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Hyundai Sonata changes you'd like to see
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Just like shopping for a car, one should shop for a navi. Lowest price I've heard for a factory built-in unit is $1800. Found an authorized Garmin dealer selling a $995 list price unit for $500. (Circuit City is selling the same unit for $700, BestBuy for $900.)
There are several quality brands on the market. With a portable, one can transfer the navi within the household depending upon which car/driver may need it on any given day or buy two for far less than a vehicle installed unit. Plus, take it with you when flying somewhere and renting a car.
since noone has them ,i guess a narrow chrome side molding(stick-on) and a heat gun is the only way out.i've done it before.
does anyone know a place to get moldings?
I ran some 1/8" chrome molding along the top of the door rub strips on both cars. Very subtle, but looks good, especially against the Deepwater Blue. I also put some on the front grill of my '06 LX. Makes it look like the '07 Limited, which has chrome strips from the factory on the front grill.
Just some advice: go slow, take your time, and remember, less is more.
This is called throttle tip-in. From the immediate response of my local service writer when I brought it up that "they all do that" and "we can't do anything about it" I am forced to conclude that "they all do that" and "they won't do anything about it".
My wife's car is an '07 V6, and it doesnt "do that", so I guess they have changed the programming. Unfortunately, these cars are drive-by-wire (no throttle cable), so we can't do anything mechanical under the hood to change the tip-in.
It's just like the dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier, we can't train it, so we have to be trained by it
by the way thanks for the site you sent me ,i found wheel opening moldings there,merry christmas!
1. Deeper cup holders--like the guy in I think post #4 said.
2. I like the 5-speed manual, but I understand it's going away in 2009--they should keep it.
3. Darker interior colors to help hide interior wear-and-tear as the vehicle ages. I bought fabric protection, hope it does the job on my silver interior.
4. MP3 player input jack.
5. I like the blue backlights, like on Elantra.
FYI, it's been reported that the 2009 Sonata will have an aux input jack and I think I remember seeing it would have a USB port (like the 2009 Elantra Touring) but I'm not sure about that. Also it's been widely reported that the gauges will have blue backlighting, like other Hyundais. Don't know about darker interiors but the photos I've seen of the 2009 Sonata interior (gray) looked darker to me than the current interior--but I think they were leather.
- Improved AM reception
- Longer center armrest in the front
- Move the on/off switch for the blower controls to the blower speed knob
- Display of exterior temperature on the dash
- Dual trip odometers
- MP3 (IPOD-type) jack
- Cup holders in the rear armrest that will hold a coffee mug with a narrow bottom
- Skip the ashtray/cig lighter - replace with more storage
- Improve the appearance of the gauge needles
None of these things would be deal-breakers, just nice changes.
- Daytime running lights
- Security alarming works like other systems - audible signal when arming/unarming without having to press the button twice when arming
1-diesel engine for better mpg (although am not sure if further mileage would offset price spiral on this fuel). So, if not that...
2-Hybrid, possibly at a price somewhat lower than the Prius.
3-Station wagon version. Despite its roomy trunk, like most sedans nowadays the actual trunk opening is too small to allow sizeable objects into it. I'm aware that Hyundai builds several SUVs, but am hardly enamored by their mileage ratings. The closest I could get to what I want would be a Kia Rondo. But that has less mileage and power. And I'd really have to overlook its dorky styling...