by jg_cool on Oct 17, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
For sure the head lights have a problem with having to be replaced.
I also had to have the steering assembly replaced at over $1000.
Now after 14 months it is starting to leak again and makes a buzzing noise due to that.
I've never owned a car where I had to replace such a component.
Not happy about this at all.
by collette93 on May 19, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought my Sonata with 17,000 miles on it.
It now has 204,000 miles and it's still going strong.
It has never once left me stranded, and I've only had to do the usual car maintenance: brakes, tires, tune up, etc.
I have been meticulous about oil changes every 3,000 miles.
The interior is still in great shape, and it continues to be a comfortable ride, still.
Truly the best car I've ever owned. My only complaint is that it's not the greatest in terms of gas mileage.
by cbutschek on May 13, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata V6 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I've had this car for about 6 years now. It has never let me down. Not long after buying it, I rear-ended an old truck that should have, in all honesty, torn things up. The car started right back up and has been running flawlessly ever since. I've never had a bad belt and, unlike my Ford, a broken a/c compressor doesn't affect engine performance. The serpentine belt started squealing a little shortly before the alternator went dead earlier this year, but I suspect a squeaky pulley rather than the belt. There is plenty of power and handles very well. I trust it to keep me and my family safe on the road, within reason.
by johanndc on Nov 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Despite check engine lights, awful squealing from the serpentine belt, and a transmission fluid leak that prompted an emergency repair (shifts smoothly years later), this car has NEVER failed me.
That said, there are issues. Constant rattling from interior trim pieces. Serpentine belt squeals despite several repairs. A headlight that is prone to failure. The 2.4 I4 has that wonderful combination of disappointing gas mileage and a deficit in power, and it shakes quite a bit. Handling is somewhere between Buick and BMW.
But all in all, if you just need reliable transportation and don't mind getting the heck annoyed out of you, by all means get it. Certainly cheaper than alternatives.
by carchris07 on Aug 27, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Got my Sonota because of consumer reviews saying how much they all loved there car. Not the case with me. Took it off the lot and cerpintene belt immediatley started squiling, something not right with ignition(car hesitates),speakers started ratelling and check engine light came on. Repaired the cerpentine belt twice only for the d*mn thing to start squeling again. Decided to deal with it till driving to work one morning and com sensor went (took hyundai 3 days to figure out). 29 day mark of ownership, had the car taken to the dealership.
oh ya, was very comfortable to drive, an only 60,000 miles.
by elster on Jun 19, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Bought my 2004 Sonata 4cyl base model used in 2006 with 24K miles.
My car currently has 138K miles and still going.
No major work needed.
Biggest repair was the cv/boot from all the speed bumps I went over.
This cost about $600.
Also needed a new engine mount at about 100K miles.
I get 25MPG city and 31MPG on long trips.
The other drawback is the paint job.
Very peeled, but not worth repairing for a 7 year old car.
They make good cars.