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Hyundai XG300 and XG350



  • I'm surprised to see the mpg is that good on a 3.3L engine. I'm debating between the XG350 and the Sonata GLS V6. The XG has more features that I like than the Sonata but the Sonata has better mileage. I have a 2002 Honda Accord now and I've never really been impressed with it. I've had it for just under a year. Is the XG really comfortable? I'm almost 70 and figure this will be the last car I buy. I buy all my cars from Car Max and intend to get the next one there also. They don't have a lot of these in stock and in fact here in Nevada they don't have any at this time. Is the leather soft or stiff like some? I hate leather in Nevada but thats all that comes in it I guess. At least buying it used it should have all the bugs out of it. Their cars are like brand new with very low miles but very good prices. I've done the new car scene to many times to do it again. I'm curious about the mileage on that motor. I was afraid the 3.3 would be hard on gas. What grade of gas does it use? Thanks
  • Our XG350L has a 3.5L engine, which is very spunky. In Iowa, we always use the mid-grade ethanol (89 octane) blend, since it is cheaper than the low-grade gas. Most of our driving is open road between towns at 60 - 70 MPH as we always get mid-twenties. On pure highway, we get 26-28 with AC running. Around town, the MPG depends on your gas pedal practice. If you drive it like a Corvette, the MPG would likely be low teens.

    The leather is firm. I expected it to soften over time, but it has mostly stayed firm. My wife has a touchy back, and the comfort of the seats was a prime selection criteria for us. I do not know if leather was standard in the non "L" version of the XG350. The XG350L was the luxury version of the XG350.

    Good Luck !
  • I have been having a problem with the speedometer of my 2002 XG350 (90K mi) that I haven't seen on this forum. It started about a month ago with a bouncing needle that would occasionally drop to 0. When this would happen, it would confuse the cruise control generally shutting it off. It occasionally confuses the transmission, causing the car to buck a little. Recently the problem has become more consistent. The needle drops to 0 for a few minutes at a time at which point the odometer stops working. Also the cruise control no longer will turn on. I was wondering if anyone has any insight or experience on this issue. I have little failth in the local dealers and would like to go in with as much information as I can. Thanks, Vic
  • Last weekend while working in my garage the drivers side window rolled down by itself. The engine was off and keys were in the house. This has never happened before on my 2001 Xg300. Has anyone else seen this? :confuse:
  • Dear HSCRC
    I have a 2000 XG and had the same problem with the speedometer after I had replaced the valve body on the transmission. Some how the speedometer wire to the transmission was loose and that caused the problem. Make sure the wire is connected properly and good luck and take care.
  • My '92 Legacy finally bought the farm last month, and a friend who is a mechanic for a wholesaler found me a very clean, one-owner 2001 XG300 with 70K, which they had taken in trade at their retail dealership.
    I've now put 1500 miles on the car, and am very impressed. A little wind noise, a little rear-end thump over harsh roads (which I attribute to a somewhat soft suspension), but overall a very nice car. Perhaps the original owner got all the bugs out. My first tank was less than 18mpg, but the "fuzzy logic" adjusted to me after about 300 miles, and I'm now averaging about 23mpg.
    I've owned five Toyotas (all purchased new), a used Maxima and a used Subaru since 1974. The best of the bunch was my '87 MR2, which I ran 150K before it was stolen and stripped.
    I've now read about 1300 of the posts on this board. It appears that some have had some serious problems with their cars, but I learned a long time ago that the unhappy people want the world to know that they're unhappy, while the happy people don't say a word.
    No car company or car is perfect. My ex bought a '99 Outback. It seems that Outback clutches need to be replaced every 35K (at a cost of $600-$800). Subaru picked up half the tab on the first one (37K), but said tough luck after that. I've spoken with about six other people with the same problem (and reported it to NHTSA with no response), so it's not only Hyundai.
    So far I'm very satisfied with the XG. Fit and finish are excellent, the engine is more than satisfactory, and I feel I got a great deal.
  • I've finally read all of the messages in the forum, and would like to make a few observations. I've been in sales for about 25 years, but am also a consumer, so I think I can comment from both sides of the fence.

    1. The Samsung TV with the same features which cost $1000 less will probably not perform as well as the Sony.

    2. The GE wall oven with the same features will probably not be as reliable as the Thermador which cost $1500 more.

    3. If a company makes 100,000 of a product, and 5,000 have a problem, the only people who will post to a forum such as this one will be the ones with the problems. I learned a long time ago that happy people keep quiet, while those with a complaint want the world to know about it. I would love those who haven't had a problem to post here.

