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2003 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

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Hyundai Sonata Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 170 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Hyundai Sonata

  • If you're willing to take a gamble on a noncachet brand name for your midsize sedan, the Sonata just may pluck at your heartstrings.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent warranty, stylish sheet metal, pleasant highway ride, lots of bang for your family-sedan buck.

  • Cons

    Noisy four-cylinder engine, some cheap interior bits.

  • What's New for 2003

    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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Great car, so far

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Bought this car new in late 2003. The only issue has been a failed rear window defroster. Hyundai installed a new rear window and everything has been fine since. I replaced the awful Michelin MXV4 tires with Kumho Solus KH16s which are light years better under all conditions. It still has the factory battery!




Good value

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I would recommend this car based on price, performance and reliability. The 6 cyl engine has sufficient acceleration and the car handles very nicely. Change the timing belt prior to 70k miles (highly recommended). Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.




Beware....falling apart

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Beware...this car is falling apart. Im reading all of the reviews and how happy owners are about their Sonatas. I am extremely UNHAPPY. I just took it into the dealer and it will cost me approximately $2000 to repair. The airbag light won't go off and cost $481 to fix-not covered under warranty. How is a safety device not covered under warrenty? They said they'are not sure why a belt is making all of this noise but they will have to take the engine apart which with permission is oveer $280 and then I need to replace the timing belt and any other parts. They said they can't diagnose the problem without doing all of this work. I still owe $10000 on this piece of junk!




Excellent vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

The best riding vehicle I have ever owned so far. I've ridden in many higher end vehicles and this equals or excels in this department.




Best car ever owned for

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Bought this lx for my wife 3 years ago been the best car we have ever owned for the money great power & Handling gas milage could be better (20+)at the rate she's been putting miles on it we will have it a very long time (15,000)




2003 4 cyl basic sonata

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Sonata LX 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

Very good car. Excellent warranty. excellent appearance. Dealer is quick to stand behind warranty and offers excellent service and reminders



Full 2003 Hyundai Sonata Review

What's New for 2003

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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