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Hyundai Sonata 2005 and earlier



  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi Nvbanker,
    Is it necessary to change timing belt during 60k serice. Is it ok to do this in next 90k service.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    90,000 is usually the belt upgrade in most cars. Check your manual - but if it doesn't say to do it at 60,000, then you will be fine. The valve clean up is a scam - you don't need that. IF the car is running well, just drive it. You'll be fine.
  • rhduke00rhduke00 Posts: 129

    The owner's manual for the 2000 Sonata says to replace the timing belt at 60,000 miles. Since you already have over 67,000 miles on your car, I would recommend getting it changed ASAP. If the belt should break, the likely result would be major engine damage due to the engine being an interference engine.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi rhduke,
    Is it mandatory to change the belt. I would like to use this car for next 6 months and upgrade?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Is it mandatory to change the belt. I would like to use this car for next 6 months and upgrade?

    rhduke is absolutely right! If that's a 60,000 mile belt, it's at risk to break any day now, and when that happens, you'll break every valve in that engine, and need a complete upper teardown of the engine and rebuild to fix it. Want to risk that, then don't change it and cross your fingers- you may make it. But if you don't, you're gonna regret it. I would either dump the car right now, or change the belt, if it were me.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Spoke to serviceman at freeman hyunda, irving, texas. They are going to charge 400$ for changing timing belt. Would like it to get it done as not in hurry to get the new car. Want to keep this for some more time before buying new or better car. Thanks for your inputs.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    FWIW, I think you're doing the right thing...
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Nvbanker and Rhaduke,
    Thanks for your information. Today got timing belt replace. They did replace some other belt also for around 450$. Car looks ok now. I should able to use it for some more time.
    Today, i happen to go to Honda dealer. They are offering Accord at very good price. But, they are ready to give only 3K to my Sonata. Sorry to post about Accord in Sonata forum.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's ok. But why are you shopping it now, when you just got your timing belt?
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi Nvbanker,
    I heard about accord deals after replacing timing belt. Anyway, now sonata looks ok. Currently it has 67k miles. What is the typical life of sonata. Does it run for 100k without any issues? Would like to move to new car once i am sure of staying longer here.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    All I can tell ya, is that I've bought & sold tons of them, and never had a bad one yet. They're not the Hyundais of the 90's anymore, they're great solid cars. Japan should be very frightened. They still have an edge - but it's going away fast, and I don't think GM or Ford have any edge over Hyundai anymore. I expect your Sonata to run 100,000 miles with minimal problems. Please let me know if I'm wrong - but I've never had a customer come back to me cussing their Hyundai.
  • ctc1ctc1 Posts: 66
    Stopped at local dealer today to look at recent trade ins and he had at least a half dozen elantra's and sonata's with 150000+ on them in his lot.Must mean something.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi Nvbanker,
    Some times, i am not able to start the car. After turning the key, it just chuckles. I am able to start after couple of attempts. I am not able to replicate this. I can see batter indicator on.
    I even did run it though service man when i went to change my timing belt. They said, they have cleaned some wire which is connected to batter. Everything is ok. In their report, they said battery is very good.
    Do you think, i need to turn the key fast for engine to start. Do you have any idea.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Any help on this?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Try posting here: "No Start" Problems. It's not specific to Sonatas, but neither are starting problems!

    Meanwhile maybe someone here will have an idea for you.

    Good luck - let us know how it turns out.
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for you reply. I have posted it in that respective thread.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It's your battery. Just change it out. It's not that expensive. Less than $100 easy....
  • rustumrustum Posts: 100
    Hi Nvbanker,
    Thanks for your reply. I took the car to walmart battery section. He told me that battery and alternator are good. It might be starter. It is working fine for last 3-4 days. But once is a while i am not able to start at first go.
  • Hey all -

    Have not been posting (or reading) much, as per Astrol some pages back.

    I bought TWO new Hyundai Sonatas in 2000 - both with package 13. I just noticed this post, (below) and had to comment:

    #2720 of 2930 Re: '00 GLS problem solved [astrol] by roadpilot3 Dec 09, 2004 (8:57 am)
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    Replying to: astrol (Dec 08, 2004 10:34 pm)

    I had to replace the crank sensor also on 2000 gls Sonata at 60000 miles. A co worker with the same car also needed to have his replaced. Seems it happens quite often.

    I did the same on one vehicle - as that problem existed from day of delivery. And that same problem was never fully corrected.

    The other car had paint start to peel.

    While Hyundai is great for inexpensive transportation, my experience with Hyundai is that the long-term quality is simply NOT there: Hyundai is still a "disposable car."

    Or, symbolically, this: :lemon:

    Not, of course, for the first five years when the warranty covers everything except the radio, tires, and wipers.

    After pumping way-too-much money in keeping the Hyundais maintained, I purchased a 2007 Accord I-4 and a 2007 CRV I-4 FWD last month.

    More expensive than Hyundai, but the difference in build quality is quite evident.

    Which means, after 7 years, I say good-bye to this forum and go to Honda.

    Shame - I really loved my Sonatas at first. But that relationship soured with the endless, expensive repairs despite doing routine care religiously.

