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Hyundai Sonata Owners Meet the Members

Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Sonata!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

Tuesdays:
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

-or-

Thursdays:
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
Host
Owner's Clubs

Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

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Comments

  • Karen,

    Thank you,,,, My name Nuance Hope to meet new friends and share their exp with their Sonatas.

    Nuance
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    Hello, my name is Paul (Astrol). This is very cool. Sonatas finally rate an owners club!

    My wife and I own two Sonatas. One is a '95 base sedan with automatic which is my daily ride. It currently has 113+K miles. The other is a '00 GLS w/pkg 13, also automatic, with my wife being the daily driver. It has just over 24K miles since July 20, '00.

    I look forward to discussing the new '02 Sonata design and engineering, among other things. It may well be the seminal car design which lets Sonata finally run with the big boys.
  • mave01mave01 Posts: 1
    Hi, everyone. It is great to have a sonata club finally. Sure I'll come here very often.
    My name is maverick and this is the first time for me to post something in town hall. Now I am seriously searching for a new car and looks like 2002 sonata will be the exact choice. I just wonder how much I need to pay for this pretty baby. I know the 01 can be get at really low price but how about this new one? Do I need to pay something near MSRP? Any idea will be appreciated.
  • lanman2lanman2 Posts: 13
    Good Afternoon, Everyone!

    I agree with Paul, this definitely is very cool. I'm Ron, and have been reading and contributing to the Sonata postings for years. As a member of the Sonata owner's community I've been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time.

    My family has owned the following 4 Sonata's:
    1997 Special Edition; 1997 GLS, Loaded; 2000 Base, (a Fleet Model that has many extras); 2001 GLS, Pkg 13, loaded.

    My wife's Special Edition was traded for the Fleet Model. Our daughter started driving my 97 GLS when we purchased the 2000 GLS.

    All 4 cars have been virtually trouble free, and we have accumulated total mileage in excess of 175,000 miles.

    I purchased the Fog Light Kit and a "Waterfall" grill from Focus Hyundai in Canada for the 2000 GLS. Focus Hyundai was very professional and knowledgeable. Installation was very straight forward. Sonatafan's Web Site has been very useful, and I thank him for his effort.

    Last Wednesday, while the dealer performed Oil changes on the 2000 models, our daughter decided to trade her '97 Sonata for a 2001 Tiberon! The Tiberon certainly is sporty, and she absolutely loves it!

    Many people complain about resale value. She was able to get almost $8000, trade-in. Considering the Sonata was over 4 years old, with 62K+ miles, we felt that was very good.

    Enough of my rambling ... Thank you for all of your past posting, and the friendly tips. I look forward to future posts.
    LANMAN2
  • dougndodougndo Posts: 132
    Hey, everyone, it's great to have a place to call home. My name is Doug, and I have a 2001 GLS Leather. It's black, and it's a beauty.

    While I, too, am excited about the 2002 makeover, I don't want the rest of us to be left behind. I'm looking forward to making improvements to my 2001 that'll keep it in a class by itself, like performance, sound, security, comfort, and styling mods.

    Here's to a good time for all of us!
  • drimpledrimple Posts: 47
    Our entry into the owner's club is only a year late! If anyone remembers, when the idea first came up, we were fourth in line, but somehow things got bogged down.

    I purchased a light moss 2000 GLS back in March 2000. Its up to 27,200 miles now and the only problem so far has been the recall work. The wife and I love taking the car on long trips, hence the big mileage despite having a 25 mile round trip commute to work.
  • Glad to see this site.My name is Bruce and I live in the San Francisco bay area. Bought a 2001 GLS V6 w/leather, spoiler, pkg 13 in pearl white. Only have 1,100 miles on the car since end of April. Had to use up miles on a 98 Camry lease. I look forward to everyones comments about their car, good or bad.This exchange of information helps us enjoy our cars even more.
    Regarding the 2002 Sonata, very awesome. This is a good place to use the word "breathless" to describe its beauty.
    Happy Motoring !
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    Hello everyone!

    I've added another discussion to the club.

    Sonata Owners: What did you pay?

    Anything else?

