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2011 Hyundai Sonata

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  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    My wife has no problem adjusting the manual seat to her liking whenever she gets in, but the first thing she hits is the heated seat.

    Even if the temp isn't that low, she loves the feeling on her lower back. That's a far bigger selling point to us than power.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,017
    edited March 2010
    A power passenger seat is just not a player for me. My wife never adjusts her seat hardly at all(most have recline feature which is enough for her). To tell you the truth, I don't even know if one of our cars has a power passenger seat or not. I know one does and one doesn't but the third I don't even know. Heated seats(even though we live in Chicago area) are simply not a big deal for us either. Like em but don't really care that much.

    When we have looked for new cars I can't remember once that we even checked for that feature. I understand that it is a major issue for a lot of people and also understand that it is perfectly logical for them. But for me and probably a lot of other people it's not an issue at all. I don't what the percentage breakdown might be but I have to believe that if the majority of people were really hot about it the automakers would be listening.

    In the old days just about all these things could be ordered optional but since the "package system" came into being you have to kind of take what you get to a degree. I realize that this makes manufacturing faster and cheaper and the cars can offered for less MSRP but it certainly limits your options(no pun intended).

    I personally like the Homelink feature and it can be a dealbreaker for me. That probably sounds silly to most people but it is just something that I really like so I understand about the power passenger seat completely.
  • jerryk33jerryk33 Posts: 6
    I am in complete agreement that the Limited Model should INCLUDE passenger power seat. Other Model (SE) optional! Any news yet about the Turbo 4?? I am still leary of the 4 and its "freeway power"!
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    For me, bluetooth, auto-dimming mirror, heated front seats, and auto-climate control. I really love them.
  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    Most likely late summer for the turbo and fall for the hybrid.

    As a 2011 driver, the car has plenty of freeway power.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    edited March 2010
    The power from the regular 4 cylinder is very good. I have only driven V6s before getting my SE and have been very impressed with getting so much power out of so few cylinders and so little fuel. Aside from the extra HP, the engine has good torque and feels almost like some of the turbocharged engines from a few years ago without the turbo lag. And since the compression ration is 11:3:1, the output is not technically that far off. Its not a race car, but I do a lot of passing and drive at 75-85 mph. most of the time, trust me the car goes to 100+ with no effort at all. This was one of my most important considerations when I bought the car - the other 4 cylinders I've driven (like the Accord and Malibu) were just too weak when you really hit the gas.
  • mgw1mgw1 Posts: 11
    I must say I absolutely love my new Limited -- looks, performance, economy, special features. Can anyone clue me in on mounting the front license plate without damaging the finish? I don't see any holes or other obvious way to do it.

    Thanks!!
  • shabadoo25shabadoo25 Posts: 216
    I don't have any holes, either. Front plates aren't required in this state, so maybe they just drill them where they are needed?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    I'm surprised your dealer didn't mount the front plate for you. The dealer did that for me for every new car I've ever purchased, when I picked up the plates. It's especially important if hole drilling is required, as it is here. There may be certain places to drill--are there any "dimples" on the bumper showing where the bolts should go?
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    Does anyone know when they are coming out with the camel leather interior on the Limited?

    I understand that they are installing them now at the Montgomery plant and should be at dealers in one to three weeks.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,241
    Back in '01 in Illinois the dealer would order your plates & install them when they arrived. I think the install was done just for the free advertising plate frame. :P

    Anyway, it has changed and now the dealers have a supply of plates on hand. So as long as you aren't doing vanity plates, you drive away with real plates when you buy the car. That's one improvement I can get behind.

    As to where to mount the plates, I'd say RTFM and if it isn't there and your dealer isn't being helpful, call the customer service number in the manual, or in Hyundai's case see http://www.hyundaiusa.com/contact-us.aspx If it isn't in the manual and is info you need, complain so that it stands a chance of being included in future manuals.
  • Well I am not married anymore and so I have no one to influence me but it was an added extra that was included in the price along wiht all the other features-a really great deal and next year they are coming out wiht a hybrid and a turbo version-
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    Here in MN we are still in the Dark Ages, and dealers have to send away for plates, takes a week or two to get them. At least the free plate frames keep the front plate from bending all to heck in car washes.
  • midas69midas69 Posts: 118
    Back in '01 in Illinois the dealer would order your plates & install them when they arrived. I think the install was done just for the free advertising plate frame.

    Very strange because I just waited 17 to get my plates and I'm in Illinois. My last car, 3 years ago, I also waited about 2 weeks.

