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Hyundai Sonata 2006-2007



  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    I looked at, and drove, a 2007 Camry LE 4-cylinder this past Saturday. The interior is certainly a step-up over the previous generation Camry, and the engine is fine. But, what I can't get over is the looks. The front-end is - IMO - UGLY, and the rear-end not far behind in that department.

    I fully realize that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and everyone has a different opinion, but I just can't accept the looks of the new Camry. I will stick with my original decision to buy a new Sonata.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    "Meateater" seems to be the self-designated Hyundai basher across all of Edmund's forums. This is the same type of person that bashed Datsun (Nissan), Honda, and Toyota when they first hit the American market.

    I've owned a Nissan, several Hondas, and a few Toyotas, but the Hyundai I own now was perfect out-of-the-box when delivered by the selling dealer, and as reliable as any of the Japanese marques. Some pople just don't seem to understand that the paradigm is always changing. I remember the time when people laughed at you in the early '70s for driving a Honda.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same!
  • vhreb123vhreb123 Posts: 83
    At how much miles do you really see improvements in MPG?
    Does anybody know?

    Example: Honda motors are usually after 5,000 miles
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Oh I don't know about that. Hyundai is getting a better and better reputation. I know a few people who are considering replacing their Honda for a Hyundai. Hyundai is making believers out of people.

    Its just that there are some closed minded people out there that won't consider them.

    Test drive one and find out about them.

    I am hoping to put 200K on mine, so far so good.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    People do distrust the name.

    Ah people distrust the name, thats why their sales have been going up.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • bobflbobfl Posts: 19
    I also went to test drive a 2007 Camry and just could not get past the looks, It was ugly at both ends and I really did not like the slab sided look with no rub strips. A few weeks in the local parking lots and it will look like h--l! the Sonata looks much better.
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    And the second main goal is....?

    People do distrust the name. Where've you been? Cause if they didn't Hyundai wouldn't have to run its damage control offensive along with buying market share with giveaway prices.

    Name recognition is the second goal, as I stated.

    You sound like a person who has never driven a Sonata. Do yourself a favor and go treat yourself! :D

    "Experienced marketing professionals know that 10% of the people like everything, and 10% of the people like nothing".
  • cumptrnrdcumptrnrd Posts: 52
    I think my manual says every 7500 miles...
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    Well, to each his own I guess. I think the 2007 Camry is a vast improvement over the 2006! Still, my 2006 Sonata LX is better looking than either Camry IMO.
  • pocono35pocono35 Posts: 89
    1. 'People(Do distrust the name)'

    Your logic doesn't equate with market sales figures. More people bought Hyundai's and Kia's in the United States in 2005 than any other import other than Toyota, Honda and Nissan. I suppose that because Hyundai/Kia outsold Suburu, Mazda, BMW, Volvo, Mercedes and EVERY OTHER IMPORT, that 'People' distrust their name more.

    'Buying market share with giveaway prices' - Your alluding to 'dumping', and since the FTC recently approved Hyundai and Kia's license to sell automobiles for 2006 in the US, it makes your analysis inaccurate.

    'Buying Market Share' - Market share is always for sale

    'Giveaway Prices' - Prior to the onslaught of Japanese dominance, the upstart Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan/Datsun, Suburu and Mazda were all blamed for 'giving away' their cars, which by the way were autos people chose to purchae and were not forced to purchase, to gain a foothold in the market. These terms were used in the 70's and 80's when marketshare was shifting and change was underway.
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    'Giveaway Prices'

    I don't think Hyundai is giving away cars. I think they decided to use the Sonata to attack that price bracket, which is positioned a tad higher than the compacts but lower than all the other well-heeled family sedans (mom cars). I believe they will keep the Sonata in that bracket permanently. I think the new billion dollar, super-efficient assembly plant in Alabama results in Sonata's low price, not any great sacrifice by Hyundai.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    attests to the buying intelligence of the American people. Kudos to them for not listening to all this crap constantly being spewed out about the Korean automobile product.

    I love the Kia brand and I also am getting quite enamored with the Scion brand from Toyota. Keeping an open mind about cars is the smartest way to go. I'm glad I didn't stay in this funky shell buying American cars only.

    That would have been tragic. And I would not have been Tragically Hip, either. Rock it boys! ;)

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • jeffcjeffc Posts: 16
    Does anyone else notice that the ride, especially on concrete roads is a little "jiggly"? I live in the Chicago area, and and on roads like I-355 the car seems to get into a rhythmic jiggle. Maybe this is what Consumer Reports was talking about in their review that there are frequent body motions as the speed increases? I have a GLS-V6. I do not remember this on my 01 GLS, which seemed a little smoother. Tire pressure is kept at 30psi.

    No real problems, though I have only put 2000 miles on it since I bought it in Nov. Just the items mentioned in other posts ( gas sloshing noise, suspension noises etc)I love the car however, and for the price it can't be beat. I still think it is one of the best looking cars on the road ( again, just my opinion).
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    I drive the interstates in the Chicago area quite often, and I find a certain rhythmic "jiggle" as well, but this is with my Grand Caravan ES - a very long wheelbase vehicle compared to my Hyundai. In many cases, I think it's the roads, not necessarily the car.
  • Yes. DO check the tire pressure. I just took delivery of my Sonata GLS and all tires were @ 50 PSI!! I aired them down to 30 PSI as listed on the label inside the driver's door. The ride is definitely smoother. The dealer is suppose to check this as part of their prep but most do not. The Infiniti M45 I bought last summer also had the tires over inflated. I guess it is better for shipping purposes otherwise I see no reason for it.
  • cumptrnrdcumptrnrd Posts: 52
    Anyone out there know where I can get a box of Mobile 1 for cheaper than $5.50/bottle? Or maybe even Royal Purple??
  • cumptrnrdcumptrnrd Posts: 52
    And any recommendations on oil filters and where I could get them? Or are the factory ones pretty good?
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    Wal-Mart sells 5W-30 Mobil 1 for around $20 for a 5-quart container.
  • tb88tb88 Posts: 242
    ... all tires were 50PSI.

    Mine too... and that is why I am reluctant to trust service... any service... done by dealerships... aside from being exorbitant!
  • 91escort91escort Posts: 2
    I had a '97 Sephia that was awesome...great power, comfortable, wonderful car...I got so sick of reading all the industry auto mags trashing Kia...since then, they have improved immensely...unfortunately, my Kia's tranny went because I drove it in NYC, murder on 'em...I always loved that car, and I never will buy into hype of criticisms of Korean cars.
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