28th Oct 2005, 06:58
I got it new in 1995, today (2005) it is still running fine. Just replaced brake pads and battery. A/C died just after extended warranty expired (in 2001). Overall no problems.
As somebody noticed they did use cheap metal for the car.
11th Nov 2005, 08:15
I bought a Hyundai Sonata 2001 model this year (2005) at 65000km.
At 75000km I sent the car for a service after it had been indicating a malfunction light on the dashboard. The mechanics told me they did not locate a problem with the car, and they carried out the routine 75000km service.
Now the car is at 83000km, and it just shut off on me while I was on the road. The mechanics have looked at the car, and they say the timing belt broke and has damaged the engine. I asked them why they did not pick up the timing belt problem when I brought the car in for service. Apparently they say it's only supposed to be replaced at 90000km. So I say the Sonata is crap.
7th Aug 2006, 13:17
My Toyota Camry was stolen 3 weeks ago and I have been driving a 2006 Sonata rental. My husband and I drove a 2006 Sonata rental on our honeymoon in May and although I really like the look and drive of the car, I noticed that when I step on the gas, it "jumps" forward. I've had other cars with transmission problems and this just feels different. I have been considering buying a Sonata, but seeing all the negative reviews, I'm not so sure now. Does anyone have any positive feedback or would you seriously tell me not to even consider buying one?
3rd Sep 2008, 20:03
OK, the 95' Sonata is truly NOT well worth it.
THANKFULLY I bought mine for $1,000 used.
I LOVED it at first, but after hmm about 2 months of having it, I did not get anything BUT problems.
The first thing that popped up was my windows and doors broke besides the driver door.
NONE of my windows would roll anymore, and the door handles completely crumbled into dust, like seriously.
2. My alternator went out and this is after about 5 months of having it.
3. It was always jerking or changing gears.
4. I ALWAYS got a dent from the smallest thing.
5. Finally after 7 months of having it, my wheel axles froze and I got in a car accident, and my car went out of control and now it's totaled.
24th Feb 2011, 00:36
1996 Sonata, replaced AT after first 7 years with reconditioned for $2000. Now, seven years on it will not select "D" when cold. Workaround - start off in "L" and progress through "2" to "D". OK after that when it warms up.
Likely to be broken seal in trans, but don't want to pay $600 for service on a car worth only $1000 in good condition.