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Hyundai Sonata 2005 and earlier



  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    just read through the last few posts. have to say: anyone that thinks that Hyundai brakes are bad enough to cause three rear end collision needs a reality check. not being mean here, but the ONLY thing that causes one to ram into another from behind is careless/reckless driving. period. ask any competent law enforcement officer. brakes have nothing to do with it. kind of makes me laugh. "officer, yes, i know, this is the third time i have slammed my car into someone. but, please, you must understand, i am driving a Hyundai!" i would pay a huge amount of money to see the look on the police officers face. priceless.
  • I wanted to see if anyone has experience with this situation... I have a 2000 Sonata GLS, and I've been happy with the warranty/dealership up to this point (especially when the transmission needed replacement at 50K miles - no charge). I purchased a 10/100 extended protection plan with the car at the dealership. Now, however, my car has just passed 60K miles and the extended protection plan has kicked in -- and, right on cue, the Sonata needed work. The O-2 sensors (which have been replaced before) are covered, but something called a Crankshaft Position Sensor is not covered, according to the dealership's service manager. Can Hyundai just exclude whatever they want? The EPP I purchased was represented to me as a 100K mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    joseph_owens... The warranty is a contract. You are both bound by its terms. It covers what it covers and nothing more. Or less. Do you have a complete copy of it? Read it over very carefully. First couple steps I'd take are to discuss it with the dealership and get them to show you specifically where the item in question is NOT covered. And you can also call Hyundai's Customer Service number and discuss the issue with them.
  • The crankshaft position sensor is part of the engine, and I just had mine replaced at 57,000 miles due to the engine acting up and not letting me go above 3000 RPM in my 2000 GLS. This should be covered under the 10/100,000 powertrain warranty.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    In today's car section of the Omaha World-Herald, there is an ad for Stan Olsen Hyundai. They are offering the following monstrosity:

    "Luxury Choice--'03 Sonata Grand Touring Package, carriage roof and gold plating, exclusively at Stan Olsen". [No price given.]

    Run, don't walk, away from this beast and dealers that do this kind of auto malpractice. Can only imagine how garish it is and the markup. What a waste!
  • hjr2hjr2 Posts: 105
    1999 GLSV6, Ebony Black Sonata. Automatic, everything minus abs.
    it is about 6 weeks over 4 years old. 103,000 miles.
    Here is what I fixed out of pocket so far:
    1) Vapor recirculation thing for fuel tank(emissions control: cost was 350 dollars. I did get taken . Another place woul dhave done it for 100 dollars less).
    2) New Alternator at 99,000 miles a few months back.
    That was 550 dollars for everything.

    Not fixed(and will not be fixed. may get a cheap boom box with 150 watts/cd player, and plug into 12V outlet)
    Cd/Cassette player is dead.
    Only radio works. Was quoted 800-1000 dollars for new system to be ordered/installed!
    No "wrecks" at the "junk yard", either. I checked.

    I will keep the car until it is in bad shape, or I can afford a new car,again(in 4-5 years).
    I like it,still.

    Do not know what I will buy next time. I never know until the last moment(have owned Chevy,Nissan,Hyundai).
    If they have something that looks good, runs good, and fair priced, I will return. If I see something I like better, elsewhere, I will go there.
    I do like the Hyundai, though.
  • waxywaxy Posts: 8
    I bought a 2001 Sonata GLS V6 new just over 2 years ago and have been very pleased with performance to date. Now, with just over 40,000 kms (24,000 miles) on the odometer, I'm suddenly experiencing electrical system problems - very sluggish starter, clock auto-resetting to 1:00 o'clock, etc.

    The original battery is still in the car and I'm wondering what others may have experienced in terms of an effective lifetime for these batteries.

