2008 Sonato thoughts.

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by DaToteman, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. DaToteman

    DaToteman Guest

    I am considering a new 2008 Sonata and would like to find out if the EPA
    figures are close to real world results and what the maintenance costs are
    like- i.e. timing belt vs. chain etc.

    DaToteman, Dec 10, 2007
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  2. With the 3.3 V6, I get real live 24 to 26 mpg with a combination of highway
    and around town. It has a timing chain so no replacement of belts to worry
    about. So far, with 27,000 miles, it has only been oil changes. I don't
    see the maintenance costs any more than any other car.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Dec 10, 2007
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  3. DaToteman

    Bob Adkins Guest

    2006-2008 Sonata owners have very few complaints, most of which are
    niggling. Car owners and buyers are the most critical bunch of people
    on earth, so I think on balance our opinions are fair and honest.

    I have a 2006, which had 2 or 3 TSB's. The 2007-2008 had the bugs
    worked out, and have been mostly trouble free. Personally, ~24K miles,
    and it has no squeaks, rattles, or malfunctions. It's a great highway
    cruiser with excellent power and a quiet smooth ride. Haven't spent a
    dime on it so far.

    Bob Adkins, Dec 10, 2007
  4. DaToteman

    Steve R. Guest

    On our 3rd Sonata, had on '02, '06 and just bought an '08.

    I have to agree with Bob's thoughts. The '06s had some bugs, but the quality
    continues to get better. I notice more power and a better shift program in
    my SE. Now if they'd just release the Genesis!!!!
    Steve R., Dec 10, 2007
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    Darby OGill Guest

    I have had a fine experience with my '06......Bob, what TSB's are there??
    After average to poor service at the dealer, I haven't been back-routine
    maintenance done elsewhere. 59700 miles now......now I gotta reread the tire
    thread as mine are getting close!
    Darby OGill, Dec 10, 2007
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    nick Guest

    I'm considering a used 06 Sonata since I'm not too thrilled about the
    new Accord. Most of the used ones are offered as a 6cyl probably from
    car rentals. I've never owned a 6 because they were harder to fix as a
    DIY. Is this still the case? I do mostly all the work myself including
    exhausts and drive shafts and found my sister's 99 Elantra not as easy
    to work on as my Integra and Accords.
    nick, Dec 10, 2007
  7. DaToteman

    DaToteman Guest

    Thanks for all of the info. Most of my driving is highway and what I really
    would like to know is how close are the 6 cylinders EPA MPG figures under
    the new testing methods. As for the maintenance- I recently choked down
    the 60000 miles service including the timing belt on a 03 Tib.
    DaToteman, Dec 11, 2007
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    DonC Guest

    This summer I drove about 2000 miles from Northern Michigan to Southern
    Arizona in a Sonata with 4,000 miles at the start. The trip was 99% on
    freeways and at or slightly above posted speed limits which ranged from 65
    in Illinois to 75 in Arizona. I got just under the 30 mpg advertised for a
    2007 Sonata -- 29.6 IIRC. Regardless what the 2008's EPA MPG figures are,
    you could expect the same.
    DonC, Dec 11, 2007
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    Marc Guest

    I have an 06 LX. I've been keeping track of the mileage since 1/1 and
    wanted to get an average for an entire year. Here are the results
    through 11/30. Total of 19612 miles with average speed of 33 mph.
    This is a blend of highway and city driving in the suburban Chicago
    area and interstate travel for business. 26.4 mpg.
    Marc, Dec 11, 2007
  10. As long as you are talking about transverse-mounted engines, FWD V6 engines
    will always be a challenge to work on, regardless of make or model. It is
    one of the prices you have to pay for what is otherwise an excellent set-up.

    I also agree that, after having had a couple years to work out the rest of
    the bugs, that an '08 Sonata, especially with that excellent V6, may be one
    of the best automotive values out there. (honestly, if you want the four,
    while it is still fairly impressive, I am more impressed with its cousin,
    the Kia Optima, though only in the four cylinder version).
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Dec 11, 2007
  11. Both the 4 and V6 engines in the Sonata (starting in '06) now use timing
    chains instead of belts - a welcome feature.
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Dec 11, 2007
  12. DaToteman

    hyundaitech Guest

    You can view individually reported MPG figures at www.fueleconomy.gov as
    well as the EPA estimates.
    hyundaitech, Dec 11, 2007
  13. DaToteman

    Bob Adkins Guest

    My V6 had noisy shocks in the rear, and a bad timing chain tensioner
    spring (Caused the timing chain to make a grinding sound on cold

    Both were fixed satisfactorily on the same afternoon.

    Bob Adkins, Dec 13, 2007
  14. DaToteman

    Bob Adkins Guest

    I'm with Tom. The V6 Sonata may be the best used car buy on the
    market, just as it was when new.

    It appears that most of the owner maintenance can be done quite
    easily, save for 1 gnarly spark plug. Looks like much of the engine
    bay work needs to be done from underneath the car.

    Bob Adkins, Dec 13, 2007
  15. DaToteman

    Bob Adkins Guest

    I can't wait to test drive that car. Maybe I should wear a Nomex suit
    and crash helmet just to make the salesman nervous. :)

    Bob Adkins, Dec 13, 2007
  16. DaToteman

    Bob Adkins Guest

    I average 27mpg @ 39mph. I think a 39mph average equates to about 70%
    highway and 30% city.

    Bob Adkins, Dec 13, 2007
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    Pit's Guest

    In America is that wise ?
    Probably get blown away by a rent a cop with an automatic weapon
    Best just wander in in shorts and and sandals :)
    Pit's, Dec 13, 2007
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    Steve R. Guest

    On my first run from my 08 V6 to Tucson and back- 26.
    Steve R., Dec 14, 2007
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