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Well, as I said, for $47/month our Sonata GLS is a great car! It has the 16" alloys, which IMO are very sharp. Dual exhaust is nice but not high on my must-have list as I only see it when I walk up to the car from the rear. It has fogs. I'm not sure I could tell the difference between 198 hp and 200 hp. For me, the 160 hp ... Read More
My husband and I both have 4 cyl Sonatas bought within 3 months of each other and were new. At 35,000 my husband's car began to "jerk" at 45mph to 50 mph. Stopped at a higher speed. The tach needle never moved during the jerking. He took it to the dealer, they couldn't find a code so nothing was wrong. At 60,000 he took it to another dealer who couldn't find ... Read More
In my area (Twin Cities) some dealers offer "true zero" (or other such name) leasing, which means NOTHING up front, not even the first payment. So they roll that first payment, taxes (in MN you have to pay taxes up front, cannot be included in the monthly payments), license, fees into the costs of the lease and literally all you pay is the monthly payments starting with the 2nd one. I ... Read More
Also, I have noticed that nobody posting here is a Sonata fan. I have a 2013 Sonata (my wife's car)... if that counts. ;) I've posted here before that I realize the Sonata is not at the top of the heap anymore, as it's one of the oldest mid-sized designs now, but for a $47 a month, nothing out of pocket lease (after trading in a beat-up 2007 Sonata), hard to ... Read More
I believe this to be an old problem with Mazda that hasn't been the case for many years. Early Hondas used to be rust buckets too and if people stopped buying them where would they be now. I have a 2007 Mazda6 with over 90k miles and not a spot of rust. If you think I am anal about keeping it clean...think again. I rarely wash it in the winter and ... Read More
What have you found wrt fuel economy? A big reason I went with the 2013 Sonata GLS vs. an Accord late last year was cost. Hyundai had aggressive lease prices for a loaded GLS (every option including homelink mirror) and gave me a very generous trade in for my 2007 Sonata (beat up, but they have their own body shop so I bet they made out OK on that). All in ... Read More
Nissan has the potential for failure as well, in fact I just read of a recall already on the latest and greatest 2014 Altimas... What is really amazing about that is Nissan is recalling cars they haven't even made yet! :) The first Hyundai I owned was a 2001 Elantra, one of the first 1000 or so of that new design to reach the USA. Before I could even drive it ... Read More
It's normal. And I think a nice feature. No need to start the engine to check the odometer.
Hi, I am a new driver and recently bought 2007 hyundai sonata GLS Sedan - 4door(my first car). I can see that even after taking keys out of ignition and locking steering, odometer shows total mileage numbers. Is it like car will always shows odometer display even after taking keys off ? OR I am missing anything to turn off. Please help me. Regards, Pratik
"City driving" has so many variables, very different for different people. For some, it's cruising on suburban roads with some urban freeways. For others, it's sitting stopped in heavy traffic a lot (when FE is zero). Then there's the folks who have short commutes, with the engine not warmed up and operating at full efficiency for most of the trip. And some people live where it's hot so AC is on ... Read More
God forbid that our expectations would be that mileage "meets" the window sticker number. Look, I am a Hyundai fan. At one point I owned a 2004 XG350, a 2007 Santa Fe and a 2012 Sonata. I have talked to many Sonata owners. One thanked me for verifying their major complaint...MPG. Listen, Consumer Reports had an article about complaints about the Elantra MPG claims. The government received so many complaints that ... Read More
Hey guys - I used this forum to great effect when I bought my 2007 Sonata Limited - Sandy just dropped a tree on it. ( loved that car) I live in the Danbury, CT area - last time I found my best price in Northern New Jersey - I'm willing to drive a bit to get the best deal. What I need now is to know if anyone in my ... Read More
Do not buy a Hyundai under any circumstances. They do not honor their warranty and do everything they can to avoid paying for repairs. I am incurring over $400 of repairs for an item that I have had prevuis issues with on my 2007 Sonata but just when the warranty expires they make stuff up to stick the repair on me.
