2004 Hyundai Sonata 4 cylinder gas from North America
Don't walk away from it, RUN
Air bag light was on when purchased, and it remained on; seems to be an issue with this model.
Air conditioning ceased working 3 years and 9 months after I purchased the car. I don't know if it's an issue that can easily be resolved, because I can't see if the compressor is running and I can't add refrigerant unless I can determine if the compressor is running. I was going to have that determined when I had the tires rotated, but that's not going to happen now.
Yesterday the car died peacefully passing to the trash heap and I won't be buying another Hyundai ever; I got away cheap. The timing belt is the issue; some genius designer decided to make this a serpentine belt instead of a chain, and additionally they made it a non-interference design, so translated that means the belt can break, but the engine can keep running so that it destroys itself, valves & all sorts of expensive parts need to be replaced. Can you say built in obsolescence? I can!!
I didn't pay a lot for it and I didn't put any major money into it so I got away cheap. I paid $3789 for it 4 years ago and I know that the transmission is on its way out. I have been told that it will cost over $3k for just this repair, so I am donating this pile of metal and hope the charity can make some money from it. I am not walking away, I'm running. Don't buy this car and don't buy any year or model from them unless they have changed a lot of things. Check out other sites; it's scary.
Said it all above. They should be recalling based on the air bag situation alone, never mind the timing belt. Things are just not easy to do on this car. An example would be changing a headlight bulb; simple right? Not on this car. Same with the tail lights; nothing is easy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th March, 2016
13th Mar 2016, 16:18
Not every 75000 miles, but the timing belt should be changed every 60000 miles.
13th Mar 2016, 20:26
FYI, IF an engine is of "non-interference" design, this means it will NOT self destruct if the timing belt snaps.
For example on my dad's old Volvo 240, which is also of non-interference design, when he neglected to replace the belt, the belt simply snapped and the car died on the side of the road. A tow and replacement of the belt was all that was needed to get it running again.