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#11 of 141 Sonata 2006 (V6) rear "Kathunk"
Nov 01, 2006 (7:14 am)
I'm going on 4 months with my Sonata--truly enjoying the car. Started experiencing the rear "kathunk" almost immediately--my wife can't hear it at all, but I do...15-20 mph, certain types of rougher road only. Called my local dealer (Mpls) right away in July, their customer service director called me back almost immediately, said they've had several complaints like mine, Hyundai is aware and working on it. The parts (new shock absorbers) are in short supply, but (he said) should start trickling in a few months. Got a call from him last Friday, parts are in, had my car in yesterday AM, new shocks, 45 mins later, problem totally resolved. I suggest that anyone with this problem work with your dealer--parts are still short, but he said Hyundai rep. had assured him that everyone will be taken care of. New part # is 55311-3K051 plus brackets.
This is by no means a safety issue, just moderately irritating. I recall my battles with GM on my 2001 Intrigue with the faulty ISS--they never did resolve that. But Hyundai cared enough to resolve a minor shock absorber issue--I'm very impressed with my dealer and with Hyundai.
#12 of 141 MY 3.3 V6
Nov 05, 2006 (5:09 pm)
I have had my car for two months but it kinda hard to describe, one thing i like as soon as you get on the freeway it floats off, plus all the standard equipment for for the price you cant beat it.
#13 of 141 anybody have a 2007 manual trans?
Dec 08, 2006 (8:10 am)
I live in New York State, and tried 5 dealerships- no one sells manual transmission, GLS.
I bought my last car way back in 1987, my wife bought a stick shift Subaru in 1999 no problem, I testdrove a 2007 Mazda6 with stick, other manufacturers make a stick shift....why not Hyundai on the east coast?
If you bought one I'd be interested to find out what state, what month.
#14 of 141 4 months of ownership
Dec 08, 2006 (9:43 am)
I have owned my '06 GLS V6 with 16" wheels for four months and 5,000 miles and have not had any of the problems appearing in the posts. I have been very happy with the car so far. I looked at the competition and the Sonata had the best safety features and ratings for the money. I had to laugh at what I thought was a problem with the front passenger headrest--I was getting a knocking sound going over bumps, which turned out to be the passenger seatbelt buckle rapping against the door pillar--only after someone sat in the front seat and left the seat belt a little twisted.
#15 of 141 Re: 4 months of ownership [noburgers]
Dec 08, 2006 (1:23 pm)
I have had my car for 3 months and just turned 10,000 miles. It's going into the shop tomorrow for a new drivers seat rail as I am now getting squeeking noises from my seat. No big deal but it will be nice to have it quiet again inside the cabin.
Overall, extremely happy with the car and my dealerships service department. Next oil change, they are swapping out my rear shocks for the "k-thump" issues that people have posted. Mine's not bad at all, but I might as well take advantage of the swap.
#16 of 141 Over 7 months of ownership and 12,500 miles
Dec 09, 2006 (6:10 am)
No issues so far with my 2006 GLS V6 (215-60-R16 tires).
Within the last year and a half, I have test driven a 2006 Honda Civic EX I4, 2006 Honda Accord LX I4, 2006 Toyota Camry LE I4, 2007 Toyota Camry XLE V6, 2006 Buick Lucerne CXL V8, 2006.5 Kia Optima LX I4, 2006 Hyundai Azera SE V6, 2006 Ford Fusion SE V6, and recently a 2007 Nissan Altima SE V6. Even if I were still in the market and the price tag on each of the above were the same as my Sonata, I would still pick my Sonata over all but the 2007 Camry XLE, Hyundai Azera, and Buick Lucerne.
#17 of 141 Re: Over 7 months of ownership and 12,500 miles [rhduke00]
Dec 09, 2006 (7:40 am)
Before I bought my Sonata, I drove the Accord and the 07 Camry. Loved the Accord but the Camry seemed to have transmission hesitation problems. On the test drive, the salesman stated that he would have the service department check it out. Now you read all over the Toyota boards that this is a major issue and that there is no fix in sight. Glad I didn't buy the Toyo.
Got the Hyundai over the Accord for the better value and warranty. 3 months and 10,000 miles later...still happy with my decision.
#18 of 141 Re: I'll play [miamixt]
Dec 09, 2006 (9:07 am)
I am shocked that your mileage was was "dismal" with the AC on.My 4 cyl with auto got over 30MPG even when some city driving was mixed in.Straight hwy 33 was guaranteed.
#19 of 141 Re: Over 7 months of ownership and 12,500 miles [cableguy06]
Dec 09, 2006 (9:24 am)
...3 months and 10,000 miles later...
You need to drive your car more.
#20 of 141 Re: Over 7 months of ownership and 12,500 miles [rhduke00]
Dec 09, 2006 (12:07 pm)
Bought the Sonata solely for the excellent warranty and the huge amount of standard features for the dollar. Travelling sales will do this to you. In 3 years, this Sonata will have 100K miles on it and then I may look at the Azeras...sweet cars! Don't intend to keep this car for more than 3 years.