2007 Sonata owner here, had persistent problem with rear brake rotor/pads. Many others apparently have this problem, as evidenced on this board and this class action suit for 2006-2010 Sonatas in New York. See this link http://classactionlawsuitsinthenews.com/class-action-lawsuit-complaints/hyundai-- sonata-brake-pad-rotor-caliper-class-action-lawsuit-complaint/ We first heard squeaky noise coming from the rear, took it to dealership (24k mi). They said it's rust, and worn pads damaging the rotor, so rotor/pads needed replacement, no warranty! Same problem ... Read More
As for the plugs, there's lots of options. Originals are iridium so you might want to go that route, they aren't very expensive. Here's one online source for plugs that I found by googling on "2007 Hyundai Sonata spark plug": http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php?carcode=1433546&parttype=7212- &partkey=272220&a=FRc1433546k272220-903868
My 2007 GLS turns five next month, 56k miles. I've owned it for 2-1/2 years (bought off a lease). It's been a great car for us. Still the original brakes, no major problems. Really the only problems have been a power recliner switch needed replacing a couple of years ago, and both sun visors had to be replaced as they kept flapping down--a common problem with this generation of Sonatas. Those ... Read More
I bought a 2012 Hyundai Sonata turbo limited no nav for 27,250 OTD financed and traded in my 2007 Azera with 57k miles on it for 10500, just curious as to what everybody thinks if I overpaid or got a good deal???! Either way overall im very happy with the new car ! Please give some feedback! thank you!!
I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata Limited. I am on my fourth set of tires in 90,000 miles. Can anyone tell me why the tires wear out so fast on the trailing rear tires?
In my Sonata I used SPIII until last year at the 60K mile mark. I did a drain and fill at 20K miles and at 40K miles. At 60K miles I switched over to Valvoline Maxlife which lists all the Hyundai specs including the newest SPIV spec. After 14K miles so far with the Maxlife I can say it is definitely an improvement over the SPIII. The transmission shifts smoother now, ... Read More
The old days of buying the same car again and again are over...brand loyalty is starting to become a thing of the past. I went from Toyota to Nissan to Honda and if I had to buy a car today, I'd either go to Hyundai or Buick, as in Verano. Got new plugs and a air filter for the Mazda3 since we're over the 100k mrk and talked with the wife. ... Read More
The end of the month thing is not always true. High volume dealers like Town Hyundai in Dennville, NJ and Fiztmall offer the same deals throughout the month. Our most recent purchase was Feb. 2007; '07 Sonata SE MSRP $22,080, purchase price $16,650. OTD with 6% tax, registration and various fees was $18,189. This price was quoted by Towne Hyundai on Feb 16, 2007, the middle of the nonth. Our price ... Read More
I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata Limited with the same issues. When I got over a bump, the whole car has a tendency to pitch and yaw. In getting a front end alignment done, it was found that the camber on the front wheels is pitched almost 3 degrees toward center. That is what is causing my tires to wear out from the inside. I found an Eibach camber kit, which ... Read More
Have you looked into action under the Lemon Law of your state? If the same defect can't be fixed after repeated attempts, you should have a good case. My 2007 Sonata has been a great car, very reliable, but every automaker makes some lemons.