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • sonatafansonatafan Posts: 171
    Hello I'm Nick a.k.a. Sonatafan.

    I own a `00 cypress green 4 cyl Sonata that I purchased back in January of 2000. Wow has it really been that long??? I'm happy as can be with my Sonata it hasn't let me down!

    I'm pretty busy in my life outside the `net but I'm always willing to help anyone who needs it here!

    Also, YAY we finally got this thing going! I guess drimple and I are off the hook for being moderators?!?!
  • Hello, my name is Brian, and I purchased my Sonata back in Feburary. I have a 2001 GLS V6 with Leather and the moonroof. It is Pearl White with tan interior. Since I bought it I have purchased the super bright blue xenon headlights, had the windows tinted with 20% all the way around including the front eyebrow. Also I have purchased super bright backup lights, had a keyless entry and alarm installed and purchased ventsheild window visors that I ordered teh factory paint and had painted to match the car. I also have a k&N air filter (soon to be replaced with a filtercharger style filter) and various stereo upgrades. Also I had purchased the taillight chrome trim. I am extremely pleased with the car (the best I have had yet) my only problem being that my headliner right behind my moonroof started to sag but the pins just let loose and I repaired it no problem. I take it drag racing for kicks sometimes. It does the 1/4 in about 17sec. I did have a question, does anyone know of any sites to get aftermarket performance or appearance accesories other than hdkautosports? If you do, let me know by e-mail at maxx@sgi.net. I will check back with the page here periodically. Thanks everyone.
    Brian
  • waxywaxy Posts: 8
    Thanks KarenS for organizing this Sonata Owners page. As a recent buyer of a 2001 GLS V6 w/leather, black exterior, beige interior, sunroof, etc., I'm particularly interested in any problems/solutions people have had with their Sonatas. Also, living in an area which experiences both very cold & snowy winters and hot summers, I'm interested in any special actions folks have carried out to preserve their Sonatas in extreme weather conditions.

    Regards, Eric (Waxy)
  • The only special treatment I give my Sonata in the winter is to wash it every week instead of every other. They salt the roads here in Wisconsin, so I get my Sonata washed every week to keep the salt from building up and rusting my beautiful light moss beauty.
  • I'm a first time owner as of yesterday. I love my car all ready. Its slate gray with black leather. No accessaries ( not even floor mats ) for 18,400 plus ttr etc... I know I paid a little high, but wanted it. MSRP is around 19,400 I believe. The climate control is a great feature and although the automatic shift is gimicky, I like it ( not a great standard driver ). Anyway, nice to be part of the club.
    Mike
  • sjoosjoo Posts: 7
    Hi, I am the proud owner of 2000 sonata v6 GLS/pkg 13. It's pearl white. I bought my car in april,2000. It has 23,000 miles. I still love my car. Happy to be the club member.
  • Hello everybody, this is my first time here, just finished registering here. I am the proud owner of a '00 Sonata GLS in Brilliant Silver with the moon roof and cassette/CD player. I got this car in January 2000 and its the best car I ever had. The ride is great and the engine is super quiet with 11+k miles. I know that might not seem like a lot of driving, since I use this car to and from work, which is only two miles from my home. I use it on the weekends sometimes as well. I like the fact that Hyundai has the best warranty in the industry, since I had a recall (mass air flow sensor),which gives great peace of mind. I got pin striping on the car, windows tinted and Ventvisors for the windows. My co-workers love this car, in fact, my next door neighbor,who has a beat up 1981 Chevy Van, is willing to buy my car from me. Well, he may very well be in luck, since I saw the '02 Sonata. I am definitely getting this car, but will wait for now, since I want to put away enough money for a significant down payment and waiting for rebates/incentives. My eyes popped out of the sockets the first time I saw the '02 Sonata. At first I thought it was a Jaguar when I saw the back end with the new round tail lights, but I also noticed that only the inner lights are activated, the outer ones don't even light up unless the parking lights are on, what gives with that? And I was completely amazed with how the front end was redone. I have noticed some other suble changes between the '00 and the '02. The window buttons are a little more easier to grab, the door handles have a notch on the right side on each door, the release button for both the trunk and fuel door are on the driver's door panel instead of on the floor next to the driver's seat. And I especially like the pistons when opening the trunk and hood, especially since that does away with the rod to hold up the hood, which was a nuisance. What more can I say about the car? My wife loves it and can't wait to see it in our driveway. I should point out she also drives a Hyundai, a 2001 Elantra GLS in Champaign with the moonroof and CD player. She had a '99 Elantra, but after having the transmission replaced three times, we both gave the district manager and the dealer a hard time and threatened them with the lemon law if they did not provide us with a new model. They sympathized with us and gave us a new one at dealer cost, how about that? I'm happy to say that even just after seven months and 4+k miles, the Elantra runs great, transmission and all. One more thing I'd like to add about the '02 Sonata, I love how the alloy wheels look on the GLS and LX models, gives the car a true European look, although I feel that despite the increase in tire size, from 15 to 16 inches, the tires should be P21560R16 instead of P20560R15, which would give the Sonata better handling in curves and hug the road better, but I think I can live with the way it is. My next car: '02 Sonata LX in Ardor Blue with the moonroof and ABS and Traction Control next summer or fall. Good things come to those who wait.
  • Hi, my name is Mike. I bought a '01 GLS leather pkg 13 gray/gray. Really love the car so far. My folks have a 2000 Lincoln LS and IMHO don't think it rides as nice as the Sonata. I live in FL so I had windows tinted. I bought car in VA while stationed there. Dealers locally in FL were not offering much of a deal. Got mine for 18K out the door from no-haggle dealer (Hall Hyndai in Hampton)Very pleasant experience compared to my attempt at getting deal in FL. FL dealer "willing" to give me cloth GLS with keyless entry for 17,700. Price in VA for pkg 13 was 16,990.
    Would be interested in adding fog lights. How much of a hassle is installation? Best place to get them? Appreciate any info. Thanks.
  • Hello everyone! After 25 yrs of owning mostly Toyotas, I am really inclined to get the 2002 Sonata. I can get a top of the line Sonta for less than a bottom line Camry. And, I would like to have a nice interior for once. Question, of course, is reliability. I know the Camry will get me to 100,000 with little or no money beyond routine maintenance ... will the Sonata?