    Thanks, Waxy

    PS - BTW, I do try to conserve battery output but we've just finished with a long, hot summer and the air conditioning has been on a lot...
  • On my 2000 GLS the battery started going bad at 57,000 miles, but if you live in a colder climate that can shorten the life of the battery.
  • My family owns a 2000 Sonata V6 and it's got about 81000 kms. We experienced similar problem with the battery life (sluggish start mainly), and talked to our friend mechanic and informed us that Hyundai uses not so great battery, which lacks the power especially in brutal Canadian weather. New battery gives absolutely no problem and I'm glad cuz last Toronto winter was in one word BRUTAL!

    All in all, cars running flawlessly except for a CEL that we had about a year ago. Hopefully, the car will be good for another 100K.

  • Just referring back to several previous posts regarding brake performance.....

    I'm not gonna argue with anyone regarding stats in auto magazines.... I agree that the Sonata doesn't have the brake performance of a Porsche but it's not so bad that it would cause rear end collisions. Come on guys!!! Can't you guys judge distance?? Aren't you guys familiar with your cars limits by now?? I live in Toronto, Canada and I've faced 3 brutal Canadian winters with the Sonata without winter tires nor ABS. Did I have any single problem with the brakes? NOPE. It's all matter of judgement and with little precaution, accidents can be avoided. Don't blame your mistakes on the car.

  • I took delivery of a 2004 Sonata LX with the package 7 last week. So far all is good and I am really enjoying the car. Nice and smooth ride and loaded with more features then a Mercedes Benz.

    I do have a question about my floor mats. My Sonata is Desert Sand with the beige interior. It came with black floor mats. They look so out of place. I asked my dealer if it had the right colored floor mats and they said all the 2004's have black floor mats.

    I just don't like the look so I called the Hyundai customer service number. They of coarse did not have a clue on what colored floor mats my car was should have. All they would say is my dealer should order the correct color for an exchange.

    Did I get the incorrect color for my floor mats or is black they only color they come in?
  • The Elantra has color-keyed mats available (I have two sets), so I would imagine the Sonata does as well. Check the website, for confirmation.
  • I just got a post card saying my plates are in.
    So I will be heading back to the dealer in a couple of days. I will tell them again I got the wrong colored floor mats. Hopefully they will just order the beige colored ones and exchange them out. If not I might just buy the beige ones and keep the black ones around as a spare or for use during the winter. I was planning on ordering the cargo net anyway.

    I know for a fact that my Sonata came with the wrong mats. My dealer was still selling the 2003 models but I wanted the LX with package 7. So we had to drive up to the second lot. They just got the 2004's in and they have not even been prepared yet. They still had the plastic all over them. I had a choice between White Pearl, Slate Grey or Desert Sand. I thought the Desert Sand color was the most classy. As I was checking out the car for defects I noticed it had black mats sitting in the trunk.

    Of coarse I was so excited about buying the new car I forgot about the wrong colored mats. I mentioned it as the salesman was going over the checklist. That is when he said all the 2004's are coming with black mats. They stay cleaner. I kind of doubt that.

    Unfortunately it seems dealers are not very willing to fix anything after you sign the paperwork. Although the wrong floor mats is pretty obvious error.
  • I have an 03' sonata with beige mats (Car is pearl).
    I'll take those black mats off your hands if you want to get rid of them.
  • My 2000 GLS V-6 is in for its 60K check up and they recommended I replace the timing belt for $325.00 is this a little early in miles to be worring about a timing belt?
  • No, 60K miles is NOT too early! Better to do it when recommended (most cars require this at 60K) than to have it snap and damage key engine parts. This isn't like waiting another 1000 miles for your next oil change.
  • I have owned my 2004 Sonata LX for almost a month now. So far everything has been great and everyone loves the style. In fact a co worker went out and just bought one just like mine only a different color.

    I am currently trying to figure out if my Sonata is equiped with a cabin filter? I have been told that some have it and some don't. Mine is a fully loaded LX with the package 7. The owners manual talks about it but only says (IF INSTALLED). Not sure if it is related but I have the Type A auto climate control system.

    I believe on the 99-01 Sonata's the base did not have a cabin filter but the GLS and above models had it as standard. Not sure if this is the same for the 02 and above models.

