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Hyundai Sonata 2006-2007



  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    I think that I have seen one in Northern Virginia...

    I have not seen one yet. :( I live there too. My wife saw one last week though, I'm jealous! :)

    That's more or less how I judge my personal style tastes. I'll note that certain car models seem to stand out for me repeatedly (in both positive and negative ways). It's one thing to look at a picture of a car by itself or see it sitting in a showrrom, but if it catches my eye among 10s of other models all in the same driving scene, then that means something to me. Hopefully I'll get to find out what I think of the Sonata's styling soon! :)
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    At Capitol Hyundai, my least favorite dealership in Columbia, SC; they're not. Maybe it's because of the $499.00 interior & exterior paint/fabric protection package, the $399.00 mudguard package and the $1999.00 "market adjustment" they add to every car. Even the sales staff can't come up with a believable explanation for it.

    I've sen a lot of packs by dealers; but $2897. on a $20 to 25K car???

    I'm waiting to see tha Azera; & will buy the Azera or Sonata later this year; but it won't be from a dealer who believes I'm dumb enough to think the car is worth $2900. over sticker.
  • bobgwtwbobgwtw Posts: 187
    The low 600's score will buy you a new car or new house. Too, you should be aware of a law passed in Dec. 04 that says your credit score can't be changed because of an inquiry for the purchase of a car or home.
  • jfgoingjfgoing Posts: 13
    And another reason to lose the Fords (Fusion and 500) is that neither of them have stability control. With a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study showing that stability control cuts fatal single vehicle crashes in half, I don't see why anyone would even consider a new car that doesn't have it.

    I mean who's ever heard of a new technology with that sort of effect? Did airbags do that? (Anyone know?) That fact that ABS didn't have any measurable effect and SC has such a huge one ought to make it front page news in my book.

    What Ford is thinking is anybody's guess. (Apparently they *really* don't like stability control for some reason. Mazada 6's don't have it, either - I'd guess that was some sort of Ford thing, too.) (Can you tell I'm slightly peeved by what I'm guessing is an "American's is too dumb for this technology" attitude? :-) ">link title
  • nornenorne Posts: 136
    The credit score of 720+ is considered a prime borrower and will usually get the best rates around. If you are in the low 600, than you would be expected to pay higher interest rates and will probably not qualify for some of the super low apr and lease deals that are being offered right now.
  • choe13choe13 Posts: 348
    Take a look at some of these photos i found of this car. And no this is not an audi a6. Gorgeous car, by far the best looking midsize car in its class.


    4 banger
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,929
    in the link above. Who can look at those pictures and not agree that Camcords are severely out-classed by the 2006 Hyundai Sonata? Easy call.

    As for the "Market Adjustment" hype-on, I'd refuse to pay that if I were shopping my Hyundai-Kia-Scion dealer for a new rig. I know that Scion doesn't add those "Market Adjustment" stickers to their cars at all. If somebody does get a lower price on their Scion the dealership is required (under contract from Toyota) to post that price and sell that model for that lower price to anyone and everyone that wants that same model. Those "Adjustments" are a ripoff and I'd flat-out refuse to let them be added to my vehicle's purchase price.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • nj518nj518 Posts: 1
    Like so many others on this board I am impressed and interested in the 2006 Sonata LX, my only problem is the 17" tires. They cost twice as much to replace, don't last nearly as long as 16"ers, and I can't imagine they would be too good in snow. Yes 16s are available on a GLS but at the loss of several options and I don't much care for the wheels. Any thoughts.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Oh my, there's another South Carolinian in here!!!!

    But I have to agree with you on the price hiking..its outrageous up here in the Upstate area...tacking on $499 paint protection, etc. etc.

    But that's no different from what the Honda/Toyota dealers do around here.

    The ONE thing I can say I like about my buying experience with Nissan is the fact that most of the "accessories" items are added at the port...

    For example, my car has splash guards from the port...they were $120., if I had wanted to buy them seperate, they would have wanted around $250 for them.

    That's crazy...

    But regardless, the Sonata is turning out to be a truly competitve car for the Big Asian 3...which leads me to believe that after college, I'll be giving Hyundai a serious look...
  • fccfcc Posts: 11
    Don't be scared about Hyundai's quality these days. The 1980s have long gone by and it is a new day and age for Hyundai. If in doubt, check out the recent very impressive quality survey success stories that Hyundai has chalked with reputable guys like Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and associates.

