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#2 of 166 Test drove a 2009 Azera
Jun 06, 2008 (10:53 pm)
I took my 06 Azera in for service on June 3rd and noticed a metallic red Azera sitting on the lot.
Once I got close enough I realized it was a 2009 with an MSRP of $30,869.00. The first thing you will notice are the new rims. They are not chrome but they do have a satin nickel finish that looks very nice. The new grill has tasteful upturned bars that look more defined. Inside you will find that all the silver accents are now chrome and the wood is darker with a different grain. The audio system (it did not have navigation.) has a larger display with a better preset layout for XM and now includes a console mounted aux/usb jack and best of all the interior illumination is BLUE... The carpet and lower trim pieces are a much darker color. I find the contrast to be very tasteful. The dealer insisted that I test drive it, he did not have to ask twice, and I will say that the suspension is much quieter and more controlled. To some it up...I should have waited for an '09...
#3 of 166 Re: Test drove a 2009 Azera [technishawn]
Jun 07, 2008 (8:55 pm)
This car matches the description of the 2009 Korean home-market model whose brochure was available some months ago through a link from this website.
You don't mention whether you have test-driven a 2008. Given that the '08 had significant suspension changes that were reported to be an improvement in these same areas, I'd say the jury is still out on whether the 2009 suspension is any different than that of the '08.
But in any case, great news. Thanks for relaying it.
#4 of 166 Re: Test drove a 2009 Azera [tonycd]
Jun 08, 2008 (6:19 pm)
I drove an '08 Azera as a loner car for a weekend and I do think the '09 felt more controlled but without driving them back to back who knows. It is just an all around nicer package in my opinion, much better than my '06. But in any case, they made the much needed improvements in a very reasonable time and all is well in the cosmos.
Long live the Azera......
#5 of 166 Re: Test drove a 2009 Azera [technishawn]
Jun 09, 2008 (11:22 am)
Based on my experience with an 07, the jury will be out on the 08's and 09's until they have over 5,000 miles on them as far as the suspension is concerned. My 07 rode well when new, but deteriorated. They replaced the struts and it rode well again and then deteriorated.
Unless they have completely redesigned the entire suspension, which I doubt, the problems are still there.
#6 of 166 2009 Azera availability South FL??
Jun 09, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I have become very excited about the Azera; looked at the ''08. Does anyone
have information on the '09 availability in South Florida? Aware of any special
incentive programs? Thank you.
#7 of 166 Re: Test drove a 2009 Azera [carolinabob]
Jun 09, 2008 (6:50 pm)
Bob, you are an intelligent and sincere man. I respect your posts, and all the more since I have no Azera ownership experience of my own.
But in the interest of fairness, I must note that Hyundai did say they completely redesigned the shocks themselves with a new "twin tube" design. Having not heard any reports of the problem so far with the 2008 models, and having not detected any problem myself in a rough-road test drive (which the 2006 flunked in this regard), I don't know there's any proof that they have not fixed the infamous "clunk." With all due empathy for your very car's very frustrating problem, we might want to reserve judgment on that.
#8 of 166 Re: Test drove a 2009 Azera [carolinabob]
Jun 10, 2008 (4:40 am)
With 12,000+ miles on my '08 Limited/Ultimate I'm still a happy camper. There has been no change in my suspension since the day I picked it up, and it handles much better overall than the '07 I test-drove.
#9 of 166 2009 Hyundai Azera
Jun 10, 2008 (8:15 pm)
Could someone post some pics of the 2009 Hyundai Azera?
#10 of 166 CarolinaBob, I stand corrected.
Jun 11, 2008 (10:03 am)
I now see that posts #951 and #952 in the forum "Hyundai Azera Front End Problems" do describe front suspension problems being experienced by owners of 2008 Azeras. I defer to you.