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#7119 of 8898 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE
May 26, 2010 (12:19 am)
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE with Navigation and all options for $24,900.00
I helped my mom purchase a Hyundai sonata SE yesterday. While the salesperson was tutoring on Navigation, sunglass box kept falling and we were not able to make it stay closed. We made an appointment with service department to address the issue.
Now.. I come back from work at 2AM.. It seems like sunglass box stay closed in colder temperature. I noticed that rpm is idling very high and it took very long time to come down to about 800rpm. What it bother me the most is rattling sound when car is P positon. It sounds worse than the 10 years old car that we traded for. (2001 Acura tl 3.2 )
When I pop the hood I notice that engine is vibrating much harder than any other car that I owned. Is this something common in 2011 Hyundai Sonata or did my mom just purchase a defective car.
#7120 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [7300valero]
May 26, 2010 (4:31 am)
Comparing a V6 engine, known for years as one of the smoothest most refined engines (all of the Honda J-series V6 engines have been known for their silkiness) to a Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine isn't really a fair fight. Direct Injection type engines aren't usually as silky smooth as typical Fuel Injected engines, but the tradeoff is usually a worthwhile one to most people, because of the increased power and economy a DI engine provides.
If you're truly concerned, take it to the dealer, and simply ask to have another Sonata cranked and compare yours with the one on the lot.
#7121 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [7300valero]
May 26, 2010 (8:24 am)
did you test drive this before you bought it?
#7122 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [thegraduate]
May 26, 2010 (11:59 am)
You sound much more educated than my saleman who keeps saying " It is normal, my 08 Elantra does it all the time. You are just being sensitive". I was able to convince the salesman to let me hear and see other engines on 2011 sonata. He showed me two with 300 miles and 15 miles. The engine on my mom's car shakes much harder. The hose coming out of engine and air vent unit rattles whereas other two do not. I made an appointment to get it serviced but I am afraid they will not be able to fix it and we are stuck with the car. BTW my mom is 72 years old and she has hard of hearing. Even she was complaining about the rattling noise.
#7123 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [ral2167]
May 26, 2010 (12:03 pm)
I did but I didn't notice it at the dealer.
#7124 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [7300valero]
May 26, 2010 (12:32 pm)
Well, I've come to realize that most car salespeople aren't car enthusiasts; they learn the product as much as necessary, but not being interested beyond job-requirements means they won't learn the intricate details that a car-lover does.
#7125 of 8898 Re: 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE [thegraduate]
May 26, 2010 (1:01 pm)
That's true because most don't stay in the job long enough to learn. I've found the most knowledgeable staff at the higher end import stores. MB,Infinity,Audi, BMW,Lexus and Acura. You can find an enthusiast once in a while at VW. Otherwise, they usually know very little except the sales script.
#7126 of 8898 Re: just bought limited with navigation [chuck1919]
May 27, 2010 (7:33 am)
you have totally redeemed yourself in my eyes, with your last post.
thanks for the encouragement; guess what?
last night my "Sonata-buying nightmare" came to an end.
found THE car and got THE price.
It was pretty tough, though, and the 4 hrs have left me exhausted, so if anyone want details, just let me know.
I did learn a few new things, though.
And yes, chuck1919, the list of tricks & ruses & lies & omissions is pretty long.
But ya gotta adimire them sometimes. and they do have mouths to feed, so .....
I'll not post some of the Hyundai-generated holdbacks, kick-backs, bonuses, and "private" incentives that help these guys make a living. At least I won't post it publically ..... if you want some details just PM me directly.
So back I go this morning, to pick up my new car; only 22 miles away so it's fairly local.
I had been looking as far as 125 miles away, with well over a dozen dealerships involved in quoting me prices.
(yes, I left the car there, without touching it, after the deal was all done & signed; they were REALLY p*ssed about THAT, let me tell you! wanted me to at least drive it around the block before leaving it there.) but I needed to sleep on it and let it all sink in, and gather together whatever residual questions I still have.
Thanks to you all who contributed to my ever-increasing knowledge about this process, and to those who sympathized with my various aborted attempts to become a Sonata owner.
#7127 of 8898 Re: just bought limited with navigation [abigmutt]
May 27, 2010 (8:27 am)
Why did they want you to drive it around the block?
#7128 of 8898 Re: just bought limited with navigation [abigmutt]
May 28, 2010 (8:52 am)
abigmutt: I'd appreciate hearing your info on price, kickbacks, incentives, etc. - my wife and I will be shopping tomorrow and frankly I could use the help.