by bigtex71 on Mar 27, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
This week my 2003 will see its 260,000 mile, and I will say goodbye to it after 11 years of loving this thing. I'm a big tall guy and never felt cramped driving this car. In its first few years it had acceleration that rocked. And even today as I drove it to the wash, I am amazed how smooth it runs, with very little maintenance over the years. The few problems I've had were it seems to get misaligned quicker than normal, and last year my AC finally went completely out. But it's the best car I've ever owned
by ladymelan81 on Jan 12, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this car when it was 2 years old and had 90,000 miles on it. It never failed me in a serious way. I felt I was selling a family member when I let her go, then she was totaled 6 days after I sold her :( She was at 190,000 miles at that point and was showing transmission issues. Liked it so much I'm selling the car I bought, for the same year Sonata again.
by dcharpentier on Jan 12, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Bought this car with 65K miles on it for 3000$ two years ago. It went through rough winters in Quebec and never let me down. It is a simple sedan but seems very reliable.
The steering is numb and the automatic transmission lacks responsiveness but it is just a commuter car to go from point A to B.
I feel that it's consuming oil but for a vehicle of that age I am not surprised.
Note for people in the north, it is prone to rust. Mine is in better shape than average here but it shows weaknesses.
I can afford a better car but I don't want to let this one go. It is cheaper that its Japanese competitors of that era but I feel that it gives better bang for the buck.
After receiving significant upgrades last year, the Sonata receives only minor changes this year. Among these are a battery-saver feature (in the event that any of lights are left on); illuminated window switches; a 12-volt power point in the trunk; and electronic, rather than cable-operated, releases for the trunk lid and fuel door. Additionally, Hyundai announced that it had misstated the horsepower ratings for all of the models in its lineup in previous years, so the Sonata's four-cylinder is now rated at 138 horsepower (down from 149) and its V6 is rated at 170 (down from 181), though the engines themselves are unchanged.