on it but it seemed just a little rough around the edges here and there. My daughter had an 2002 Elantra and she had good luck with but she would be ... Read More
You cannot compare a 2006-current Sonata to the 1998-2002 Honda Accord, both of the current Sonata engines use timing chains, All sonatas regardless of trim level come with stability control, In my opinion Honda Copied Hyundai as in terms of safety, Honda did not have active head restraints until the 2006 sonata had them, that tells me that Honda is taking Hyundai seriously, even though updated 2008 Accord still uses a ... Read More
It would be delusional to think that others are adding things because Hyundai is setting a benchmark. Hyundai is indeed putting out competent vehicles but let us not get carried away. Accord and Camry are universally considered benchmark, and to a lesser extent, Altima is too. Then there are other players like Mazda6, Aura, G6, Sonata, Fusion, Galant (used to be a bigger player a few years ago) and so on. ... Read More
Its Ron but to answer your question. While we had a relatively good experience with this, a 12 year old Dodge, that I bought partly because I maintained it even when my daughter owned it and therefore didn't expect any suprises there isn't any new Chrysler product that interests me. Couple this with the corporate problems (a new owner etc.) Chrysler is experiencing and I won't consider one. Why Hyundai? Well, ... Read More
I compared 1998 Accord's I-4 to 2002 (I think) Sonata's V6. And the I-4 was easily the all around winner. The newer V6 in Sonata is better but the drive train isn't up to Honda's standards. Besides, Honda's new I-4 is far more powerful than the old one in my 1998. More fuel efficient too. I think V6 engines are mostly a waste. While driving my TL around with virtually no ... Read More
-I called for an appt at the dealer where I purchased my 2002 V6-sonata I asked what needs to be checked with 52k, he said chassis/brake system ,price $99 plus any parts/labor done. Now a major chain is running a special for a no-charge braking system check, it sounds like a no-brainer to me but can these independant chains be trusted to say what honestly needs to be replaced or not ... Read More
Good morning fellow Hyundai owners. I just wanted to post an update to my Sonata saga. I did contact the owner of my Hyundai dealership. He was out of town but he did reply to my e-mail on a Saturday, saying he would look into it, and call me on Monday. He did. He also put me in a new, loaded 2007 Santa Fe, complete with moon roof, XM radio, etc. ... Read More
-I have a 2002 Hyundai Sonata V6, I'm ready for the timing belt change, there are many other things listed by the dealer as needing to be addressed as well. Is absolutely everything necessary as listed in the manual ? I'm not a big mecahnic guy, I know where the gas goes, how to change the air filter but thats about it.I want to keep my car for awhile so should ... Read More
It is a 2002 Hyundai sonata.GL 6 cyl v type DOHC. I am so incredibly frustrated with the treatment I have received thus far from the dealerships. I have contacted Hyundai directly but have honestly become so jaded by my previous experiences that I'm bracing for another volley of lies and misdirection. If the vehicle truly has only one timing belt then I would say the dealership is in a touch ... Read More
As a further rebuttal to your insistance that your vehicle has "three timing belts" I have researched using the Dayco website (www.daycoproducts.com). Dayco manufacturers belts (including timing and accessory) and hoses for the auto industry and the following information was found using a 2002 Hyundai Sonata as the base for reference. 1.) The 2.4 liter 4 cylinder uses three belts in total. Belt #1 drives the alternator and water pump and ... Read More
One of the problems with a public forum like this is that complainers like you sometimes don't state all the "facts" or sometimes ANY of them so responders like me cannot piece together a "guess" and not even a good guess sometimes as to what may be wrong. I really don't know what to suggest. From what you say I think you may have serious engine problems. As to why the ... Read More
Thank you for your post, but you have things wrong. I replied to my initial post. I did not "wait" for the timing belt to break. It broke with 55K miles on it, so I didn't "miss" anything. They called it a warranty defect... that's an understatement. I get my car serviced. I've bought a new battery, new tires, oil changes, tire rotations, etc. It wasn't even CLOSE to 100K. The ... Read More
What you appear to be saying is incorrect for the following reasons: 1. If you can see the ENGINE RPM's dropping at each shift point and the transmission goes through its shift cycle e.g. 1st-to 2nd to 3rd to 4th at the appropriate road/engine speeds then the transmission works to a large degree. 2. There IS no separate "engine speed" (RPM's) verses "transmission speed" (RPM's)....it is ALL engine speed and the ... Read More
xjlee, I purchased my 2007 Hyundai Sonata Limited Edition (Ebony Black Color and w/o. XM Satellite Radio but took the Platinum Edition Package, which includes the apoiler, sunroof, Infinity Radio upgrade, platinum edition floor mats (as opposed to those that come default with the car and have the word Sonata stitched into them), etc) back in the month of March 2007 (approximately 3/13/2007) in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Metro area. I ... Read More
I judged only the 2002 or 2001 Sonata. I assume everyone will say that Hyundai has improved significantly with their Sonata since then, but they were so FAR behind back then in 2002 that they better have improved, or they'd be out of business.