I'm an owner of a 2007 sonata and from day one my back brakes have been a big dissapointment. When I first heard the high pitched noise at 15,000 miles to took my car into the dealiership they said that nothing was wrong and it was in my head. I let them know what I thought. I don't know how many times I have change my back brakes but I still ... Read More
Where do you live? If you live in one of the snowbelt states than you are going to have a problem with the brakes. I must be an exception then. My 2007 Sonata still has the original brakes at 53k miles and last time they were checked they had a lot of life left. I have the sliders lubed whenever the brakes are checked, about once a year. The car has ... Read More
Thanks for your reply target, he has 38,000 miles on the car and no he did not get one warning that something was wrong with the car. He is not the type to ignore any issues with his car. Basically, he said he heard a clicking sound and then the car was real slow at accelerating and then all the lights when on in the dash and died. Within minutes it ... Read More
Two ways this could go in your favor: 1) You get records from Valvoline showing regular oil changes. If less than 100k miles and you are the original owner, should be open/shut case for Hyundai to honor the warranty, unless... 2) Hyundai can trace the problem to something amiss with the last oil change, causing oil to leak and the seize. In which case Valvoline Rapid Oil Change should pay for ... Read More
I will be the first to say not SOL... BUT that it seems way too soon for an engine to seize given it is a 2007 car. You did not mention mileage but since modern cars from any manufacturer can go more than 200,000 miles with minimum maintenance the mileage is probably not a big issue or at least not as big an issue as it would have been in the ... Read More
My husbands car just got towed in and we got the call that the engine seized. He gets regular oil changes and now has to prove that he did. Even with those records then the service manager has to approve it and then send it to Hyundai to see if they will even honor the warranty! They said if they don't honor the warrany it will cost us ballpark between 4,000-6,000 ... Read More
Hi Everyone, we purchased a brand new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited with the Infinity stereo system (not the navigation by LG) back in September of 2010. We were in love with the sleek new design, along with the fuel economy and safety features; one most importantly being the completely hands-free bluetooth technology that the salesperson could not boast about enough. We were advised, after purchasing our vehicle, that the service tech ... Read More
Thank you very much for your information. I will contact them as I feel certain they will be interested in a 2007 Sonata that has had the rear breaks changed out twice within 55K miles due to faulty parts. I just hope someone does something about this before anyone gets killed. I could hardly hear the squeaking on my breaks when a mechanic told me the one side was so bad ... Read More
I started having the downshift issue in the beginning of winter this year - I had about 30K miles on the car at the time. It would downshift at 1000 rpm when slowing down for a stop sign and then buck forward. I kept meaning to bring it into the garage and finally a week ago brought it to a local garage and they told me it was the transmission. I ... Read More
Hi gandb777 (why the new screen name with the extra "7"?). It's been a while! Just a refresher: Hyundai Sonata 2006-2007 #7508 of 7852 GLS problem by gandb777 Nov 25, 2007 (4:57 am) "...... If so than the Hyundai rep wasn't being honest with me. If this problem occurs in all 2007 Hyundai GLS's then Hyundai has a problem they're not addressing. In any case, after buying two 2007 Sonatas based ... Read More
The "thunk" on my 2006 was fixed with replacement of the left strut. I actually had a guy at the Firestone store look at it for me while I had it in for a brake inspection. Pushing down on the left fender while holding a finger on the top of the strut mount, we could feel a vibration in the mount itself. The thunk was more prominent on the left than ... Read More
I have a 2006 Sonata and yes, the noise is coming from the right front shock tower. I'm getting a very load squeeking when I push down on the right front and a clunking sound when driving forward or back. I've noticed that mine makes more nosie when it's cold or colder outside. I have not had mine fixed yet but am looking to get it done. I live in Mesa, ... Read More
Well - can't argue with that. Geography certainly matters, absolutely. In fairness, I guess you'd have to say the same thing about Audi or other brands you might not find before you get to Bozeman or Billings. But point taken - that's certainly something you'd need to consider It's funny, between my wife and I, we've owned 5 new cars (2000 Focus, 2003 Liberty, 2005 Hyundai Elentra GT, 2007 Hyundai Santa ... Read More
LOL! Uh... no. Hyundai's had five years roadside assistance for over 10 years, since they instituted their "long haul" warranty. Then Kia got it several years ago. Mitsubishi has a similar warranty. GM offers five years, 100k miles (others are unlimited miles). Then there's the Fords, Suzukis et. al. with 3 years roadside assistance. I just got a card in the mail from Nissan telling me that since I rejected their ... Read More
Additional notes to my previous post: So after talking to my regular mechanic, it is pretty much confirmed that it seems to be Hyundai's fault. Rear rotors were way hotter than front rotors after less than 3 miles of driving. I am in AZ so no weather related problems here. From the last brake inspection around 3 months ago, rear brakes were totally worn out while front brakes were minimally worn. ... Read More
I went to dealership yesterday for an oil change and dealer suggested that I change my 2007 Sonta's brake pads immediately. Is it advisable to get brake pads changed outside without Hyundai's OEM parts? Or are OEM parts the best thing to go with? Is it also normal for Sonta's rear brake pads to wear out lot earlier than front brake pads? Thanks in advance.
