2006 Hyundai Sonata Elite 3.3 Litre V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Awesome value for money

Faults:

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?

General Comments:

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

2006 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i from Croatia

Summary:

Comfortable car with bad reliability and low quality materials

Faults:

132 000; Need to clean the injectors because the car was driving lumpy in first gear.

140 000; Rust on the left and right back side around the wheels.

144 000; Clutch failure, friction plate broke itself into a few pieces and left me on the road.

145 000; Right wheel bearing.

General Comments:

I bought two Sonatas and both have the same problems; lumpy first gear driving, steering wheel leather is worn pretty much.

Also, I was waiting 20 days for a new clutch. Service for Hyundai in my country is very bad. If something fails, it is impossible to find the part in a sensible period.

This is definitively my first and last Hyundai. Now trying to sell them, and that is not an easy job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th June, 2013

2006 Hyundai Sonata LX 3.3 from North America

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

The windshield wiper fluid not working on several trips to Canada once it got too cold during winters of 2007 and 2008. Started working after it warmed up. I'm in NC and was amazed at the abuse some cars take in the northern climates.

As mentioned in numerous reviews, I occasionally have the sound like something is loose in the trunk when hitting a big bump.

General Comments:

The wife is the main driver and she fell in love with the V6. She had been driving an Accord 4 cylinder for about 6 years.

I spent the morning giving the interior a good clean up, and am surprised on how well it has held up over the last 4 1/2 years. Leather is in very good shape.

When I first got the car, I thought there were a few cheap looking items inside (compared to my old Legend), like the door handles, but after the 4 years they don't look bad. I'm really surprised. I believe we spent $21500 for the car brand new. It was about the price of an Accord without leather and without the V6, so that was the main reason we gave Hyundai a try. 10 year warranty didn't hurt.

My wife believes she hears something when she makes a turns in the morning before the car gets warmed up, but I can't really say I have, and the dealership couldn't either.

Overall, the car has held up really well, and I have to believe it's one of the fastest 0-60 sedans available for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2010