Reliability of Hyndai Sonata

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Hello,
I am considering buying a 2007 Hyundai Sonata (V6 engine). I have never owned a Hyundai but read positive things about their cars. Here's my dilemma-
I would love to hear from owners about how a Hyndai Sonata performs after it has a few years on it compared to how the car performed when new. I think most manufacturer's cars today drive well when new, but some age sooner compared to the Japanese cars (IMHO).
Ken
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I have a '06 LX with 40,000. Had it for 27 months. It has been stellar. Absolutely love this car. My only complaint is the leather is too light. Hard to keep it clean. My brakes are starting to have a slight squeak.

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I have an '07 with 24,300 miles. Not a problem yet. Never been back to the dealer.
I used to switch between my two cars but since I've had the Sonata, I never take the Buick.
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My '02 GLS (bough Nov. 20010) is going strong with 83k and I have not had one single problem with it mechanically. I have done regular maintenance per the schedule and it's been an overall stellar experience. I have had some paint coming off the door handles but they're plastic so it's kind of expected.
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2006 Sonata GLS V6. I just turned 32,000 miles today. Purchased on 9/28/05. I've had it to the dealer once for a TSB on the ATX for the downshift from 5-2. Other than that, nothing really but oil changes. I had the brake squeak before and that turned out to be a need for grease on the caliper bolts. I have the squeak again and it is likely the same issue. The pads are still fine.
Simply put, so far it is the best car I personally have ever owned.
Eric
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On Tue, 16 Oct 2007 21:46:52 GMT, "Eric G."

I'm having the same problem. It doesn't happen when I hit the brakes though, it happens when the car is moving. A high pitched squeaking coming from the wheel (in front) It only started after I had the brake pads and rotors replaced. Grease the bolts, huh? I'll tell my mechanic. He thought it may be the struts when he heard it. I thought it was maybe a wheel bearing but he said no way. He said if it was a bearing it would be more of a grinding sound. Did you have to remove the entire caliper bolts and grease them? Thanks for the info.
Brian
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Yes, you do need to remove the bolt because they have mini rubber boots over them to try to keep debris out. Very simple to do actually.
Eric
P.S. - The sqeak I have happens just as you describe.
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Ken wrote:

I can't speak to the V-6 as I have the four-banger, but overall the car has been very reliable. I haven't been back to the dealer yet for anything significant (I just rolled over 29,000 miles on my 06 Sonata). They tried to find the snapping noise in the cowl/windshield, but were unsuccessful. So, other than that noise when the car is cold, it has been nearly flawless from a manufacturing perspective.
It has some annoying design issues, but the assembly quality appears to be outstanding. The car performs the same today as when new.
Matt
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My '06 LX has 56000 miles on it, and it drives like the day we bought it. Nice car.
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I bought a used (by Hertz) 2005 V6 automatic Sonata. It had 17K miles on it when I bought it and I have put about 35K more (mostly highway). It has not needed anything other than regular oil changes.
I really like it. I have not looked at the newer models but I am assuming they are no worse and the next time I am looking for a car, I will definitely check out Hyundai's models first.
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My 06 V6 Sonata required 2 TSB's, not surprising on a new model, and fixed on the 07. It's been great, and has no squeaks or rattles at 21K miles. We're more than satisfied, and feel like we stole the car. You'll love the V6. It's jet smooth from idle up to redline.
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I have a 2003 Sonata with 6cyl engine, 53,000 miles and had no problems at all - great car rr
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> GUEST wrote: > Hello, > > I am considering buying a 2007 Hyundai Sonata (V6 engine). I have > never owned a Hyundai but read positive things about their cars. > Here's my dilemma- > I would love to hear from owners about how a Hyndai Sonata performs > after it has a few years on it compared to how the car performed when > new. > I think most manufacturer's cars today drive well when new, but some > age sooner compared to the Japanese cars (IMHO). > > Ken
Have a 2002 Sonata. It has been a pretty good car. Have received better reliability and longevity from Honda. They also have better feel to drive. Hyundai America refused to repair my brakes under the bumper-to-bumber warranty even though the car was still covered.
The positive is: with 75,000 miles on the car it is still our main car and I hope to drive it 150,000 miles. Expect it will be junk by then if it makes it. Honda's last 200,000 miles.
The Hyundai's are a little less expensive to purchase initially. Resale on Hyundai's really sucks so do not total out the car and plan on driving it a long time.
Next time I will buy Honda because I think the Hyundai's are about the same quality as Ford and GM. Also, they use oddball battery sizes and very expensive transmission fluid only available from the dealer.
Good luck, it is a difficult decision.
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Interesting. How could you have experienced better longevity from the Honda when you're still driving the Hyundai?

I'm not sure why you'd expect it to be junk by 150,000 miles. There are plenty enough of them out there that aren't. Most every car today will go 200,000 - that's certainly nothing unique to Honda.

Yup - a down side if either you total the car or are accustomed to trading regularly. The hit is not as bad as it used to be, but the resale value is not as good as some might wish it were.

Agreed on the tranny fluid, but the battery is a common aftermarket item.
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Did you read your waranty manual?
Normal wear on brakes is rarely covered under any manufacturers' bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The 2007 language (not unique to Hyundai or 2007) reads in part:
"Normal maintenance items (#) are warranted in normal service, only when replacement is the result of a defect in material or factory workmanship, for 12 months from the date of original delivery or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first. .....
# - such as belts, brake pads and linings, clutch linings,..........."
Again this is common across the industry.
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Every single one of them?
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

My 84 Accord didn't even make 80,000 miles before the engine had to have a top-end replacement.
Matt
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Our Honda Accord made 35000 miles before we trashed it. The cam lobes had worn at 35000 miles? Come on, Honda's reliability, pure shit. Never, ever, will I buy a Honda again.
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razz wrote:

That is the same problem I had. My 84 Accord had the cam lobes and rocker arm pads self destruct at 70,000 miles. Had to replace the cam and full set of rockers, but no way could I ever get all of the crud out of the engine so I traded it as soon as it was repaired on a new 89 Plymouth Acclaim. That vehicle was rock solid and ran 146,000 miles with zero engine problems ... and then my wife hit a deer and totaled it.
What year was your Accord?
Matt
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