Good Afternoon, My Sonata from about 2007 or later has for the first time this year been leaking water into the backseat and not in the middle seat. Has anyone had this problem and how did you fix it?
I bought my wife her 3rd Sonata the last day of June (a 2011 Limited). All have been great cars driven hard around town and on a few road trips - she had one shock failure on her 1st one - 2002 Limited - and that's it. 120K miles between the two. The 2nd one was a 2007 Limited. We live in the DFW area, just returned from a quick 155 ... Read More
I'm kind of in the same situation. I think we all would love to have the Sonata or upcoming Optima turbos to be a winner in all respects so we can save some money over a comparably equipped G37, Maxima, TL etc. However comparably equipped on paper they may be there is still a big difference in richness of materials. Leather in luxury brands is a lot nicer than the leather ... Read More
I have a 2008 Sonata which I purchased new. At 14,500 miles the rear brakes began to drag building up considerable heat. Cost to repair the rust problem at the dealer in Streetsboro, Ohio was $131. I was told by the service department that what ever they did would take care of the problem. I specifically asked if I would have the same problem in another 14,500 miles. The answer was ... Read More
We've got a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, a 2007 Sonata, and are about to buy a 2009 Sonata. I can no longer remember what schedule is due when, and want to keep track of it on the computer. I would like to have an Excel spreadsheet, or use one of these online services. Can anyone recommend an online service (I've seen yourGarageonline.com, etc) or have a spreadsheet they are willing to share? ... Read More
I can't comment on the other issues as I don't have a Sonata or XM radio, but it is NEVER "normal" for a sunroof to leak. That's absurd. That statement implies that sunroofs are designed and installed to allow a bit of leakage, rather than to be watertight. If that were the case, manufacturers would never be able to sell a vehicle with a sunroof, as no one buys a car ... Read More
I have had the 2011 Sonata Se with Nav/sunroof for 2 weeks now and so far I have 3 different Rattles from the front passenger side of the car C-pillar, door and gloverbox and a bad sunroof rattle. PLUS the sunroof leaks. Not to mention the the breaks are starting to make a roaring noise under light pressure at slow speeds. And now the passenger seat shakes so violently it is ... Read More
Racerbill - it's not about wearing out normally, it's about the pads hanging up, i.e., staying stuck against the rotors. I don't know if you're a service consultant for Hyundai or not, but if so, it might be interesting to call one of your colleagues up north. My service mgr told me even the 2011 Sonata hasn't made any changes in the brake setup.I had a problem at 11 months/21,000 highway ... Read More
I believe the comment "how does a Sonata perform after 100K" is too broad to answer accurately. There are just too many variables in all respects e.g. preventative maintainence, driver empathy with the car (washing, listening for odd noises, quick repair of early faults etc) , driving style, geographical terrain..on and on...that all have an influence on how well any car will run not only after 100K miles but long before ... Read More
For the first twenty five years or so they produced mostly junk, ... You have GOT to be joking. Hyundai started selling cars in the US in 1985--25 years ago. Do you realize you are calling vehicles such as the 2007-10 Elantra (CR's Top Pick for compacts), the Genesis sedan (2009 NA COTY and CR's top-ranked upscale sedan), the Veracruz (which beat the Lexus RX in MT's comparo), the 2006-2010 Sonata ... Read More
I'm on active duty in the military, I bought my 2003 Hyundai Sonota at Earnhardt Dodge/Hyundai dealership in Phoenix, AZ and my stepson crashed it into a wall in 2004. The entire front end of the vehicle was smashed in clear back to the windshield. We were told by our Statefarm rep that the car was $50 short of being totaled and that they would pay for it to be repaired ... Read More
