I also have a 2002 XG350. It has been a wonderful car and I have just passed 60k miles. I'm really surprised to see the negative comments. I have not had any mechanical problems at all. I replaced the original Michelins at 40k miles with Falkens and they have improved the handling dramatically. My only complaint would be the expensive "scheduled" maintenance. My advice would be to shop around. The dealer that I purchased from quoted $800 to replace the timing belt. Another dealer 30 miles away quoted $650, and one 50 miles away quoted $450.
I have had numerous problems with my 2002 Hyundai XG350.
The transmission slams and or does not go into gear allowing me to pass.
We have replaced the right window gear three times
We have had it in for suspension problems over four times
The vehicle has 65,000 and we are on our third set of tires, even after an alignment. After Hyundai taking apart the entire front end of my vehicle, they refused to align it.
We were unable to get it in to our local Hyundai for six months because they kept canceling our appointments. We have had the vehicle for two years now and have had it in and out of the shop for 18 months.
Driver side visor broke twice
Pulls to the right and they keep stating it is due to alignment problem.
Our air bag light continues to go on.
We have had three issues with the power steering.
I would never purchase another Hyundai as long as I live. Worst customer service ever!
I agree with most of these comments. Impossible to control acceleration, hesitation, surging, Malfunction Indicator Lamp coming on, air bag light on, regular tire replacements, frequent trips to the dealer to no avail. Yep, sounds like my XG350!
I have a 2003 Hyundai Sonata LG and it too had the clunk noise in the front suspension. When I took the service manager out for a drive, he readily diagnosed the problem.
To correct the matter simply required the removal of the under sized rubber grommets on the front sway bar and the installation of new ones of proper size. This was done under warranty at 7000 miles.
We have over 60,000 miles on our 2002 XG350 and have had zero problems. I also have a 1999 Hyundai Elantra and the check engine light may be due to a faulty gas cap or tightening the gas cap too much. I found that if I turn it a couple of clicks past what seems to be tight does the trick.
I own a 2002 Hyundai XG350 and unfortunately I have experienced some of the issues listed. Today, I noticed a "puddle" of power steering fluid when I was preparing for work. This is the third incident with the power steering - the pressure hose has been replaced twice and I'm not looking forward to the estimate later today. The car lunges sometimes when the accelerator pedal is pressed and often takes off too fast. The car pulls to the right often, so I have conceded that is a characteristic because I have paid for more than 6 alignments since it was purchased. The ride is not smooth and I believe I have purchased my last Hyundai.
I own a 2002 XG350 and when I first purchased it last fall I had a lot of difficulty putting fuel into the tank. The fuel hose would shut off constantly. It also had a check engine lite referring to the fuel system. I solved this annoying problem by removing and cleaning the fuel tank filter assembly which is located in the rear quarter panel behind the drivers side rear wheel. Access it from under the car. No more check engine lights or fuel filling problems. The only thing that is still a bit frustrating is the noises/rattles that come from the rear suspension but I'm still chasing those.
I purchased my 2002 XG350L new in June 2002. For the most part the car has been very reliable. It had some minor surges and stalls over the 5 years, but in the last month before the 5 yr warranty ran out, it really started acting up. It was making a weird noise when cold and it was surging constantly. I took it to a local dealer to fix under warranty. They replaced a throttle sensor under warranty and wanted to charge me $260 for 2 new fan belts, I ended up paying $110 for the belts after accusing them of unfair pricing. In any case, the car still makes noise so it was not the belts and it is surging worse than before. Guess what!!! Its not under warranty anymore... tough beans for me per the dealer. AND to add insult to injury, 8 days after it went off warranty (June 8) the alternator went. Sorry!!! off warranty!!! Cost me $528 out of pocket! Looking at a new car this week and it won't be a Hyundai. I bought my last 2 already. (I also own an Elantra)
My wife's 2005 XG350 is an overall good vehicle, however, we too have experienced the same issues as some others. The Airbag light in particular. it has been back to the dealer 6 times, the latest being 27 Sep 07. Got the same story at first "the wiring connector under the drivers seat" baloney. Now after six dealer trips the dealer claims it's probably a bad wiring harness and they need to contact the Hyundai tech department and they in turn will contact me. Very, very poor service as far as I am concerned.
I purchased my XG350L new and drove it for five years without any problems. The dealer replaced the battery once for free and I changed it to a Die Hard. Really haven't had any problems with my car I guess I have been lucky. It has 80,000 miles on it now and I have finally seen a couple rust spots which I promptly sprayed and treated. The car has always started after sitting outside in the snow. It has been completely covered with snow and it still started. The heated seats are a big help. I am going to sell it soon and buy an AZERA. I am sold on Hyundai. You just can't beat the price for what you get in return. No I do not work for Hyundai. I simply have enjoyed the past 5 years of worry free driving.
We have a 2002 XG 350 with over 75,000 miles. It has been a great car. We have just experienced our first problem. The power steering fluid is leaking. Hopefully, we will get this fixed up and everything will be good again!
I agree with all the comments posted here about surging and hesitation. I also noticed that the Traction control has exactly the same issues (I think they are related). The Traction Control hesitates so much that I get stuck in snow. I usually turn it off on an icy or snow covered road. It is unfortunate that Hyundai has virtually abandoned all support of this model. This has resulted in some Hyundai customers moving away from Hyundai vehicles all together.