2005 Hyundai Sonata Reviews

2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

It is a poorly designed, cheaply built crackerbox

Faults:

A/C quit working years ago and not under warranty.

Window track is making noise.

Antenna is starting to not go all the way down.

Paint is flaking off of any plastic body parts.

General Comments:

Rear view mirror is right in the line of sight, and blocks the entire right side view from the windshield.

The cruise control button is located down on the lower dash in an odd location.

The cup holders are very poorly designed, and don't allow even two medium drinks to sit next to each other.

You could easily scratch right through the paint on this car with your fingernail.

The seats are not very comfortable at all, even being power leather.

I am 5'9 and my head is only about 1 inch from the roof.

The driver's side seat belt does not retract all the way any more.

This is a very cheaply made, poorly designed, and not well thought out car. The dealership will rake you over the coals on the maintenance costs; it was $38 when I got it to change the oil there, and I could do it myself for $16 at the time. They threatened that me taking it elsewhere would void the warranty. They also wanted to charge me over $700 every 15,000 miles to change the timing belt as preventative maintenance. There was a long list of things they wanted to do each time, and you would be forced to wait for several hours in their facility while they worked on your car. I even was berated once for bringing it in there with bird poop on it, saying that it would damage the paint. I wash the car all the time and that would not have been an issue.

I would never support this company again. Only used older cars for me from here on out. Never buy new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2014

2005 Hyundai Sonata from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

Great vehicle

Faults:

Car bucking as though shifting, sensor replaced twice.

Clock working sporadic, then air conditioner quit. Diagnosis not correct until mechanic discovered the engine computer needed replacements. Now runs like a dream. Mechanics should learn to look closer for this problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2011

2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Tiburon

Summary:

Could not ask for a better car for the price

Faults:

Every now and then engines shuts off in the city when stopped. The dashboard lights are the same as when you start the car. It restarts OK.

On the highway the RPM drops for a second but it restarts on its own.

No code is stored when it is diagnostic checked.

General Comments:

The car is excellent with no problems until now.

It has its original front brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2010

2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3L from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.3L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

I've owned this car over 5 years now, and I'm still happy with it

Faults:

Remote passenger side mirror quit working.

General Comments:

We bought this car new in April 2005. It was our third stop after looking at Toyota and Honda sedans. We just were not happy with the interior space or design in either of them. The Sonata's interior is not what I'd call roomy, but it is comfortable and well thought out.

We average 25 - 26 mpg city, 28 - 31 mpg highway.

So far we have found this car to be totally, utterly reliable. We have had zero problems with this car besides the mirror, but still had the peace of mind provided by the free 5 year road hazard program.

Acceleration is good, handling is great, and the auto transmission with the manual shift feature is a LOT of fun. The car also handles winter weather very well.

It is not a fancy, luxurious or super sporty car. It has found a happy medium. I could honestly tell anyone, (already have) that as far as good, sound, and economical transportation goes, you really can't go wrong for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2010

2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Great value for the money

Faults:

Wire came loose on dome light, dealer fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

I truly love the Sonata. I think it is a great value for the price, and after nearly 3 years it really still looks like new.

Compared to our POS Buick it has been a dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 13 reviews