My fiance' purchased a 2007 Sonata last week. When we drove it,
examined it and priced it, it was the clear choice winner over her other
favorites (Milan and Camry).
I told her to read the manual (which, btw, is the most complete, well
organized and best illustrated guide I have ever seen) and become
familiar with the break-in requirements. A couple days ago I asked her
about this and she said the manual said no break-in is required but
rather drive it like you normally do. She said there was a footnote
concerning recommendations while the car is still new such as no sudden
stops, variable speed considerations, etc. Basically, drive with common
sense at first but no mandates.
This shows that the manufacturer believes strongly in the quality of the
motor. And my fiance' tells me this motor purrs! I hope to drive it a
bit more myself but I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline truck and it is pretty
hard to get me from behind the wheel of that baby!!
My fiance' (and I) are very pleased with her purchase and we were not
thinking "resale" value when the decision to buy was made. What is
resale value anyway? It does not come into play when you negotiate a
trade with a dealer as he will either low ball the trade, bring out the
wholesale price telling you that is the only way he can get rid of it,
or, make it up at the other end on the new car. Resale value also does
not come into play when you sell to a private individual because it all
depends on how bad you want to sell it and how bad the other guy wants
it. The dealer will offer less than what the book says and the private
party will usually pay a little more than what the book says. So I
would not worry about "resale" value too much, certainly not if you plan
on keeping a car over six or seven years.