We purchased our Hyundai Sonata in March 2002. Within a month the car was back into the dealership because a body seal was open and the back right door was out of alignment so my backseat flooded. That was corrected and I was satisfied. I took the car back for an oil change in December of 2002 and at that time reported a ticking when the car was cold. They couldn't ... Read More
Good morning osaka75. My car is a 2002 Hyundai Sonata (4 cylinder). There is another dealer in the area, though pretty out of the way and not close by any means. Should I take it to that dealer once I pick it up and ask them to just do an all over car check for me? Will they know I just got it out of another dealership? Do they look at/check ... Read More
Three years is the typical timeframe for a mid-gen redux for Hyundai. The Gen 3 Sonata had a similar facelift after three years, with both the front and rear being restyled for 2002. As for needing to be so good it doesn't need to be compared to other cars... I don't think any brand of mid-sized car is at that point, or will be anytime soon. It's a very competitive market. ... Read More
Well, you can dream. :) Most likely the roofline will be unchanged--too expensive to change that. The changes to the front and rear could be minor tweaks, but they could be extensive too--consider the mid-generation makeover the Sonata got for MY 2002. I expect the dash will be reworked also--it is a sore point with some people, and isn't as nice as even the Elantra's dash IMO. Maybe some power tweaks ... Read More
While they may list for $21K (plus or minus) depending on model options etc. they usually have rebates of a grand or so plus you can negotiate a bit. Try that with a Honda dealer especially on a Fit or Civic when gas is creeping upwards. You absolutely can buy a Sonata GLS with more everything (except fuel economy perhaps)for less than an EX auto sedan Civic if you check around. ... Read More
Dis-concerning? Well, read this about Hyundai Of Westchester, after I brought my car in for service at HYUNDAI OF WESTCHESTER, they gave it back to me with a knock in the motor, and tried to blame it on me, and my Hyundai Sonata 2002 has been sitting in my driveway ever since. They ruined my $10,000.00 dollar car, and the DMV is even a bigger joke, and they're absolutely no help, ... Read More
Details of my purchase yesterday described out below. Purchase Price (before TT& L): $24,220 Hyundai's Current Rebate Offer (on their 30 month Finance Balloon Program): $3450 Trade-in Value (2002 Toyota Corolla S with 61,500 miles): $7100 Out the door (before T.T & L and after above mentioned rebate): $20,770 (Steal! :P ) Out the door mileage: 6 Current mileage: 150 approximately T.T. & L: Approximately $1100 Color Purchased: Ebony Black On ... Read More
I agree that they are good vehicles. They could be great vehicles though if they kept working on making them better. I have had 5 new Fords and for the most part they are good, just not great. Their mileages have never been good, their warrantee is/was lacking,and they have had several problems along the way,although nothing drastic. BTW I presently own a 2002 Sable Deluxe Wagon that I dearly love, ... Read More
Yeah, and I take issue that I have had to have two service bulletins applied on my 2006 Civic (6K miles)to correct specific noises (one rerouted and added a longer serpentine belt the other replaces a motor mount) AND both rear shocks leaked out and needed replaced under warranty....so much for Honda build quality!!! This Civic has had more problems in under 7,000 miles than the last 2 Hyundai products I ... Read More
Actually, automakers and the gub'mnt strongly encourage children, teens, and smaller adults ride buckled up in the back seat where they're at much less risk. All too often I still see 'em bouncing around in the front seat, unrestrained, like there's no tomorrow. For some, that'll tragically be the case as it nearly was for me. I'm currently driving a second choice '03 Hyundai because my '96 Accord gave its all ... Read More
-my 02 sonata did not have abs available unless you bought that big package that cost over $1200-1400 back then, I bought the base model with a V6 and a power moonroof/spoiler It was on the showroom floor. I did have a red Camry coupe with 4 wheel abs, and that would pulse in a quick panic stop,esp slick roads but it was a lifesaver a few times , up here ... Read More
