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#3969 of 8898 Re: 2007 Sonata Limited [xjlee20]
Jul 10, 2007 (8:43 am)
I purchased my 2007 Hyundai Sonata Limited Edition (Ebony Black Color and w/o. XM Satellite Radio but took the Platinum Edition Package, which includes the apoiler, sunroof, Infinity Radio upgrade, platinum edition floor mats (as opposed to those that come default with the car and have the word Sonata stitched into them), etc) back in the month of March 2007 (approximately 3/13/2007) in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Metro area. I also traded in my old 2002 Toyota Corolla S (Silver Color and w/. 62000 miles on it). At that point of time, there was a $3450 Rebate offer and Balloon financing offers from HMFC.
-The Sticker Price on this car was $25,360.
-My negotiations and the price before T.T&L and the rebate bought it down to $24,220.
-The rebate applied bought the pre-T.T&L price down to $20,770
-With T.T&L, I was out the door in just below $22k
I must say this is a car that will contend in the 4 door family sedan market for many years to come with the likes of the Accord, Altima, Maxima and Camry....and perhaps with some but not all of the higher end makes like Infiniti, Lexus and Acura. One thing to note about the car, Hyundai uses Lexus as its bench mark for the Sound-proofing inside the car. Hence, the lower amounts of road noise that are audible when you are driving. This car is considerably quieter than my wife's 2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L, on which we have replaced the OEM tires with a sets of 4 Kumho Solus tires from Discount Tire. Only after that replacement has that vehicle transformed its driving exeprience into a more quieter but apart from this complaint, even this vehicle is a good one to drive.....but the Sonata is plentifully better than most current Honda cars.
My recommendations when getting the Limited:
1. The 2008 models will introduce a 4 cylinder engine for all trims but considering the size of the car, it's an injustice because the bigger the car with the less powerful motor will take on wear and tear quicker as compared to having the larger engine. Advantage for smoothness and pwer goes to the v6 unquestionably.
2. The v6 engines are paired with the 5 speed Shiftronic whereas the 4 cylinders of any available trim are paired with the 4 speed Shiftronics. Not enough gears, especially if you are driving up a lot of hilly roads where power is necessary. The v6 is again the better bet here. Again, advantage v6.
3. The gas mileage is nominally better on the I4 w.r.t the V6 but is it worth the sacrifice of the smoother and more powerful ride?
4. Sound system: If getting the Limited, do consider upgrading to the Infinity Stereo System offered with the Platinum and Ultimate package. (7 Spkrs including a subwoofer, external amplifier rated at 360 Watts power output and 6 cd changer in dash). This is clearly worth the upgrade over the 6 spkr base system offered with just the base Limited Editions. (P.S. - Infinity is a brand associated with the Harman International. Yes, Harman as in Harman Kardon .)
5. Platinum Edition package comes with the Black Leather Interior - looks great!
Good luck and let me know what you end up doing. And the Approximate $19,500 figure you stated in your e-mail is a good price ONLY IF you do not go with the Ultimate or Platinum Edition packages.
#3970 of 8898 2007 Sonata GLS
Jul 10, 2007 (10:37 am)
We bought a Sonata GLS (auto w/XM) for $15,840 which was the OTD price (includes tax, freight, dealer prep, tags). Got price quotes from the nearby dealers and went to my local dealer -- they matched the price. Spent 3 hours at the dealer but it was still the most painless buying experience we had as we didn't dicker with Sonata price but over the trade-in value of our old car. Drove the Sonata home the same day.
#3971 of 8898 Re: 2007 Sonata GLS [nycmb]
Jul 10, 2007 (5:28 pm)
It's very good deal. Please tell me how (phone or email? and any strategy you used) you got the price quote from nearby dealers and how much the sales tax rate is.
#3972 of 8898 Cash Rebate Updated
Jul 10, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I just checked the Hyundai website and, as expected, the $2000 cash back was renewed until 7/31/07.
#3973 of 8898 Re: Cash Rebate Updated [atlbuyer]
Jul 10, 2007 (6:23 pm)
I couldn't pull up the rebates for my area, are any other incentives available such as first time Hyundai buyers?
#3974 of 8898 Re: 2007 Sonata GLS [hohohaha]
Jul 10, 2007 (6:52 pm)
I emailed the dealers for their best OTD price for Sonata. Gave them my cell phone number thus I didn't have to deal with calls to home number. Then I emailed my local dealer with the price quote -- they did not say yes to it immediately but said they would be flexible. Went in on the last day of the month and they matched the quote. We were prepared not to buy if they couldn't match it. Also had another dealer willing to beat the price by $300 but it wasn't worth it to drive 30 miles to it as we really wanted to stay in the local area. They had plenty of cars on lot and I had choice of colors. Tax rate is 5 percent, dealer prep was $389 and freight was $650 -- don't know what they charged for tags/license as all was included in the price. It was a Sonata GLS w/XM and floor mats.
#3975 of 8898 Re: 2007 Sonata GLS [nycmb]
Jul 10, 2007 (7:10 pm)
Also, they wanted proof of the price quote so I printed out the emails from the different dealers. Frankly, we were not in a rush to buy so I think they realized we were ready to walk out if they couldn't match it. Like I said before, it was the most painless car buying we have ever had. Will definitely do it this way again when we need another new vehicle. All the dealers have websites with their internet prices in our area so it was easy to email them plus we have 4 hyundai dealerships within 40 miles of our home so there is lots of competition.
#3976 of 8898 Is $14,633 good for a '07 GLS automatic?
Jul 10, 2007 (8:47 pm)
I'm looking for a Sonata GLS and the local dealer emailed me a quote of $14,633 (+TT&L) for an '07 with an automatic, floor mats and a year of free oil changes.
Seems like a great deal to me...cheaper than a Honda Fit.
This is at Allen Samuels in Fort Worth, TX if anybody's curious.
#3977 of 8898 Re: Is $14,633 good for a '07 GLS automatic? [adrew1]
Jul 10, 2007 (11:08 pm)
Sounds like a good price, I'll be shopping in my area this week for either the Sonata or Elantra so this helps give me an idea.
#3978 of 8898 Re: Cash Rebate Updated [geffen]
Jul 11, 2007 (5:30 am)
To get the rebates for your area, go to the following page and enter your zip code in the field provided:
There are no current special offers for first-time Hyundai buyers on the Sonata, unless you consider the college grad financing rebate or military rebate like that. There is a $500 loyalty rebate for current Hyundai owners on the 2008 Sonata (along with a general $500 rebate). Hyundai tends to go that route vs. specific first-time buyer rebates, although the Veracruz has a competitive rebate to draw owners of other SUVs.