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#1045 of 7872 Guess it's too early for 2006 problems
Jun 24, 2005 (3:42 am)
I'm considering a 2006 sonata gl/gls vs. camry. Have a 1994 camry (had two) that I'm wanting to dump with 201K (still rides great though). Anyway, down to sonata and camry. Wife has new loaded accord. She says everyone has a camry and accord and that's boring. I read the sonata problems for 2005 model and earlier. They scare the hell out of me. Transmission issues at 5K??? burnt trans fluid?? Some major issues with hyundai sonata prior model. Will the new ones have similar issues??? I'm really scared. Who cares if you have a 100K warranty if you're in the shop all the time. Guess it's too early to hear of issues with the new ones. I think I'll wait and see since they aren't offering rebates or low interest yet. Not trying to offend any sonata owners. Just trying to make my mind up. Hard to toss 20K into a possible large yellow fruit. JMHO
Jun 24, 2005 (4:18 am)
anyone called Hyundai directly from the # on their website and asked them when the navi will be available on the sonata???
I'm so desperate to either get one from Hyundai... or at least get the bracket to put my own in (the faceplate on the current US stereo is larger than the normal double din, so we would need a new dash frame there)
#1047 of 7872 Re: Not so Cheap [duckied]
Jun 24, 2005 (5:40 am)
Not a ford man at all.. Never even owned a ford.. but when you look at the options and cost you really can't say that Hyundai is currently a good deal. Not to knock Hyundai I worked at a dealer for 4 years and currenlty own two Elantras'. However, Ford offers 5 star ratings and the underpingings of a volvo a different set-up from before but they are still holding on to the weak engine.
Now the two cars you are comparing are like comparing apples to oranges, 2000 Ford Taurus to a 2005 Hyundai. Those 5 years make a big difference in quality. That's like comparing my 94 Hyundai to my 99 Ram to the 02 Solara.
As for the Check Engine light. Autozone would have checked it for free.
But in all, I love the New Sonata have test driven two V6's and a four banger. The six is sweet and handles great. As for the interior the reviewers are comparing this car to cars costing much more. I think that Hyundai has done it's research but I will wait a few months to see how the car holds up. I live in the South with average 90+ daily weather with avg 95+ heat index with high humidity. That will definitely tell you if a car will last for a long time with in a few months because of the daily AC use in traffic.
#1048 of 7872 Re: 2006 Sonata...Oil changes. [chevymalibu]
Jun 24, 2005 (6:32 am)
I suspect that with disposal problems increasing cartridge filters like the new GM four cylinder engines-- as well as internal changes like Champion Labs Ecore design--- will become much more common. I've never changed a GM filter but I thought they were easier to get at and change.
I also thought the last gen. Sonata had improved to above average for repair frequency.
I do agree that the new Sonata without discounts is far from the good deal it was in the past. The new Fusion looks like it will offer just as much for lower $$$, and the going rate for the Malibu (an excellent, sophisticated car with some styling quirks) is considerably less. I doubt whether Hyundai will be able to hold these prices. Early buyers will be kicking themselves when they read Edmunds in about six months.
#1049 of 7872 Re: Guess it's too early for 2006 problems [chevymalibu]
Jun 24, 2005 (6:53 am)
Hard to toss 20K into a possible large yellow fruit.
Isn't that an inherent risk of buying any car? There was also evidence that the previous generation Sonata had decent, or even above average quality. I'm not making a comment on what it actually is/was, just pointing out that it wasn't all doom and gloom. If you read through the problems/solutions thread, the only people posting there are the ones that DID have a problem. It's not necessarily representative of the whole population of those cars.
Transmission issues or transmission issue . . . so there was a Sonata with a transmission that broke at 5,000 miles, however I think it's unfair to extrapolate that to be a "major issue" with the previous generation Sonata because I'd hazard a guess the vast majority of transmissions did not fail at 5,000 miles.
I bought an Elantra a year ago and I read some anecdotal evidence on the Edmunds boards of problems with the model, which of course made me slightly nervous. But in it's first year, the car has been almost flawless . . . certainly no major issues. I think I would have had slight apprehension over any car purchase I could have made a year ago.
Hyundai cars have been significantly improving with each redesign in recent years, I personally expect the new Sonata to follow that trend.
#1050 of 7872 Re: 2006 Sonata...Oil changes. [chevymalibu]
Jun 24, 2005 (6:57 am)
From another forum...FYI
This guy seems to say cartridge style
We got 4 2006 Sonatas in today, and man these will totally change the way people look at Hyundai! The seats are the most comfrotable seats in any Hyundai, and are definitly on par with Toyota and Honda. The layout of the interior is great, with the radio up nice and high, and all the trim and switches look nicer too. Underhood, everything looks very clean, the oil filter is a cartridge style and is under the engine cover. Since it has a timing chain in place of a belt, that costly 60k service should be cheaper, and the spark plugs are good for 100,000 miles. This is one impressive car, I should be able to snag a set of keys tomarrow and test drive one
#1051 of 7872 Re: Guess it's too early for 2006 problems [smith20]
Jun 24, 2005 (7:43 am)
I agree. I suggest if someone is scared by the problems they see on the Sontata Problems discussion, they also go look at the discussions for competing cars: Accord, Camry, Passat, etc. The picture there isn't any better. At least with the Sonata you know that if you do have a problem, it's covered for five years/60k miles (that's 2 years/24k miles more than most competitors), and 10/100k for the powertrain. And you can upgrade the full warranty to 10/100k for about $1000, if you want additional peace of mind (and extra resale value because it's transferrable). If you're looking for the perfect car, the Sonata isn't it and it hasn't been invented yet. A Lexus is really reliable, but when it does break watch out, the repair costs are big.
#1052 of 7872 Oil filter
Jun 24, 2005 (9:40 am)
I just checked with my parts department, and the oil filter on the 06 Sonata is indeed a cartridge filter. I'm personally not sure why that makes a difference, but it is true.
#1053 of 7872 How are they selling?
Jun 24, 2005 (9:43 am)
Does anybody know how the 06 Sonatas are selling? I think that I have seen one in Northern Virginia...
As for previous comments on Ford 500, I think 205HP is not that bad for a family car. All the reviews that I have read on the 500 state that the car actually has pretty good pickup because of the CVT transmission. Personally, I think it is a pretty decent car for the price (rebates, financing, etc), but too boring for me.
One of these days I am going to make it down to the Hyundai dealer to drive an 06 Sonata LX, but there is no way I am ready to give up my 02 Altima SE yet. Not one problem so far, and I have yet to drive a sedan (minus a BMW and an Audi) which matches the quickness and fun factor of this car...
Jun 24, 2005 (10:17 am)
if the cost is exactly the same as 2005, and the procedure to change it is just as easy as a spin on for do-it-yourselfers. If there is a significant difference in either case, then this difference would be important.