Last post on Jan 06, 2008 at 8:42 AM
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Hyundai Santa Fe, Car Comparisons, Wagon, SUV, Van
Oct 23, 2007 (8:20 am)
I traded a 2005 Ford Freestyle AWD for the 2007 SF SE AWD
But as far as my car purchasing history goes...
1964 Pontiac Bonneville convertible- Wish I still had this car. Great for surfers on the east coast.
1970- Ford Maverick. POS but never stranded me.
1978 Chevy Monza- First brand new car
1980 Honda Civic- Sank it in deep water
1981 Honda Civic(4d)- Nice car
1983 (?) Izusu Impulse- First sort of sporty car
1984 VW Jetta GLI Best car I have ever owned
1986 VW Jetta Decent car, should have keep the GLI
1986 VW GTI Second best car I have ever owned.
1987 Pontiac Grand Am (16v) Decent car
1988 Dodge Raider 4x4- Decent SUV, my first. (mitisubushi montero clone)
1989 Pontiac Grand Am- Should have keep the dodge.
1991 Isuzu Trooper- 2nd SUV 4x4
1994 Hyundai Sonata- Fair decent for an earlier model hyundai
1995 Nissan Maxima- Another great car I should have kept.
1996 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 Decent SUV
1998 Isuzu Trooper 4x4 POS worse SUV I have ever owned. A lemon for sure.
2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4- Good SUV, wish I still had it.
2004 Isuzu Ascender 4x4- traded it for the 2007 Sonata SE V6. Great SUV, but too top heavy and softly sprung.
2006 Hyundai Sonata V6- good car-should have keep it
2005 Ford Freestyle AWD mixed feelings, good rid of it and traded it in on a 2007 Hyundai Santa FE SE AWD
So now I have the 2007 Sonata SE and Santa Fe SE AWD. Time to stop buying cars. LOL
#24 of 32 I Drove A....
Nov 02, 2007 (8:30 pm)
71? Volkswagen Beetle (bought in 1985)
72? Ford F150 (bought in 1986)
81 Datsun Truck (Bought in 1987) (bed rusted out, built a wooden bed)
85 Isuzu Trooper (bought in 1989)
95 Mazda Truck - first new vehicle
93 Ford Escort- for my wife
98 Dodge Grand Caravan (bought in 2000)
01 Dodge Grand Caravan (bought in 2004)
98 Dodge Caravan (Bought in 2005) which made us a 2 caravan family. And the last Caravan we will own.
07 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD
#25 of 32 Very few cars...
Jan 05, 2008 (8:20 am)
1977 Datsun B210
1983 Mazda GLC
1990 Honda Accord LX
All of these cars were bought new. I drove that Accord up until last week, when I got my SF Limited in Dark Cherry Red.
Jan 05, 2008 (8:54 am)
hey - does anyone have any pictures of their old cars and/or their santa fe - i think that's be nice to see!
#27 of 32 Re: pics [somedai1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2008 (8:57 am)
Lots of people post pics of their old cars on their CarSpace page. I couldn't find anything older than my '78 SuperBeetle. link
#29 of 32 Before My wife's Santa Fe we drove a
Jan 05, 2008 (9:10 pm)
05 Honda Pilot EX-L
#30 of 32 Re: Before My wife's Santa Fe we drove a [justthinking]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2008 (11:04 pm)
Yours is the most recent Honda "conquest" I've noticed in here. Please elaborate on why you went with the Santa Fe instead of another Pilot or other Honda. Thanks!
#31 of 32 Re: Before My wife's Santa Fe we drove a [steve_]
Jan 06, 2008 (7:18 am)
Thanks for the question about the Pilot.
We have bought a variety of Mazdas, Toyotas and Hondas for years. The last two vehicles we bought were an 03 Pilot and an 05 Pilot. We liked both Pilots, but were kind of "Pilot-ed out" on the design. A little boxy. Truth is if the new Pilot looked like the Santa Fe, we might have gone back to it. Our main goal was to keep the price at or below the current Pilot. The choices came down to the CX9, CX7, Acura RDX, Pilot, and CRV.
CX9 - Loved it, but $33K with leather, heated seats more than we wanted to spend
CX7 - Liked the look, but several reports of harsh ride, wife not interested. Also the price seemed to have a lot of money into the 4 cyl turbo engine, something wife not interested in.
RDX - Liked the car's amenities, but $32K was again more than we wanted to spend.
Pilot - Reliable, and heavily discounted right now. About $29K with leather/heated seats. Design was dated, wife felt it sat up a little high
CRV - Great car, but dealers not discounting EX-L. This meant at least $27K for a CRV. 4 cylinder, 166hp, clearly a smaller car than the Pilot. For $2K more, you could get a Pilot, much more vehicle in my opinion.
Santa Fe - Great styling, great reviews. Never drove it until the day we picked it up. Great pricing, $26K without rebate. That was at least $1K less than the CRV, and $3-7K less than all other models we looked at. Then the real capper was the 1.9% financing. It allowed us to get out of the lease loop, and BUY a car with an affordable monthly payment.
I had heard about Hyundai's quality rebound, and the Hyundai safety rating was important to my wife.
I feel this car is head and shoulders the best value around. It's like a secret that other people don't know about yet.
We intend to sell this car to one of our teenage daughters down the road 3-4 years.
Does that answer your question?
#32 of 32 Re: Before My wife's Santa Fe we drove a [justthinking]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 06, 2008 (8:42 am)