    4. Consumer Reports repair records are useless (see number 3 above). As a long-time subscriber I know that satisfied people never want to take the time to fill out the annual questionnaire.

    I'm not saying that those of you who have had problems (many of them serious) should be dismissed. I just wonder how many people haven't had problems, and how they feel about their cars.

    I've now driven my used XG300 for 1500 miles, and so far it's performed exceptionally well. Perhaps (with winter coming) I won't be able to say that 3 months from now, but for the moment I'm satisfied.
  • I have been hearing the same noise mentioned in message #1952 of 1974 for the last few days.
    I would like to know if anybody had any lock in identifying
    the source of the noise, I have 92500kms on the car.


  • I've had my first car (2002 Hyundai xg350) for about 2 months now and have noticed that it jerks sometimes.
    By that I mean that if I've stopped at a stop sign or a light and then go to accelerate, it kind of jerks a bit. After going to the dealership and having them drive the car and what not... they tell me this is all normal for an 'electronic' car and that I just have to get use to it and the way I drive it. :confuse:

    If anyone has ANY idea what I'm talking about or any comments or suggestions, PLEASE feel free to email me about it at PLEASE!

    I feel like a loser because it IS my first car and to be quite honest... I know a total of... NOTHING about cars in general. So any help would be greatly appreciated!!
  • Just thought the following info would be helpful. It is not guaranteed to be 100% correct. Corrections are welcome and will be updated later.


    Rog Dog


    A/C-HEATER CONTROLS 1064-68, 1114, 1127, 1151, 1155, 1157, 1160, 1164,
    1166, 1183, 1236, 1241, 1252-54, 1256-57, 1282, 1285, 1321-22, 1543-45, 1751

    AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT PROBLEMS 768, 770-774, 778-781, 783, 785-6, 788, 790,
    798, 802-810, 811-12, 832, 834, 844, 854, 879, 902-7, 910, 912-20, 921,
    945, 1080, 1082, 1089, 1110, 1115-20, 1123-24, 1174, 1176

    AIR FILTERS 1810

    ALIGNMENT ISSUES 1073, 1203, 1205, 1208-10, 1255, 1509, 1537, 1741, 1743-45,

    AUTO SEAT RETRACTION 198; 472-476, 817, 819-20, 1035, 1530, 1764

    AUTO SIDE MIRRORS 1133, 1142, 1528-30

    BRAKE PROBLEMS 587, 844, 879, 884, 1054, 1166, 1171-74, 1223, 1400-01,
    1495-1500, 1517, 1537, 1539, 1541, 1553, 1588-92, 1655, 1742, 1774-76, 1786,

    CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ..., 1442-43, 1517, 1539, 1546, 1787, 1821-22, 1834,

    CRUISE CONTROL PROBLEMS 400, 1151, 1155, 1157, 1303-05, ?1527?


    ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS 1149-50, 1151, 1176, 1229, 1235-36, 1239, 1252,
    1509, 1527, 1646, 1774-76, 1787, 1807, 1945

    EMISSION SYSTEM ISSUES 1509, 1650-51

    ENGINE PROBLEMS 1712-17, 1727

    EXTERIOR PAINT PROBLEMS 715, 718, 720, 1195-96, 1199, 1429-30, 1535,

    FLOOR MAT CLIPS 662, 673, 708, 720, 1031


    GASOLINE TYPE 1140-41, 1144, 1154, 1156, 1163, 1456-57

    HEADLIGHTS 1391, 1393-94, 1764, 1774

    HEAD RESTS 1167

    HESITATION WHEN COLD 691, 707, 1815-19, 1828, 1831, 1833, 1840, 1870-71,
    1874-75, 1883?, 1898, 1901-05, 1908-17

    HORSEPOWER FIASCO 1228, 1230, 1242-50, 1580-87

    IGNITION PROBLEMS 944, 1045, 1176, 1179, 1232

    LEAKING AROUND WINDOWS AND ELSEWHERE 1507, 1510, 1854, 1857,

    LURCHING WHILE BRAKES APPLIED 1809, 1820, 1825-26, 1840, 1852-53, 1858-60,
    1864, 1869-70, 1899-1900, 1919-21, 1925, 1935-39

