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2008 Hyundai Sonata



  • jack47jack47 Posts: 312
    Just purchased the 2008 Limited for my son

    I may be a little long in the tooth but I'm available for adoption. :D
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    The US sonata for 09 will have some changes. It will look similar to the Korean version maybe not quite.
  • Hi there ~

    I am looking very seriously at a 2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS with the popular equipment package. In road testing the car, the new car sticker is pasted so that it pretty much covers the left rear passenger window ~ making it (the sticker) a challenge to see around to check before getting onto a freeway or when merging lanes. Tried rolling down the window but still felt as if my vision was obscured - by the door post between front and back seats.

    So question #1 is: as a 2007-or-8 Hyundai Sonata driver do you find it difficult to see over your left shoulder and around that middle post to check on safety before merging onto a freeway or changing lanes?

    Then, Question #2: my driving is mostly in northern states where winters get snowy and icy. The heated outside mirrors sound fantastic! But I am concerned about the sharply sloping rear window. If you drive a 2007-or-8 Hyundai Sonata, have you noticed any difficulties with the rear window covering over and becoming obscured by winter driving (snow / ice / slush???) or slush splashing up and obscuring vision on the rear window?

    Finally, Question #3: are there any options you did or didn't get that, if you'd make your purchase all over again, you would definitely change? And if so, what - and why?

    I really appreciate your help and experience shared with me to help me make up my mind.


  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    RE Ques #1: I was taught to drive in 1965 before many cars had a right side-view mirror. We were taught to rely upon the on the left side-view mirror, not look over the left shoulder, before changing lanes or merging onto a highway. The "look over your shoulder" was for checking to lane to the driver's right side (since right side mirrors were rare). In any car you will have very limited rearward visibility looking over your left shoulder...use the mirror (adjusted properly for your driving position).

    RE #2: Almost every car made today has an electric rear window defroster/defogger. When you have the snowy/slush/icy conditions you mention, simply turn on the rear window defroster as soon as you start your car. A sloping rear window, with the defroster "on", will actually get less slush thrown on it or back draft stuff than a nearly vertical window. That is why you see rear wipers on SUVs, station wagons and some hatchbacks, but don't see them on sedans.

    I'm in CT so I know about the driving conditions you describe. :sick:
  • Thanks very much for your reply. I appreciate it.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    If your rear window is covered with ice/snow, turn on the rear window defroster. It will melt the ice/snow. If you are in a hurry, use an ice scraper.
  • vince17vince17 Posts: 19
    Hey folks seems like you get a lotta bang for your buck with the 08 Sonata Se V6 .Ratings for the late model Sonatas are tops and look to purchase one.Took a test drive this weekend and how this auto tranny shifts(seems like rpms go flat between gears)anyhow does the V6 have a timing belt or chain and how are the 09s pushing almost 250 horeses (more hp than 08 same engine), Thanks Vince
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    All Sonata 06 model year and up have featured timing chain.

    The 09 model year is a facelift, with major revision on the interior and sutble exterior refreshes. And, as you stated, the 09s feature new generations of base (4 cylinder) and (optional 6 cylinder) engines, each comes with higher horsepower and even better fuel economy. If I recall correctly, the new I-4 is now best-in-class in that regard, and the V6 is also within the top 2. Of course, the current 08 model year also has excellent power and fuel economy.

    Your thoughts on the Sonata test drive? What did you think?
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    What Joe97 said, plus I will try to address your transmission question.

    The Sonata's automatic transmissions has an "adaptive" feature, and "trains" itself to your driving style. Default settings are on the side of fuel economy, so the shift points will be at lower RPM and feel a bit "mushy". I think it takes a few hundred miles for the transmission to adapt the shift points to your driving style. Having said that, the transmission will never feel real sporty or snappy. The manual shift feature is very intuitive and easy to use, and makes the car a lot of fun to drive. I'm chatting with people that thought they would never use the manual feature that are enjoying it.

    And yes, the car looks great!

    2009 Sonata Interior
  • vince17vince17 Posts: 19
    Just want yhas to know I thank yhas for the info and it confirms my decision on the Sonata SE V6. Was taking a look at the Ford Fusion but for the bucks the Sonata takes it. I was a Toyota fan since 1990 but second Corrolla had stuff fail (steering rack,transmission being rebuilt, all before 162,000. My feeling is a cars gotta turn the odometer twice when its properly maintained. I do the work myself for stuff like tune ups oil change ect (synthetic by the way). Gota kia too (Sedona 03 ).Some issues there but the message postings keep you ahead of the curve and I am fortunate to access them.Thanks again ! Vince17
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    No problem. Anytime.

