our 1999 sonata gls v6 is at 76,000(automatic) and no problems.
our 2001 tibby is almost a year old, 30,000 miles and zero problems(except this, the alignment went out at 500 miles, same for our Sonata..I took it in 3 year ago, after 1000 miles, they realigned it, and again, out of whack 500 miles later. I took it to Sears, and have had no problems since. Go there once a year for realignments at Sears. Now, if Sears can do it, why can't these guys at Hyundai dealerships realign a car properly?).
Hi, everyone. I had my mom's '99 Sonata (4 cylinder) radiator flushed (drained is more correct) yesterday.
This is what the lousy mechanic did:
First, He simply drained the radiator and did not bother to do anything about the fluid in the reservoir (secondary tank). When I pointed this out, he said something like the coolant in the system couldn't be flushed out. Then he started pouring the new coolant in without mixing it properly with the water. When I objected he stopped and fill the rest with water.
Now, the original coolant that came from the factory was colored green. The new coolant is orange-red in color (Is this the right one?). I decide to flush the radiator myself after seeing what he did. After all, I still have the green fluid in the reservoir tank. Anyone know how to flush radiator properly? Also, somehow I can't get the radiator cap off (yes, I twisted the thing all the way to the right). Your advice and suggestion are much appreciated.
dlevangie: I have the exact same problem with my new 2002 Sonata aswell. Once it runs for a few minutes the transmission shifts great but the before that its harsh on the 2-3. Have you taken it into your dealer yet?
I am currently in negotiations on a 2002 Sonata LX w/ ABS/Moonroof plus all the added accessories. MSRP - 20,830, Inv. - 18744 according to Edmunds. TMV without the accessories is currently $19,095. The added accessories inv at $153, retail at $261. We offered $19,245. The dealer came back claiming that invoice on the vehicle was $19275 due to the dealer advertising fee. Has anyone else found this? $531 advertising fee on a vehicle seems steep.
I wouldn't pay out more than $250-$300 for that. Even Edmunds accepts that ad fees can be legitimate costs but $531 on a single car is outrageous. Did the dealer show you a proper invoice from the factory with this listed? Unless they can you shouldn't pay it. Offer what you think is fair and then walk if they balk.
I haven't seen the invoice myself - this dealership is 2 hours away from here. However, apparently there are 2 figures on an invoice, the vehicle invoice price, and the dealer cost. I believe what I am being quoted is the dealer cost figure, which I think also includes such charges as their freight.
I know the Edmunds invoice listings are for the vehicle only and do not include these types of fees, but what about the TMV? I thought that was supposed to indicate the average amount actually paid for that vehicle.
Considering '02 Sonata V6 Auto. I am 6'5" tall. How are these vehicles for taller folks, especially on long drives (I drive 1 hour each way to work). Also, how is the build quality on these cars over the long haul, particularly squeaks and rattles. I do not want to find myself in a "rattle trap" after 20,000 miles or so (I would expect a few rattles here or there after 50K miles, but none before then).
Any comments you can provide would be most appreciated.
Well if you are all legs, you'll probably be o.k.; however if you're tall from the waist up, you'll probably be out of luck (and that's without a sunroof).
I take back what I said on my earlier post regarding a nice smooth transmission. The car now has 2000 kms. and seems to have the same roughness shifting from 2nd into 3rd gear when cold but it's smooth as silk when warm.
Well, went and sat in a '02 Sonata GLS during lunch. Very nice! The thing I have noticed, though, as that all dealers I have been to are putting huge markups on them. The dealer I went to at lunch had marked this particular Sonata up $4,000!! The sticker was $23,400 ($19,100 + the markup). That's silly. The other dealer I have gone to has a $1,500 market adjustment markup over sticker. There is no way I would pay over sticker for any car, regardless of what it is.
I am going to search for a Sonata without the sunroof. Being 6ft5in tall it may provide slightly more headroom. Legroom seems to be fine.