    MILEAGE QUESTIONS 1145-47, 1155, 1157, 1739-40, 1748-50, 1752-54, 1845-46,


    MUD FLAPS 561; 563, 664

    NOISE PROBLEMS 1080, 1221-22, 1233, 1259, 1306, , 1312-13, 1318, 1334-35,
    1349, 1383, 1539, 1541, 1545


    RADIO PROBLEMS 587, 673, 683-685, 1088, 1227, 1764, 1945

    RECALLS 1081-82, 1084-86, 1089

    REMOTE FOB (RANGE) 1180, 1238, 1398, 1431-32, 1534

    RUST???? 1522-24

    SPARK PLUGS 1896-97

    STALLING or STUMBLING 1727-30, 1847

    SWAY BAR & BUSINGS 1101, 1184-86, 1509


    THROTTLE INFO 790, 1176, 1359-60, 1374-75, 1527, 1591-92, 1647-49, 1653,
    1655, 1662-63, 1669, 1676, 1678, 1700-05, 1718-19, 1732-36, 1766-73, 1778,
    1780-83, 1793-94, 1837, 1848-49, 1873, 1899-1900

    TIRE ISSUES ..., 1547, 1691-92, 1700, 1737-38, 1761-63, 1799, 1808, 1812-14,

    TIMING BELT ...1681, 1940-44

    TRACTION CONTROL 817-19, 822, 831-32, 835-838, 1335, 1363, 1366-69,

    TRANSMISSION ISSUES 633-636; 638; 645, 673-679, 686, 688-689, 701, 707,
    710, 1032, 1036-39, 1041-44, 1046, 1047-48, 1050, 1055, 1062-63, 1071-71,
    1074-76, 1078, 1084-1086, 1089, 1121-22, 1127, 1139, 1166, 1169, 1171, 1172-73,
    1176, 1178, 1189, 1221, 1239-1240, 1280-81, 1283-84, 1288, 1298, 1306-07, 1332,
    1337, 1365, 1447, 1462, 1475, 1509, 1519-20, 1527, 1545, 1555, 1653, 1655, 1700-05,
    1746-47, 1751, 1755-56, 1758-60, 1766-73, 1778, 1780-83, 1793-94, 1805, 1807,
    1837, 1850, 1918-19

    TRIP COMPUTER 1087, 1113, 1143, 1169

    TRUNK HINGES 410-420

    USED 1168

    VALVES, SELF ADJUSTING(?) 1134-35, 1221-22

    VIBRATION 1171, 1174-76, 1319, 1323, 1343-46 (fixed), 1537, 1788, 1806

    WARRANTY TRANSFER!!!??? 1633, 1658-60

    WIND NOISE 573; 574, 708, ?768, ?879, 1110, 1174, 1187-89, 1306

    WIND SHIELD WIPER SPEED 487; 618-619

    WINDOW CONTROL PANEL 673, 720, 1263, 1266, 1509
  • I had this same problem w/my 2003 XG 350L. My speedometer wouldn't let me go over 40 mph for over 10 miles, then the speedometer needle went to 0 and wouldn't move. Next, my odometer quit, too. This all happened one mile before I hit 60,000 (warranty out after the 60). I fought the dealership on this one and won after many phone calls to Service Mgr. and Gen. Mgr. I ended up having the speed sensor replaced and haven't had this problem since. Unfortunately, since turning 67,000 miles.......I am having many problems one thing right after the other...Getting ready to trade it in for something that is not as costly as this car has been with all of it's service recommendations. Very expensive to have your plugs and wires changed out... $156 in parts...4 hrs. labor at $80...I'm tired of this car which has become a money pit after hitting 67,000 miles. Get your speed sensor checked (it has to do with the c. control, too)
  • My 2003 XG 350L does this continually for the past year and a half. I am now reaching 68,000 miles and it seems one thing after another keeps going wrong with this car.... Trading it in since it has become a money pit.
  • My 2003 XG is at the dealership now having plugs and wires changed. Very expensive labor that takes 4 hours. The upper plinium (sp?) must be taken off and the tech has alot of work to just get to the plugs and wires. $157 in parts...with 4 hrs. labor... Battery went out while he was doing this work, then three hours later they called to say that my driver's airbag module has gone out..Wondering if they shorted this out somehow??? The new module is $500 without tax or labor... I can't afford this and the module wasn't out when I took the car in for service. Any ideas of how this module just happened to go out when I just had a new battery put in or is this just a coincident?
  • I had the exact same thing happen with my 2003 XG. They replaced the speed sensor that has to do with the cruise control. Tech should be careful not to knock anything loose on the a.conditioner. This happened to me and I had to take it back due to something not being put back properly.
  • jaymagicjaymagic Posts: 309
    Finally traded my pearl white 02 XG350L (76K miles) on an 07 Azera Limited with the Ultimate package. Other than finding out very early that if you don't unstick the wipers when iced you will blow a fuse, I had no problems with any features or functions on my XG. Only thing that ever needed replacing was a head light bulb (luckly just under 50K miles).

