Radio went out at 1,000 miles; dealer replaced.
Again at 2,000 miles, replaced with aftermarket unit.
Brakes replaced at 15,000, 28,000, 30,000, and are now going out again at 68,000. DO NOT ALLOW A DEALER TO CHANGE YOUR BRAKES!!!
Clutch replaced at 55,000 out of pocket (dealer said I had voided my warranty).
Spark plugs intermittently fail 1 at a time.
Doors do not seat/seal properly.
Replaced windshield at 3,000, 10,000, 15,000, 26,000 (many many times).
Oil pan gasket replaced at 20,000, and again this morning at 68,000.
Exhaust manifold AND gasket at 51,000.
Interior cheap plastic, scratches/scuffs/nicks/tears.
Front driver and passenger window seals replaced (under warranty thank GOD) at 8,000.
This car has been nothing more than a money pit for me... I paid for the car in cash in 2002 when it was brand new, and I feel like I've done nothing but service it.
Apparently the wonderful people at Hyundai thought this car was worth marketing in the U.S., even though it has achieved poor safety ratings (my car was totaled by the insurance company for hitting road debris that tore a hole in the quarter panel and set off my airbags??)
I was very good about keeping up with maintenance on the car, never missed an oil change, and even had my maintenance scheduled out for when I hit milestones for the preventative maintenance plan. After my third visit to the dealer within weeks of purchasing and getting the run around, I have found you're better off going to a family run mechanic shop that will treat you better, and will actually fix your car for fair market value. (According to Hyundai, a sensor should cost you $450 my A$$).
The car has been sitting for the last year as no one will buy it (paint has all but faded off, and the car will still start, but it will no longer shift in or out of anything other than neutral). I called to have it donated, and when the guys got there to haul it away, even THEY wouldn't take it.
My advice, DON'T buy a Hyundai, and don't be fooled by their warranty, they voided mine for something that their dealership did itself. Great service right?? Had I known about the lemon laws when I purchased this car, I would have sent it back.
My Saturn may have run hot on occasion and gone through starters, but I have never dealt with such poor customer service, or inept mechanics. If you check engine light is blinking, just park it and leave it, they tell you to just push in the clutch while your driving, shut your car off and turn it back on. Cuz "that ought to clear out the code"