Finicky, but solid semi-luxury sedan
I've owned it for a little over a week, I hope that nothing has failed yet...
However, I am getting the following maintenance done:
- Transmission fluid flush (done, $199).
- Timing belt and main belt (next, estimated $400).
- Fuel filter (done, $55).
- Synthetic oil change (next week, estimated $50).
- Air filter (next week, estimated $10).
- Interior light bulb replacement (within a month, cost unknown).
Things broken when purchased:
- Extremely dark brown transmission fluid, although not black. This concerns me the most (because of this I won't blame the car if I have transmission troubles soon, the previous owner didn't change his fluid).
- Some light bulbs in the trip computer and CD player are out.
- Seats have minor wear. But still in good condition.
- Fuel door and trunk release switches on the driver-side door are finicky and don't always work.
- CD player cuts out when playing FM radio when a CD is not in the drive, but if a CD is in the drive, it works fine.
I bought the car a week ago, and so far I'm pleased. I intend to add updates as I go.
I found my car a week ago from a private owner, 94K miles, I bought it for $3,550, a real bargain in my opinion, however, I have noticed a couple of things so far:
1. Very touchy throttle, especially from a dead stop.
2. Transmission seems smooth 90% of the time, and is getting better since the fluid flush, but it seems to have a mind of its own at other times.
3. Shimmy in the steering wheel at highway speed (the tires are pretty worn though).
4. Sound system is good, but not great. It's better than my Infinity in my Grand Cherokee, which was also a semi-luxury vehicle.
5. Car starts and idles smooth, unbelievably smooth (although I am coming from an SUV whose inline-6 is known to cause a decent amount of vibration).
6. The overall look and feel of the car grows on me by the day.
Some suggestions to other owners:
1. I've found an easy fix for the people with the lurching, although they might not be thrilled to try it. I have found that if the driver launches from a stop using the manually controlled transmission in "second" gear, the car is smooth as butter. The first gear is geared way too low, and thus the car accelerates abruptly, then hesitates as it shifts to a much higher second gear. If one launches from second, the car accelerates gently, and then the driver can engage the transmission into "auto".
2. As for some of the other issues, including the "non-refined" engine as well as other quirks, one thing to keep in mind is that this is not a Lexus. I don't understand why people are so upset that the car does not feel and operate like a BMW or some other luxury car; this car is a Hyundai. If someone expects to buy a car like this and find the refinement and comfort of a higher end sedan, then that person bought the wrong car. This car is refined in some manners, but barbaric in others. Simply put, if you want a Lexus, buy a Lexus. Otherwise, If you want a semi-luxurious vehicle without paying much money, this car is a great pick.
Overall, this car has quirks, but as long as it runs well and is reliable, and provides comfort and some luxury along the way, I will be satisfied.
PS: people who like to do their own maintenance, check out Hyundai's www.hyundaitechinfo.com. This website is provided by Hyundai for free, and allows owners to view all tech service bulletins, maintenance schedules, even take online tech training classes, for FREE. This really gave me a good feeling about how Hyundai stands behind its product.
Oh, and to the person who complained about reliability and now wants to buy a Lincoln (unless it's one of the 2008-ish or later models), good luck with that...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st November, 2009