    You sure you're not buying your cars from a chop shop :confuse:
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,241
    http://www.carsdirect.com/dmv/how-to-get-illinois-license-plates

    See #1. It depends on the dealer's sales volume. (I didn't buy from Cars Direct but this is the only reference I could find)
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    edited March 2010
    REF:1628
    Sorry for the delay but i actually had to work a bit.
    My dealer in Indiana is bob poynter and i only talk to the sales manager Ra*dy:
    http://www.bobpoynterchrysler.com/hyundai-sonata/
    FYI, they have been so aggressive on pricing that they sold half their Sonatas and are down to eight 2010's and two 2011's for now. i live in Ohio but will drive the 110 miles to avoid the local OH dealer BS and "mandatory" $250 doc fee.
    Hope they get more in soon.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,017
    Yeah, that must be the case. My last car was from a small dealer in IL about 2 years ago and it took 2 wks+ for the plates to show up. They put a plate holder on the front of the car when I bought it but I screwed the plates on when I picked them up. They would have but I didn't want to wait.
  • Hey guys,
    I found this forum when I was searching for this question to be answered. I have to agree that the manual doesn't seem to make sense. It states you should drive for the first 600miles/1000km from between 2000-4000RPMs.
    The only way is by using the manual shifter and many people I have talked to mentioned not to rev it this high.
    Has anyone asked Hyundai about this?
    Are they telling us to use the Manual Shift in the first 1000km to ensure the revs?
    Thanks
    Looks like a great forum.
  • midas69midas69 Posts: 118
    Are they telling us to use the Manual Shift in the first 1000km to ensure the revs?

    Considering mine does 2000RPM @ 70MPH, I would assume so. I can just see me trying to tell a cop I was just doing what my owners manual said when he clocked me doing 75 in a school zone.
  • lol,
    I guess what I am asking is "did you guys all manual shift for the first 1000km to keep it in the stated 2000-4000rpm?"
  • midas69midas69 Posts: 118
    I guess what I am asking is "did you guys all manual shift for the first 1000km to keep it in the stated 2000-4000rpm?"

    Not me. I'm more concerned with full throttle starts and driving at the same RPMs for an extended period. But I'm a firm believer that you should break in a car the way you plan to drive it.
  • lbg2lbg2 Posts: 6
    Anyone had any luck yet with finding accessories for the 2011? I'm specifically interested in a rear deck spoiler, mud flaps, and possibly a wind deflector for the sunroof. The dealer I purchased from still does not know when these might be available.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    Hey everyone,

    I know some people were concerned with the road noise on the new car so I decided to upload a quick video from my digital camera. IMO it's a pretty quiet and smooth ride, even in my SE, but let me know if other people's ride differently for some reason since I've heard a few complaints.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPYthDsKgHo
  • the_pillthe_pill Posts: 9
    Very nice video. Love that engine. It sounds sweet and you're right except when you're putting your foot into it, the Sonata sounds quiet. In my opinion, some who are grumbling about the sounds as noise are hypersensitive to the cabin's quietness.

    Most of us ride with our radio or music on anyway. Thanks for the video.
  • I just got some great information from the Corporate Headquarters in Fountain Valley Calif. Production just started on the Sonata LIMITED camel interior, so the cars could be arriving in dealerships by mid-April. Now, that is going to vary by location. :)
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    edited March 2010
    When I got one of the first 2006 Rav4, Ebay had the most accessories popping up from dealers and other manufacturers. Here's a spoiler that appears to be for the Korean version. Rear Spoiler

    Here's a Carbon Fiber grill too Grill

    Keep searching, more things to come :D
  • mikemartinmikemartin Posts: 205
    syitalian25

    Hey everyone,

    I know some people were concerned with the road noise on the new car so I decided to upload a quick video from my digital camera. IMO it's a pretty quiet and smooth ride, even in my SE, but let me know if other people's ride differently for some reason since I've heard a few complaints.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPYthDsKgHo


    syitalian25,

    Thanks for the video.

    What I don't get is that the road you're on appears to be billiard table smooth, yet I hear what seems to be a lot of tire thumping. Is that correct?

    I am not mentioning what appears to be wind and road noise because I realize an open microphone may be catching things like other ambient noises, or more specifically, things such as air flow from the ventilation system, but the tire thumping has a very distinct sound that is hard to mistake for anything else.

    Has anyone noticed any of the 'kathunk' sounds from the suspension that some complained of in the previous generation Sonata?

    Thank you.
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    I am looking for the limited in black plum pearl with NAV. I have no idea were to look for this car. I wish Hyundai had a site we could look on for info on the production of these cars..If anyone has info please pass it on to me Thanks
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    I am trying to get info on when production for the 2011 Sonata Limited with Nav in the color Black Plum Pearl will begin. If anyone can help I would like that. Thanks.
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    I live in New York and I too am looking for that same package ( 2011 Sonata Limited with NAV ) only in Black Plum Pearl.I was told it is not in production yet. I hope I can get one soon.
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