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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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  • spyderonespyderone Posts: 54
    If you have no interest in buying a Hyundai product then why are you so concerned about what prospective buyers are purchasing. Do you post on all model forums such as Ford, GMC, Porsche, VW, BMW, etc. and give your opinion on those models as well, or do you have an axe to grind with Hyundai. I read about Hyundai because it or the KIa Optima will probably be my next purchase, and I sold Hyundai products in 2002. If you want to pick on manufacturers there are many to choose from because there are no perfect or flawless automobiles. Take MINI for example. Most people I talk to love them with no problems. I bought a new Clubman in March 2008 and in December 2008 MINI bought it back from me due to problems that could not be repaired (software problems). The point of this is I am not hanging out on MINI website degrading the product. I know I had a dud and I know MINI makes great cars and I would entertain the thought of buying another one.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    edited May 2010
    My mistake. I think I got the year wrong because I know the earlier V6 used a belt, but off the top of my head I cannot remember when they changed over. Then again, maybe it was a CHAIN tensioner. I know they used those in the buick V6, because I had one fail. Got lucky in that it made a bunch of noise and I got it shut down before it jumped timing.

    Yup, just went back and checked the shop manual on a 2006 Sonata with V6, and you are correct, it is a chain. With a tensioner. He probably just said the tensioner failed, and I assumed belt.

    EDIT: I was close. The 2005 2.7L was a belt system, the '06 with the 3.3 is chain driven.

    Either way, great warranty paid to fix the guys engine! :shades:

    Gotta love the Hyundai service site!
  • 2011limited2011limited Posts: 30
    Is your question legitimate, or are you trying to be facetious?
  • Is your question legitimate, or are you trying to be facetious?

    He's not even in the right forum. GM has a five year 100K. Hyundai has 100K ten year. So how serious can he be? :sick:
  • ral2167ral2167 Posts: 642
    sat in the sonata while getting santa fe serviced. nice interior. wish center arm rest would slide forward. like a lot of arm rests, pretty much just supports the elbow-- not the forearm. picky, yes, but still-- some arm rests slide forward.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 546
    It seems I have been misunderstood by some in this forum. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Hyundai or the Sonata. I asked my question here because it is the most active among Hyundai forums and because the warranty I referred to will probably affect more Sonata owners than any other Hyundai (and I have a son-in-law who just bought a 2001 Sonata).

    I will post a similar question about warranties in a Cobalt forum. I am simply worried that these very, very long warranties are being used as a powerful sales tool now, but may not be fully honored down the road. Particularly if they appear to be absurdly long. Dealers come and go. Manufacturers come and go. Warranties are somewhat subject to the interpretation of the manufacturer. Therefore, I believe some caution is needed in evaluating the actual worth of extremely long warranties.
  • 2011limited2011limited Posts: 30
    Manufacturers come and go.

    I think I will take my chances with Hyundai being around for awhile!
  • schdyschdy Posts: 233
    I think I will take my chances with Hyundai being around for awhile!

    And so will I and many of my friends and relatives who are very happy owners of Hyundai Vehicles.
  • rhodiumrhodium Posts: 11
    I'm having trouble pumping gas into my sonata limited always. I pump only when the gas indicator lights up and while pumping the pump shuts down multiple times as if the tank is full, even after 2 gallons. This happens every time and at different pumps.
    Do any of you encounter such a weird problem while pumping Gas!!
  • bigtrbigtr Posts: 1
    My very pregnant wife got the GLS Sonata for two days while her car was having some body work done. Car had 2500 miles on it, she drove roughly 300 miles. Overall she liked the car and thought it was pretty loaded. Her complaints were:

    1. Seat had no lumbar support, making her longish drives uncomfortable. She said there's obviously no way to know if she would have this problem if not knocked up.
    2. The gas pedal takes a split second to engage when accelerating. She said it's slight, but noticeable.
    3. Forward cup holder is in the way of gear shift, making picking up the morning beverage harder than it should be.
    4. Horn is hilariously bad.
  • A friend of mine had a Mitsubishi Outlander that offered a 5 year 50K warranty, He skipped the 15 and 30K scheduled maintenance because he thought the cost for the service was to high for what they did. When he took the vehicle in for service with about 32k He was told that because he didn't follow the scheduled maintenance routine for the vehicle that his warranty was reduced to 3 year and 36K. So I would Check with the dealer and ask what is required of you just to be sure.
  • Would you get the 2010 in this or the 2011?

    I drove one yesterday (2011) and was shocked by the performance. That car is smooth!

    It reminded me a bit of the Accord and the Camry that I tested.

    They are saying that this car gives you more bang for the buck. Now that I have added another car to my research, I am confused. I liked the Camry a lot, but am scared by what I have read. I liked the Honda Accord because I already own one that is 7 years old, but don't like a few things including trunk space and the dashboard. Minor I know.

    But now the Hyundai Sonata seems to have a bit of both of those cars...yikes. Confused is what I am now.
  • LASHAWNLASHAWN Posts: 303
    That sounds like a bunch of bologna to me. They can't reduce your warranty just because you didn't have 2 services performed by them. I'm pretty sure that it doesn't state that in the owner's manual either. It would be like saying that your warranty is null and void if services are done by the customer and not the dealer.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 546
    I imagine this extravagant warranty is only dealer backed, not a Hyundai warranty.

