1989 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A highly underrated car in my opinion
I have had to replace the complete exhaust system due to rust.
The ball joints have been replaced at 60,000.
Other than the above, only scheduled servicing and maintenance has been required.
Other than the exhaust rusting, this car has been an absolute dream to own. It was as new when purchased, and is still in excellent condition for a 15 year old car.
The interior, although mostly plastic has held up well, with only one minor dash rattle I haven't been able to isolate.
The seats are very firm and offer excellent support. Not all would like this though.
Carpet is of surprisingly good quality for a sub 20K car.
The motor is a cracker. Excellent performance, however can get thirsty when driven hard. I heard a rumor Hyundai sourced their early motors from Mitsubishi, and the 2.4 does look identical to the Mitsubishi 2.6 Not 100% sure on this one however. Gear box is a little notchy, but provides a positive shift.
I have read a number of reviews where owners have complained about the paint quality. Mine is a metallic bronze and is in perfect condition. I guess it all comes down to how you care for it.
Handling is brilliant for a cheap korean car. Suspension is a little firm for everyday driving, but higher speed conering benefits from this.
When pushed the car will under-steer, but it is predictable and easily controlled.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd November, 2003