2006 Sonata LX, what did you pay?

I'm curious what folks have paid for their 2006 Sonata LX.. with all the bells and whistles.
I'm looking at one that's about $28,900.. which seems awfully high compared
to prices from cars.com and even Hyundai's own website.
Thanks,
Kiran
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$28,900 is about 4 grand over full sticker of $24,895.
We just bought a Black 06 Sonata LX with Package 3 yesterday for just over $24K driveout in Atlanta which included TT&L ($300 Ad Valorem Tax and Sales Tax at 7.5% on the full purchase price ......no trade, it was a straight buy).
Keith

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Keith, is yours the 3.3 liter? The one I'm looking at is.
Thanks,
Kiran

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Actually, let me back up a little.
I have signed for this car but haven't taken delivery yet. I spent 7 hours at the dealership deciding which model to buy. I originally wanted an Accent but.. once I drove the 2006 Sonata.. well, let's just say 235HP changed my mind.
The one I finally decided on is the LX, with.. the #15 package, I believe. It's leather, has a sun roof, 6 CD changer in the dash, etc.
I see the $24,895 figure in several places on-line, but they don't mention the actual accessories I'm getting. But I also know a sun roof and CD changer don't total $4K.
Also as a side note, the only one they had in a color I liked, with all the options, turned out to have something seriously wrong with one or more tires/rims. When I drove it it felt like you were driving over railroad tracks constantly. They insisted they would have it fixed Monday and I could pick it up then, and gave me another 2006 LX as a loaner.
When I go back, I'll look at the sticker and see what it says. Either I'm reading the paperwork wrong, or there's a you-know-what in the woodpile.
Kiran

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The $24,895 sticker on ours was for a V6 LX (the LX Only comes in the 3.3L V6 with an automatic) with every FACTORY option included (US wise anyway...The package 3 includes the 6 Disc CD changer and the Sunroof, everything else available from the factory is standard on the LX including heated leather seating, 5 spoke wheels, etc.) Ours also included the VIN numbers etched in all the glass for theft prevention.
Factory sticker pricing in GA breaks down as follows:
2006 Sonata LX Base $22895 Package 3 $1,400 (Sunroof lists as $850 and CD at $550) Destination $ 600
What I saw at a dealer in Florida were a ton of dealer add-ons that were there to inflate the price such as:
Super-Duper paint protectant $399 Pin Stripes $299 Window-etched VIN numbers$ 199 Tires-for-life Free oil changes under basic warranty Total Dealer sticker was $26595
Keith
If you want to see the actual prices and options go to www.kbb.com or the Hyundai site itself and build your own.

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400.00 for paint protection?? isnt that was the clear coats for in the first place?

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Kiran,
Concerning the rough ride on the Sonata you are about to purchase... It's possible the only problem is that the tires are over-inflated. My 2006 Sonata GLS was delivered with the tire pressure at 50 psi. The recommended pressure (located inside the driver's door on a tag) is 30psi! The maximum pressure on the side of the tire is 45 psi. Many drivers (and apparently some dealerships) do not know that you inflate to the pressure in the driver's door. It was a very rough ride for the first day until I discovered the improper inflation. The Sonatas I test drove also drove roughly so I suspect all were overinflated. I notifed the general manager at my dealership.
Good luck with your new purchase!
GeoUSA, moderator http://www.HyundaiExchange.com
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Thanks for the info. They rebalanced one wheel, and it drives nearly perfect, but still has a bit of wheel hop somewhere.
I checked the tires, the two front had 32 psi, one rear had 30, the other 35 (the one they rebalanced.) I dropped it to 30 for now. I'll check the sticker tomorrow when I can see better.
Kiran
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28,900 sounds like Canadian price.

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Kiran Otter wrote:

I just bought a 2006 GLS V6 this past Wednesday. The Hyundai sticker was $21,495 (no options). The DEALER sticker was $24,795 after they added on pin striping, glass etching (already done from the factory) and other useless items just to rip people off.
I went to the Consumer Reports web site and purchased the price report for this car (I believe the LX was included also). The bottom line on my GLS was $19,400. In my region (NJ) they also had $2000 in rebates, bringing the bottom line to $17,400 plus tax and tags. I had a trade-in with about $1500 in equity too, so the total I paid AFTER tax (6% here) and tags and all of the other BS fees is $16,800. The owner of the dealership told me that this was the lowest price anyone had paid at his dealership for a V6 Sonata.
I will check the Consumer Reports web site for the report I purchased and if it has the LX on it, I will try to send it to you. You really shouldn't pay a penny more than the bottom line on this report (plus tax, tags, etc.). Let the next sucker that comes along pay for the dealer's mansion.
Eric
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Thanks for the info, Eric. I emailed you back.
I'm going to go back and find out why they are charging so much more.
Kiran
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Yes, I got your email. Glad to help. They are only charging that much because they can. It's called buyer beware. I haven't been to a dealer yet that gave a straight answer on that. I mean, I could understand charging a few hundred dollars for "profit", above their costs (like advertising and other overhead) but why some people pay $4000 (or more) extra for the same car the guy at the next desk is buying is beyond me.
Anyway good luck with it.....and make damned sure you get those wheels fixed.
Eric
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Kiran Otter wrote:

check carsdirect.com for their price, then negotiate with a dealer with this price in mind. or just buy it from carsdirect.com. their prices are good and no haggling is necessary. I bought my 2004 Sonata LX from them for $16,200 USD.
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Well, I made an error. My XL totaled $26,395.
22,895 MSRP 850 for the sun roof 550 for the 6 disc CD changer 600 freight 475 for some pin stripes 1025 for a 'protection package'
Total comes to 26,395. I got 2K off, so 24,395.
carsdirect.com says 24,339.
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Kiran Otter wrote:

carsdirect.com in my zip code (Northern California)quotes $22,539 for an LX V6 with accessory group 3 (sunroof, 6 disc changer, etc) maybe you should travel to buy it?, although our sales tax is high (8.25%)
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"" wrote:
> > > > Kiran Otter wrote: > >> I'm curious what folks have paid for their 2006 Sonata LX.. > with all > >> the bells and whistles. > >> > >> I'm looking at one that's about $28,900.. which seems > awfully high > >> compared to prices from cars.com and even Hyundai's own website. > >> > >> Thanks, > >> > >> Kiran > > > > check carsdirect.com for their price, then negotiate with a dealer > > with this price in mind. or just buy it from carsdirect.com. their > > prices are > > good and no haggling is necessary. I bought my 2004 Sonata > LX from > > them for $16,200 USD. > > > > Well, I made an error. My XL totaled $26,395. > > 22,895 MSRP > 850 for the sun roof > 550 for the 6 disc CD changer > 600 freight > 475 for some pin stripes > 1025 for a 'protection package' > > Total comes to 26,395. I got 2K off, so 24,395. > > carsdirect.com says 24,339.
I worked for a major auto company several years, the protection package and pin striping pricing are ripoffs. Worthless to the customer but valuable profit builder for the dealer. Protection package, if real, cost less than $200 to the dealer and retails at $499 at a "fair" dealer. Pin striping costs a dealer service dept. less than $100. Not a good deal to buy add-ons like these.
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