MSRP of 2011 Sonata Limited is $26k (no Nav, she likes her Garmin), I have a 2007 TSX (no Nav) in my sights at a dealer listed at $22k which looks brand new, and is still in warranty. So a $4k difference to start. I don't know if Hyundai is willing to deal on the 2011 Sonata right now as it is recent and selling fairly well I understand. Personally, I ... Read More
Apparently hit the character limit on my first post, here are a few more links: Edmunds comparo, 2005 (old, but relevant in terms of long term comparison) http://www.insideline.com/hyundai/sonata/2006/comparison-test-hyundai-sonata-tak- es-on-the-accord-and-camry.html#article_pagination_top_0 Long term test - 2007 Sonata, Motor Trend http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/oneyear/112_0708_2006_hyundai_sonata_lx/inde- x.html Long term test - 2006 Sonata, Edmunds http://www.insideline.com/hyundai/sonata/2006/long-term-test-2006-hyundai-sonata- -lx.html Long term test - 2006 Sonata, Automobile.com http://www.automobile.com/2006-hyundai-sonata-gls-v6-long-term-test-update-no-12- .html Long term test - 2006 Sonata, Consumerguide.com http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/long-term-test-2006-hyundai-sonata-cg- a.htm
I think that in many ways the TSX is a better car, but it lists--what--something like 7k more comparably equipped? It's more like about $5K difference sticker. But it might be close to $7K actually OTD price. And while the TSX might be a better car, it's also a much smaller car. 3" less leg room and almost 2Ĺ" less head room in the front. For us large land mammals, the ... Read More
Looks like Hyundai is borrowing more and more design bits from the European manufacturers. On the Sonata, those include the turn signals in the mirrors (although non-European cars increasingly have those too), the 3-blink turn signals, and the little light overhead that illuminates the shifter below. My 2007 Rabbit had all of those features. I really got to like the 3-blink turn signals--I wish all cars had those.
Thanks for the reply, it looks like you have been in my same exact position, I've been looking at used 2007-2008 IS250, TSX, BMW 328i or MB 230. I've tested the Benz, cool but small interior and the mpg no very impressing, IS250- I liked it and it's been so far my choice, I haven't tested the 328 yet, some say I will fall in love some others I'll get disappointed ... Read More
It really looks BIG for an Accent... I am pretty sure I saw the Elantra is getting 6 speed trannies also, like the Sonata, plus will ditch (finally) the old iron block Beta II engine for the latest Hyundai aluminum engines. So looks like all your wishes will be granted. Mine include standard ESC (which will definitely be there since it's mandated very soon) and better crash protection. And the better ... Read More
I posted this question in the Audio section but that forum does not seem to get many Visitors. I usually don't repost but thought someone here might be of help. POST I just had my six CD changer Visteon radio replaced on my 2007 Sonata after six trips to the dealer. It turns out they installed a newer XM version of the radio. My old radio was not XM. The car ... Read More
I just had my six CD changer Visteon radio replaced on my 2007 Sonata after six trips to the dealer. It turns out they installed a newer XM version of the radio. My old radio was not XM. The car was one of the last 2007 models without XM.The part number of the newly installed radio is an Infinity 00202-F7001-QZFLT Hyundai P/N 96190-0A650-QZ. I was wondering if any of you gurus ... Read More
I had the same concerns, but then I thought of 2 things: 1. Hyundai's industry leading warranty. 2. The fact that my wife and I have both been Hyundai drivers since 2007 collectively and have had exactly 0 repair concerns.