    Also, the warranty is great, but I don't want to have the car in the shop even if it's covered. Like my medical insurance covers open-heart surgery, but I don't want the surgery.

    What do you suggest? I am really torn between a fully-loaded Sonata with an $18,000 sticker and a bottom line Camry with a $22,000 sticker.

    Thanks! Robin-Marlena
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    Have you driven both cars of choice? If not, I suggest you do so. Drive the exact Camry model you can afford first---then the loaded Sonata model of choice.

    I'll bet you dimes to dollars you will like the Sonata better, not just because of the many options for the money.

    As far as longevity is concerned, these cars keep getting better and better and whatever shortcomings in quality there may still remain are more than made up for by the warranty and initial cost savings. I have owned problem Toyotas
    which required major replacements like Alt/Generator just before warranty expiration, complete brake rebuilds with less than 38K mi. on the odo., etc.

    Our '00 GLS is humming along at 27K+ mi. and is my wife's daily drive. It is the safest, most luxurious car for the money you could ever find when fully optioned. You will swear it is a mini-Lexus. The KEY is to have a good dealership for service. Hyundai is currently in the process of getting better service facilities and attention from dealerships, especially in the routine maintenance area. They tend to rank slightly above average on other repairs.

    Our fully optioned GLS has everything except rear spoiler and we never tire of hearing people remark how fine a car it is. See post #3 on this subject and also #1 in 'what did you pay' for particulars.

    Good Luck either way.
  • d1girld1girl Posts: 4
    As of 10/13/01, I am the proud owner of a 2002 Sonata LX, Desert Sand, option 5, leather interior, sunroof, wind deflector, and floor mats. Oh my gosh! I love this car. And I want to thank all of you for helping me make the decision to buy this Golden Beauty. After reading all the reviews and comments written, I basically purchased it, sight unseen (aside from online and tv). And what a sight it is...I have actually watched people walk by and do double takes. It's soooo cool!! Thanks again, and I'm glad to be a part of the 'family'.
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