    If this helps to allay your fears, my 2000 Sonata GLS V6 is still marching on strong! What's more, I still have my 10 year powertrain warranty and I'm looking forward to stepping up to the new LX soon. I have no inhibitions whatsoever about quality.
  • chevymalibuchevymalibu Posts: 129
    so you really think that the car uses a cartridge oil filter?? I'll have to ask the parts department. I've never heard of new cars doing this. I'm trying to remember if my chevy malibu (1966) had a cartridge filter???

    Please tell me that isn't so.
  • chevymalibuchevymalibu Posts: 129
    I was telling my wife the same comments you made during dinner tonight. Hyundai has sold ca. 100K of the sonatas over each of the last 3 years and the ones with the problems were writing on It is pretty scary that a trans had to be replaced at 5K and the trans fluid on others was burnt at 20K or so. I know my wife's best friend got a santa fe and it lurched. They adjusted the trans via a computer adjustment and she said it hasn't come back. ???? The other think I told her was I change my oil at 2.0 to 2.5K on my new cars (for the first several years) then go to 3K but never longer. I also change the trans fluid often (at least every 30K), sometimes sooner. So, I do take care of my cars and don't abuse them. Went to my dealer here in SC today and they got two new lx's and one gl. Total of 8 on the lot. One sold so far that I can tell. I went to the toyo dealer and all the camry's were light or dark gray, black or white. they had one blue/green and one tan of the 30 or so camry's. They're also putting that 700 wax/highway pickup/sealant [non-permissible content removed] on the cars. I really like the sonata but want it at most 200 to 300 above invoice and at a good interest rate (they're not offering less than 5% now I think). Also want to compare a GL to a GLS but haven't seen an GLS anywhere. Need to check out the winston salem lot soon where I work. Thanks for your positive and constructive comments.
  • chevymalibuchevymalibu Posts: 129
    okay now, a cartridge filter. So I guess you spin off the blue filter housing (the underside has a cutout for your hand to fit in) and then what, drop out a filter like a TP roll and insert in a new one???? I guess autozone or advance auto will sell them in the future???? I basically like the spin on type and can't think of one advantage to go with a cartridge filter (short of disposal issues????). Anyone else?? I"m going to ask on car talk about this one and see what they say. thanks
  • chevymalibuchevymalibu Posts: 129
    that's before taxes, tag, fees etc.......... In SC that adds 650 to the car (300 max tax in our state which is nice).

    Has anyone seen a GLS on the damn lot?? I can't to save my life.
  • thndrstmthndrstm Posts: 47
    I wrote "OUT THE DOOR". Actually it was cheaper as the also put in a full tank of gas($30), and will give 4 free oil changes and lifetime state inspections.
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    nj518 wrote:
    Like so many others on this board I am impressed and interested in the 2006 Sonata LX, my only problem is the 17" tires. They cost twice as much to replace, don't last nearly as long as 16"ers, and I can't imagine they would be too good in snow. Yes 16s are available on a GLS but at the loss of several options and I don't much care for the wheels. Any thoughts.

    Maybe Hyundai will give people the option of "downgrading" to 16" tires on the LX. I think Toyota does that with the Camry SE.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Within the next few years there will be nothing but cartridge filters...

    "This change from a spin-on filter to the new cartridge filter offers several
    advantages. The first and most obvious is filter disposal. The disposal cost of a
    cartridge filter is far less than that of a spin-on filter. This is also an attempt by the
    individual OE manufacturers to establish standardized oil filter cartridge sizes,
    thereby eliminating the number of different part numbers required to service a
    particular brand of vehicle. The new cartridge filter housing will also be located
    on the top or side of the engine compartment making them accessible from
    above without the need to raise the vehicle.

    Today's cartridge style filter housings are designed with a screw on type cap and
    a single housing sealing gasket. The housings are also self draining enabling the
    filter housing to be drained back into the engine prior to the filter change-out.
    After the housing is drained the housing top is then unscrewed and the used filter
    cartridge and housing sealing gasket removed without any unnecessary oil
    leakage. The new filter is then installed in the housing or fitted to the housing

    There is also a variation to the complete cartridge replacement. The same style
    of housing is used but instead of replacing the complete cartridge only the used
    pleated paper media pack and sealing gasket are replaced. The media pack end
    caps as we know them today would be reusable and only the paper pack itself
    would be replaced.

