To the above comment about peeling paint. Biggest mistake was Hyundai's choice of sport car tires with only 30,000 tread wear. I did that myself and it was a pretty simple job. Everything mechanical works and works well. Model year 2004 Year of manufacture 2004 First year of ownership 2004 Most recent year of ownership 2006 Engine and transmission 2. The Sonata's overall shape suggests the feline form of a Jaguar; while its sophisticated headlight treatment could have been borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz. Except that now the other side needs doing too.
Throttle difficult to modulate from stationary position. Also, Hyundai dealers don't offer spray touchup paint, only sticks. For the most part, however, the Sonata is just fine and dandy, a good, competent mid-size sedan. Air conditioning ceased working 3 years and 9 months after I purchased the car. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. The driver's seat bottom adjusts from cushy to firm via a pair of knobs on the side, so you can select between softness and support for your legs and posterior.
These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Faults: It has had four emissions systems repairs under warranty next time won't be as all, but the powertrain warranty end at 60K miles and an expensive fuel system repair out of warranty. All in all - a lot of value for the money and one month in, I'm very pleased. Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. The Sonata's automatic transmission is responsive and sophisticated. It took a week to get the replacement. Model year 2004 Year of manufacture 2003 First year of ownership 2004 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 2.
I didn't pay a lot for it and I didn't put any major money into it so I got away cheap. An example would be changing a headlight bulb; simple right? The V6 engine has enough power to make a nice ride, without expecting great acceleration performance. Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. Electric switches for the trunk and fuel door releases are placed on the driver's door, where they are easy to reach and operate. I have never had another problem with water since.
The V6 engine is really powerful for the clutch installed, so if you like to drive the car in a more dynamic way, it needs to be replaced more often than for the 2. Model year 2004 Year of manufacture 2004 First year of ownership 2004 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 2. Ask them to wrap your bumpers in the same colour as you paint job. General Comments: A very good and reliable car. Even the light bulbs are original. It's better looking than the Kia Optima, which shares the Hyundai's architecture.
Hyundai has wrapped the Sonata's steering wheel in a leather-like urethane that's buttery soft and wonderful to the touch. The Sonata's front seats are broad for maximum comfort, and lightly bolstered, making it easy to slide in and out. The four-cylinder engine that comes with the base model works well when paired with the five-speed manual gearbox. Stepping on the gas brings a prompt downshift for quick acceleration when passing. Illuminated manual-shift indicators were added for 2003. Articulated trunk lid supports stay out of the trunk itself, so you don't have to worry about groceries or luggage being crushed when you close the lid.
Driving the Sonata is convenient and hassle-free with well-designed controls located exactly where expected. Good headlamps are extremely important, especially on dark and stormy nights. Only the ashtray feels flimsy. Windshield rubber seal is separating. The ride is nice and smoth. Bad stuff - suspension not the best, gain on the power steering is pretty high and turning radius not great.
It also comes with heated mirrors and a power antenna. Both engines may team with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. I've owned the Sonata my only car for 3. The styling is distinctive, sleek and rounded with rich-looking details. It is very comfortable, roomy, and reasonably quiet. Driving Impressions In its current form, the Sonata has closed in quickly on the league-leading Accord and Camry. Using fuzzy logic, the transmission's electronic controller adapts to the driver's style and minimizes hunting when climbing hills.
Performance is more than adequate, and the automatic transmission shifts capably with only an occasional abrupt gear change. The only car I might consider trading for in the next 5 years would be a 2-seater for fuel economy and maneuverability. Even though Kia sells the Sonata-based Optima, it has different front and rear styling. My car had accelerated twice prior to this when I was driving. Because it had more comfortable seats softer , less engine noise, less road noise and softer ride than the 1997 DeVille Delegance with 45000 miles on it at trade. It idles quietly, but not silently.
The doors close with a solid thunk. The Sonata is an easy car to drive. Competing against Honda and Toyota, Hyundai provides a sizable helping of features at a lower price. The external sounds are not so well isolated. The Hyundai Sonata is a roomy and comfortable midsize sedan with a level of quality and refinement that may surprise you the first time you get in and take a good look. Yesterday the car died peacefully passing to the trash heap and I won't be buying another Hyundai ever; I got away cheap. .