2003 Hyundai Sonata Reviews - Page 5 of 7

2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance34500 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Faults:

Only one headlight bulb needed replacing.

General Comments:

I love the way this car sticks to the road and requires minimum driver attention. Handling is excellent.

Steering is solid and steady. Point the car in the direction you want it to go and it will stay there, this car is not loosey-goosey in its steering and will not wonder all over the road if your eyes stray for a nanosecond.

This V6 vehicle does have power, but not at the low end of the power/speed band. You see the power at the higher end, when you are already going 65mph and need power for passing or cruising, then the power kicks-in with surprising ferocity.

The turning radius on this car never ceases to amaze me. Turns a circle like a sports car and I made U-turns that I never expected to make without slamming a curb.

Made many long-distance trips with this car, and it rides and performs like a dream on the highway, its real home. In the city the MPG is not that good, but highway MPG is better. Would like a few more gallons in tank capacity. Depending on the road, the back seat may get a bit bumpy for the passengers, but up front the ride is good. The Sonata also performed well in snow and rain.

The cruise control worked flawlessly and set and held the correct speed without speed creep.

The headlights and fog lights are excellent and plow the road ahead.

For the price, this car is well built and packed with features that only cars much more expensive have. Styling and aerodynamics are excellent. The warranty is one of the best in the business, and it can be extended even longer for a price.

You can buy this car loaded for a fraction of the cost of other foreign brands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2005

2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7 liter DOHC from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.7 liter DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance45205 miles
Previous carChevrolet Tracker

Summary:

It's a great looking fun car

Faults:

On a trip back from Myrtle beach the windshield wipers stopped working, and it was POURING down rain. MAJOR safety hazard.

The power antenna sticks in the winter.

The alignment is the worst I have ever seen in my life, constantly fixing.

Transmission takes its time to shift in winter.

Rotor problems, brake pedal would shake horribly when coming to a stop.

General Comments:

This has been a great car for us so long, I think the problems with it have been not that bad.

Great acceleartion.

Does pretty well in the snow.

Comfortable, road noises are a minimum.

Great looking car on the outside.

Love to open the sunroof in the summer time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th March, 2005

2003 Hyundai Sonata LX from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance37500 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

I will never buy a Hyundai ever again. Buyers beware of the potential problems

Faults:

The car has gotten a rebuilt transmission and it didn't even have 11,000 miles on it.

The steering is bad.

Knocking going on in rebuilt transmission.

Burns more gas.

Problems with hydraulics.

A/C comes on when you start up the vehicle.

Does not want to start when cold out.

Knocking noise when climbing a hill.

Braking problems.

Feels as if steering wheel is going to come off.

General Comments:

This car has some serious problems.

This is a replacement vehicle from the

Tiburon I bought in 2003.

The Tiburon was not even one month old and I started experiencing problems.

The Tiburon's engine seized on me on the expressway.

These two vehicles are new lemons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2004

5th Jan 2010, 15:04

It seems odd to me that you would buy another Hyundai after having terrible problems with the first one. How did the engine seize?, lack of oil or major component failure? Either way, a shock on a new car. Why not go to another brand when this happens?

2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

Would never buy another Hyundai again

Faults:

1. At 14,000 miles wouldn't go over 20mph.

2. At 65mph gives violent jerk.

3. Can't get front defogger to turn on properly.

4. Recently started shutting off at traffic lights without check engine coming on.

5. Dangerous when changing lanes at high speed. Loses stability.

6. Terrible ride quality. Wife hangs onto door over 40mph.

General Comments:

Have owned Hyundai's since 1988, and this is the worst Hyundai I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

5th Mar 2008, 23:56

Well let your wife inside the car so she doesn't have to hang onto the door.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 26 reviews