Reliability of Hyndai Sonata

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Ken, Oct 16, 2007.

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    Ken Guest


    I am considering buying a 2007 Hyundai Sonata (V6 engine). I have
    never owned a Hyundai but read positive things about their cars.
    Here's my dilemma-
    I would love to hear from owners about how a Hyndai Sonata performs
    after it has a few years on it compared to how the car performed when
    I think most manufacturer's cars today drive well when new, but some
    age sooner compared to the Japanese cars (IMHO).

    Ken, Oct 16, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    I have a '06 LX with 40,000. Had it for 27 months. It has been stellar.
    Absolutely love this car. My only complaint is the leather is too light.
    Hard to keep it clean. My brakes are starting to have a slight squeak.
    Rob, Oct 16, 2007
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  3. I have an '07 with 24,300 miles. Not a problem yet. Never been back to the

    I used to switch between my two cars but since I've had the Sonata, I never
    take the Buick.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 16, 2007
  4. I am considering buying a 2007 Hyundai Sonata (V6 engine). I have
    My '02 GLS (bough Nov. 20010) is going strong with 83k and I have not
    had one single problem with it mechanically. I have done regular
    maintenance per the schedule and it's been an overall stellar
    experience. I have had some paint coming off the door handles but
    they're plastic so it's kind of expected.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Oct 16, 2007
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    Eric G. Guest

    2006 Sonata GLS V6. I just turned 32,000 miles today. Purchased on
    9/28/05. I've had it to the dealer once for a TSB on the ATX for the
    downshift from 5-2. Other than that, nothing really but oil changes. I
    had the brake squeak before and that turned out to be a need for grease on
    the caliper bolts. I have the squeak again and it is likely the same
    issue. The pads are still fine.

    Simply put, so far it is the best car I personally have ever owned.

    Eric G., Oct 16, 2007
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    I can't speak to the V-6 as I have the four-banger, but overall the car
    has been very reliable. I haven't been back to the dealer yet for
    anything significant (I just rolled over 29,000 miles on my 06 Sonata).
    They tried to find the snapping noise in the cowl/windshield, but were
    unsuccessful. So, other than that noise when the car is cold, it has
    been nearly flawless from a manufacturing perspective.

    It has some annoying design issues, but the assembly quality appears to
    be outstanding. The car performs the same today as when new.

    Matt Whiting, Oct 16, 2007
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    Darby OGill Guest

    My '06 LX has 56000 miles on it, and it drives like the day we bought it.
    Nice car.
    Darby OGill, Oct 17, 2007
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    Marc Guest

    Marc, Oct 17, 2007
  9. I bought a used (by Hertz) 2005 V6 automatic Sonata. It had 17K miles on it
    when I bought it and I have put about 35K more (mostly highway). It has not
    needed anything other than regular oil changes.

    I really like it. I have not looked at the newer models but I am assuming
    they are no worse and the next time I am looking for a car, I will
    definitely check out Hyundai's models first.

    A. Sinan Unur, Oct 18, 2007
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    Bob Adkins Guest

    My 06 V6 Sonata required 2 TSB's, not surprising on a new model, and
    fixed on the 07. It's been great, and has no squeaks or rattles at 21K
    miles. We're more than satisfied, and feel like we stole the car.
    You'll love the V6. It's jet smooth from idle up to redline.


    Bob Adkins, Oct 18, 2007
  11. I have a 2003 Sonata with 6cyl engine, 53,000 miles and had no problems at
    all - great car
    Reinhold Radke, Oct 18, 2007
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    southluke Guest

    Have a 2002 Sonata. It has been a pretty good car.
    Have received better reliability and longevity from Honda. They als
    have better feel to drive. Hyundai America refused to repair m
    brakes under the bumper-to-bumber warranty even though the car wa
    still covered

    The positive is: with 75,000 miles on the car it is still our mai
    car and I hope to drive it 150,000 miles. Expect it will be junk b
    then if it makes it. Honda's last 200,000 miles

    The Hyundai's are a little less expensive to purchase initially.
    Resale on Hyundai's really sucks so do not total out the car and pla
    on driving it a long time

    Next time I will buy Honda because I think the Hyundai's are about th
    same quality as Ford and GM. Also, they use oddball battery sizes an
    very expensive transmission fluid only available from the dealer

    Good luck, it is a difficult decision
    southluke, Oct 18, 2007
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Interesting. How could you have experienced better longevity from the Honda
    when you're still driving the Hyundai?

    I'm not sure why you'd expect it to be junk by 150,000 miles. There are
    plenty enough of them out there that aren't. Most every car today will go
    200,000 - that's certainly nothing unique to Honda.

    Yup - a down side if either you total the car or are accustomed to trading
    regularly. The hit is not as bad as it used to be, but the resale value is
    not as good as some might wish it were.

    Agreed on the tranny fluid, but the battery is a common aftermarket item.
    Mike Marlow, Oct 18, 2007
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    DonC Guest

    Did you read your waranty manual?

    Normal wear on brakes is rarely covered under any manufacturers'
    bumper-to-bumper warranty.

    The 2007 language (not unique to Hyundai or 2007) reads in part:

    "Normal maintenance items (#) are warranted in normal service, only when
    replacement is the result of a defect in material or factory workmanship,
    for 12 months from the date of original delivery or 12,000 miles, whichever
    occurs first. .....