    I am not doubting the quality of Hyundai vehicles or the integrity of Hyundai. But I believe this particular dealer is seeking a sales advantage by offering a warranty that he cannot reasonably guarantee. Has anyone seen such a warranty elsewhere?
  • bfrasurebfrasure Posts: 10
    I really like the looks of the SE with the 18" wheels but would also like to have leather interior. Is it possible to get the 18" wheels on the Limited? Seems strange to me that you cannot get leather on the SE.
  • bfrasurebfrasure Posts: 10
    I really like the looks of the SE with the 18" wheels but would also like to have leather interior. Is it possible to get the 18" wheels on the Limited? Seems strange to me that you cannot get leather on the SE.
  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    If you really like the SE, spend another grand and get the stock seats wrapped in leather.

    My wife did this with her Santa Fe, and the seats are great.
  • tuckerdogtuckerdog Posts: 29
    edited May 2010
    I am not doubting the quality of Hyundai vehicles or the integrity of Hyundai. But I believe this particular dealer is seeking a sales advantage by offering a warranty that he cannot reasonably guarantee. Has anyone seen such a warranty elsewhere?

    World Car Hyundai in San Antonio extends the Hyundai powertrain warranty. For anyone, they extend the 'mileage' to 125,000. For retired military, police, fire or teachers, the powertrain warranty is extended to lifetime, unlimited miles.
  • ethandouethandou Posts: 15
    It happened to me once. I guess leaving some space between the pump rubber and the tank hole to let some air in may help.
  • rdaneelrdaneel Posts: 1
    The dealer we bought my wife's Elantra from offered the same kind of thing. They give you a "free" lifetime tire warranty and double the manufacturer's warranty on the car - BUT ONLY if you get all kinds of unnecessary maintenance done. For example, the tire warranty required quarterly (or more) visits to have the tires rotated and balanced. The powertrain required you to get all the oil changes and other maintenance done with the dealer, and they mandated more work than would ever be necessary.

    It's hard to say these are a scam, because you could, in theory, utilize them, but they're largely marketing tools for the dealer. But they probably make plenty of money on service that people don't need, and as soon as you miss just one "required" service they void the remainder of the warranty. As always, buyer beware.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    edited May 2010
    Nope, a dealer nor a manufacturer can refuse to honor a warranty if the proper maintenance can be proven. In other words, if you can show receipts where oil changes and other standard maintenance operations were performed either by yourself or another service center, the party denying the warranty has the burden of proof to show that maintenance was not performed.

    Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 546
    I've always changed the oil, oil filter and air filter, lubricated, changed the anti-freeze, etc. myself. I've often wondered if my proof that I bought oil and filters and anti-freeze would be enough to show that "proper" maintenance had been done (in case of a warranty dispute).

    If a dealer says that engine or transmission damage is caused by neglect, misuse or such based on the dealer's own inspection, who can say he is wrong?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,006
    He didn't say that the required service wasn't done by the dealer, he said it wasn't done at all. Why don't people read posts before they reply that something is bunch of bologna.
  • mikemartinmikemartin Posts: 205
    In trying to decide between a Mazda 6, Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata (2011), I've heard from at least 4 dealer personnel, two at other brand dealerships (which I dismissed as they are biased), but two at one particular Hyundai dealership (including a salesman and a technician I spoke with), that they have personally seen Hyundai give extreme difficulty to customers over what should have been coverage by Hyundai for warranty repairs - based on flimsy allegations that the severe service maintenance schedule wasn't followed USING THE DEALERSHIP'S SERVICE DEPARTMENT.

    I'm not saying this is or isn't true, but I do wonder why two individuals at a Hyundai dealership, when I'm test driving a Sonata, would actually tell me this.

    The dealership also sold Mitsubishi vehicles, which I have NO INTEREST IN, and made that clear from the start, so I doubt that was a motivating factor, either.

    Do any of you know by firsthand experience or credible information whether there's any truth to this?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,006
    You have no credibility with me so I don't believe your post. Any dealer/manufacturer will deny/hassle warranty work if you don't perform the required scheduled maint outlined in your owners manual with them or can prove you had it done by some other means. I'm sure Hyundai is no different.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    Do any of you know by firsthand experience or credible information whether there's any truth to this?

    I have only ten years of Hyundai ownership experience (3 vehicles) to the contrary, at multiple dealerships. But I don't doubt there are incompetent people working at some of the thousands of dealerships out there--Hyundai and other brands.
  • mikemartinmikemartin Posts: 205
    I have only ten years of Hyundai ownership experience (3 vehicles) to the contrary, at multiple dealerships. But I don't doubt there are incompetent people working at some of the thousands of dealerships out there--Hyundai and other brands.

    Thank you, Backy.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    Implausible story.

    What salesman hoping to make a sale is going to trash what he has to sell?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,006
    edited May 2010
    Oh, it's no bother. But I did give an answer and I thought it was constructive. Maybe you didn't bother to read past the first sentence.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,728
    An incompetent one?
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