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Old 09-09-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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'04 Sonata: 127k mi, leather, moonroof
'04 Camry: 155k mi, cloth, no moonroof, $2,000 mor than Sonata

Both at dealerships, both have very clean interiors, good exterior. Went when they were closed, so didn't drive.

Need a car for our teen - will have to go thru our other kids as well, so a span of 6-7 years total. I'll also use it for a year in between drivers to save gas (instead of driving our suv).

We care the most about safety and reliability. Options aren't a big deal. Checking reviews, there aren't a lot of really high-mileage Sonatas yet. We see that the Camry can just go and go.

Does anyone have any advice? Of course we like the cheaper price of the Sonata, but will we end up using the savings of the list price for repairs?

Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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For a teen, I would go with the camry or look for a corolla or civic.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Not sure which Sonata that is. The one with roundish headlights or flush wraparound? If the first, that was before Hyundai really got on the map with improving quality. I respect a lot of what Hyundai is doing now, but I am not confident in the quality of Hyundai's that old. The Camry, with less equipment, costs more because it is far more proven.

How costly are these cars? There may be other alternatives such as Accord or Fusion worth considering.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Consulted my phn for pix on the Sonata headlight question - ohhh- it does have the roundish headlights. Also had the prices there - good thing I knew to take photos and not rely on my memory - I was off on the prices. It was such a disappointing day of car searching, but these last two gave us a glimmer of hope.
'04 Sonata $5,999
'04 Camry $6,995
These were the most encouraging prices we saw. I've been keeping my eye out for Corollas, and in our area they don't seem to be under $8,000 even for the 2002s.

Honda kind of scares me because our transmission went on a 2000 Honda at 158k. We got rid of it and bought a used Toyota instead.

Our last two (used) car dealings have been thru our credit union, with no haggle pricing : ) Neither my spouse nor I can stand the haggling at dealerships. Right now, though, the cu doesn't have anything in our price range.

Also came across a 2004 Saturn Vue with 148k mi at $4,000- "as is," no dealer warranty, cracked front and rear bumper, otherwise clean.

Further advice? Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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At this price point, I'd recommend not buying it from a dealer lot and focus on private party sales.
Both cars are priced too high for their miles.
Look at Civics, Prizm, Corolla, Matrix, Vibe, etc as well
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:07 AM
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Not sure which Sonata that is. The one with roundish headlights or flush wraparound? If the first, that was before Hyundai really got on the map with improving quality. I respect a lot of what Hyundai is doing now, but I am not confident in the quality of Hyundai's that old. The Camry, with less equipment, costs more because it is far more proven.

How costly are these cars? There may be other alternatives such as Accord or Fusion worth considering.
My 02 Santa Fe went 170k+ Miles no problem. At around 150k+ I had to replace the PS pump, lift gate struts and the paint started to flake in a couple places. When I sold it, it ran and felt as solid as the day I purchased it.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Here is a 2004 Sonata LX with 105k miles, one owner fully loaded, $5,500:

2004 Hyundai Sonata LX

I'm sure they will come down another $500 or so. Just gives you an idea what private party is asking.

Don't think you could go wrong for $5k.

My first car was 1989 Honda Accord LX-I with 130k miles, bought it for $3k back in 1997. Not too much off.

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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'04 Sonata LX with 97kmi with timing belt/water pump already replaced asking $3400: 2004 Hyundai Sonata 4 Door Sedan
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Just because it was mentioned, is look at a give/matrix too. Or whatever GM sedan that is rated as "ok" that has a lot less miles.

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Consulted my phn for pix on the Sonata headlight question - ohhh- it does have the roundish headlights. Also had the prices there - good thing I knew to take photos and not rely on my memory - I was off on the prices. It was such a disappointing day of car searching, but these last two gave us a glimmer of hope.
'04 Sonata $5,999
'04 Camry $6,995
These were the most encouraging prices we saw. I've been keeping my eye out for Corollas, and in our area they don't seem to be under $8,000 even for the 2002s.

Honda kind of scares me because our transmission went on a 2000 Honda at 158k. We got rid of it and bought a used Toyota instead.

Our last two (used) car dealings have been thru our credit union, with no haggle pricing : ) Neither my spouse nor I can stand the haggling at dealerships. Right now, though, the cu doesn't have anything in our price range.

Also came across a 2004 Saturn Vue with 148k mi at $4,000- "as is," no dealer warranty, cracked front and rear bumper, otherwise clean.

Further advice? Thanks!
If you're looking at cars <$10k, you should be looking at private party sales only (ie-- Craigslist), not dealers, unless if you don't mind overpaying for a car by $2-3k. However, that's assuming you have the cash on hand. If you're expecting to finance an old used car, you're going to get screwed no matter what.
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