'02 Sonata test drive

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by screwtape iii, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. I test drove a used '02 Sonata yesterday at the local Hyundai dealership.
    It had originally been sold new there and the owners had traded it in on
    another new vehicle.

    The Sonata had the 4 cyl engine with 40K miles. It had the vibration when
    stopped in gear that other people have mentioned here. I'd like to say that
    it was less noticeable than my '96 Astro and much less than either my '94
    Dodge Spirit or my '94 Plymouth Acclaim, both of which have a 2.5 liter 4
    cyl.

    As far as the transmission went, I have no idea if it was the original or
    not but it shifted smoothly and down-shifted at stops just fine.

    If it had not been for the sun roof I'd probably have bought the car as the
    dealer was offering it for $8995 US and was including an extended 100,000
    mile bumper to bumper warranty at that price. My 6'4" body has had problems
    with every sun roof I've encountered due to lack of head room.

    Just my 2 cents worth...
     
    screwtape iii, Dec 15, 2004
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  2. screwtape iii

    Just mee Guest

    Interesting.. We have the same height problems, and we find that
    modern cars equipped with a factory moonroof actually have more
    headroom in the front, especially with the "sunshade" opened.

    We have a 2000 Sonata GLS with the moonroof, and we love it..

    JM
     
    Just mee, Dec 15, 2004
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  3. That was just it. With the sunshade open my head was going into the sunroof
    opening and resting on the left side of the hole. It was tolerable but not
    for any period of time.

    I did not try sitting in a Sonata w/o the sunroof but I did sit in an
    Elantra sans sunroof and had plenty of headroom.
     
    screwtape iii, Dec 15, 2004
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  4. screwtape iii

    hyundaitech Guest

    I'd recommend against the 4cyl. It has significantly more problems than
    the V6. The vibration is annoying and is normal. It eats timing belts
    for lunch. I have no problem encouraging purchase of the 2.5 or 2.7 V6.
     
    hyundaitech, Dec 16, 2004
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