2008 Sonata

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Robert, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Robert

    Robert Guest

    Found this link to the 2008 Sonata. Might be of interest to some


    Hyundai says that for the first time, its 2008 Sonata sedan will be
    offered with a four-cylinder engine in all trim levels.

    The popular V-6 engine will remain available on its GLS, SE, and
    Limited editions as the Sonata returns for a third model year in its
    current body style.

    With a spacious interior that's larger than any of the mid-size
    Japanese competition, the Sonata GLS sports a 2.4-liter four-cylinder
    engine with 162 horsepower. Its base price of $18,195 includes
    stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, side curtain
    airbags, and a large 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. New premium seat cloth is
    found inside, along with AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio, air conditioning,
    cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. Hyundai's 234-hp, 3.3-liter
    V-6 is available on this model for a base price of $21,645.

    The next step up the range is the $19,895 Sonata SE, which is offered
    with either engine. It also adds 17-inch alloy wheels with 55-series
    tires, a spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power driver
    seat, along with a five-speed automatic transmission on the V-6
    models. Also added on SE models are steering-wheel audio controls,
    chrome trim, a telescoping steering wheel, and a trip computer.

    The $22,995 Sonata Limited is also offered in four- or six-cylinder
    versions. It gets a standard CD changer and subwoofer/amplifier, a
    power driver seat, and heated front seats. The sole option is a

    All Sonatas come with Hyundai's five-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive
    Robert, Jun 27, 2007
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  2. Thee Chicago Wolf, Jun 27, 2007
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  3. I was wondering the same thing, but it may not. The 10/100 may still be for
    drivetrain. and still maintain the 5/60 for other parts.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jun 27, 2007
  4. I'm confused here. Starting in 2007, Hyundai upgraded the Sonata to a
    5-speed automatic transmission on all non-manual models. The original 2006
    had a four-speed for the four-cylinder, and a five-speed for the V-6.

    Am I now to understand that lower trim models are returning to the 4-speed,
    and the 5-speed will be reserved only for the higher trim lines? Or did I
    read incorrectly?

    If so, that would be a disappointment. I think the 5-speed is a definite
    step in the right direction for those who drive with automatics. They not
    only seem to be a bit smoother, but give both better performance and better
    fuel economy.
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Jun 27, 2007
  5. The Hyundai web page shows a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed auto for 4 cylinder
    in the present model year. The 5 speed auto is show only on the 3.3 V6

    The five speed may not be properly geared for the torque curve of the
    smaller engine, plus, it costs more to build so they probably want to keep
    that starting price as low as possible.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jun 27, 2007
  6. The sister (or at least cousin) vehicle, the Kia Optima, uses the 5-speed
    across the board. And while the Optima still uses the older 2.7L V6 for its
    6, it uses that same 2.4L 4 as in the Sonata. The difference in both
    performance and mileage gives the Optima an advantage, especially for the
    4-cylinder. Consumer Reports (no matter what you think of them) would seem
    to agree.

    And the Optima still boasts an exemplary low price.
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Jun 28, 2007
  7. I'm confused here. Starting in 2007, Hyundai upgraded the Sonata to a
    Rumor is that Hyundai amongst other are going towards 6-speed trannys
    for better fuel economy. I have seen this in one or two articles but I
    wish I would have bookmarked them so I could post them here. This
    wasn't supposed to occur, if ever, for a few years though. I'll keep
    my eyes open.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Jun 28, 2007
  8. Actually, I am hearing the same thing. It is something along the lines of
    that joint transmission project (also a 6-speed) being done by GM and Ford
    (a first), among others.

    Apparently, automakers are trying both to find ways to maximize performance,
    efficiency and fuel economy, while trying to shave some costs in development
    in terms of sharing platforms.

    It may make cars much more "generic" in terms of powertrains in the years to
    come. But if it provides a more reliable product, as well as a more common
    product, if a repair is needed, I say "go for it."
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Jun 28, 2007
  9. Actually, I am hearing the same thing. It is something along the lines of
    I agree. Universal parts would surely make things very cost effective
    for both the consumer in terms of repair cost and manufacture costs in
    terms of not needing a lot of re-tooling of production lines. I think
    it's a win-win.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Jun 28, 2007
  10. Robert

    southluke Guest

    Hyundai's five-year, 60,000-mile comprehensive
    warranty in NOT comprehensive. They refused to repair my warpe
    rotors so I call it their "repair what they want to
    southluke, Jun 28, 2007
  11. Read the terms of the warranty. They were covered for the first year. No
    other manufacturer is going to cover them for that long either. Warping is
    not a factory defect, it is from getting them too hot. Every brand of car
    is susceptible to the warping today because they are made so light to save

    From the Hyundai Warranty
    Covers repair or replacement of any component manufactured or originally
    installed by Hyundai that is defective in material or factory workmanship,
    under normal use and maintenance.

    - Wear Items: 1 year / 12,000 miles (e.g. belts, brake pads & linings,
    clutch linings, filters, wiper blades, bulbs, fuses)
    Edwin Pawlowski, Jun 29, 2007
  12. Robert

    Bob Adkins Guest


    It's a shame on the auto industry that *bicycle* parts have been
    standard for many years, but not car parts.

    It's a shame that such parts as transmissions, radiators, wheels,
    brake rotors, fuel tanks, etc. haven't been standardized.

    Bob Adkins, Jun 30, 2007
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