    My only complaint ever with the car, was the worthless Michelin tires that came with it. Had to replace those squeeling bad boys at just over 20K. Went to Kumho Ecsta ASX and never looked back. In winter I had studded Hankooks. Better than 4 wheel drive.

    Really enjoyed my XG, but wow driving the new Azera makes up for it.
  • Well I bought my 2001 xg300 sight unseen and without even driving it for several reasons 1. The reviews.Consumer reports were favorable at this time2. The warranty. After working in the automotive most of my years I wanted a car for my wife that all I had to do was change oil. 3. The price. Window stickered for 25k and I got it for 20k.
    4. Interest rate. At the time it was .9% with no one else offering this kind of rate at the time. Now five and a half years later one thing is for sure, I will never buy another green car. I would say another Hyundai but there is no way they could stay in business if all their cars were as bad as mine. To start off since the day we got it the radio will come on by itself but of course it works fine for the dealer. The trunk has opened by itself along with the doors locking by themselves and the passenger mirror moving on its own but always works fine for the dealer. The surging problem I had too and wound up being a short in the wiring. The transmission had to be replaced but it took 4 times to the dealer before that happened. First time the fluid was burnt and they said that was why the trans shuddered so I changed filter and fluid. Second time fluid burnt and they said that was because I did nit flush it so I paid them to flush it. Keep in mind I know that extreme heat is the only thing that will burn the fluid but what can you say. Third time trans is shuddering on 3-4 shift but fluid not burnt yet so dealer informs me of tsb and flashes ecm. Forth time trans now shudders from 4-5 and dealers says nothing wrong so I inform them of tsb that says to replace trans which they finally do. Are you starting to get the picture. It took three times taking it in to get the compressor replaced because the car would slow down 5mph when the ac kicked on. Today I picked it up from the dealer after 19 days there getting stuff fixed and now the radio acted up for them but it only has a two year warranty. I had the timing belt replaced because of a growling noise and I am glad I did. The tech pulled the top cover off and it was very loose. When paying they had us sign a document that we were the original owners which we thought we were at least that is what our finance contract with the dealer said but we found out that there was a previous owner and that means no 100k eng/pt warranty. Any lawyers out there? So you get alot for your money on this car used considering its resale value sucks but I still would not own another one.
  • My '05 XG350 had another incident of not going over 5 miles per hour/refusing to rev past 1K recently. As before, when I took it in there were no codes to be found, and no records of anyone else having this type of problem. My paperwork noted "Could not Duplicate." I was expecting this, but still was irritated, since I know several of us on this forum have taken our cars in with the same problem. So I called Hyundai Consumer Affairs and so far am pleased with their response. A district service manager is coming to town this week to look at the car. My local service manager may never speak to me again. I'll keep you posted. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had their problem fixed. Thanks.
  • hscrchscrc Posts: 5
    This happened to me on my 2002, which currently is approaching 100k Miles. I shut the car off for a few minutes, re-started it, and it was fine. It happened just after the car turned 60K mi., and I was charged $100. to be told that, "we really don't know what's wrong with your car." The problem has never recurred. I tend to think of it as maybe a computer freezing up and needing to be restarted. No big deal unless it happens in the passing lane on a highway. I also have a 2005, with 22k miles, that has had no issues (yet) whatsoever. Good luck with yours. Vic
  • Well, it's been a few weeks now and so far so good. The regional service manager brought a flash drive containing a fix for the XG's "linear" movement. It is supposed to cure everything from the jumpy accelerator to the not wanting to go more than five miles per hour problem. So far the car is behaving better than it did when it was new. So there's hope after all. The service bulletin is brand-new for this month, so your service department may have to do a little research. I'll keep you posted.
  • shumandushumandu Posts: 7
    My friend I am experiencing the same issues. I showed this thread to my dealer service rep and he was very interested to know what region you are in and what dealership you use. He knows the seriousness of this problem and would like to resolve it for me. He says my computer is flashed to the latest revision, and can not find a bulletin regarding a fix for "linear movement". This is the second time I have it in the shop, the first time the engine light came on they only found "Ghost Codes" they cleared it and sent me on my way. It happened again this weekend. The transmission won't shift out of first, it starts to break up and buck at about 2 grand on the tach. I noticed that if I put it in the manual shift slot and kicked it into 2nd gear myself it would then run fine. When I shut the car off and re started it the engine light remained on but the problem went away. I would really appreciate your help. If my dealer can contact your Regional Hyundai Service Manager he may be able to identify the fix and help me and others.
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