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Old 12-11-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But what happens when the imitator becomes better than the imitated?
For years now, Hyundai has had its sights set on Toyota. The Japanese giant’s strategy for its vehicles is to make them reliable, impeccably made, conservative in style and comfortable to ride in. Hyundai has taken that approach to heart, and the 2009 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that it has gotten it right. In fact, not only has the updated Sonata caught up to the mighty Camry, it’s driven past it.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: the D
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For years now, Hyundai has had its sights set on Toyota. The Japanese giant’s strategy for its vehicles is to make them reliable, impeccably made, conservative in style and comfortable to ride in. Hyundai has taken that approach to heart, and the 2009 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that it has gotten it right.
OK, so this is a 2009 car, which means it is new and very few people have driven it so far.
How can they claim that it is reliable?
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:30 AM
 
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2009 Sonata is a mild refresh. The mechanicals are the same so the reliability will be basically the same.

Sonata's are very impressive cars. I'm still not sold on the tranny, though. I've heard bad stories.
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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2009 Sonata is a mild refresh. The mechanicals are the same so the reliability will be basically the same.

Sonata's are very impressive cars. I'm still not sold on the tranny, though. I've heard bad stories.
The Automatic Transmission in the 4 Cyl. models is not geared right and basically sucks! It's very slow, I believe it takes over 9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph in a 09 Sonata 4 cyl. Auto. But drive the 5 speed manual and it's a refreshing change! It's much quicker and feels alot better. Alot like the 02-03 Subaru Outback 4 Cyl. Auto vs. Manual. The manual feels much better and much quicker with better fuel economy and probably more reliable in the long run.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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We have an 01 V6 Sonata, not a single doggone problem with the tranny. Flushed it around 70K or so, still shifts smooth and nice as can be. Engine is very reliable and still quieter than most NEW V6's Ive been in, and it has well over 100K miles on it.

I give our Sonata an A- after 7 years of owning it.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest - New Light
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Default 2006 GLS 4cyl

I love my 06' Sonata GLS, 4cyl...so far so good, no problems {knock wood} I have now hit 72k miles...

BEWARE of the resale value, I recently went to trade in my car...went to Toyota, Honda, & Hyundai, very low resale value. My car is in excellent condition, and I was still surprised on the value...My past 4 Toyota's held their value...this Sonata didn't, so, when I am ready for a new car, I don't think I will be going with Hyundai again...
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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My 06 Sonata V6 has not only gone 40,000 with nothing but oil changes it also turns mid 15 sec 1/4 mi. Mrs D and I both like it and would buy another without hesitation.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I like the Sonata as well, I must say I drove and Azera for the first time yesterday. Now the Azera is a nice car. I'd probably pick the Azera over the Sonata any day.

Sonata is doing good though!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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The interiors on the '09 are vastly improved over the '06-'08 models. Better materials, superior ergonomics, less bland, etc.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I love my 06' Sonata GLS, 4cyl...so far so good, no problems {knock wood} I have now hit 72k miles...

BEWARE of the resale value, I recently went to trade in my car...went to Toyota, Honda, & Hyundai, very low resale value. My car is in excellent condition, and I was still surprised on the value...My past 4 Toyota's held their value...this Sonata didn't, so, when I am ready for a new car, I don't think I will be going with Hyundai again...
Low resale is largely a function of action/reaction.
They're cheap new, typically discounted thousands of dollars.
So off the top, obviously you're not going to get the same sort of resale as an Accord, that you might pay wholesale for but not benefitting from thousands of cash on the hood.

So in my view, that money is either tied up in rolling stock, or it's in the bank (or NOT on the loan document, w/interest).

I don't know what my Spectra is worth on trade, but I paid 12 grand for something stickered at $16,750.
That's over 25% off the top. No free lunch.
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