Purchased in April 2005, has over 100,000 miles and has been truly reliable. Maintenance and repairs costs have been typical and for things any car would require like new tires, battery, brakes, etc. Have been pleased with Hyundai and would recommend anytime.
Overall it's performed well and been comfortable to drive although I've been good about regular maintenance and I'm sure that helps. Am currently in the market for a new vehicle because I think it's time and not sure if I want another Hyundai. My decision has nothing to do with the car but because the closest dealer is now about 30 minutes from where I live. I've driven quite a bit on Los Angeles freeways (over 100,000 miles) and the car is still doing well and gets good mileage. Most maintenance has been typical - new tires - brakes - oil, filter and fluid changes so I've been pleased. The one complaint I have is a fair amount of paint chipping/peeling around the door handles and bumpers. I was told it was because of the hot temperatures but believe it was a defect in the painting process and finishing. If it was because of the heat, then why is the paint only problematic in those places rather that the hood and trunk?
Runs in spite of severe rust damage.
I think it was probably basically a good car. I bought it used and the person selling it said, "it has some rust. " I live in northern Ohio so it is pretty much a given that a used car will have some rust. Last year I was told the underside was completely rusted out. I recently had to replace the radiator. That said, she kept running a remarkably long time with a leaky radiator and has been reliable since. Because of the rust, I am always waiting for something to fall apart and am continually amazed at how she keeps running in spite of the damage.
Hyundai Sonata's are very practical, affordable, and reliable!
I purchased my car in 2012 at a previously owned car dealership. It had high mileage on it, when I purchased it, but it has been very reliable, and a great car, overall. I have encountered minimal problems, during my ownership. I have tuned it up, done minor brake work, and I did have to replace the timing belt, in April 2018.
As for comfort, I find the Sonata to be very comfortable, and spacious.
Performance is very nice, and has the potential to go very fast, if desired.
I would definitely buy another one, and highly recommend Hyundai!
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