    # - such as belts, brake pads and linings, clutch linings,..........."

    Again this is common across the industry.
    DonC, Oct 18, 2007
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    Pit's Guest

    We have two 2007 NF Elites in our fleet
    I prefer the 4 as it is averaging 7.7 litres per 100 kM now is
    coming into our hot weather here in AU
    and consumtion up to about 8.9 per 100 KM

    80% of driving on dirt roads

    The car is the most dust proof vehicle I have ever driven Much better
    than BMW & Honda
    Given that it "flies" over heavily rutted roads at average of 100 KMPH
    last month has 41000 KM on it since March 23 2007

    Have tried hard but can not fault this vehicle the NF is a far nicer
    car than any previous Hyundai all round.
    Can not reccomend this vehicle highly enough .
    The boss cleaned up a roo in His Holden Statesman at about 90KMPH
    result $13000 damage ( no the airbags diid not deploy so the cost was
    all panel & paint)

    I had a "coming together" with an Even Bigger male red roo on dirt
    road at about 115 Kmph on a sweeper bend with ore truck coming other
    way so was a bit of a white knuckle change the undies moment .
    Awful loud bang and CRUNCH sound
    though oh here we go another 10+K off the budget ---------

    Can send the pics of the Damage !!! $85.00 for crack repair to the
    griill and under pan cracked so body repair just plastic welded it and
    replaced reatining clips .

    Truly AMAZING Vehicle

    Only fault was on delivery day CD changer failed and they replaced at
    first service and flew part to the bush ------- Hyundai Australia head
    office followed up and even sent $ to replace chewed up disk !!!!
    If you send mail to spamlister at gmail dot com happy to supply pics

    I have yet to receive such excellent service from any other
    manufacture of anything ( Intel and HP take note )

    One complaint I do have is the fitment of OEM tyres to Australian
    vehicles Dunlop SP 270 Series 225/50/17 European silica compound
    They drive superb But wear like blazes front set chewed out at 18000
    Kms (Australian dirt roads and tarmac temps of high 70 c ) test any
    Replaced them with Kuhmos and Hankooks now no more Problems .

    This Korean gear is as we say here " is the ducks Guts " Means in
    Aussie speak top of the line .
    Mate if you are unhappy with a 07 Sonata reckon you are bloody hard
    to please :)

    Strangely there are still those who knock Sonatas maybe bad
    experiences or bias towards previous models (some of it deservedly so
    _ )

    Our fleet consists of Big Holdens Hyundais Mistubishi (yuk) many
    Toyotas a couple of Volvos and Fords (called falcons here) and the
    Sonata's running costs are the cheapest in the fleet .
    The drivers (who when heard they were being put into them including
    myself said dont want any of that Korean Crap ) well now apologise to
    the make as they are truly OUTSTANDING given what we do to them and
    driving conditions .

    Common sense and company rules is that we check and blow out the dust
    from the air filters end of each week is about the only non scheduled
    service performed on the whole fleet ( red dust here is full of FE and
    tests show 60.9 FE content of the dust) basicly powdered Iron and
    more than one local has paid the price for being slack and ended up
    dusting engines (stupid noddy some how put the air filter in arse up
    and allowed unfiltered air straight into the engine = oops ! )

    IMO you should have trouble free and very comfortable and safe
    driving experience . The vehicles on these dirt roads get driven hard
    and quick and are as sure footed as one could wish for (apart from
    constant 4wd subi's)

    Polen filters in air conditioning DO WORK and the seals etc keep all
    the hot air and dust and other nasties out .

    Windscreens here get broken regularly due to opposing traffic
    throwing up rocks etc ----- either by luck or strength having copped
    more than my fair share of rocks have not done one it yet only cars
    witjout a history of screens are the 3 Hyundais ---we are still trying
    to work out why this blip in the stats but not complaining

    At night (here looking to find fault) the lights run out of road :)
    so we slow down to 100 Ks ( wild life considerations) .
    The ABS and dynamics of the suspension and handling mean that if you
    prang one you have been driving like a clot . They handle far better
    than they should for the price even in the rare instance of rain on
    greasy muddy roads chewed up by road trains (see -
    & for what a
    Aussie road train is you may begin to appreciate just how we punish
    our vehicles here.

    The cars are so good for the first time when we turn these over (at
    75000) I shall buy the one I am currently in for the wife ---------
    they ARE THAT GOOD .

    And I have noting to do with Hyundai I just drive the buggers into the
    ground but heck they are hard to kill these things :)
    Enjoy happy and above all safe motoring with one if you eventually
    choose one

    Cheers From Australia
    Pit's, Oct 19, 2007
  16. Every single one of them?
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 19, 2007
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    My 84 Accord didn't even make 80,000 miles before the engine had to have
    a top-end replacement.

    Matt Whiting, Oct 20, 2007
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    razz Guest

    Our Honda Accord made 35000 miles before we trashed it. The cam lobes had
    worn at 35000 miles? Come on, Honda's reliability, pure shit. Never, ever,
    will I buy a Honda again.
    razz, Oct 20, 2007
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    That is the same problem I had. My 84 Accord had the cam lobes and
    rocker arm pads self destruct at 70,000 miles. Had to replace the cam
    and full set of rockers, but no way could I ever get all of the crud out
    of the engine so I traded it as soon as it was repaired on a new 89
    Plymouth Acclaim. That vehicle was rock solid and ran 146,000 miles
    with zero engine problems ... and then my wife hit a deer and totaled it.

    What year was your Accord?

    Matt Whiting, Oct 20, 2007
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    razz Guest

    I believe it was a 85 accord exi.
    razz, Oct 20, 2007
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