Finally saw the GLS today when I dropped off my 2007 Sonata for some work. A black base model, no options except AT, was in the shop. I was glad to see that Hyundai made the plastic wheel covers attractive; in fact, at first I thought they were alloys. So no need for alloys (for me)--they just get scuffed up on curbs anyway. Second, I thought the body-color grille with chrome ... Read More
3. 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Very impressive car, but is it too sporty for an old guy like me? Well I'm 55 and just bought the Sonata Limited yesterday. I don't know if sporty is the word I'd use. Yes, the styling is aggressive. But I think it's very classy looking. For me, I was coming out of a 2007 Camry, so I didn't want another. The Accord, equipped the way I ... Read More
well first off, I disagree completely with you about the altima, as you probably would have known from my ranks ;) the reason being is this, Nissan is not a overrated company, if anything in the last 10 year Nissan and Hyundai have made the most amount of progress in regards to increasing sales, gaining market share despite never being #1 specifically in any one single category, improving reliability and quality ... Read More
Yes, the Sonata is definitely cheaper than a Camry. And it doesn't accelerate for no reason. I checked the Camry forum and there are 60 comments about rattles in the past year, 200 in all. Looks like the 2007 Camry was bad. There's also a lot of complaints about interior fit and finish.
Just got my 2011 SE this past Sunday from King Hyundai in Deerfield Beach, FL. Trade in my 2007 SE V6 for this car and decided to lease this time around. I have to say that I am very impressed with this car. Definately leap year difference compared to my previous Sonata. The materials used in this car are much better then before. You can feel it right from the grasp ... Read More
I've got a 2007 Sonata which also has had ongoing rattle problems. Rattles and vibrations are symptoms of poor manufacturing which none of us should accept. After 12 months -- no warranty. This is pathetic. Mechanically, the car is fine. All my noises are on the front passenger side. They fixed the sunroof and dashboard/pillar noise, but now there is noise over the passenger door that Mungenast Hyundai (St. Louis) wants ... Read More
Well, in many ways the interior bits of my 2004 Elantra are superior to those in newer cars like the 2011 Sonata. Almost all the interior trim pieces of my Elantra are padded, for example. But that is the price we pay for paying about the same price today for a Sonata GLS than what we paid 20 years ago, adjusted for inflation, for a far better car--a few interior bits ... Read More
PLENTY OF SONATA'S HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. SAW A GLS YESTERDAY WITH A 2 TONE INTERIOR IT WAS OUT STANDING. TAN SEATS FRONT AND BACK. TAN AND BLACK TRIM ON DASH AND DOORS. SO CLOSE TO GETTING ONE BUT HAVE A 2007 MIATA COMING OFF LEASE IN JUNE. THIS IS HOLDING ME UP, ESPECIALLY WITH HYUNDAI $199@MONTH LEASE.FOR 36MONTHS THIS DEALERSHIP HAD 4 LIMITEDS . LOADED CAR FOR FOR 26500.ONLY OPTION ... Read More
Plenty of power, the transmission seems smooth. Bought car at South Blvd, from Demarco. Traded in a 2007 Santa Fe Limited, price for new car and trade in was excellent! Also Hyundai has 2.9 financing + $500 Valued Owner discount. Also got money off sticker price + no add ons.
And for the Sonata, that's NOW! I am glad to see the 2011 Sonata has (finally) folding side mirrors for NA. :D Might be reason enough to trade my 2007 for a new one. Or probably not. Would have been nice though if Hyundai had put the turn signals on the mirrors of ALL trims, not just the Limited. I mean, how much can that safety feature cost, since the mirrors ... Read More
judging from what I've seen I think it's gonna be a great looking new midsize sedan from Kia. And I like it better than the new 2011 Sonata. It is hard to tell from all the packaging, unfortunately. Here's an early look at the 2011 Kia Optima. With cladding. Kia Cadenza-another future Kia sedan-just a small notch larger than Optima And I was gonna switch my handle to iluvmylancergts but was ... Read More
