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#3515 of 7872 Re: '06 Hyundai Sonata 4-cyl w/ 5-speed auto [nissan240sx]
Dec 30, 2005 (4:24 pm)
I am glad I don't have the 5-speed auto... It is a new tranny, and it has some bugs which need to be fixed first, like Hunting /fishing on hilly terrain.
Maybe, there will be another class action suit like the 147 hp engine when it was only 133 hp I believe... I don't mind another few hundreds.
The 4-speed tranny is working just fine... I don't feel it at all while shifting... I had it in the 2001 Sonata (the old 4speed not the Shiftronic), and the present one is a lot smoother: it has been tested and tweaked for over 4 years now; it is just perfect.
#3516 of 7872 Sonata Into Top 10 Charts
Dec 30, 2005 (5:08 pm)
Hyundai Sonata Breaks Into U.S. Top 10 Charts
Hyundai Motorís New Sonata was the seventh best-selling car in the U.S. last month, becoming the first Korean car ever to make it into the monthly top 10 there. Hyundai Motor said Tuesday sales of the New Sonata surged 46.9 percent over the previous month to 14,216 cars.
A company spokesman attributed that massive jump to successful marketing and the modelís quality. Hyundaiís last noticeable success in the U.S. was in the 1980s with the small Excel, because it was cheap, he said. The company expects to sell some 20,000 Sonatas in December, saying the firmís Alabama plant has been producing as many of them a month since October. However, some observers say the sudden sales boom is due to extravagant incentives the automaker is offering.
The four best-selling models were all Japanese, headed by the Toyota Camry with 29,707 cars, followed by its stable mate Corolla with 23,718. Hondaís Civic with 23,695 and Accord with 23,548 were next. Chevroletís Impala came fifth with 20,357 cars sold and the Nissan Altima sixth. The Pontiac G6 sold 14,175 units in eighth place, followed by 13,507 Chevrolet Cobalts and 12,647 Chrysler 300s.
#3517 of 7872 Re: 06 Sonata LX features [backy]
Dec 30, 2005 (5:44 pm)
Thanks for the quick reply. The steering wheel did need an extra tug to get the telescopic function to work. On the trip computer, there is no A or B icon on the display when you cycle the trip switch through its mode of operations. I see by the earlier posts that the automatic door locks have to be activated by the dealer. Strange that you paid for a feature that requires activation by request.
#3518 of 7872 Re: 06 Sonata LX features [backy]
Dec 30, 2005 (5:46 pm)
The car also has A & B trip odometer modes--again, read the owners manual for how to set them or ask your dealer.
Actually the cars equipped w/ the trip computer only have a single trip meter(but all the other excellent features). The GLS's & LX's have the trip computer. Only the GL models have the A&B tripmeters (and no trip computer).
#3520 of 7872 Re: 06 Sonata LX features [blnewto]
Dec 30, 2005 (5:58 pm)
Thanks for clearing that up. My Brother-in-law has a older Sonata GL and has the A & B modes and no trip computer. Strange that they would not carry that over to the trip computer. My ex 2000 VW GTI GLX had a trip computer with the A & B mode. The VW did lack miles left to empty though.
#3521 of 7872 Re: 06 Sonata LX features [silverfox1]
Dec 31, 2005 (5:26 am)
"Strange that you paid for a feature that requires activation by request."
That's nothing. The Toyota Highlander comes with a sunroof that does not close properly. It either stops too soon leaving an opening or it goes too far and starts to tilt up. It is supposed to be programed at the dealers before delivery but it is not done according to the many complaints on the Highlander board and my own experience. There is a procedure in the manual for setting the sunroof but it is ridiculous to deliver a car in this condition. And don't even get me started on how my '04 VW GTI was delivered.
#3522 of 7872 All of these negtive reports concerning Toyota
Dec 31, 2005 (7:23 am)
quality lately. You know, my Kia's always come as a whole package, with everything working properly. Toyota's slipping and Kia/Hyundai continue to improve. Even though Kia scores worse than Hyundai on quality reports the Long-Haul covers over anything and everything that might not be up to your own personal standards during initial break-in time and then later.
It's all turning South Korean for our automotive needs. Toyota's gained success on a lot of hype and it's time to smack yourselves upside the head and realize that.
Watch as Hyundai/Kia rise towards their goal of becoming a top 5 worldwide automaker by the year 2010. They're right on the mark and surging upward as I type out this message.
#3523 of 7872 Re: 06 Sonata LX features [desertguy]
Dec 31, 2005 (7:59 am)
My 2000 VW GTI GLX had a VR6 and was made in Germany not Mexico. Quality may have been better but could not live with the reliability issues. I am hoping the 06 Sonata LX will make me forget about the VW. The VW was loaded and a blast to drive. Too bad it had some major reliability problems.
#3524 of 7872 Reply to iluvmysephia1 - from Accent discussion
Dec 31, 2005 (8:01 am)
In the 2006 Hyundai Accent discussion, iluvmysephia1 said:
my local Hyundai dealer has a half a dozen Sonata's on their lot, too. This gives me a totally different slant angle on things, as the Sonata is a great new car.
backy, in your opinion, do the whiners over on the Sonata board really have much to gripe about with the new Sonata? I mean, to me the concerns seem bogus. Front seats that tilt forward too much? Give me a break! This changes my car search to seriously looking at a 2006 Sonata. Are there any current rebates on it?
Will a dealer sell me one for only $15,499 with the 5-speed manual and will it have a CD changer and air conditioning?
I've always dug the '06 Sonata's styling, it is spot on IMO.
Personally I think most of the gripes on the Sonata are pretty small, but I think Hyundai goofed on a few details with the '06 Sonata, including the manual seat height adjuster (should have retained the dual-knob setup), lack of folding mirrors, and lack of a tuning button on the steering wheel. The last one is particularly puzzling. And I can't figure out who at Hyundai would make the decision to make a backwards step on the seat height adjuster (the dual knobs allow for greater range of adjustment) and the folding mirrors (all Hyundais used to have those). I expect cost cutting is the culprit. I think they put a lot of money into the new engines and platform for the Sonata, so maybe they had to trim elsewhere to offer such a great car for so little money.
There is $2500 in total rebates on the Sonata GL through Monday: $500 general, $1000 loyalty (sorry, Kia doesn't count), and $1000 for financing through HMFC. But there's a $1000 general rebate on the V6 models, plus higher markup, so those are a particularly good deal right now. One of my local dealers is offering the GLS V6 for $16,999 before the $1000 financing rebate. Current Hyundai owners could pick one up for $16k + T&L.
The GL has A/C and all the safety features, including ESC and ABS with traction control, standard, but the CD changer is not available from the factory on the GL. It has a 6-speaker MP3 CD player though, so just record a bunch of songs on a MP3 disk and who needs a changer?