2007 Hyundai Sonata NF 3.3L from Australia and New Zealand
Got the basics right, but too many electronic gizmos that can go wrong
ESP turns off when it rains.
At first it only happened occasionally, but now it is very regular. When it rains and I have to brake in a corner, the ESP gets confused and turns itself off. Ironically, it is during wet weather when you might need the ESP’s help.
Also have an intermittent fault, where the back right door will not unlock. The fault comes and goes; must be with the mechanism, because I am unable to unlock the door with the remote, or manually using the knob on the door.
I needed cheap reliable transport to get me from and to work.
Bought this car on price; it was an ex rental (presumably had a hard life).
I am pleasantly surprised at the quality mechanics on this car. Everything is still tight, the doors close smoothly, the seats are comfortable, the engine is smooth and powerful, and the auto is just a delight.
Surprisingly good fuel economy, 8.2L/100K, which is amazing for such a big powerful car, with the air con on most of the times.
This car was meant to be the work horse on a budget, but it is such a joy to drive, that we often take it on our family outings, in preference to our beloved Prado.
If we ever have to replace our family chariot, the tough, ever faithful Toyota Prado, I will certainly consider looking at what Hyundai has to offer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2013
27th Nov 2014, 12:01
Just an update on the ESP issue.
The cruise control did not engage and then the brake lights stopped working.
Turns out the issue was with the brake switch on the brake pedal having a poor connection.
Re-jacked the connector, and now the ESP, cruise control and brake lights all work fine.