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Hyundai Azera, Sedan
#988 of 1124 Re: Consumer Reports [rotary]
Jun 19, 2008 (1:34 pm)
See April 2008 issue, page 82. It states that "Used Cars to Avoid had below average reliability for their specific model years." Then see page 85, "Used Cars to Avoid." Under Hyundai, it lists the "Azera, '07."
Personally I don't agree with it and it conflicts with the individual systems "verdicts" on page 91. However, on page 91, they also rate the '07 as below average as a used car.
They cannot go back and change their ratings from the 2007 issue. However, I asked them to explain how the 07 dropped from great to POS and they did not respond.
They also state that the Azera is a "good value and performs well." Page 11.
On page 34, they list it  as a Quick Recommendation for sedans for being "roomy and having a good ride." They downgrade it for MPG, but it actually has the same overall MPG as their most highly recommended Infiniti M35 and G35 and better than the G35 AWD.
Biased? Conflicting? Unintelligible? You bet, but there it is.
#989 of 1124 2007 Azera Limited
Jun 19, 2008 (1:47 pm)
I own a 2007 model and I am convinced it is the best car for the price.
Compare size, content and quality, nothing beats it.
I had no problems and gas mileage is in line with cars that size.
#990 of 1124 Re: Consumer Reports [carolinabob]
Jun 19, 2008 (2:35 pm)
Totally wrong, CR . I have the Azy'07 for 7 month now. It is BY FAR the best car I had for the money. It rides like a Lincoln Continental and others in the same class that cost much more. I don't even have the front end problems that we "hear" a lot about. I hope I am not speaking too soon, but so far I LOVE THIS CAR.
#991 of 1124 Re: Consumer Reports [andysam]
Jun 19, 2008 (4:23 pm)
I disagree with CR also.
We have the 2007 Limited bought new off the showroom floor. It has almost 39,000 miles on it and we'd buy another. In fact I was thinking of looking for a used one for myself to drive and sell the 1996 Grand Am with 228,000 miles on it.
We've had no problems and certainly none of the front clunking issues even on bumpy roads.
We get 28 mpg going to LA and to Silver Springs, Nevada. Its a quiet car, good ride and great handling. I rotated the tires in my driveway and change my own oil.
No issues here. Just wish it had Air Conditioned seats like the Lincoln Zephr we test drove and decided on the Azera instead, no regrets.
I think CR is using incomplete data or making assumptions based on the few complaints they've heard about.
The trunk is cavernous with an easy low sill access, back seats swing down, rear sunshade, sun visor extensions, door pockets that flip out to reach bottom easier. Heated seats, well lit dash, lots of shoulder room. I'm 5'7 and love the roominess. Kids come to town and we pile into the Azera. The sun roof has a sliding panel to completely block out the overhead sun.
Its a very good car regardless of pricing or past reputation of the Hyundai.
#992 of 1124 Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav
Jun 27, 2008 (8:44 am)
My wife and I went to a NJ Hyundai dealership to check out a 2009 Sonata Limited with nav but she fell in love with the 2008 Azera instead. The wood steering wheel, wood door handle (from inside the car), plus the inside layout and features look much better than the 2004 Mercedes E350 4Matic we just returned to the Mercedes dealership at the end of the least this month. My concern is that the 3.8 V6 engine, at 17 miles per gallon on city, is not gas efficient.
Would anyone out there with recent purchase of a 2008 Azera share his/her buying experience, especially the pricing and driving after the purchase? Also, would it be a good idea to wait for the 2009 model to come out? Are there any improvements on the 2009 Azera over the 2008 car? Thanks a lot.
#993 of 1124 Re: Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav [njalan]
Jun 28, 2008 (3:27 am)
My concern is that the 3.8 V6 engine, at 17 miles per gallon on city, is not gas efficient. Per the MB website, the 2008 E350, without 4Matic, is also rated at 17MPG city, and its highway mileage is 2MPG less than the Azera - figure the 4Matic model to reduce the MPG by at least 1MPG vs. the base E350, so, the Azera should do a bit better than your 4Matic - and on reg gas, to boot. HP and torq ratings are very similar between the two, but the 4Matic is heavier, so would be a bit slower, also.
If mileage is real important, get the Sonata with the 4 banger, or the Azera with the 3.3 V-6, but the luxury levels of those will be less than the Azera Limited.
Luck and fun with your shopping.
#994 of 1124 Re: Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav [njalan]
Jun 28, 2008 (9:10 pm)
I have had my 2008 Azera LTD for2 months. Have 750 miles on it & I get 18mpg city.
Now to say that I have had different vechiles in recent years might be a under statement. 2002 F150 Harley Davidson Supercharged, 1996 Impala SS Supercharged [my play toy] 2005 Magnum RT, 2006 Caddie SRX, & 2006 Trailblazer SS [395HP].
Well I love my Azera,[power,comfort & style]. Well equipped & price after $5,000. factory rebate was great .
I agree on the last statement the prev. posted. If you all the bells etc. with good power & mileage then Azera LTD got it all[well almost all].
#995 of 1124 Re: Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav [daveltd]
Jun 29, 2008 (7:21 am)
Daveltd, thanks. "Well equipped & price after $5000 factory rebate was great" When & where you got this deal? Yesterday, I saw the 2009 Azera offers $2000 rebate (Kellybluebook.com) while the 2008 with $2500 rebate. The 2008 Ltd with nav & ultimate package was quoted $28450 OTD and the 2009 can only be more.
Getting 18 mpg (local/city?) is not bad for the Limited with 3.8 engine. However, I have new concerns after reading the postings on this forum. The woodgrain steering wheel and the door pulls have chipping easily and need repair just after one year or so.
I need all the help/advice I can get on the Azera Ltd with nav and ultimate package.
#996 of 1124 Re: Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav [njalan]
Jun 29, 2008 (6:05 pm)
Daveltd may have used the term "rebate" rather loosely.
He may have meant dealer selling price compared to MSRP and rebates totaling $5000 under MSRP.
#997 of 1124 Re: Price on a fully loaded 2008 Azera Limited with nav [njalan]
Jun 30, 2008 (7:08 pm)
After sending that post I should have told you that I live in Canada. The rebate of $5,000. was from Hyundia Canada. This rebate & others on other Hyundia cars was to TRY to level the price difference between US & Canada. As you may have heard but most higher costing cars are alot more up here. The MSRP on my LTD. [nagvation was not aviable in Canada] was $40,610. So my price was $34,610, which included a addtional $1,000. off before my trade-in.
On the matter of the streering wheel thing, I have only heard from 2006 owners I believe. Looking how the wheel is made it would have too have heavy abuse to chip it.