I am totally pro Hyundai having owned three (2002-03 santa Fe, a 2000 Elantra that now has 150K miles) additionally my daughter has a 2003 Elantra GT 4dr sedan. All were of no significant trouble to us. Anyhow, since I kind of haunt car showrooms in general and Hyundai in particular and I thought I knew everything I needed to know about the 2007 Sonata the mention of a Platinum series ... Read More
I hate to come off as sarcastic but if you are unwilling to purchase another vehicle of the same make because the leather is showing typical creasing (you never did say if it is cracked through to the backing)and the dealer or Hyundai considers it normal (and if creased it is)then you are exceptionally thin skinned. If the car has been OK mechanically and everything else about it meets your satisfaction ... Read More
If the car is in great shape, with that low milage, it can be worth more than kbb. But, as backy said negotiate with the dealer, just as you would on a new car. (dealers often make more on used cars than they do on new cars) You might try to determine the Galves value of this used car to give you an idea of what the dealer actually paid for ... Read More
It's not possible to buy a brand new 2006/2007 Sonata LX/Limited for about $14,000. Try closer to $20k. It's unlikely you could even get a base 2006 Sonata GL I4 automatic for $14k except under special circumstances. Definitely try to deal on the car--most dealers' asking price on used cars includes wriggle room. Hopefully you haven't let the sales rep know how much you love this car. You might try $12,000, ... Read More
I am looking around for a used car for my son. He likes the looks of the current and previous generation Sonata. On Saturday, I was at a Hyundai dealership looking at a 2005 Sonata GLS sitting on their used lot. The salesman mentioned that they just got in a 2002 Sonata LX as a trade in on an upgrade to an Azera. The car was still in the garage being ... Read More
Yes, MSN Autos is full of cr*p. I checked the specs for my 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT on MSN Autos and it says my car is not available with ABS, traction control, or a sunroof. I have all three! I'd look elsewhere for correct information.
was a three time Hyundai owner, a 2002 and 2003 Santa Fe, a 2000 Elantra my son still drives PLUS my daughters 2003 Elantra GT have had no major and few minor problems. Well, the 140k 2000 Elantra recently needed an alternator. This said, I am moderately disappointed in the Civic. I have told this tale before but in a nutshell it has a right rear suspension noise from new...8 miles ... Read More
yeah..yeah..and yeah, about what I expect from someone who probably never even sat in a Hyundai let alone drove or owned one. I have owned both(2002 and 2003 Santa Fe and 2006 Civic EX sedan) and the Civic has more problems than both S.F.'s I owned AND my daughters 2003 Elantra....total problems for all three = one (1) a digital clock that crapped out on the last Santa Fe. I am ... Read More
bodad: I posted this info in another forum possibly it may help you. This site has been most helpful to me as I have tried to get back into automobile purchases after 14 years. So let me see if I can help some of you folks. I don't know if this information will be helpful are not, but possibly it may. I purchased a 2006 Hyundai Sonata I4 automatic transmission this ... Read More
"Experience" and other intangibles are worth exactly $0.00 to me, but others apparently put a very high value on them. It's your money, and you are the person you have to satisfy. Well, the problem I had with Hyundai was in fact that everything "tangible", meaning door-handles, climate control knobs, and even steering precision/weight was not near enough to the standard set by the Accord. It all felt cheaper, belying the ... Read More
I'm doubting the Sonata will age any better or any worse than any other car in this class....people used to rag on the Accord and Camry for being bland, but they always age well...the Sonata is bland IMO...like a bar of soap or a potato...just like the boring and bland Camcords of the world. A car that I thought wouldn't age well is the 2002 Altima...they still look good for the ... Read More
IMO, the Sonata is styled to be an "easy on the eyes" type of vehicle, similar to the Accord and Camry and this statement is a form of my opinion, so to each his own. But to me, the Sonata is neither the "Best in class" nor is it say blander than the Accord and Camry. I think its just an average looking, kinda boring looking sedan just like the class ... Read More