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Hyundai Sonata, Sedan
Mar 23, 2006 (10:12 pm)
yes, you do know what I mean then! I absolutely loved my '99 Kia Sephia. You know when it really got fun to drive that Sephia? When I got some 70,000 mile Yokohama tires and Konig Diva wheels put on it. It improved the car's ride and handling so much. Sephia brake issue that you may have heard of before?
Solved by a good local mechanic who simply popped in new rotors and a heavier-duty brake pad (evidently the OEM Kia brake pads were a tad under-tough). Never had a brake problem. Really, the '99 Sephia was running like a champ when I traded in for the '01 Kia Sportage 4x4 in late September of 2001. I just traded it in because I could and the Sportage 4x4 has been a great little SUV to own and drive.
91escort, I'm curious, are you in the market to buy a 2006 Hyundai Sonata? Have you already bought one? Thanks for your upbuilding Kia comments. There are literally skads of us Kia-ites in America now but not everyone participates in forums like this and adds their input. Really nice to see, yes it is!
#4705 of 7872 Re: '06 Galant [mamamia2]
Mar 24, 2006 (5:31 am)
Mitsubishi is a great name in electronics. Their computer monitors are superb, and so are their many other products
My 19" Hyundai LD90 monitor is not chopped liver! I compared the pictures and prices to many top brands, and it won out by a good margin. It's been faultless for over a year. It had nothing to do with my decision to buy my 06 Sonata... or did it?
#4706 of 7872 Re: '06 Galant [jcm68]
Mar 24, 2006 (7:44 am)
All good points, and one last thing - The Galant requires Premium Unleaded Gas!
#4707 of 7872 Re: '06 Galant [kingr]
Mar 24, 2006 (10:59 am)
The Galant requires Premium Unleaded Gas!
I noticed that the Endeavor also requires premium when I was shopping for an SUV a couple of years ago. It was one of many reasons I didn't buy one. Very cheap cheesy interior was another. Very odd placement of the Audio and Climate controls on Steering wheel. Very flat leather seats. I could go on, but I won't. If the Gallant is a cheap and cheesy, I say without a doubt go with the Sonata. Even if they were the same price it would be a no brainer for me.
#4708 of 7872 Re: '06 Galant [mamamia2]
Mar 24, 2006 (7:41 pm)
I know what you mean, I can't think of one person I known that had a Mitsubishi with over 60K miles that didn't nickel and dime them to death.
#4709 of 7872 Waiting on changes...
Mar 25, 2006 (3:48 pm)
The more I think about it, the more I like the Sonata as the next car to replace my 02 Elantra GT. The Elantra has been a phenomenal car and has really gone a long way to cementing my relationship with Hyundai.
There are a few things that I'd like to change on the Sonata, however. In no particular order:
- Add a seek button to the steering wheel audio controls (should have been there in the first place!)
- Restyle the interior to add electroluminescent gauges and incorporate a less "funky" center dash design. Please get rid of the ugly pale green instrument lighting!
- Add the option of satellite radio. What happened to the XM satellite radio deal? There was a Hyundai press release about it and then nothing happened.
- Add a tire pressure monitoring system (though this might be a government mandated addition for the 2007 model year).
- An in-dash navigation system option would be nice. Sonatas sold in other countries have it.
- Offer an exterior color that actually looks like it is red. Sorry, Dark Cinnamon doesn't cut it.
The Sonata is a great car. A few changes might make it even better.
#4710 of 7872 Re: Waiting on changes... [shado4]
Mar 25, 2006 (3:54 pm)
I bet you will see all of these changes in place, except maybe a dash redesign, for the 2007 MY. XM is definitely coming for 2007; TPMS is as you said mandated by the government; and the Sonata's cousin the Optima is offered in red, so maybe Hyundai will open up the color palette a bit also.
But you might also want to wait and see what the all-new 2007 Elantra is like, since Hyundai seems to be improving more with each new model.
#4711 of 7872 Re: Waiting on changes... [backy]
Mar 25, 2006 (8:47 pm)
Hmmm...haven't really thought about the all-new Elantra. I'll check the Elantra discussion to see if there are any pics or technical specs available yet.
I was seeing myself move up the Hyundai ladder (Elantra, Sonata, Azera, ? (rear-wheel drive sport/luxury car?). I love my GT, but want to buy something larger with more power. I test drove the Sonata a few months ago and came away very much impressed. Since then I've paid off the Elantra and am biding my time to see what kind of enhancements Hyundai will make to the Sonata for next year.
#4712 of 7872 Re: Waiting on changes... [shado4]
Mar 26, 2006 (7:22 am)
Well, the Sonata is certainly larger and more powerful than your Elantra. But then, the 2007 Elantra will be larger and more powerful than your Elantra too. Depends on how much larger and more powerful you need.
#4713 of 7872 Considering Sonata
Mar 26, 2006 (7:28 am)
I need some advice from some who have driven previous gen Camry's (02-06) and the new Sonata. My local dealer is selling a GLS V6 for 17500. This seems like a great deal to me. My only concern is ride quality. I got my Camry (03 SE) because of it's comfortable and quiet ride. How does the Sonata compare in that regard. I haven't test driven it yet. Probably will tomorrow.