Hey folks - this isn't a direct midsize question, but it would apply to the Sonata if what my girlfriend is being told is true; I suspect it isn't. She has a Santa Fe with a moonroof, which leaks in the car wash. She bought it used, but still has the 5/60k warranty (its a 2007 with 26k miles on it). The dealer looked at it once under warranty and came ... Read More
I haven't looked at a Hyundai since.... -------------------------------------------------- Too bad you let that one bad dealer experience turn you off Hyundai. ------------------------------------------------ It did turn me off in 2007 and I bought a Buick Lucerne of all things. It's been a great car but I'm looking to downsize a bit this year. The Buick's paid off now (3 yr. loan) and I've got about $12K equity for my down payment on ... Read More
I predict you'll see them at MSRP or even with ADM added, and no rebates. ------------------------------------------------------ That would be a very safe bet. Especially if Hyundai keeps the price point below the competition, which they are likely to do. I was looking at a new 2007 Elantra SE when they first came out in 2006. It was well equipped with a sticker around $17,400 I believe. I was interested until I ... Read More
Yes, and in addition to all that, we are overdue for a supernova in this part of the galaxy. Sorry, but I have never seen so much angst about things that are highly unlikely to happen, in one post. Doesn't it make sense that a car that is lighter than another car but has 23-25 more horses, more torque, and one more cog in the tranny will have better performance? As ... Read More
You might want to go back to the service manager at the dealership with this additional information, as it points to a problem with the car. Brake pads aren't normally covered as they are wear items, but if there is a defect in the car, which there appears to be here, the repair should be covered. If the dealership refuses to cooperate, you could contact Hyundai Customer Service and take it ... Read More
My 2007 Sonata has 49800 miles on it, found left rear brake worn to metal pad, left small grove in rotor. I called Concord CA Hyundai dealer, said itís not cover under warranty. OK, not a real problem, got new pads from Kragen for $20+ tax. So I changed the left rear pads then I changed the right rear pads but to find the right rear pads still in good useful ... Read More
Go to the Hyundai website and check the specs on the 2011 Sonata, It has approx. 3 inches less back set leg room than the current model. Just like Nissan did with the Altima when it redesigned in 2007, greatly reducing back set room, especially leg room. It seems like all the re-designs (the new Ford Taurus being another example) are making backsets that are not functional for adults. I would ... Read More
Everything I've read says that Hyundais are very sensitive to the type of tranny fluid...using the wrong one can ruin your transmission and it will NOT be covered by warranty. Check your owner manual or you can see a version of your owner manual at "www.hyundaiusa.com".
Is it difficult for me to change the trans oil of I4 engine myself or I need to take it to the dealer for service? Do I need other than Hyundai trans oil to do the job? I heard that some vehicles have trans oil filter.
OK, OK, so it's $0 after trade-in, before license and title fee. I couldn't resist saying $0. :) I just traded my Blue Bunny (2007 Rabbit 2-door) even-up for a 2007 Sonata GLS I4 AT with the Preferred Package (power seat, trip computer, leather wheel with audio controls, auto headlamps, etc.). Has 37,000 one-owner miles (not a rental), new Kumho Solus tires, and looks and drives like new. It's steel grey, ... Read More
Thanks for your input. I live in Washington, D.C., so neither salt, nor hills, are a particularly big problem--at least not like New York or Colorado. I have had time to finally figure out this whole mess, and I have to say, Hyundai Consumer Affairs has impressed me, but I still think Corporate is dragging their heels in issuing a recall. The final diagnosis was the "shim kit" problem, which their ... Read More
...for a mid-size sedan with an opening that will be more than adequate. A love the look of the new Sonata. Hyundai and Kia are really coming on strong. When the U.S. economy (& credit crunch) are in full recovery, these cars will be become major players in the market. They were very close in 2007 before things started sliding downhill.
