2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited with Navy 2.0 turbo from North America
Waste gate actuator at 17500 (turbo was down every cold morning until it was fixed).
Sunroof squeaks since day 1 - dealer can't fix it.
Rattling interior, leather seats wear out fast.
Lemon... both the squeaky sunroof (went 3 times to the dealership with no result) and the waste gate actuator are on the dealership service bulletin, so it's a common issue for these models. The waste gate actuator had to be adjusted - on every cold morning (temp under 15 degrees Celsius) the car felt like an 80HP car because of the cold air, which has more density, and the ECU was tricked and forced to open the waste gate to let go of "the excess boost"- so instead of sending the boost to the engine, it was wasted.
Other than that, lots of power, great looks, great fuel MPG (especially on highways), drives very well, very comfortable, very nice stereo, very nice interior except for the leather seats (which wear out very fast), cheap steering wheel (just half covered in leather) and the rattling dashboard.
I had very pleasant experience with an Elantra in the past, but this one is my last Hyundai ever, considering the amount of money I paid for this car and how many times I went to dealership in just 18,000 miles. Can't wait to get rid of it.
I will post more updates in the future, but so far I am very unhappy with the reliability, even though I am very happy with the looks, power and the way it handles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th August, 2013
6th Aug 2013, 09:16
There is no doubt that Hyundai Motor Corporation has made some very good vehicles. But in all fairness, they have only been making cars since 1967. Compared to Ford (1903), Chevy (1911) and Toyota (1937) they are just starting out and will continue to improve. But buying cars from basically the new kid on the block... there will be problems. Cars are made up of thousands of components, and buying from the looks of the car or the feel of the car, just doesn't cut it anymore. You will have to go a lot deeper in your research before you buy any car out there... including ones that have been around for a while.
14th Aug 2013, 09:58
Always wanted a car that comes with its own navy.
4th Mar 2014, 11:12
A couple of issues and it's a lemon?
19th Feb 2018, 00:06
Yet Ford and Chevy still make their share of garbage... Perhaps the age of a manufacturer is irrelevant after they get off the ground?