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Hyundai Sonata changes you'd like to see



  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "What you smelled is NOT that of a NORMAL Sonata. Mine didn't smell of anything but that of a nice new car" ((

    Different folks' sniffers vary in sensitivity and who can dismiss that what some find really objectionable may be acting as an allergen for them?... The U.S. and Japanese automakers have indicated they're trying to control the new car cabin materials' odor with varying degrees of success, but I have the impression the Koreans haven't felt this is a priority. My '03 Sonata stank worse than any new car I remember having ever owned, especially the leather upholstery (somewhat reminiscent of several day old sun-dried mackerel during July or August...). But, the odor eventually dissapated.
  • ray - my only response would be to ask our 06-07 Sonata brethern if they had any issues with their new cars in terms of an unpleasant odor :confuse:

    I drove many a Sonata (2006's and 2007's) during my decision making process...two I4's and three V6's from three different dealerships. Never once did I encounter any type of odor but, who knows, maybe I am in the minority ;)
  • ctc1ctc1 Posts: 66
    My Korean made 2006 sonata had a strong chemical odor when new but went away quickly.
  • ctc1 - are you outside of the United States? I was unaware of any 06 Sonata's being manufactured outside of the Alabama factory for sale in the US.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    The I4 2006 Sonatas were shipped from Korea until around October 2005. So they could have the characteristic odor of the sealant that Hyundai uses on the undercarriages of cars shipped overseas, to protect from salt air. It goes away after a couple of weeks, in my experience.
  • Maybe your dealer was next door to a fish market?? :surprise:
  • billwardbillward Posts: 154
    The answers for your 2004 questions are:

    Yes, got 'em (I LOVE that feature)

    Um... If you mean does it have the Manumatic, yes. If you mean does it have a "Sport" setting for Drive, like an automatic Overdrive, no. But the Manumatic lets you drive it in a Sport Mode.

    Yes, that properly describes the center cupholders.
  • 1. heated mirrors
    2. memory seats
  • xj220xj220 Posts: 78
    I thought they had heated mirrors? If they don't then yes they need it. I don't care much for folded mirrors, but if the new Elantras have them, so should the Sonatas.

    Memory seats would be nice, but I think Hyundai made a good decision to put them exclusively on the Azeras. They need to justify the higher price tag because IMO I think the Sonata looks better and while the Azera has the bigger engine it sucks more gas and the Sonata's V6 engine is fast enough for me.
  • rhduke00rhduke00 Posts: 129
    Heated mirrors are standard equipment for all trim levels on both 2006 and 2007 Sonatas.
  • pekelopdpekelopd Posts: 139
    The heated mirrors are actived whenever you turn on the rear defroster, incase 'uwishu1' didn't know.
  • dncbdncb Posts: 70
    1. I'd like to see another two inches of seat bottom and slightly softer seats when leather is ordered. Not enough leg support.
    Digital speedo. Easier to read at a glance. Honda's got the idea with far front mounted digital - less eye diversion.
    2. I disagree with earier witer on red guages. Red is applicable to pilots where no other lights affect the eyes and pupils can open up. But that's not the case with autos because of headlights and other bright light sources that keeps the iris changing.
    3. With climate control, my AC compressor runs in all positions but bi-level and vent. User should be able NOT to have AC compressor running at ANY air position if desired for the added fuel mileage and lack of wear and tear on AC. Not everyone lives in a humid climate. I live in AZ.
    4. I hear creaks already. Defect or stiffer chassis needed?
    5. Current console armrest not accessible to shorter drivers with seat forward - even with slide. Replace with inboard padded, foldable armrests attached to seatback. Then console can be dedicated to function of storage/cupholders.
    5. All electric seats should have memory positions. That is an almost no-cost feature (switch and wiring about $4 cost) software almost free in main computer.
  • rhduke00rhduke00 Posts: 129
    Standard equipment changes on GLS and SE
    1. Tire pressure monitoring system
    2. Brushed aluminum inside door handles
    3. Eight way manual adjusting driver's seat like 07 Accent.