    As a folow up on my floor matts my dealer exchanged them out with the proper color with out any hassle. However now that I had both colors installed the black was not half bad actually. It added a bit of contrast to the interior and they don't show dirt at all. Maybe I will order a set of black matts in the future.
  • ray_h71ray_h71 Posts: 212
    Yep! Only the base model Sonata lacks the cabin filter though it can be added just for the cost of a replacement filter element (~$35.00 U.S.). When I put one in my Sonata, the only sources I found were Kia and Hyundai dealers. The only complaint I have with these filters is that while they're apparently a HEPA-type*, they do not contain activated charcoal for odor control. (Stinky diesels still stink if you're behind one.)

    *I'm going strictly by the appearance of the filter medium compared with replacement HEPA filters used in residential forced air heating and air conditioning systems - no where on the Sonata's cabin airfilter or its shipping carton does the acronym, "HEPA", appear.
  • I've had my Sonata for about 9 months now and it's been a great car from day 1. I do 95% city driving and I get a consistent 20MPG. I have roughly 7800 miles on the car now and the only problem I've encountered was about 80 miles ago the engine light came on while I was driving the car and with that, whenever I applied the break or turned on the blinker, the "R" (reverse) light on the instrument panel came on. Took it to the dealer and they had to replace some switch (I forgot what its called) to fix the engine light problem and they found a faulty ground that they fixed which solved the "R" light problem. No charge, no hassles and the dealership was great. The other thing I have found with this car is that when you start the car in the morning, if you only let the car warm up for about thirty seconds, the transmission will have trouble shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear but if you let it warm up for about 90 seconds (longer in cold weather) the transmission will shift smoothly. Power wise, its no drag racer but has been more than adequate for my needs. Handling has been good but there is body roll in sharp turns. The ride is smooth, quiet and comfortable. My 9 year old daughter loves the fold-down center console in the back seat. The build quality is excellent. It really is a tight and solid car. When I had the car in the shop, the dealership gave me a Chevy Malibu as my loaner-car that had about 500 more miles on it than my car and the Malibu just didn't feel like it was put together as well as the Sonata. Now the question is; would I buy another Hyundai product? Answer: in a heartbeat!
  • Hi -

    Long time, no type.

    Purchased *TWO* identical Sonatas in early 2000. Year 2000 GLS V6 w/ package 13 (both).

    Here's the latest:

    (1) the plastic "shell" housing the wheel wells in the front - the right front (passenger side) is cracked. Oddly enough, this is considered "cosmetic," although the break allows water to spray into the engine compartment and the quarter panel under wet road conditions.

    Given the warranty considers this "cosmetic" and given water gets in, I gotta pay to fix it.

    (2) a bit of protective trim on the seat frame (driver's side front) is now peeking out from under the leather. Unfortunately, it does not want to go back under the leather.

    (3) the driver's side window regulator snapped - for the THIRD time, but the dealership decided to charge me $14 + tax to "lubricate" the window tracks: the broken regulator is still in the door. Had I checked the itemization at the dealer, I would have inserted my foot in the service idiot's anus.

    (4) developed a crack and some water in the passenger side headlight (suspect it's related to number 1 above).

    (5) have the warped break / rotor thing going on, despite the same situation being fine not-so-long ago.

    Ladies and gentlemen, after living with this car for nearly four years and watching it wear - AND while taking good care of both vehicles as far as general and preventative maintenance, I announce, with sorrow, I have concluded that the 2000 Sonata is a bit of crap (not to mince words).

    I loved the "tightness" and "quality" when it was new, but it seems to wear out *MUCH* too quickly.

    As for the plastic wheel well - this is the first time in my life I have *EVER* found a structural component of a vehicle to be considered a "wear part."

    Thus goes the story of my first two (and last two) Hyundais: next time, I'll pay too much for a Honda that's a bit more durable, crack-proof, and water-tight.

    You can bet I'm gonna raise hell on these issues, though: this is the stupidest situation I have encountered in 20 years behind the wheel of a car.

    *grumble, grumble, grumble*
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