I just had my 2007 Sonata rear drivers side brake pads wear out completely at only 20,054 miles in the Chicago area. Unbelievable! The passenger side rear pads are perfect and have lots of pad left on them (as they should), but the drivers side is down to the metal. I called my local dealer (Gregory Hyundai in northern Illinois) and they said it was not a warrantied repair. They also ... Read More
My in-laws bought a 2007 sonata that had its front-breaks literally fall off the car when they started it one day. The car has barely 16,000 miles on it. The pads in the back also had to be replaced for premature wear. The dealer blamed it on my in-laws missing a regular inspection to charge them the repair work (over $300.00) and not cover it under warranty. Does anyone know who ... Read More
I have a 2007 Sonata that has a stuck caliper for the second time in about one year. The first time, the repair was under warranty, but now, at 55K, I'm not sure if the repair will be covered. I caught it when I took it in for an oil change at Mr. Tire, and they advised me the break on the driver's side was starting to affect the rotor and ... Read More
I was traded in a 2007 Hyundai Sonata with 58,000 miles. The 2007 needed brakes but had the sunroof, hubcap rims, had the I4 engine, and xm radio. Owed $9,100 and this is all I wanted on trade in value. Purchased a 2010 Hyundai Sonata Limited I4. Did not want navigation or bluetooth. Car was power white pearl had floor mats included. I did not qualify for military or college rebates. ... Read More
Ok, as promised, here's the breakdown of my experience. In this case, I used The Body Shop, from Checkered Flag, in Virginia Beach, to do the repair. A bit eye opening in one respect on how expensive the car was to repair, by the way. The original estimate for the repair itself was $857.20 (total), with $425.28 in parts/painting, and 3.2 hours labor, plus 4.2 hours for painting labor (and an ... Read More
Targettuning - regarding your assumption about previously owned Hyundais, please see my comment #24. Mine was brand new - 21,000 miles in 11 months, i.e., lots of highway driving and not much braking. I might add that I take meticulous care of my cars, driving them all over 100,000 miles. Furthermore, I usually do my own brake work. You mention neglect. I don't understand what could be neglect other than ignoring ... Read More
Why so much interest "to stay Hyundai board" ?? Yes, I owned Hyundai....I happen to have had two Hyundai products personally (2003, 2004 Santa Fe), my son had a 2000 Elantra that when sold had 193,000 miles with no significant problems, my daughter still owns a 2003 Elantra GT. I happen to like Hyundai and plan to buy a 2010 Sonata hybrid (if they release it for 2010) trading in a ... Read More
So you owned Hyundai? why do you have so much interest to stay hyundai board? And you do no know people are talking about. But you do know the brake has no design problem, no materials problem, ....
The 2003, 2004, and 2005 models were almost identical; very, very few changes were made between those years (and as an owner of a 2003 (and a 2009), I can't tell the difference visually between the models). Changes between a 2002 and a 2003 were slightly more significant, as there was a major facelift in 2003; 2005 was a "short run" ala the way the 2010 model will be, where the ... Read More
I am NOT working for Hyundai in any capacity. As far as being an expert...I am not, but do have some common sense. As for the rest of your post I do not know what you are talking about!
You know this is not one person and you said you are not working for Hyundai People could read your post as you are expert, you do have free time on the forum everyday and education people. This is the owner responsibility to do bla..bla.. People need to speak out.
I am the owner of a 2007 Sonata Limited with just over 1200 miles on the ODO. The dealer I purchased from had to locate the car (I live in Hampton Roads, VA). The first car located was in MD and when the driver went to pick up the car it had been sold out from under my local dealer. The next car was located in NC and brought to VA. ... Read More
Stuck or frozen calipers are almost the only way brake pads can suddenly go from 70% pad material to near zero in a very short time. In all my answering posts to one of the others here who complained about just this I used that caveat...that is, the question was asked "did your calipers stick" For the record, stuck calipers are not unheard of in any brand of car. The question ... Read More
You are not alone regarding rear brakes on 2007 Hyundai Sonata. I bought the car with 31K miles and now it has 53K miles. The brakes never made any noise and never pulled the car to the side, but I always thought the car took too long to stop. Therefore, I had the brakes checked often, and was always told 50-70% of the pad life was left. Both Hyundai and independent ... Read More
Its high. I bought a similar mileage/Sonata for 10,500 in Attleboro.
With 24,000 miles on my 08 Sonata I started to hear some nasty noise out of the rear end, went to the dealer and they showed me that the rear brakes had worn down enough to hit the rotor! Looks like the inside pads did wear faster than the outside. AND the fronts had cracks starting to form. Their quote $430. No thanks! I just went and picked up new pads, ... Read More
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