re: CONSUMER REPORTS
I had subscribed for years 'n years, though decided not to renew a
coupla years ago.
I really dunno exactly why I discontinued, but here's my reaction to
Tom's note, which may hint a reason for my non-renewal.
Yes, I agree with Tom that CR seems to have generally ignored Hyundai's
Perhaps it was that initial 1968 model etal that weren't of good
quality, as I well recall since I had a red 1968 Hyundai that looked
good but sort of ran like a hesitating-problem walking bird and the
damne door locks literally broke too.
Circa 1970 I traded it on a brand new black Hyundai with $7000; and I
thought it was much improved:
But it subsequently got wrecked, and I think we replaced it with a
Circa 1999 we got a new Sonata GLS which my wife liked a lot, and she
(thinks she) knows something about style.
In 2003 we traded it plus money and got a close-out white Accent & a
close-out grreen-gold Elantra.
Perhaps I came to diregard/discount/not renew CR because their articles
did not seem to treat Hyundai with the due respect it has earned in the
1990s and seemingly increasingly enjoys today.
It had sorta been labelled-smeared as a "Yugo" in the 1980s: The Yugo
was sort of a 1950s Fiat perhaps worse though which sold for less than
$4,000 as I vaguely recall. CR duly hated the Yugo.
Recently MONEY Magazine touted the supposedly best of the el cheapo
small/economy cars available:
MONEY likes the Accent, though doesn't mention Elantra.
CR is actually something of a snob, as I recall it also ignoring some
Oriental made electronics a couple of decades ago when I was looking-up
Taiwan & Korean made tv sets for frequency of repair and so forth.
I'm not anti-CR as such, and I've actually written them & complained
about some of the above.
They actually do an integral, valuable consumer service, but they are
not an end-all to be-all perfect publication.
To their credit: They do not accept ads.
I am certainly subject to error/correction, while it seems CR has
injustly avoided Hyundai.