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Pros: Variable weather and emergency handling
Cons: Wiper Controls - took awhile to figure out need to be on for mist
Advice: Drive it, you'll buy it, but don't try stealing it.I have not bought one yet but rented one from Avis at La Guardia Airport for Valentine's Weekend drove to Boston and back.I was very impressed with the car. Drove thru snow, rain, road slush, water holes. I-95, I-495 this car was impressive. It had very option was very comfy and roomy, nice riding, fast responding emergency manuvering through some pretty suicidal drivers on I-95 in RI and CT. It was very windy and it had no effect on the car's handling. I was planning on a used late model Cadillac Seville and am now having second thoughts due to its cost and nearly same fuel mileage factors. The only negatives were a dry bearing in the passenger rear wheel and the engine had a drone like vibration under 65 miles an hour.. It wanted to run or fly to quiet down ! I also had the big engine with the Automatic and it was very smooth shifting and was not shifty or laboring on hills like a previous rental (Ford Contour with the twin cam) and got better mileage too ! I am a Cadillac man and this car impressed me ! I going to try out their top of the line to see which is better for me. I just hope the drive trains last longer than their warranty as I drive 25k mi a year. Its stopping ability was very very good and straight in an emergency stop and one hour long 8 mile long bumper to bumper touch and go without fade or pull. Had just a tad amount but went where pointed torque steer on hard accelerations. I really like this car and it's my first choice if I can't afford a used late model Seville. I had no problems with the Cruise Control..can't say that of the wiper controls. Could use back seat reading lamps too. My present vehicles are a 1994 S-10 with 141,000 miles on it and a 1981 Monte Carlo with 167,000 miles on it. Its time for me to get a new car and the website model year entry does not allow you to enter older than a 1996 to send out this evaluation.
Pros: the SMALL details
Cons: Slight hesitation when accelerating on the gas (usually about 1 second) before it takes off.
Advice: RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! Get pre-approved on a loan and DO NOT DEAL WITH DEALERSHIPS THAT TRY TO HAGGLE WITH YOU. Consumer Reports says $500 above invoiceI researched many different SUV's in the Santa Fe's class (spending several months doing so) and found that the Santa Fe not only offered the best options, looks, and performance, but the best warranty of any other suv in its class (and some above, ie the Durango). The Santa Fe has the looks of a well modeled and planned SUV, but the secret of this puppy is that it performs like a car. As you accelerate down the road you don't feel like you are driving something unwieldy. Backing up, parallel parking, etc are a breeze, with more than enough open space to view where you're going (unlike larger suv's like the Durango and the Suburban)
Pros: The stereo/cd player/cassette (leather seats are nice also)
Cons: A little underpowered. The 3.5L would be a nice option.
Advice: Great buyAltough the Sonata is not a BMW, it will impress most people. And the value is outstanding. Where else can a customer find all the options and styling found in the 2002 Sonata and a '$0' deductable-10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Pros: THE MANY STANDARD OPTION AND THE EXTENDED WARRANTY
Cons: NONE AT THIS TIME
Advice: BUYI PURCHASED THIS CAR NEW IN 11/2001 I FIND THIS CAR TO BE AN EXCELLENT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. PERFORMANCE EXCESSED MY EXPECTATION. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS VEHICLE ANY WHO ASK. I GET IT A FOUR STAR RATING.
Cons: feels cheap and possibly less safe as some others in its class.
Advice: Just getting to and from places at a low cost buy the car.98 thousand miles not a single problem except for a master slave clutch cylender covered under warrenty. I've abused this car and it has not sought retrobution. I've only change dthe oil 5 times and replaced the front brak pads once. The car still seems to be going strong. For the price it cant be beat. Going up hills it passes the Hondas and other subcompacts. It may be the fuel injection. It revs out with noise at about 80mph but can go to 90 or 95 without a problm for short periods. For the price and reliability and function of getting from point a to b its a great car.
Advice: ABS does improve handling, if your short choose option pkg 6moon roof takes up to much headroom, option package 6 required to get ABS but it forces the moonroof on you.
Pros: 140 hp
Cons: stereo is less than i wanted. I'll upgrade
Advice: List the things you want from a car before you buyI have 1200 miles on my Elantre and it definatley has some get up and go when needed. Rap the accelerator and it takes off, in town or at expressway speeds. Just right for the daily comute. I chose it over the competetion for this and the little bit of extra leg room it has. The transmission seems to get confused when the car is cold at low speeds, and the am/fm cassette sound system is marginal. The trunk is one the mafia would be proud of. Lots of room. A good choice for the price. And what a warranty.