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spunky's review
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By Spunky
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2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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I was extremely pleased with the performance of this vehicle. I just traded it in on a 2007 model. This car was quite possibly one of the best cars I've ever driven.


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Hyundai has outdone Japan
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By Chris Carroll
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2002 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this used (1 yr old) from dealer (pgm car) with 11K miles. My wife and I have put 35K on is since, and this car has not needed to see the dealer since, with the exception of 1 recall. Other than regular maintenance, this car has needed nothing, and still looks and runs like new. The car has depreciated less than $3,000 in the 3 years we've owned it, and now I'm shopping for one for my son. If you want a good, stylish, reliable and economic car, the Sonata should be your first choice.


Best Features

Body styling, reliability, fit & finish, great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Cruise control activation should be on the steering wheel, and that's about the ONLY recommendation I can think of!


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Nothing but problems
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By Laurie
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2002 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Love the style, price, etc.But...I've had nothing but problems- only had car for 6 wks. rotors had to be replaced- warped,$400+, multiple belt problems, vibration in steering wheel, interior handles cheaply made - caused cuts on hands, brakes not covered under warranty- pulley problem was causing belts to be replaced every 2 weeks.Took back to dealership 5 times within less than 5 months for high pitched noises in front end.The pulley was chewing the belts up.Problems with engine cutting out.Carfax check prior to purchase showed car was clean.I'm reporting this under lemon law and trying to get another car, but because of amount owed will have negative equity in car. Very disappointed!


Best Features

Style of body.


Worst Features

Brake and pulley issues, along with inside handles should be considered recalls and covered under warranty- especially the warping of the brakes.


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Best kept Secret
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By Jim
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2002 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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This midsize sedan is highly underrated due to the earlier history of Hyundai automobiles. I've owned 2 Chevrolets, 2 Plymouths, 1 Rambler, 1 Dodge, 1 Mustang, 2 Pontiacs, 3 Buicks, 1 VW, and 3 Oldsmobiles. My company cars have included 4 Chevrolets, 2 Fords, and an Oldsmobile. My Hyundai Sonata LX V6 is as good or better than any of the new cars mentioned above, and at a fraction of the price. Sonata has been a well kept secret, but the cat is out of the bag. Like the ad says, "Drive it and you'll buy it!"


Best Features

Smooth-running engine; good visibilty; safety features; driver-friendly interior; favorably deceptive interior space; roomy trunk; outstanding interior instrument lighting; and "sport car" handling quality.


Worst Features

Add a sliding sun-glare shield between rearview mirror and sun visors.


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Better than expected
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By Cheeshead
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2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought car with 57K & 16mos later have 84K. Great car. Smoother ride than our Windstar. In fact wife will take the Sonata over the Windstar often. Two dealers in my area wonderful. Even matched price of local garage to keep my business. Only major problem was a missfiring cylinder. After paying $400+ to get spark plugs, engine flush etc done, went back in a week and they had to replace the oxygen sensor. Other than that, it does pull to the left and after alignment steering wheel shakes. also, water in the taillamp...$220+ to fix/replace. Those probs aside, it really has been a great car. Would totally buy another one. 1800+ miles/month got me 25mpg. City has been 22mpg.


Best Features

Stereo, moon roof, comfort, ride, handling, fog lights, Jaguar looks, rear cupholders for the kids. White paint with Chrome turns heads and gets comments like, "That's a Hyundai?"


Worst Features

Wish the V6 GLS had a REAL Manual Transmission. The 4-spd ShifTronic just doesn't do it for me... The cupholders in the front are not good when your passenger wants to use it too...


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