I'm not giving anything up yet. I will be calling Hyundai again in addition
to the complaint I've filed with NHTSA. I've become rapidly disappointed
with the technical expertise at the dealer I bought it from. From the
headlights, to stealing tires from another vehicle on their lot to fix a
tire problem, to me standing there asking the service writer why the tech
used an impact gun to tighten the lug nuts on my alloy wheels with no torque
stick. His response to the service writer at that point was that they never
told him to use torque sticks. There's no other Hyundai dealer within 70
miles of here - Wilmington NC.
Wilmington, NC, eh. I haven't been there in some time, but just about
lived there for 2.5 years back in the early 80s. I work for Corning
Incorporated and we were expanding our plant there pretty rapidly
through that time.
I'd still ask the dealer to let you drive one to two other Sonata's just
to see if you have a defective light possibly.
P.S. Is the Trails End restaurant still around? Always loved that
place even though it was never quite the same after it was rebuilt.
So flash your high beams back, so they know that you have your low beams
on and you're not being a jerk. If you educate other drivers, eventually
they'll get used to modern headlights like we all must do.
Of course there is. You need to be able to see down the road and also up
on the right side of the road to read signs.
Headlights are just brighter now, plain and simple. The only "fix" to
your complaint would be to go back to the older, dimmer headlights that
we complained about for not providing enough visibility. You can't have
it both ways. Yeah, sometimes it's irritating, but the alternative is
less visibility overall, which I don't see as an improvement.
Hmmmmmm.... I never complained about the old headlights. They worked fine.
I have noticed that all of my cars that are in the 2000 plus vintage (2000,
2003, 2004) do a much worse job at lighting the road in up and down dips
than the older cars used to. High beams or low beams - makes no difference.
These new lights may have some benefits (though I have yet to put my finger
on what the benefits are), but they certainly have some drawbacks as well.
I agree. The Sonata may be a little brighter than my Chevy pickup, but
I haven't parked them side by side to tell. You can't tell any big
difference going from one vehicle to the other from a brightness
perspective. The only difference is the truck is much better for
driving on hilly back roads.
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