Test Drove a Genesis

Discussion in 'Hyundai Genesis' started by Alan, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Alan

    Alan Guest

    It's a nice car and I drove the 6 not the 8. Is it worth $40,000,
    nope. We have a Maxima (besides my XG300) and we were looking at
    another Maxima. For $435 a month, with not a penny down and tax
    included (but we are paying dealer prep and the first months lease
    payment), we are getting the Maxima SV Premium fully loaded with
    everything but the GPS. It is a beautiful car that feels a lot more
    powerful than the Genesis, Hyundai wanted $530 for the lease and
    $40,000 for the car, whose resale value will not be what the Maxima's
    is. I don't know how Hyundai makes their comparisons but the salesmen
    told me you have to compare the Genesis to the BMW 700 series, the
    Mercedes E series and the Lexus 430.

    It is a very nice car and even though I like the Maxima better (a car
    that Hyundai says is well below the Genesis hahaha) I do like the
    steering which is very tight.

    They talk about Hyundai quality control and I think about how they
    chinced on the leathere on the XG300, how the power seat now doesn't,
    go up (they think it does--it tilts), the dashboard is separating, as
    if the screws underneath them are stripped and the left top vent on
    the driver's side keeps popping out and will not seat properly. This
    is with only 48,000 miles.

    When I bought my XG300, Hyundai then said that their car needs to be
    comapred to the step above the Maxima, like an Infinity something and
    a Lexus 350.


    Alan
     
    Alan, Jun 22, 2009
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    Jim White Guest

    I dont remember you saying what year your XG is.

    Jim
     
    Jim White, Jun 22, 2009
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  3. Alan

    hyundaitech Guest

    I'd say it'd be fair to compare the Genesis to E-Series and 5-Series.
    LS430 may be a step above. Of course, that doesn't imply the Hyundai
    will win the comparison. Regardless, the Genesis and Maxima aren't
    very similar beasts. One is a large rear-drive luxury sedan and the
    other is a mid-size front-drive luxury sedan. Azera makes a much
    better comparison point for Maxima in terms of apples-to-apples
    comparisons. And again, this doesn't imply the Hyundai comes out on
    top in the comparison.

    Additionally, anything longer than a 3-year lease on a Hyundai doesn't
    make financial sense (if we believe there's some financial benefit to
    leasing to begin with). Hyundai's depreciation is enough that you'd
    probably pay the same or more than a comparable Lexus or similar car.
    XG wasn't Hyundai's best effort. Even so, its reliability and quality
    when introduced was very much ahead of anything they'd made five years
    earlier. I've seen Hyundai take steps with the Genesis that I've not
    seen them take with any other vehicle. There's a separate technical
    assistance staff available for the Genesis. This is to not only
    assist the technician in fixing the problem right the first time, but
    also to develop a database of issues to aid in design changes to
    prevent future problems.

    On the XG seat adjustment, the front and rear are up/down adjustable
    separately. You can raise or lower the seat by adjusting both up or
    both down.
     
    hyundaitech, Jun 23, 2009
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  4. Alan

    Alan Calan Guest

    The XG was really Ok but where they scrimped, like on the leather or
    the dash design were just being stupid. I needed a new battery pretty
    quickly after I picked up the car and at about 12,000 miles, the
    transmission went. These are things that I can understand, even
    thought they cost a lot more than the leather or the way the dashboard
    attaches. My car was never garaged and the weather in NY can be tough
    on a car, especially the bottom where it can get surrounded by snow.

    The seat tilts up and down, diagonally but it does not raise up and
    down vertically. I brought the car in and expected it would be fixed
    for free because it was within the 6 years (the 1 extra year due to
    the HP overstatment) but Hyundai did not not have me registered for
    the extra 1 year and they wouldn't fix it without charge. I was
    pissed because I had the copy of the form I sent in. I complained to
    Hyundai in California and they gave me back $200 for the parts that
    were changed (but did nothing) and I had to absorb $80 labor. I gave
    up complaining when their best Hyundai mechanic said the seat was
    going up and down.

    As far as the Genesis, it's a nce car and yes it has rear wheel drive
    but sizewise, I don't think it is any bigger than a Maxima (but I
    could be wrong). Interestingly, Nissan did something to the Maxima
    transmission to make the acceleration feel smooth like a rear wheel
    drive car. The Maxima we are getting is the same price as the 6 cyl
    Genesis.
     
    Alan Calan, Jun 23, 2009
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  5. Alan

    Alan Calan Guest

    2001. I think by 2002 it was the XG350

     
    Alan Calan, Jun 23, 2009
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    I'd be happy with that. When the seat heater on my Buick died after 36,000
    miles but only 18 months old, they suggested I buy a new car. I did, a
    Hyundai. The Buick continues to fall apart. Never fixed the seat for $672
    either
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Jun 24, 2009
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