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#1 of 141 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction
Oct 25, 2006 (2:36 pm)
Looking at the new '07 Sonatas and doing research on these cars and it seems there are several '06 Sonatas for sale locally (WI)as well as elsewhere so I am curious why.
Caught between the 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines. The 4 will do the job I'm sure, but if you get into the SE model, your only choice is the V6.
Would like to know what people have been really getting for mpg on the '06/07 4's and 6's.
Also, anyone that has some higher mileage on their '06, any problems, have you had any maintenance done in the way of valve-lash checks, if so, within spec and at what mileage was it checked?
Would you buy another Hyundai again?
#2 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [ricsch]
Oct 25, 2006 (4:51 pm)
There are quite a few '06 Sonatas in fleets. That could be where the units you are seeing came from. Recall the '06s have been out for about 18 months in the U.S.
#3 of 141 I'll play
Oct 25, 2006 (8:07 pm)
There are tons of new Sonatas used as rental Cars. Plus its a common Car to see. Mileage is dismal if you always use your A/C, and live in a tropical swamp like I do. The V6 is a fine model, the rebate is more too!. Plenty o' Power. I said I would never buy another Hyundai again after driving an 05 Elantra, and wound up with a classy 06 LX . Seems that Hyundai dealers will give you better bucks when trading in one of their own with only 4000 miles on it!.
#4 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [ricsch]
Oct 26, 2006 (3:26 pm)
There is already a thread for MPG called "Hyundai Sonata: MPG-Real World Numbers" so you can go there for that info.
I am a new Hyundai customer and just purchased an '07 Sonata about two months ago. I can tell you that I researched a lot of cars and decided the Sonata gave a great deal more for-the-money than the competition, which drove me (no pun intended) to the dealership to test-drive one.
So far I am extremely impressed with the quality of this vehicle. If it holds up (and it looks like it will), I will have no hesitation in buying another Hyundai product.
#5 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [ricsch]
Oct 29, 2006 (11:14 am)
We have owned a 2006 Sonata since February and it has been a nightmare to date. Although the car itself isn't too bad, the Manufacturer has been useless as far as standing behind their so called "best warrantee in America". With our experience, it may as well not even have a warrantee. We have had a problem with the passenger side air bag not activating while someone is in the seat. It was quite intermittent at first but has gotten worse. We have had it to the dealer's 5 times now, the last with a very unaccomodating regional rep. He basically said that there was nothing they could do unless they could duplicate the defect. So we are stuck with an unsafe car for now. We are going to the State Attorney General under the lemon law act to get our money back. I wouldn't even consider a replacement car as the manufacturer is impossible to deal with reagarding warranty concerns.
The car is also noisy on the inside at higher speeds, has a bothersome throttle tip in where you push the throttle in with nothing happening until it gets to a certain point with a sudden surge. The other common problem seems to be the rattle from the rear suspension. Again, it seems the manufacturer has little interest in improving defects and satisfying customers. I think they just want to sell, sell, sell, and let the rest be.
I'll never be a victim of Hyundai again. When we get our money back I guess we'll go with either a Honda Accord or a Buick Lucerne or Lacrosse. (Somebody with real warranties)
#6 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [curley]
Oct 29, 2006 (12:29 pm)
So the Air Bag didn't "activate"?. Were you in an accident, and was your passenger hurt?. In that case you can sue Hyundai. Or is the sensor just acting up. Why can't the shop that provides Warranty service duplicate the problem.
I've had my Sonata since February too, with none of the problems you speak about.
And the Lemon Law does not automatically provide your money back?. If a serious safety defect can't be fixed after a few reasonable attempts to address the situation, then and only then will your complaint be taken seriously. Sorry to read about your problem. I would tell everybody I know to pick up a new Hyundai Sonata!.
#7 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [miamixt]
Oct 29, 2006 (12:40 pm)
I have had my 07 Limited for a little over 2 months and have about 6500 miles on it. As an engineer, I was anal about researching this car and also test drove the new Accord and the 07 Camry. I went with the Sonata because of its excellent reputation, safety ratings, warranty and a great deal.
I have had no major issues to date but found a crack in my side skirt when washing the car about a month after I drove it off the lit. Hyundau scheduled their regional rep to look at it and he approved the replacement without hesitation...VERY impressive. As with all cars, someone will get a problem vehicle. Buy the Buick and an Accord and you are taking an equal risk.
#8 of 141 Re: 2006-07 Sonata owners experience/satisfaction/dissatisfaction [curley]
Oct 29, 2006 (6:13 pm)
I have had my 2006 Sonata LX since the end of January. I have about 3600 miles and have had no problems. It has been one terrific car and I came out of a series of Acura TL's (6) and this car is more than satisfactory to me. So much so that I bought an Azera Limited in August which my wife drives, mainly. Why not head over to the Toyota board and see what issues the Camry owners are going through with the new models. Transmission, engine and quality control issues to name just a few. By and large no one seems to have had the troubles you seem to be having. Why not approach another dealer if yours doesn't seem to be finding success with your problems?
#9 of 141 Disapointed with the Sonata suspension noises
Oct 31, 2006 (2:40 pm)
I have a 2007 Sonata SE 3.3
The suspensions thumping is very annoying. It feels like the tires are bouncing when you hit bumps. Below 20 mph, highway and a fully loaded car with 5 passangers and luggage drive good.
Just don't drive with less people on our New England roads and you will be ok.
My suggestion is to try one and drive over some bumps and pay attention to noises with the suspension. If it sounds bumpy just walk away or buy it and enjoy the music. Hyundai
knows about it, but do not plan on fixing it.
#10 of 141 After Six Months and 10,000 Miles, I'm Very Satisfied with My 2006 GLS V6
Nov 01, 2006 (4:30 am)
I drive on smooth roads, on bumpy roads, and over railroad tracks every day without any thumping or bouncing. So far I've experienced nothing but enjoyment with this car. BTW I have the 16 inch wheels with the high profile Michelins which are set to 35 PSI when cold.