    The cartridge style filter is back and will be the oil filter configuration of the future."
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    There is a Hyundai dealer in Burlington, NJ that advertises "Double Rebates" and then in the very bottom "fine print" it says "plus additional dealer add-ons", $1875.00). It is unbelievable what dealers will do to get you into their showrooms!!!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    The Mazda3 is another relatively new model that has a cartridge-type filter.

    Re the GLS... take the GL, and on the outside add alloys, a chrome trim strip running along the bottom of the side windows (ala Camry), and fog lamps. Not much difference there. In the interior, the main differences are the seat fabric (GLS has a nubby fabric, the GL a smoother fabric with little zig-zag accents) and the trim on the dash and center console. The GL has faux aluminum that IMO looks better than the faux metal on the GLS. But the GLS' beige interior has faux wood, if you like that sort of thing. There are some other feature differences that you can look up on the website. Drive-wise, they should drive the same in 4-cylinder automatic guise, if both have the standard 16" wheels, so if that's the powertrain you are looking for you can drive the GL to get an idea of how the GLS drives. But if you don't like the manual seat adjusters on the GL, note that the GLS has an optional power seat available.

    These dealer markups on the new Sonata are a real joke. No wonder those dealers haven't sold many. Do they think this is 1985 and there aren't any number of good alternatives to the Sonata, available at big discounts?
  • carepicarepi Posts: 5
    any ratings guys?
    and does anybody from jersey knows for how much the LX is selling? and has anybody from jersey purchased any yet!, will love to "hear" your comments!, any recommendations? advice maybe? thanks!
    I'm looking for the lx with package 3.
  • thndrstmthndrstm Posts: 47
    I posted the price I paid, any others?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The place where you want to follow up on this is our Hyundai Sonata: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion. :)
  • thndrstmthndrstm Posts: 47
    I have tried, There has been very little discussion there on the 2006 model.
  • denp44denp44 Posts: 46
    I took delivery of my new Sonata LX this week.
    The tires on it have a 10 rating for winter traction.
    Look at this web site for the tires.
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    That sounds like a great deal. Was it a stick or an automatic? Did you trade anything?
  • thndrstmthndrstm Posts: 47
    Auto, We never trade in cars. We drive them until we have to drop them off at Salvation Army for the tax writeoff.
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    Then it looks like your out the door price is about invoice. That is incredible on any car without rebates. Sounds like a motivated seller. Or a desperate seller. It all depends on how you look at it.
  • kc206kc206 Posts: 32
    Got my LX for $1000 under MRSP with no dealer add-ons from Lester Glenn of Toms River,NJ. Stay away from Sport Hyundai, they wanted MRSP+add-ons +$500 advertizing: that was a month ago, inventory may have changed things. Call or Email dealers within a 30 mile radius to see if they will deal down from the MRSP
  • chevymalibuchevymalibu Posts: 129
    thanks. I found that same article after I posted on car I just went to auto zone and the cartridge for the volvo S60 (30K car), was 11.99. I almost fainted. Geez, guess if you can pay 30K, you can afford a 12 buck filter every 3K. Based on that article and the others posting about the masda 3 and american cars, that's the way it's going. If you change your own oil, the spin ons are awesome. That crap about disposal costs???? gee, let's see. I toss the spin on in the garbage or toss the cartridge in the garbage. Which is cheaper??? stupid govt and EPA regulation BS. Give me a break. What sucks is you have to pay for oil disposal (2 cents per qt) when you buy it. I don't even recycle mine. I know it's irresponsible but I once had to pay a few bucks to dispose of a gallon of used oil. Never again. I know the chains take the oil but I rarely do that.
  • buzzard767buzzard767 Posts: 14
    Like so many others on this board I am impressed and interested in the 2006 Sonata LX, my only problem is the 17" tires. They cost twice as much to replace, don't last nearly as long as 16"ers, and I can't imagine they would be too good in snow.

    I have an LX on order. My dealer is offering free tires for life if I get the car serviced at their shop.
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