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#6814 of 6854 Re: If they are serious with the Genesis [tonycd]
Nov 21, 2008 (12:09 pm)
There are only two parts of the physical car that fall notably short of its lux-brand competitors: the fake wood and the slanty-H logos. Which means, unless you're fanatical about timber, you're not objecting to the owner's experience driving the car -- you're objecting to the reaction of spectators.
Or perhaps you don't like the driving experience, which you completely left out of your "two-parts." Perhaps it should be "at least three-parts?"
C&D had this to say about driving the vehicle:
We mentioned the suggestion of athleticism, and thatís what it is: a visual suggestion quickly tempered by dynamic realities when the road acquires curves and kinks. As we noted in our August preview test, Hyundai didnít skimp on the suspension, which employs multilink hardware fore and aft, with aluminum componentry. But it didnít take long on some of our favorite back roads to convince us that the decisions made by the chassis engineers in the area of spring rates and damping could benefit from a little revision. Maybe more than a little.
On smooth freeway stretches, the ride is creamy and quiet. But on those back roads, contoured and crinkled by Michigan winters, it was not difficult to use up all of the suspension travel, yielding hard bumps and episodes of head toss.
They go on to say its a luxury cruiser, but not on the same page as vehicles such as the BMW 528.
Automobile Magazine, in comparing the Genesis against German and Japanese Lux competition had this to say about the driving experience:
On glass-smooth on-ramps, the big Hyundai takes a deliberate, slightly tail-out set, thanks in part to an enormous rear antiroll bar.
But add a few bumps, and the Genesis takes a turn for the worse. Unlike any of the other sedans, the Hyundai falls completely to pieces on twisty, bumpy back roads. Push it hard, and pavement irregularities send the Genesis heaving and wallowing down the road with the traction control light flashing and the steering wheel shuddering. When you're hustling with a car full of passengers, its soft rear suspension crashes onto its bump stops over moderately rough roads.
Sure, hard-core cornering probably isn't on a lot of shoppers' lists when looking at the $40k Hyundai, but I post this to say that there are definitely some places where the Genesis needs to improve besides wood trim and brand prestige.
#6815 of 6854 Re: If they are serious with the Genesis [tonycd]
Nov 21, 2008 (2:53 pm)
Yeah, and now they've spent the last decade frantically un-earning them
Maybe Mercedes, but not BMW. And certainly not in every market segment.
#6816 of 6854 Bad Shock Engineering.
Nov 21, 2008 (3:35 pm)
"C&D had this to say about driving the vehicle:
We mentioned the suggestion of athleticism, and thatís what it is: a visual suggestion
quickly tempered by dynamic realities when the road acquires curves and kinks.
As we noted in our August preview test, Hyundai didnít skimp on the suspension,
which employs multilink hardware fore and aft, with aluminum componentry.
But it didnít take long on some of our favorite back roads to convince us that the
decisions made by the chassis engineers in the area of spring rates and damping
could benefit from a little revision. Maybe more than a little. [Ah men!]
On smooth freeway stretches, the ride is creamy and quiet. But on those back roads,
contoured and crinkled by Michigan winters, it was not difficult to use up all of
the suspension travel, yielding hard bumps and episodes of head toss."
Just like the Azera.
Hyundai's suspension engineers are not up to the task of properly designing a good suspension system.
I know because we are on our third set of front shocks for our Azera in less than 14K miles.
Hyundia's Mando supplied shocks simply do not last and are not up to the task, and from what some magagine writters are saying, it doesn't appear that the Sachs shocks in the Genesis are any
better. What a shame. Excellent cars failing because of Hyundia's suspension engineers!
In both cases, one wonders why Hyundai did not go to Bilstein or KYB
in the beginning when shopping for shock absorber suppliers.
Nov 21, 2008 (4:03 pm)
This vehicle is updated on Ford's website. Trim levels have been shuffled with a base SE sliding in, and SEL being equipped much like last year's SEL w/Safety and Security package.
#6818 of 6854 Re: The Other Way Around. NO! [donna388]
Nov 24, 2008 (6:56 am)
Sorry to be behind the power curve here, but who or what is "Fred's" ? Thanks, van
#6819 of 6854 Re: The Other Way Around. NO! [lightfootfl]
Nov 24, 2008 (8:15 am)
No need to feel sorry Dave. What year was your VW Diesel?
So a search for Fred's TDI or go to: www.tdiclub.com
That will get you to a group of VW enthusiasts bar none.
As a group, we know the VW diesel better than the dealers, I kid you not!
I am always surprised how many VW diesel owners have never heard of this group.
With over 64,497members World Wide of which over 18,000 are considered active,
it has been around for over 10 years and is continually growing.
Fred is a fellow who started that group many years ago when he didn't own a diesel
and this group simply grew and grew. Whatever you need to know, the members
there know the car.
#6820 of 6854 Hyundai does not want to hear from you.
Nov 24, 2008 (8:53 am)
Last year, I wrote to Lexus and told them why I did not purchase one of their cars. Within 2-3 weeks, they called me and we had a nice chat about what I would like to see on their cars. They also sent me brochures on the LS and GS models.
I have also communicated with other manufacturers and been cordially treated.
But, NOT Hyundai!
08/26 sent a letter to CEO with what I would like to see on the Genesis. Most suggestions were things on the Azera, but not on the Genesis and moving some features from the 4.6 to another package on the 3.8.
09/05 letter stamped received in President's office.
10/02 letter stamped received in Consumer Affairs Dept.
11/21 letter stamped received in Legal Dept.
11/21 letter returned to me with a cover letter from assistant general counsel.
Their letter states: "As a matter of course, all correspondence received by HMA containing suggestions for design changes, new products, marketing strategies, advertising slogans or the like, is forwarded to the Legal Department for reply. Please be advised that it is against the policy of HMA to accept unsolicited ideas from persons outside the Hyundai organization. In accordance with this policy, we are returning your correspondence with this letter. Please consider this letter as HMA's response to your August 26, 2008 correspondence."
This is why Hyundai will not suceed as a luxury car manufacturer and will ultimately have problems becoming a major factor in the American market.
#6821 of 6854 Re: Hyundai does not want to hear from you. [carolinabob]
Nov 24, 2008 (11:15 am)
With most companies "litigation jumpy", I can understand why HMA responded as they did.
A better way is to post your suggestions and concerns in a forum like this one. Hopefully they monitor these forums. If they don't then you last statement in the above post is most certainly true.
#6822 of 6854 Re: The Other Way Around. NO! [donna388]
Nov 25, 2008 (7:36 am)
Thanks, I had never heard of it..(Fred's). I started with the VW Deisel with air conditioning, in '79.. I purchased it in St Louis, Mo and a couple of months later had to replace it with another, as I had the 1st one was totalled out by a tractor trailer accident. That one lasted me over 100K miles without any problems at all. Then I did a 100K servicing, and had problems from then til I got rid of it about 25,000 mi later. Over all I loved it, especially the mileage I had, for the entire life of the vehicle as I owned it, was in the upper 40's if I remember right. I did much better the 1st 100K mi, that servicing killed everything. At the time I owned it, I was moving from Ill, to FL, to AL, to AR, back to FL., where I finally sold it in 1985.
Again thanks for the answer,
#6823 of 6854 Re: Hyundai does not want to hear from you. [carolinabob]
Nov 25, 2008 (8:25 am)
And what does it have to do with mainstream large sedans comparo? You've already posted the exact same thing in a few other threads, are you now infecting every thread because Hyundai didn't respond to what you wanted to hear?