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Hyundai XG300, Hyundai XG350, Performance Mods, Sedan
#741 of 2117 2002 XG350 hp and other issues...
Sep 10, 2001 (7:42 pm)
I just read a 2002 vehicle forecast couple days ago from one of many automotive sites out there (sorry, couldn't find that website again) and it said for 2002, XG300 becomes XG350 to reflect the increase in engine displacement from current 3.0-liter to 3.5-liter and this engine produces 200 hp (This engine also powers Kia Sedona and Hyundai Equus and both of them are matched with 5 speed automatic as well). That's only scant 8 hp improvement but as many people have said here already, Hyundai must tuned the larger engine for better mid-range torque.
Unfortunately, this 3.5-liter engine may not be available in Korea because it already costs around $60 to fill up the gas tank in Korea (talk about you people complaining about the rising gas price in US) of XG 3.0L (what they call XG300 in Korea, and L stands for luxury) and because the government of Korea likes to impose heavy taxation on the large displacement engines. However, Hyundai does offer more options available in the home market.
Among the most noticeable goodies missing in the US version of the car is HID headlights and Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS).
HID is a big improvement over the standard headlights of XGs (low beams only) in terms of brightness and better sighting but it also gives off bluish tint that makes the car appear even cooler. There is a website offering the factory HID headlights in US but its asking price of 1,000+ dollars is absurd to me.
Several of you also wished for firmer suspension on XG. Well, this ECS option available in Korea has 2 mode - touring or sports. Touring is basically having ECS sports mode off, that is offering the passengers a normal plush, floaty ride. Sports mode on the other hand firms up shock absorbers as well as the steering wheel. This gives the car tighter handling radius as well as less roll, pitch and dives, and unlike other ECS from other makers you can definitely feel it working in XG.
Well, US buyers should at least bother Hyundai to have them available in as options since they aren't cheap nor free, but I believe they are really worth it.
Lastly, this is my guess but XGs in US may have gotten thicker glass than the Korean versions to offer US buyers better sound isolation. Hyundai has practiced this discriminating act with US version of Sonata. This doesn't make sense to me because domestic buyers are entitled to quite driving environment as well. Well, this is all I got to say for now. Enjoy driving your XGs!
#742 of 2117 2001 Test Drive Silver L
Sep 20, 2001 (1:28 pm)
Thought that maybe someone could answer a few questions and maybe others could benefit from observations resulting from my test drive:
1. The car bottom out on a fairly smooth road. Felt like you were hit by the bottom of the seat.
2. No real seat height adjustment. Buttons just raise the front of seat but not the back. Could not get a real comfortable driving position. Even manual seats now have a knob adjustment that raises the whole seat.
3. Great looking car with new Alloy wheels and has 16 Mitchelin tires. $600 MSRP
4. Wind noise around doors/windows was not pronounced.
5. Good dealer experience in Dalton GA. No knowledge of $600 advertising fee.
6. Some delay in manual shift mode. Transmission reliability is a long term concern. (I keep car long time and drive about 7000 miles a year.)
7. Narrow choice of interior colors for number of exterior color choices. Off white only with black interior!
8. Lot's and lot's of controls and switches. Reliability?
This sight seems to be showing some major problems at about 10-15k miles.
#743 of 2117 2002's?????
Sep 21, 2001 (9:43 am)
My local dealer in New England has no news about the delivery of any 2002XG's. Not even literature. Anyone find any printed material or know when the 2002's will be available at dealerships?
#744 of 2117 News
Sep 21, 2001 (10:41 am)
From a visit this past weekend, my local dealer in midwest didn't have any 2002 brochures or printed info on any Hyundais. Dealer had some '02 Sonatas, both 4 and 6 cylinder, but no '02 XGs. Just some '01 XG300s, ones with 16 inch tires. (Stopped by to look at Subaru Outback sedan but was impressed by look and price of '02 Sonata and '01 XG300. Got me interested in reported XG350. Might take one for a spin for the heck of it when they arrive. But loaded AWD 3.0L Outback sedan likely more in line with my an my wife's desires.)
#745 of 2117 Subaru vs 300XG,post #716
Sep 22, 2001 (3:32 pm)
I too was looking at the Outback sedan.In fact after leaving Subaru dealer,saw a 300XG,in front of Hyundai
dealer.Stopped looked at,drove and bought,2 mos.
later.The 300 has more room and offered more to me than the 4cyl Outback,especially since it dosen't snow
in the desert.So I had no real need for all wheel drive.
#746 of 2117 Re: #714 2001 Test Drive Silver L
Sep 23, 2001 (8:25 am)
When the XG first was reviewed in Australia it got significant criticism for the very floaty limo like suspension settings. According to a earlier message here the North American models got their suspension settings stiffened. Am suprized that it bottomed out for you. I drive aggressively and have never had the problem except once when diving into a parking lot entrance. Might have something to do with the particular vehicle you drove. Apparently the shocks are variable getting softer at higher speeds.
My XG developed a wind noise leak at around 10,000 miles on the front passenger window. Am going in tomorrow for my 15,000 mile checkup and will have it repaired then.
I use the manual shift mode while in heavy rush hour traffic. I think the delay is a characteristic that is shared by other manumatic shifters. Earlier someone was mentioning the same delay in a Lincoln LS. Clearly the manual modes are not a substitute for the control offered by a true manual transmission.
As far as transmission reliability, we'll just have to wait and see. Just about every indicator shows that Hyundai quality has improved in it's latest generation of vehicles starting with the 1999 Sonata. I know one of the rental car companies uses Sonatas. At 7000 miles per year you'll be covered under warranty for 10 years on the transmission. I drive about 15,000 miles per year so I'm good for about 6.5 years. I'm just happy to be driving a vehicle that will be under full bumper to bumper warranty while I'm still paying for it:)
The L has more switches than my base but so far no problem with controls.
Base XG300 white
#747 of 2117 Test Drive/Seat Settings
Sep 23, 2001 (11:31 am)
I was surprised to read about the test drive of your XG300. I've had mine for about 1 month, and love it! I drive rather assertively (note that I don't admit to aggressively!), and have never bottomed-out in it. Also, try the seats again.....there are 2 control switches, the bottom one is rectangular and controls both height and the tilt of the seats. Lifting the front of the switch raises the front, lifting the back raises the rear of the seat. Pull the whole switch upward and the seat rises. Hope this helps you!
#748 of 2117 I have been reading here
Sep 29, 2001 (3:28 pm)
since message number 70 something wishing and hoping that I too would one day drive home a brand new XG300. Today I did! I paid $21,326 and they financed it for 3 years at 2.9%. They would have come down a little lower on the car if I would have gone higher on the loan. I'm happy but I hope that I got a fairly decent deal.
#749 of 2117 thepkl that price looks pretty good to me.
Sep 29, 2001 (11:27 pm)
That price in line with the lowest price I've seen advertised.The lowest interest rate I've seen the Hyundai dealers around here(SC)advertise is 8.9%.Looks to me like you did alright.
#750 of 2117 Suspension - Springs
Sep 30, 2001 (10:56 am)
While i was taking off my summer tires (18") and putting on my original tires(15") for winter, i've noticed that the rear springs are Linear Springs and the front seems to be a Progressive "TYPE" springs.