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#222 of 967 Pumping the Horsepower
Jan 02, 2007 (11:05 am)
I have also read what many here have referred to and that is taking the current engine to 300 hp. As we all know, it it putting out quote a bit of power now and uses REGULAR unleaded. I am guessing that if some of the aftermarket companies would put together an engine chip management program for the Azera, we could take the current engine to close to 300 just with tweaks that could accompany an upgrade to Premium Unleaded.
Personally, I am not sure another 30+ HP would make me buy the chip and spend more for gas, but for some I would bet they would jump at it. For me, I would rather see the aftermarket companies offer a little more in the way of a larger/stiffer roll bar and some other suspension mods to give us a more sporting handling capability (if desired).
I thought about changing the current Hyundai grill to the non H model, but now am of the opinion I want people to know what it is.
I am afraid that by the time I can afford to trade in my Azera, the Equus will be more than I want to spend. I suspect the second year Equus, like my current O7 Azera and my old 02 XG350L. will have all I would want and at a great price. Five years from now, may be too late for me. I suspect in three years the 2010 Equus will be the one to go after for bang for the buck.
In the mean time, my 07 is going to rack up A LOT of very pleasurable miles.
#223 of 967 Re: Pumping the Horsepower [jaymagic]
Jan 02, 2007 (11:55 am)
Don't be fooled. The current engine will only produce 263 hp using premium unleaded. Using regular knocks it down a few ponies, but...running regular, it still has plenty of kick. At least...this is what I was told by the tech at my service department.
At any rate, I'm like you...I would love to see some performance pieces made for the Azera (outside of exterior mods). I doubt if I would ever change the exhaust system as they are designed to last for life! Like you...I'd love to see some larger anti-sway bars, strut tower bars, CAI system and maybe even a turbo or super-charger (maybe Alpine Developments will make one like they did for the Sonata). One thing I can vouch for that has enhanced the handling is the new wheel/tire package I put on. 20" rims with 245/35-20 tires. Curves and corners are handled with much more confidence. The ride is a bit stiffer, but not majorly noticable. The suspension on the Azera absorbs a lot more than folks think.
In 2 more months, I will have had my Azera for a year and I've got just under 24K miles on it. Loving every minute of it!!!
#224 of 967 Re: Pumping the Horsepower [allmet33]
Jan 02, 2007 (4:14 pm)
)) "In 2 more months, I will have had my Azera for a year and I've got just under 24K miles on it." ((
That statement got me thinking. (inevitably a dangerous thing at my age and mental capacity...) My '03 Sonata is exactly 4 years, 3 wks old today. To date my car has had ONE warrantable defect that required a trip to the dealership for (a defective domelight switch) and ONE recall notice (the addition of a gravity operated rollover shut-off valve in a liquid return line to the fuel tank to prevent a fire). It's about 50 miles short of its eighth oil change. I suspect at the rate you're putting miles on your '06 Azera, in several days your car will be mechanically "older" than mine if it isn't already. Four years of essentially trouble-free operation. I wish you (and all other current Hyundai owners, regardless of model) identical good fortune!
#225 of 967 Re: Chips can cost more than their price. [jaymagic]
Jan 02, 2007 (4:46 pm)
Put a performance chip on your new car and you might end up being very unhappy if there is ever an engine failure within the Hyundai factory warranty period.
In that case, you might end up with no warranty coverage from Hyundai and no coverage from the chip manufacturer.
Not only that, you might not even find out the bad news until many months or years after the failure. And during that waiting period, you'll have probably spent a lot of your own money for repairs and/or done without the use of the car, not to mention legal expenses.
Something about the wheels of justice grinding slowly.
#226 of 967 Re: Pumping the Horsepower [ray_h1]
Jan 03, 2007 (4:24 am)
Happy New Year to you Ray_h1!!! The mileage on my Azera is building up much slower than on the '02 Sonata I had. In the 4 years I owned it, I had racked up just over 105K miles on it by the time I traded it in.
In those 4 years and all those miles...there was one recall issues (side airbag sensor replacement to ensure bags didn't deploy when door was slammed), other that that I had 5 warranty repairs with only one I considered major and that being the shifting sensor on the transmission. The car never left me stranded or gave me a day of trouble. The most money I spent was when I got the timing belt replaced and that service was $1100.00 which included a spark plug change, alignment and front end bra.
I'm not worried about the milage as I buy a car to actually drive it without thinking about how many miles I'm putting on it. Just another reason I keep up with the preventive maintenance. I think I can honestly say that this is the lowest number of miles I've ever put on a car in one year!!!
Glad to hear you've had such good fortune with your Sonata.
Jan 03, 2007 (7:19 am)
The 02 XG350L I traded in on the 07 Azera, had 76,000 miles on it and the only wartranty items ever performed were a fuse for the wipers (early on) and a headlight at about 48K. Every function on the car worked when traded, the same as new.
That's one reason I returned to Hyundai for the Azera.
#228 of 967 Re: Chips can cost more than their price. [joe131]
Jan 03, 2007 (7:23 am)
As stated, its not something I would do, BUT with the newer cars, you have the ability to save the factory setting for the chip, then make the changes you want. If the car needs servicing, you then reprogram in the factory settings before hitting the dealer service door. Not that I know anyone who has done this, but......
#229 of 967 Re: Chips can cost more than their price. [jaymagic]
Jan 03, 2007 (8:47 am)
I would rather just add a CAI system and maybe performance exhaust instead of replacing the chip. Those mods won't void the warranty (at least this is what the folks at the dealership I go to told me).
Even if you did reset the chip to factory settings, they would be able to tell if the chip had been tampered with to begin with...at least I would think that is the case.
I don't think any of this would be an issue for those that buy the Tiburons, Elantras and Accents to tune as performance cars, but for the Soantas and Azeras....don't really think it would be worth it in the end. Just my own opinion.
Jan 03, 2007 (1:30 pm)
In my opinion, if you purchased an Azera expecting it to be a "performance" car you will be disappointed. It was designed and marketed as a "near" luxury sedan.
It has sufficient get up and go to fit that catagory.
#231 of 967 Re: Performance car [floridabob1]
Jan 03, 2007 (1:39 pm)
Floridabob1...you are correct and I think a lot of folks fail to remember that when they talka bout it in performance terms. The car really has more than enough get up and go and with a few tweaks here and there, it can be a decent performer.