Anybody still alive here?

It seems awfully quiet here of late.
Matt

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Voyager wrote:

Yup. My 06 (Spectra-Elantra) still runs great although it pulls to the right now due to low pressure in the RF tire.
The license light bulbs both burned out at the same time several months ago and I replaced them. It was easy to do.
Nothing much else to write about.
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Maybe the way to keep the group active is to talk about fixing the other cars/trucks in the family ... LOL Today I worked on my son's old F250 bush beater & my neighbour's Buick! BCinSnowyBC PS: Thank goodness for traction control.

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A couple of days ago I got a "happy 1st anniversary" email from Hyundai and last night the clock turned 23,000 trouble free miles.
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On 12/26/2010 2:40 PM, Voyager wrote:

The silly car is just the most reliable and trustworthy car we've ever owned. Now, if you want an active group look for something about early Ford SHO
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James wrote:

Well, that is a good problem to have. My 07 Sonata has not been any more reliable than my other vehicles, but it hasn't been less reliable either. It is rusting worse than my Dodge and Chevy and that has me concerned, but it should still last 10 years, but it won't go the 17 years my truck has lasted.
It is getting a little slow to fire of late so I suspect something needs attention, but not sure what yet. The battery and spark plugs are still original so it could be either of them getting ready for replacement.
I believe the spark plugs don't call for replacement until 97,500 or something like that, but that may be too long. And I know that after 5 years a battery can be living on borrowed time although my Dodge van battery just failed a couple of weeks ago and it was nearly 8 years old (2003 van and the battery was original).
Ok, back to sleep everyone.
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6 months with my new 2011 Sonata and all is well. My only complaints are the quality of the front windshield glass where you can see ripples viewing through it at an angle, and drivers' view that is obstructed by the mirror and pillar outside of the windshield. Yes, I know it contributes to the high safety rating of the car, it's worth it, but there are some blind spots that cause me to really pay attention when turning or pulling out.
This is first time I have had an automatic transmission since always, [driving for 40 years now] [my former wife had an auto.], it's the sport shift that talked me into it. It's definitely not the same, but it's pretty nice. The smooth shifting is pretty hard to beat.
Love the design of the center stack, radio and ventilation controls.
Talked myself into the lifetime subscription to XM satellite radio, it's really nice to have, even more so on trips. Sure hope XM doesn't go out of business anytime soon.
The hands free Bluetooth is very handy.
So far, so good, as of today, the Sonata appears to be a great value.
Haven't decided on a name yet. My daughter suggested Frank. Frank Sonata? Hmm.
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I've been subscribing to XM Radio for about three years and it's been well worth it. The variety and quality of programming is excellent and I really appreciate that channels don't fade while I drive as do FM stations. The only annoyance is the SAT signal is straight down and consistently blocked by freeway overpasses, etc. I've heard that the signal is sometimes repeated via local towers to deal with this, but it's not the case anywhere in southern CA AFAICT. Also, while music stations are free of "commercials" that's NOT the case with talk radio stations. The most popular stations are so riddled with commercials that I avoid listening to them. That could be an issue for some.
Regarding naming your car you might want to avoid contemporary names so you don't wind up in a situation where a passenger doesn't know if you're talking to them or the car. Then again, if you're talking to the car perhaps there are other concerns....<g>
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I have little problem with overpasses. I'm amazed though, at a couple of places where A have good reception. One is the underpass on I84 going under I91 in Hartford, the other is the parking garage at the Worcester Medical Center. I'd have to guess they use repeaters.

Used to be common many years ago to name a car. Anyone still doing that? I only know of one person today, driving "Big Red", his Ford F150.
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"> Used to be common many years ago to name a car. Anyone still doing that? I

I have two girlfriends, my 1999 White Pearl Sonata is PEARL and my 2007 Dark Cinnamon Red Sonata is RUBY.
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That reminds me, my sons drove a brown 1999 Mitsubishi Galant, I called it Brownie. I named my daughter's Raisin Pearl 1998 Honda Accord Rosine [German for raisin] but she renamed it Rufus. And my former wife's white 2001 Honda Accord I called Whitey. And my former Heather Mist 1999 Honda Accord, I called Heather. Yeh, I know I'm pretty creative, hehe. Well, we had 3 Accords in the driveway, I had to come up with something.
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On 1/2/2011 6:12 PM, Wade wrote:

I did not realize that folks named their cars nor did the thought ever occur to me. It's probably because I can't see any particular endearing characteristic in them, unless you consider getting in a car and reaching your destination without any particular fuss to be "endearing." My problem is that I see my cars as appliances and naming them makes about as much sense as having a pet name for my toaster - although most times, "Blacky" would probably suit it well.
"The Toyota" and "The Hyundai" is pretty much the only names I can think to call them although if I had to come up with a name it would have to be "Metallic Beige." Too bad they're both really similar in color. Just my luck! :-)
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On 12/30/10 12:33 PM, Victek wrote: <snip>

Not a concern until the car starts talking back. Unless the car's name is "KITT".
PB
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I've only had mine about two months but I couldn't be happier.
My only complaint was the barely audible alarm horn. Couldn't even hear it from the house. I replaced it with high/low american sounding horns and now all is well.
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On Fri, 31 Dec 2010 08:55:43 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (BRUCE) wrote:

I really like my 2011 Sonata, but the driver's seat is very, very uncomfortable. The seatback doesn't give my back support in the right places and it ends up being downright painful after an hour or so. I'm trying to talk my neighbor into buying it. Other than the seat, I'm very pleased but I won't be keeping it.
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JL ......
Did you get the power seat, makes all the difference
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On Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:02:38 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (BRUCE) wrote:

Yep..power seat. The bottom doesn't pivot like some other pwr seats...Oh, well. I've even thought of bolting in another seat, but that seems to be a little ridiculous. At this point, my only alternative is to sell/trade it. Too bad...it IS a really nice vehicle.
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(BRUCE) wrote:

Shame it may come to that. Have you looked at accessory seat pads or lumbar support? I have no idea how good they are, but most would be cheaper than buying a new car.
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I am happy to report that I have just written this: therefore, I have not died yet.
I will post an interesting short piece about the recent smog test of my 2000 Sonata. Now.
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