2006 Hyundai Sonata Elite 3.3 Litre V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Awesome value for money
2010: Windscreen washer motor burnt out after becoming blocked. Fitted a new genuine part, which wasn't cheap at $88.00. Worked perfectly though, so all good!
2010: L/H rear door central locking failed. Still plays up occasionally, and it looks like a pig of a job to repair, so I'm living with it.
2013: Engine "check light" came on about 4 weeks ago for no discernible reason, then went out 2 days later and hasn't come back on since... go figure?
The Elite model comes with a leather interior and "mag wheels", which look nice. The interior is very spacious, and it has bags of rear passenger leg room.
The engine and trans are extremely quiet and smooth, and it is a delight to drive. The V6 is very powerful, and performance is impressive for a car weighing nearly 2 tonnes! It goes!
My only gripe is the very slight delay between depressing the accelerator and engine response. I believe this is due to the fact that these cars are 'drive-by-wire', and the accelerator is electrical as opposed to mechanical.
Fuel consumption is reasonable for a car this size.
Overall we are really happy with our Hyundai, and it was far cheaper than a comparable Toyota Camry, which would have cost us $7k more!! Brilliant value for money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2013
5th Jun 2020, 22:30
It's been nearly 7 years since I wrote this review. We still have the car (mileage now at 145,000km) and it continues to impress.
The only other thing that has gone wrong during this time is the front passenger sun-visor, which wouldn't stay in the 'up' position. I believe this is a common fault.
Depreciation is probably average, as I paid $14,000 for this car when I bought it, and it's now worth around $4000 (in New Zealand).
Overall still very happy!