This was my first car, and the two yeas
I owned it were an exercise in
frustration. When the thing was working,
it drove pretty well. Handling and
brakes were decent. The interior was
uncomfortable, and at least half of the
controls stopped working within six
months. Fuel economy was so-so. My main
problem with this car was the terrible
reliability, I had it in the shop eight
times in two years, and for some big
problems: Transmission, alternator,
starter, and finally the engine failed,
costing me a total of twice the price I
paid for the car, before I called it
quits and donated it to charity.
I could have had a less-stylish car for
my first. There really wasn't anything
really great about it, and it wasn't in
total running shape often enough for me
to get any enjoyment out of it.
I understand Hyundais are better cars
now, but my experience with the 93
Sonata soured me enough that I don't
think I will ever buy another car from
that manufacturer again.
I bought my Sonata brand new in 1994
(it was leftover stock from 1993) for
the price of a used Ford Tempo. In
other words, I got a real bargain on a
brand new car (I knew the risk I was
taking on Hyundai in the early 90s).
Ten years later, I still own the car,
and haven't spent a penny on anything
but oil, fuel, and windshield wiper
fluid. I bought the base version,
which came with standard air
conditioning (still works), tilt
steering wheel, and a good stereo. The
interior is quite roomy and the
driver's seat has a height adjustment
for short drivers.
Remote trunk release, remote fuel door
release. Electronic (automatic)
seatbelts: Good for old passengers, who
find it difficult to reach behind the
seat and grab the belt. The lap
portion is very easy to attach.
Fifth gear should be more of an
overdrive gear. At 60 MPH, the engine
turns at close to 3000 RPM, which makes
for good throttle response, but isn't
great on gas and doesn't seem
appropriate for a family sedan.