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So far, so good in the two weeks I've had it. The only thing I notice is that the driver's seat is a little loose. There's no way I'm bringing it back to the dealer to look at it, though. I've owned enough cars to know better than to take something minor in for repair. It usually comes back with a few more issues, plus the original one.
I'm averaging a little better than 25 mpg in mixed driving. I'm saving a ton on gas. If it only had integrated Bluetooth, it would be perfect!
What a car this 09 model is. I just don't know why anyone would purchase an Accord, Camry, Malibu, Fusion etc. with such a good value as the Sonata, especially the 09. Every time I get in my car I feel like I'm in a much more expensive car than $27,000. I hope the car lasts me for many trouble free years.
I'm around 25mpg as well with a lot more city than highway. Hoping to get up to 26 or 27 this tank, but we'll see what happens. Only thing is I'm in the I4 rather than V6 like you guys.
i also noticed that the mileage on the paperwork was 22 miles, but actual was 175 miles - i called the dealer and they are going to true it up... given its a lease - that matters!
Yes, the part number is: 08620-2L000 It's $29.95
It works great, except you need to remember to turn your iPod off when you get out. Otherwise, you'll kill the iPod's battery.
09 Sonata Wins Best Interior Award
Hmm that almost tricked me. Unforunately it's not best interior period for the sonata. But best redesign is good too Looks like Sonata was barely beaten by the Malibu. Oh well, good non-japanese interiors for all in the mid-size world
That's impossible, because you use that same port to connect to the system. It charges while the car is running through the car's USB port, though.
I had an adapter in my last car that direct connected to the HU, and it turned the iPod off. It also remembered your settings, like "Random". (It did have several other quirks, though.) On the '09 Sonata, you have to reset that each start-up.
Can you explain that, please? The Wards award included all cars either new for 2008 or redesigned in 2008. That would include the Malibu.
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata was named an "Interior of the Year" award winner in the category of "Best Redesign" at the annual "Auto Interior of the Year Awards" conducted by Ward's AutoWorld magazine. ... Ward's editors served as judges for the competition, evaluating 36 vehicles in March and April. The pool consisted of completely new vehicles or existing models that received significant interior redesigns for '08.
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=wardsauto.story&STORY=/www/sto- - ry/06-04-2008/0004826685&EDATE=WED+Jun+04+2008,+04:13+PM
Can you please provide a link to the statement that the Malibu was in fact the #1 pick for best interior design for a redesign, and not the Sonata? Because the press release from Ward's says otherwise. Thanks
Here's a more useful report
But I still don't understand how the Sonata can top the Malibu for best interior for redesigned cars, but lose to it for cars in the same price class--since Sonata and Malibu are in the same price class. :confuse:
What about daytime running lights?
Thinking of importing it into Canada
Am I crazy? I feel like I'm being really knit-picky and I hate that, but I really think it should be smooth!! I checked the trans fluid and it's fine. What do you all think?
1. I was at a coffee shop drive-thru a few weeks ago and I didn't know it, but my front left tire was really close to the curb. I needed to get over to the left a little more so while I was waiting for the guy in front of me, I just lightly (it really was lightly) moved the wheel to the left. The steering wheel shook back and forth and the car completely died out. It was the strangest thing. So I sat there thinking ok, I bought this car so this wouldn't happen and left it off for about 30 seconds so maybe the person behind me would think I was just trying to conserve gas. I started it back up and it was fine and that hasn't happened since. But I thought that was really strange that just from the wheel not being able to turn, the power steering could make the car die out. Thankfully the rim is not scratched!
2. My navigation has rebooted in the middle of a trips three times so far. I'll be driving along with my destination set and then I'll look down and the screen is locked up. Then about a minute later it just reboots itself, the Hyundai logo comes up on the screen like I've just started the car, and then it resumes my current route. Really strange.
Everything else has been great and I have no regrets buying this car. Any comments are always appreciated!
I would schedule an appointment with the dealership and see if maybe there is a software update for the navigation system. I would also have them look at your transmission and power steering system, as those things are just not normal.
Anyone experience this as well?
One thing I'd like to see is a driver's seat position memory function.
I thought this was a discussion for the 09 Sonata.
I took my Sonata on a fun little drive over a windy hill for 20 miles each way there and back. I felt it handled pretty decently and certainly held taking pretty hard curves at 60 well. Definitely better than my old car, which had plenty of understeer issues. I'm definitely liking the dynamics so far, she feels so solid and smooth.
That's what I thought but just making sure I didn't miss something. I guess if we've covered it a "million times" my short term memory must be really shot!
This really stinks, as I use my sunglass holder all the time. I either have sunglasses in there or my regular glasses which I need to use for night time driving. Thus the dealer bluetooth add on wouldn't work for me. I wish they could have figured out a way of incorporating this without forcing the owner to do without the sunglass holder. Seems like a real after thought by Hyundai. I'm sure the 2010 model will have proper bluetooth integration and I'm surprised Hyundai didn't include that for the 09.
That has nothing to do with your Bluetooth adapter.
I imagine in the 2010 model Hyundai will probably get proper bluetooth integration from the factory with no dealer add-on necessary. However that's not a big deal to me, as I hardly ever use my cell phone in my car, and it's not bluetooth enabled. Would it have been nice to have it from the factory, sure. But I'm not going to do the dealer add and give up my sunglass holder for it.
1. How do you get map updates or know when they are needed (obviously since these units are new they won't need them for a while)
2. Will updates cost money or will they periodically be sent to me? Will I be notified when they are available?
3. Who provides the actual map data for the Hyundai units? Will updates come from the data provider or Hyundai itself?
The button being there just got my curiosity peaked.
Yes, I asked for a power seat but they did not have one available at the time and I do not want to waste my time going back to the dealer if the power seat is no better. I am tall and this is a deal breaker for me. Headroom was fine and the new seat has much better thigh support. I really like the car but the leg room is killing me.
Lots of legroom in back, wish they would just let the driver be comfortable. :-) Also, what is up with no telescope on the GLS?
What I'm telling you is based on experiences with friends/family who have OEM nav systems. My buddy has one is his Mazda 3 and the new map discs are like $180, so he hasn't bought a new one in several years (he has a 2006 model). You can pretty much count on not getting any updates except for firmware updates for free. For the firmware updates, you'll be able to get that done at the dealership I'm sure. Every six months or so when you take your car in for service it might be good to ask your service advisor if there have been any nav updates released recently.
Lastly the map updates will come from the provider, and the provider is Hyundai. There is there own unit, they built it, it's not like you bought an Alpine system and they slapped their name on it. This is their tech, so the updates will come from them.