    Congrats :) :shades:
  • vince17vince17 Posts: 19
    Thank you bobad,whats not to like on this car .Cant see how you cant beat the value(unless of course your mother in law buys the car for you :- )
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    Thank you bobad,whats not to like on this car .Cant see how you cant beat the value(unless of course your mother in law buys the car for you :- )

    That's a great idea. Why didn't I think of that?
  • asdf9asdf9 Posts: 26
    What I want to know is how are the sonata's in the snow! Going up hill, different snow fall amounts. When the snow first falls, to a few inches, to a foot!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    Most sedans have about 6" of ground clearance. So a Sonata won't do too well in a foot of snow. :(

    But the standard ESC and traction control will help a lot on lesser amounts. Not as good as AWD obviously. If you need to drive in a foot of snow, might want to consider a 4WD SUV/truck with more ground clearance.
  • Have 2 Santa Fe's, one is a 4, other is a 6, is a very big difference in idle noise. How is the Sonata 4 either the 2008 or 2009? Love the Santa Fe
  • cmw829cmw829 Posts: 19
    I've had my 2008 Sonata a week and have noticed that the auto headlights don't turn on until it's quite dusky. Likewise, this morning, it was very rainy and darkish-cloudy, but they didn't come on.

    Is there any way to change the sensitivity of the lights so that they will come on in lighter conditions?

  • Folks,

    I have a Tilt and Telescopic steering wheel as it comes standard with Limited and according to the manual, I can adjust the steering wheel forward or backward and upward or downward. But, for some reason, I can only move it up or down and not sideways...

    What's the deal with the telescopic steering wheel? How is it supposed to work? Maybe, all I could do is adjust it up or down or ??? But, the manual clearly states that I can move it forward or backward too... Confused!

    Thank you in advance for any and all replies!
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    The telescopic feature allows you to move the steering wheel back toward the driver or forward toward the dash.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    Not sure what you mean by "sideways." But if the wheel doesn't seem to move towards the dash, or torwards you, it may just require a stiff tug to get it going. I've found a tug is needed on some cars with telescopic wheels for the initial adjustment. Try that--release the adjuster lever and give the wheel a sharp tug towards you.
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    Someone suggested a small strip of black electrical tape across the sensor bubble. The sensor is located on the dash, on the passenger side. The tape won't show unless it's the shiny type.
  • cmw829cmw829 Posts: 19
    Thanks very much for your reply. Now to go outside and locate the sensor.
  • Thank you and appreciate all the replies. I was just pushing it towards the dash and nothing was happening and was moving the steering wheel sideways to see whether there is any effect - nada! It didn't strike me to pull the wheel towards me as I didn't want to break sth :( After all, it can't be that fragile, can it :)

    Well, this forum is great as it saved me a trip to the dealer, tho' I would have waited till I go for an oil change!
  • Is it really necessary to follow the 55 mph limit, per the manual, for the first 1200 miles break-in for 2008 Sonata Limited V6?

    It's really hard to drive in that speed in the highways... What did you all do when driving in highways during the first 1200 miles?

    Thank you in advance for any and all replies!
  • cmw829cmw829 Posts: 19
    I suspect they put that recommendation in for a reason. I didn't see it until I'd had a few 65 mph trips on the car.

    I just get in the right-hand lane and set my cruise on 55 mph. Then defer to people entering the highway. Haven't had any problems yet.
  • Well, I agree that they put that recommendation for a reason but in highways, where I live, people drive at 70+ and if they see someone like me at 55, they think that I am from a different plant.

    Moreover, it's very dangerous to drive that slow when the traffic is going at full throttle and people cutting in from all places!
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    Not real important.

    It's more important to let the engine RPM vary. Avoild long stretches with the cruise control set. If traffic is doing 70, just do 70. However, every few minutes, back off all the way on the accelerator and coast down to 65, then back up to 70.

    Also void high RPM for the first 1K or so.
  • Thank you for the info and appreciate it. I am just a few hundred miles away from the magic 1200 and hopefully, can really test the vehicle in a few days ;)

    Yes, I agree with you that you shouldn't use cruise control continuously (15 - 30 mins stretch) as the salesman pointed that as well - he specifically said that do NOT use the cruise control for the first 1200 miles but if I need to use it for whatever reason, then use it for 15 mins (or was it 30?) and ease off of it for 5 mins or so and then continue it...
  • I bought my car in D.C. and drove it home to Toledo, OH (450 miles).
    The car had 5 miles on the Odo. I varied my speed between 60-70. I didn't use the cruise control for the first 200 miles. Then I did use cruise control occasionally for a couple of minutes just to rest my right foot.
    Every now and then I switched back to 4th gear using the manual mode. That gave the RPM some variation (went up to 2800-3000 RPM, still safe). So I did this for 7 and a half hours until I got home. No problem with the vehicle (it only has 2500 miles on it so far).
  • dhollydholly Posts: 16
    I did something similar, except 65-80mph for about 6-1/2 hrs. A little more rpm variation possibilities and it got me home quicker! I was very pleasantly surprised to find the cruise control remained engaged when dropping down a gear or two with the manumatic.

    After the trip home, from 500-1000mi. I began putting progressively more load on the engine by periodically accelerating harder and longer. By the time I neared 1000mi. on the odo, it already had a couple of sustained full throttle bursts to ensure the rings seated properly.

    Clearly you don't want to hammer a brand new car straight out of the gate, however, not everyone knows the flipside danger. If you baby a modern engine too much during break-in, you run the very real risk of glazing the cylinder walls which will negatively impact fuel mileage forever. Once that happens, the only way to rectify it is to tear your engine down and hone the cylinders.

    I thought it interesting of the several new vehicles I've purchased in the past 10 years or so, both domestic and foreign, the Sonata had the longest -and most conservatively stringent- oem mileage break-in recommendation by far.
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