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2015 Hyundai Sonata: 15,000-Mile Service

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 13, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

It was time for a 15,000-mile check-up on our 2015 Hyundai Sonata, so we made an appointment at Tuttle-Click Hyundai in Irvine. It was a good thing we had. When we showed up at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning, the service line was jammed. One of the service advisors grumbled something about only having two techs on duty before shuffling away in a hurry.  

Thankfully the dealer was prioritizing appointments over drop-ins, much to one agitated customer's grief, who simply couldn't understand why his schedule didn't deserve more consideration than everyone else's. The service advisor that helped him deserved a medal, calling other Hyundai dealerships in the area to see if they could squeeze in Obviously Important Man and help him accomplish the obviously important things he needed to do that day.

Our service advisor, Stephany, gave an ETA of about 2 hours and 15 minutes for an oil-and-filter change, engine air filter change, cabin air filter change, fuel additive service and a tire rotation. It would take a little longer if we wanted the Sonata washed.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Veering to the Right

July 16, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

In recent weeks, the United States has seen landmark Supreme Court decisions that have tended towards the social left of the political spectrum. Meanwhile, our 2015 Hyundai Sonata is counter-acting all that by pulling hard to the right, so much so that Mike Huckabee has announced our car will be the official vehicle for his presidential campaign. (Ba-dum-tss! Thanks everybody, I'll be here all week!)

I drove about 450 miles on the highway in our Sonata recently and noticed the whole time that the car had strong tendency to pull to the right, counter-acted by holding the steering wheel slightly to the left. I'm normally forgiving of such things in our long-term test cars, but it was annoying and fatiguing on long drives in the Sonata. Plus, I knew I had another 700 miles of highway driving looming for the 4th of July holiday.

It was time to get this issue addressed. I headed over to my local tire and wheel shop (Tires Pros in Fresno, Calif.,) and had the guys there take a look.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Service and Tire Rotation Woes

July 14, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

We received no warning as our 2015 Hyundai Sonata neared the 7,500-mile mark, the point designated for its first service. The onboard mileage-based minder on the Hyundai can be disabled manually and apparently that happened to ours sometime in the past 7,500 miles. No matter, as we record service intervals as part of the check-in procedure for every car in the fleet and knew when the Sonata was due for service.

There are no Hyundai dealerships near the office, so I took the Sonata home one night and in to Puente Hills Hyundai the following morning.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport: Northbound & Down

May 27, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport

I got our suitcases into the trunk and my suit on the coat hook. The wife and I were finally ready to take our 2015 Hyundai Sonata six hours north to San Francisco for a wedding. Little did I realize it was graduation weekend for many universities.

I've made this journey, literally, a couple of hundred times in the last 17 years. The fact that I know every landmark relative to arrival time makes it that much more painful when the roads are clogged.

This trip was going to suck. Both ways.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Lights Need Straightening

February 12, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

As you can see, the lights on our 2015 Hyundai Sonata aren't aimed quite right. Well, maybe you can't see from this particular photo, but the driver's side beam is off to the right and a little high, while the passenger side beam is slightly off to the right and a little low.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Airbag Non-Issue

January 2, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sonata

We've all been in relationships where the slightest lapse in communication or feedback results in a spiral of worry, doubt, confusion and dread. Your day got busy and you forgot to call. You didn't return a text within the allotted 60 seconds. Some offhanded comment was reinterpreted through many layers of psychoanalysis and next thing you know, you're sitting down for "a talk."

In most cases, there's no need to jump to conclusions. Sometimes we just get preoccupied. So it is with our new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It flashed us an airbag light. Our younger, less-emotionally developed selves would have kicked in the gauge cluster and dislodged the side mirror with a Louisville Slugger.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata: Airbag Warning

December 19, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Not even 500 miles into our time with our new 2015 Hyundai Sonata and up jumps the airbag light. Boo.

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