At 171k I decided to change my timing belt and filter FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Both were in remarkably good shape!
Did my first tune up at the same time.
Even driving in the mountains and with the electrodes on the spark plugs completely burned off I was still averaging 22.7 MPG.
Had a radiator flush at 100k and it still looks and smells fine, as does the oil and tranny fluid.
I bought this car new and would definitely buy another!
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
smooth ride, reliability and very comfortable
The main thing Id improve is the access to the headlights, but that's true of most cars these days. When one of my headlights goes out I always have to take it to a auto shop because my hand is too big to reach the bulb.
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.
Love the space inside, for a smaller car the space inside and in the trunk is amazing! Very quick car, and very comfortable. Everything is placed in a good spot inside, very easy to operate. Loved the side mirror defrosters, and the sound system.
I bought it with the rear back window not working, moon roof gave out a few months later. Wheel berrings tend to go out but are a fairly cheep and easy fix. Transmission started to act up at 190,000 miles but I had never serviced it, could have been my fault.
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.
Reliability, cruise control, air conditioning for a cheap price.
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