    Standard equipment changes on Limited
    1. Tire pressure monitoring system
    2. Brushed aluminum inside door handles
    3. Eight way power driver's seat and four way power front passenger's seat
    4. Better leather

    Optional equipment for GLS and SE
    1. Eight way power driver's seat and four way power front passenger's seat
    2. Telescoping steering wheel
    3. Leather seats and trim
  • I'd like to see the following as options for the Sonata. Most of these shouldn't add to much to the cost of the car.

    Radio Changes
    1. Move advanced radio steering wheel controls. (At least CD track & preset up/down)
    2. Aux Input to Radio (for DVD players, MP3 players, etc.)
    3. Optional HD and/or satellite radio
    4. Radio that picks up station names and song names, like GM cars do. (Very cool)
    5. Move radio where the vents are. It's hard to reach.
    6. Combine clock with radio.
    7. Optional DVD player in front head rests for rear passengers.

    A/C & Heat
    1. Rear vents in center console.
    2. Dual climate controls. Or at least some way to turn off the floor vents. That would be a cheaper solution.
    3. Dash vents that truly close.

    1. Steering wheel should be closer (or make telescoping an option.)
    2. Door locks while moving (should be configured by driver.)
    3. Different type of leather on steering wheel. (feels odd)
    4. When set to auto lights, lights should come on when wipers are on.
    5. Dim the cruise and fog light gauge lights a little. I keep thinking my brights are on.
    6. Beep when fuel is low.
    6. Ability to disable beep about seat belts.

    1. Rear cup holders next to center console or in passenger doors. (Just somewhere other than rear arm rest). Useless with 3 people riding in rear seats.
    2. Have the trip system also display tire pressure, temperature, direction, door lock options, etc.
    3. Move rear seat locks to trunk opening. Or a key version on rear deck.
    4. Power should stay on, until doors are opened. So that windows can still be rolled up, sunroof closed, etc.
    5. Interior lights should turn off automatically after so many minutes if door left open, etc.
    6. Brighter trunk light.

    1. Optional raised rear spoiler.
    2. More aggressive side appearance.
    3. Paint protectant around door handle to prevent paint scratches from rings, etc.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "I hear creaks already. Defect or stiffer chassis needed?" ((

    Unless welds are actually popping loose, perhaps not. Creaking may merely be a sign that Hyundai needs to take extra care in where and how cabling is being routed. I had some annoying creaking in the dash in my '03 Sonata, but they seem to've resolved themselves with time. I wouldn't have bet on that happening, but did time and gravity solve what the engineers weren't able to?
  • I have found that now the weather is VERY cold, I am getting creaking noises from my headliner. The headliner is glued by Hyundai with a clear silicone-based adhesive that does a very poor job of adhesion. If I push on the headliner, I can hear the same noises as I do when driving which made this an easy one to uncover the source.
  • dncbdncb Posts: 70
    The dealer found one of two creaks and I found the other. One was the weatherstripping on the sunroof to which the dealer applied some special lubricant. I expect that to be a temporary fix at best, although it did solve it for now. the other appears to be in the drivers seat back (internal, not the frame or mounting)and is reproducible by just leaning into the seat back slightly and then releasing pressure. I tracked it down when the other one was fixed and I could now hear the seat creak during deceleration or acceleration. The answer the dealer service manager gave me really made me mad. He said, "It might just be something you have to live with." As you may guess I will not settle for such an ignorant "go away and leave me alone" answer and got on the horn to Hyundai. Yesh! So much for competing with Honda and Toyota for build quality. I've had one each of them and neither saw the shop other than for PM service in 120K miles each.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Yeah, and I take issue that I have had to have two service bulletins applied on my 2006 Civic (6K miles)to correct specific noises (one rerouted and added a longer serpentine belt the other replaces a motor mount) AND both rear shocks leaked out and needed replaced under much for Honda build quality!!! This Civic has had more problems in under 7,000 miles than the last 2 Hyundai products I owned combined, a 2002 and 2003 Santa Fe..
    In keeping with the original intent of this thread I would like to see a remote starter added.
  • I would like to see the linkage re-programed so that one could start off more slowly. I believe this change would improve gas mileage, especially in city driving. It's too easy to start with a jerk now.
  • You are joking, right??? Try not tromping the accelerator to the floorboard. :confuse: ;)
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