2003 Sonata 4 Cyl

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Craig, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. Craig

    Craig Guest

    I test drove the base Sonata today and I was quite impressed. It had plenty
    of pickup, even with the AC on, and blew away the Saturn L200 I test drove.

    I am looking at the 4 cyl for the better mileage. I will be putting 20K
    miles/year on the car and I want something which will last at least 100K, is
    reliable and gets good mileage. My 98 Chevy Malibu eats brakes (among other
    things) and I'm hoping I don't get a repeat performance.

    So, what is the most miles anyone has on one of these? Anything to look out
    for with these cars? I don't see many Sonata drivers in this group,
    especially drivers of the 4 cylinder. Any feedback would be appreciated. TIA
    Craig, Aug 16, 2003
  2. Craig

    Noodles Guest

    I have a 2002 4cyl and average 26 in and around the house and have
    gotten an average of 32 for 4 trips to N.C. from Pgh.
    Noodles, Aug 19, 2003
  3. TIA

    I might be the winner in this category.

    We bought our 2002 4-cylinder Sonata in late June of 02 and turned over
    54,000 miles this morning. I make trips between the Washington DC area and
    New England on a practically weekly basis between April and October, and the
    car's been absolutely bulletproof. The only thing it's been to the dealer
    for aside from oil changes have been for front end alignments (two) and the
    replacement of an inside door handle because the chrome flaked off and gave
    paper cuts.

    Mileage on the trips is somewhere around 33 MPG total (I write down every
    fill-up in a book and punch it into Excel), with me being a bit of a light
    foot with sparing use of the A/C and heavy use of the cruise control.

    Brakes haven't been an issue yet, but then again with all the highway travel
    the car does we really haven't put 54,000 miles worth of brake wear on it.
    And as I think about it more, I can't think of any one 'weak' spot of the
    car that should get attention in future model years. The only things I wish
    the car had are map lights in the rear view mirror (the higher models do)
    and a lock on the glove box door.

    Things I like that weren't expected in a $15000 car - dual power outlets on
    the dash and one in the trunk, CD stereo with tweeters, fog lights, and the
    sportronic transmission. I'm never buying a regular old automatic again.

    I can recommend the 4-cyl Sonata without hesitation. The car has treated us
    amazingly well, and I don't see us having any trouble getting to 200,000
    miles or more.
    Alan J. Claffie, Aug 19, 2003
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