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#4113 of 4303 Re: my 2006 Azera update [plannermann]
Aug 18, 2011 (3:50 pm)
I'm reading this from Australia and I have a 2010 Grandeur/Azera which only has 15000 kms. I have had no trouble of any kind and i reckon it is better than many of the upmarket Euro cars i have owned in the past. The sad thing is that this model was regarded as an expensive car in Australia and because of the brand name not many were being sold. A few months ago Hyundai ceased imports to our country because over here they sell mainly little cheap models. I'm really annoyed by this move but they assure me i will be able to get parts etc into the future. Having said that, they offered no apologies for the fact my almost $50000 car is now worth nothing as the car no longer exists in the market place. I wish i could buy a new Genesis or Equis from your country but the sales and import tax would more than double its cost. You guys have a wonderful range of cars at extremely cheap prices and i often laugh when i see people whinging about the cost of your cars. We are now exporting the top of the range GM Caprices to the US to be used a Police cars for around 20 odd grand. Over here the same car with better interior cost about $70+ grand. As for your split leather, any upholstery shop can fix that for a small cost and i'm sure you can get your sun roof fixed somewhere other than a Hyundai dealer for a lot less than the figure quoted. Enjoy you 2006 Azera because at least you can buy another one where i can't.
#4114 of 4303 Re: my 2006 Azera update [eod132]
Aug 19, 2011 (7:34 am)
I can NOT understand why a country will place such high import duties on a vehicle. If there were a cynical pact between a government and a union (or unions) to protect a home-soil industry, I can see the reason, harmful to all the rest of that nation's consumers though it be, but otherwise I don't see it.
I remember when I was assigned to NATO in Italy in the late '70s and was allowed to import a duty-free '77 Honda Accord (which would be shipped back OUT of Italy when I left, or dumped at sea with the papers to prove it or the duties would be charged retroactively). I asked an Italian I worked with why there were so few Japanese cars on the Italian roads and he told me that, to protect Italian brands, the government and unions had agreed that there would be a 3,000-per-year Japanese automobile import limit in place, all Japanese marques totaled...
#4115 of 4303 Re: my 2006 Azera update [gamleged]
Aug 19, 2011 (2:10 pm)
Sadly it is all about unions and their Labor Goverment lackies protecting a union based workforce. Our own motor industry, Holden and Ford, are heavily protected and subsidized and as a result the product has always been a basic car with a high price. I have spent a great deal of time in your country and I am envious at the price you pay for your own cars and those from other lands. In fairness I guess there should be a price difference due to population and sales but our prices are way over the top. A BMW of any quality here would be around 80 -90 k for just a fully optioned 3 series and up to 250k for a 7 series. Only idiots and super rich can afford these cars. I recall once being served by a black man in JC Penny's who told me he owned a 5 series. Your Azera would have been half the price of mine! I must also state that our government, which is controlled by the unions, will allow us to import a ten year old yank muscle car with no significant taxes BUT the shipping and handling costs by the unions will negate the savings. I know it is hard to believe but it is a sad fact and a price we pay to live in the best country on the planet.
#4116 of 4303 2005 Azera fender liner....
Oct 03, 2011 (12:34 pm)
I've got a 2006 Azera, 24,000 miles, VERY carefully driven and in just about pristine condition. My passenger side front fender liner just came loose, and makes a lot of noise, probably rubbing against a tire. Has anyone else had this problem, and SHOULD this have happened? I didn't drive in snow, hitting any large frozen clumps, don't recall driving over any debris, etc....Thoughts, anyone?
#4117 of 4303 Re: 2005 Azera fender liner.... [54gradsteds]
Oct 03, 2011 (12:41 pm)
I've got just over 118K miles on my '06 Azera and have NEVER had a fender come loose. Definitely something to get checked out. Good luck!!!
#4118 of 4303 Re: 2005 Azera fender liner.... [54gradsteds]
Oct 04, 2011 (3:38 am)
Are you sure it's the fender liner? There's a couple long plastic covers under the car - one on each side in midcar area - that are held on by screws that don't have large enough heads. They can ( and do ) come loose front or back, drag on the ground, and make a loud scraping sound. It's a common problem.
Oct 04, 2011 (9:10 am)
Allmet33, thanks for the rapid input. Cobrazera, you might be right. Yesterday, I tried to have a look under the car, but, due to a second new knee in July, following one in January, I couldn't actually KNEEL (really lets me be lazy in church, though) down to have a proper look. I just checked with a flashlight, comparing left and right front fenders, and both liners appear to be intact. So, the mid-car liner must be the culprit, although I don't see anything actually touching the ground. The sound is just like one would hear if the car was dragging a branch along the roadway. Anyhow, guys, thanks loads for your input. I don't know what we would do without the MANY helpful comments you have offered over the past years....Phil
#4120 of 4303 Re: 2006 Azera.... [54gradsteds]
Oct 05, 2011 (3:22 am)
Maybe yours just flops down when the wind hits it. When the one on my Azera failed, I was able to push it back up - and as long as I kept under 45MPH, it wouldn't scrape on the ground.
The fix was screws with bigger washers to hold the original part better - about $25 at the dealer's. They maintained it was caused by a road hazard, so didn't cover it under warranty.
I have found the Hyundai warranty to be mainly hype. This problem, the chipping fake wood steering wheel, my cracked dash which is out of warranty, etc. seem to occur on most Azeras, but the dealer always come up with a reason why it's not their fault.
#4121 of 4303 Re: 2006 Azera.... [cobrazera]
Oct 05, 2011 (7:51 am)
You NAILED IT ! Two screwheads at the front of the plastic on the passenger's side had pulled, through, and I couldn't see anything wrong, for it only folded down when the wind hit it while the car was moving. When I stopped to look underneath, it had sprung back up. A couple of over-sized washers did the trick at my local Texaco dealer's, who also found the beginning of a crack or two on the left front one. He put a couple of washers over there too. Very disappointing to hear of the lousy attitude of your Hyundai dealership. Considering that it was a ten-minute fix involving a handful of washers, any HONORABLE dealership would have done the job gratis ! People of MY generation have been accustomed to having things done just that way, but then, having been born in the heyday of Glen Miller and Benny Goodman, I realize things have changed BIG TIME !
p.s. It would be a good idea, I think, for all Hyundai owners with similar plastic panels beneath their vehicles to have a look next time the car is up on a rack for service, and pop in a couple of washers if any cracks are apparent near the screw heads, just to prevent what has happened to you and me....This is a poor design, and Hyundai should "Man-Up", admit it, and fix their error no matter how old the car is....Otherwise, they are deliberately planting a bad taste in the mouths of present and potential future customers...
#4122 of 4303 Re: 2006 Azera.... [54gradsteds]
Oct 05, 2011 (6:28 pm)
Wow...... my wifes 2006 Azera had one of those lower panels drop down 2 years ago. I wired it up in place enough so she could get to the dealer, http://www.visaliahyundai.com/ and they replace the entire panel under warranty. Then the next spring the passenger side fell down, they also replaced that one under warranty.
I suspect your dealerships do not want to mess with the company's warranty paperwork etc?
We have 108,000+ miles on the car now and love it to death. Still looks good, drives well and comfy too. We'll buy another if and when this one goes belly up.
I've noticed quite a few of the other brands newer auto's are looking more like the Azera styling.
Sure wish they'd make a pickup.