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Really like this car. Got it the day after graduation and I was very pleased. The only issue was the speed sensor, yet it got solved. The Sonata helps me out going to work and college. Team Sonata
Pros: The exterior look
Cons: The brakes
Advice: Get the 02-05 as the 06 & 07's have a cheap feeling in sideI bought this car new in Nov. 2002. It is the most comfotable vehicle I have ever owned. The ride & road grip are great. The only problem I have ever had is the braking system. The rotors warped in less than 14,000 miles & the dealer relaced pads & turned rotors as a courtesy. However the rotors warped even sooner after being turned. I am going to upgraded to racing rotors & ceramic pads which are warranted for 24,000 miles. This is a very elegant & comfortable car for the average working man that can not afford a BMW or Lexus. 5* rating from me.
Pros: driving comfort
Cons: transmission shifts a little rough
Advice: compare safety features and standard equipment in the price rangeThe best quality and standard equipment for the price range. Style and workmanship are excellent.
Pros: THE SHIFTRONIC FEATURE
Cons: ABS IS NOT STANDARD
Advice: WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE DISCOUNTED FOR THE END OF THE YEAR.LOOKS ELEGANT! RIDES VERY SMOOTHLY LIKE A LUXURY CAR & CORNERS EXTREMELY TIGHTLY. HAS A NEAT FEATURE CALLED 'SHIFTRONIC' WHICH ENABLES THE CAR TO BE DRIVEN AS EITHER AN AUTOMATIC OR A STICK.
Pros: The look of a very expensive import!
Cons: If there was a feature, I haven't found it yet!
Advice: Prepare to be impressed, you have to test drive this car!Prepare to be impressed! I can honestly say that I was fully prepared for the whole test drive to be a 'mediocre' experience at best. What I found was a very affordable sedan that handles like a dream! It hugs the road, smoothe ride quiet and comfortable! Generous cargo space, beautiful interior detail. Makes you feel like you are truly in a luxury sedan. I couldn't get over the amount of solid value after comparing and test driving the Camry, which was thousands more. Have never owned a foriegn car but the value and warranty can't be beat! Styling of the body is close to the Jaguar...very pleasing on the eyes. I can't say enough, except I am planning on the Sonata being my next car!
Pros: Styling and Keyless entry
Cons: cruise control on/off button & shift from 1st to 2nd gear
Advice: test drive this one after test driving everything elseI still can't believe I am a Hyundai owner. But once you drive the V6 and see how much it costs and then compare it to Honda and Toyota you'll be in my shoes. I don't regret my choice. A friend of mine has a 2000 Sonata V6 and told me to look at the 2002. I drove his 2000 and was impressed. I was looking at Honda's and Toyota's and just couldn't afford them. I predict that Hyundai's are not going to be in the price class they are in much longer. Get one before everyone else jumps on the band wagon. Only thing I don't like is the shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Feels like it jerks to hard at time and other times it is just fine. Maybe its just mine. I haven't read anyone else write about this problem. Other then that I am 100% happy.
Pros: Quality Options at no additonal cost.
Advice: Test drive a V-6 prior to buying another vehicle. Check out the excellent warranty and cost compared to other models.Impressed with the solid and quiet ride of the V-6.It has excellent visibility, good stereo system and the overall appearance and style.