    Good luck to you all!
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    My Sonata is the GLS Special Value trim. It has all the features of the LX (now Limited) with the exception of Leather seats and power driver seat. (The alloy wheels are also a different style from either the LX or GLS.)

    The MSRP late in the model year was the same, but there was about a $500 difference in dealer invoice. I've got to believe the Special Value, with all its extra features, has to be worth more as a used car than a standard GLS.

    Heated seats, homelink/auto dimming rear view mirror and auto climate control must surely add something to the used cars' value. Edmunds list of used car values does not differentiate between a GLS and a GLS Special Value. Why?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    FWIW, this is a common phenomenon, though usually applied with American cars. Buyer has "old" Ford/Hyundai, was great for the first 5 years, then started to need repairs - trades for another entirely different brand, and brand new car, and shaaazzzaaam! The new car is so much better than the old worn out one! Build quality is so far superior in the 07 Honda than the 2000 Hyundai! Think so? Wonder why?

    Yes, Honda is better than Hyundai, especially back in 2000. Not that much better now, but still better. But the 2007 damn-near-anything will be far superior to your 2000 Hyunda is today, after 7 years of use. Had you bought a 2007 Sonata, you would have found the same thing is true. 7 years of use, and time make a lot of difference, no matter what brand you are buying, or switching for.

    Enjoy your Hondas - they'll make you happy for sure.
  • people like that crack me up...7 years down the road he'll be saying goodbye to the Honda forum...I guess he hasn't figured out that anything mechanical can break down or wear out...yes, even "legendary" Honda's and even crapotas. :sick:
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Yeah, that makes me laugh (sarcastically). That line of thinking means that my '05 will suddenly turn into junk in a little over 4 years.

    So far, not one problem. I've even followed "dealer service" rather than manufacturer's spec as an added assurance. Yeah, I've probably wasted between $100 & $150 since April 2005. I try not to waste money, but if that was wasted, it not much in 32 months, especially if it keeps up the wonderful experience.

    Maybe I should get P'd off whenever the battery quits? Must be Hyundai's fault, right? :confuse:
  • Ya know, here's a simple by any dealer's service department and it will usually be full...and they are not all people getting regular scheduled maintenance. By the way, as stated in early posts of mine, I put 332,000 on my 03 with only routine maint. and what I would call normal wear and tear repairs (steering rack, wheel bearings) until the last day I had the car...tranny failed...but I was going to get a new one anyway. I now have 112,400 on my 07 limited, with no out of pocket repairs other then bulbs so far, even still has original brakes. Got the car on 11/14/06. A few small warranty items...all taken care of with no problem ;) :shades:
  • hdsithdsit Posts: 58
    My Sonata EF (01/02, 162000 km) exhibit a very loud knocking noise when going over small bumps/road imperfections - and specially at low speed at citydriving (if i get to 50-60 km/h) almost nothing is heard.
    Comes from both front and end.
    Seems that at specially comes when down/up movements ex. over a pothole.
    Have had it checked several times, and they could not find something unusual.
    The dealer have suggested to have the shocks replaced. Can that be a solution - what about sway-bars?
    Have suggested Monroe - are they better that OEM?

    Also have a 3,3 NF, and it also had a little noise in the start, but now (52000km) nothing at all...
  • kellewiskellewis Posts: 1
    Last year (2007) I purchased a 2002 sonata.. it had 6k on ( orginal miles)... 3 months after owning it had to replace the O2 sensor, 3 months after that the altanator to the tune of 500.00.. now.. I once again find myself replacing the 02 sensor.. Is there a reason why these go bad? Because the car was still under Manufacture warranty when I purchased it.. I was not concerned.. but now 800.00 later.. and I have only owned the car for 12 months.. is the sensor something that continually goes in these cars.. I cannot afford to 250. every few months for a sensor.. in this car no matter how much Iove.. gee the thing isn't even broke in yet.. it only has 14k on.. so I am asking is this normal for these car? and what will happen if i run it without getting the 02 sensor fixed?
  • hdsithdsit Posts: 58
    Had my timing belt changed and 180000km serviced at the same time.
    - also changed 2 tensioners for the timing belt
    Brakes disassembled and greased,
    ventilatorbelt changed
    cabinfilter - 2 Pcs??? - as far as i know there is only one...
    Engine oil and filter changed.
    Sparks not changed, neither air-filter (uses k&n)
    9 hours in labour - it seems like they have added, hmm... some extra hours, as far as i can see.
    How long time should it take?
    Ordinary 180000 km service - max 2 hours
    Timing belt 7 hours?
    Any comments...
  • sonlxsonlx Posts: 21
    Hello Everyone, I just wanted to get some feedback and see if anyone has had this issue. I currently own a 2003 Sonata lx with beige interior, leather seats. The Car is awesome in every way but i was wondering if anyone has noticed that the vehicle interior gets extremely hot in the summer. I have owned several other different cars but none got as hot inside as this one. Please let me know.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    We own a 2004 Sonata LX that is pearl white exterior and black leather interior. It's my wife's daily driver for the last 4 years and she has never complained about it being too hot in the summer. She was a little concerned about that when we bought it, but now says any new car she gets will have a leather interior and be a dark color (her preference). :shades:
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