4th Aug 2007, 21:47

I own a 02 Corvette, a 04 Subaru Turbo Forester (fastest SUV type vehicle you can buy besides maybe a turbo Cayenne Porsche -- 0-60 in the 5.3 range), Just sold a Subaru WRX STI Version; 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. So I know about japanese and american made vehicles, and about performance.

I bought an 07 Sonata V-6. The car performs quite well, and although not as fast as the aforementioned cars, it is absolutely no slouch, and at certain speeds when the tranny kicks down, it feels downright fast.

The biggest problem with Hyundai is image; that is however starting to fade.

I bought mine with a 2000.00 factory rebate, and got the dealer below invoice, about 1300.00 off sticker. You add the fact of all you get with Hyundai; a cheaper MSRP, factory rebate and dealers willing to play. I saved myself like 5k. Factor in the warranty and I know made the smart decision.

The fact is, if you drove a Sonata, you would be shocked that is a great car. You add the value, and it approaches amazing.

6th Aug 2007, 01:18

You say you know about American vehicles... then you should know that the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 is faster than the Cayenne.

19th Aug 2007, 11:09

Well, I live in a different country in north of US, but here Chevy's brand image as well as the depreciation is FAR worse than Hyundai. I would absolutely prefer a Hyundai over any Chevy in SAME class. So far, me and my family have owned some GM (Buick & Pontiac), Ford, Hyundais, & Hondas.

9th Sep 2007, 08:07

How can Chevrolet have a worse brand image than Hyundai when it is well documented that Hyundai has the worst brand image of all car manufacturers!

10th Sep 2007, 13:41

Why is it that when you ask what car somebody drives and if they say Hyundai they always say it quietly and with their head and eyes turned rather downward?!

Criticise Chevrolet all you want, its of no consequence to me. I was merely relaying my view of the poor Hyundai image.

Look to the comments of the other posters:

1st Aug 2007, 00:30 "Yes Hyundai does seem to be increasing in quality, but it has aways to go before it is respected as much as Chevrolet or Toyota"

4th Aug 2007, 21:47 "The biggest problem with Hyundai is image"

Even your fellow Hyundai owners agree with the perception of Hyundai as an inferior car.

If this is how your cars are viewed by fellow Hyundai owners then you can imagine with which little regard Hyundai's are held in by the rest of the car owning public.

11th Sep 2007, 17:24

Perception and reality are two separate terms.

19th Sep 2007, 19:28

I think that purchasing a car is a personal thing. I believe all car manufacturers are competing for your money and competition is very keen. If you can find a a bargain, such as Hyundai I think one should invest. It seems to me that they are trying very hard to compete. I have one and I think it is a very high quality car. Kiplinger rates it a worthy investment.

27th Sep 2007, 10:34

I currently own a 03 Impala 3.4L with 78K miles, and it sounds (lifter noise) like it can fall apart at any moment. The dealer told me they can't do anything about it until it clunks out. I'm honestly afraid to drive from my base in Louisiana to Chicago to see my family. I've put in countless hours online to figure out the best bet for a new (used) car and the sonata is in the top 5, along side of Grand Prix, Xterra and Malibu (all with outstanding reviews) even with it's "Negative Social Perception". It's about quality and value. The 2006, 07 doesn't look half bad either. Sorry "Doc", you are out of line.

17th Oct 2007, 10:14

I have owned European cars (Volkswagen, Mercedes, and BMW), domestic (GM and Ford) and Japanese (Honda, Toyota, and Lexus). My last two cars were Korean (Kias) and my next one will be an '08 Sonata. As I get older, I find that a vehicle is really just transportation to get you from point A to point B. With very few exceptions, a car is a depreciating asset, regardless of make or model. If you have to define yourself by the badge on your car, you have issues that go beyond what can be addressed on a car survey. I have found that the current Korean (Hyundai and Kia) cars offer quality, price, and warranties that together make them hard to beat. If you want to spend more on something else with a status label, that's fine, it's a free world (well, my part of it is).

5th Nov 2007, 11:03

The 5 year warranty advertised by Hyundai does not apply to the Irish Republic. Anyone know why?

9th Nov 2007, 06:17

Different countries - different warranty terms. Terms may even vary within the EU region, although there is a legislated minimum warranty level within the EU.

16th Nov 2007, 22:33

I drove a Ford Taurus, which I kept running for a long time, and needed to replace. I needed to rent a car to visit my son in DC. Asked them for a Malibu, but they gave me a Hyundai Sonata instead. I drove it 600 miles and was very impressed. The second time I rented, the same thing happened and I drove that Hyundai 600mi. I have since bought the Limited model Sonata; have had it a year and I am still very impressed. A great car at a sensible price. P.S. I did drive the Malibu eventually, but it did not impress me like the Hyundai Sonata.

30th Nov 2007, 23:51

Thanks' for all the comments posted here! I originally was just looking over the user reviews to check fuel consumptions and other comments for the Sonata. But gotta say the Chevy vs Hyundai feud that started from a single post by the doc, has been pretty darn amusing! :o)

All I can say is in my 30 years of driving several makes of cars, they all seem to keep getting better. I will be buying my 08'Sonata GLS 4cyl.w/ the SE alloy wheels tomorrow. The out the door price of about $20k including tax, may not be the best bargain but is a good value compared to other test drives and comparison of Ford Fusion's, Five Hundreds, Chevy HHR's, and Pontiac Vibe's I've looked at and driven. The Honda's, Toyota's,& Nissan are too overpriced and steep to me. Plus many of them seem kind of bland. Although I like the new clean look of the Fords, and liked driving them, their stickers are higher priced for the features. I chose the Hyundai for it's style, quality, smooth ride, and invoice price + 0% financing deal.

I would suggest the Doc maybe get some new glasses and test drive one, but seems he is hung up on the name. So go drive your Chevy.... Why is he checking a HYUNDAI forum anyway if he hates them? Is he secretly wanting one, in denial, or jealous of them? Doesn't really make sense. Anyway it has been quite funny to read all the previous posts. :o) Cheers!

12th Dec 2007, 11:33

- None of the above, I do not secretly want, who would ever want a Hyundai or a Kia -- the broke and the impoverished I guess.

- No I'm not in denial, I was simply pointing out the poor respect which Hyundais get.

And no I'm not jealous of Hyundai! Who could ever be jealous of one of the cheapest cars in the world. That just doesn't make sense to me.

Incidentally, I don't need a member of the public to tell me I need a new pair of glasses.