Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai Sonata Review

Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata

In the lower segment of the middle class are not many cheap and high quality models. Usually one of the two adjectives fall victim to another. This creates a vacuum in which the first 80 took Japanese, and a decade later it did the Koreans. Not ashamed to use the best of European design and Japanese technology, Hyundai pulled the material seriously and at the end of the 90s already have a wide and modern range of models. A great example of Korean progress a third generation of sedan Sonata, launched in 1999 without relying on revolutionary forms and content, this amiable quality built car could be necessary not only in the segment with its affordable price.

Higher sales of Sonata is easy to explain the advantages of the model evaluated properly by a huge number of taxi drivers in the country. Surprise against the cost and reliability of Korean low operating costs make it quite a bad alternative to Japanese and European proposals on the secondary market. An additional plus the balance of the model brings the fact that the vast majority of the cars were purchased new and their history can be traced. Budget brand image can also be considered a past which priminite be ignored Sonata decreased significantly.

Hyundai designers are known for their activity. Practically every model to be renewed at most three years, for which there is often a confusion even among experts. The latest edition of the Sonata, for example, does not appear on one or two places as the “sixth” or even “seventh generation”. In reality, these are only the fourth generation, as in previous cases concerned only deep facelift. Such was subjected to a factory model and EF index in 2001. Then a slight “pop” face was replaced with double block headlights, inspired in no small measure from the front of the Mercedes-Benz S-class, and the rear was smooth. However, it can be assumed, in mechanical terms both model versions do not differ much.

Sonata III boasts a literate quality constructed and assembled


Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata

with good corrosion training. Rust spots kill only places with mechanical injuries such as the hood or from poor repair after a crash.
Pleasant impressions and causes


The price of the car can be recognized easily by the materials used, not very successful imitation wooden decorations and sheer desire to replicate luxury in more expensive cars. However, these shortcomings are offset by precision assembly, through which rarely occur in the body parasitic sounds. Rated worth silencing.


motor range

of Hyundai Sonata will remain only fans of diesel. Eight years ago, Koreans are still no suitable gasoline powered engine model equips with petrol engines with cylinder capacity of 2.0, 2.4 and 2.7 liters. All are typical representatives of the Asian School of the early and mid 90’s – light, economical, two camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Lacking are any improvements such as advanced control valve timing and jet collectors variable length, which can be considered eksployatyatsionni dignity in Bulgarian conditions. All motors have proven themselves in practice and have only two drawbacks. The lighter one is associated with the original plugs with platinum electrode. Due to the quality of petrol in the country change they have more often than 100-thousand kilometers mentioned in the factory specifications. Thus, the use of candles with common electrode is fully justified, and as the experience – and quite acceptable. The second problem is more serious. Requested by Hyundai interval change from a timing belt 80,000 km sometimes misleading. Cases of rupture in 60 000, and in two-liter engine and smaller, make many mechanics recommend reducing the mileage between shifts. They in turn must include tensioning units and guide rollers.

Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata

As regards the choice of modification comes down to driving style. The base two-liter engine with 131 or 136 hp provide sufficient power for all modes spends moderately and would satisfy the needs of most drivers. Its advantage over the two larger six-cylinder engine consists mostly in cheap maintenance. With 160 and 173 hp corresponding V-shaped aggregates Sonata in turn much more serious highway runner in this also a moderate appetite. However, their service comes quite expensive and increased load on the front axle leads to rapid wear.
Strict observance of operating rules ensure long and trouble-free life


of the Hyundai Sonata. In this model of care needs quite rare. Service interval between oil changes to transmission, for example, has 90,000 km, regardless of whether it is manual or automatic version of its five gears and four respectively. If you do not comply, the owner risks a facsimile device or synchromesh gears in fifth gear, and in vending machines – faces a total failure of the transmission.

One of the most interesting features of the Sonata is in the


For this class with such a price pattern has made unique chassis. It is no trace of the traditional MacPherson strut used in Asian budget vehicles. The suspension is independent of both the bridge. On each wheel rely two and back – four sticks with stalibizator Cross resistance. The scheme was copied from a Japanese manufacturer, and has amazingly reliable even in harsh conditions. Withstands free to call 40-50 thousand km and spare parts are very reasonably priced. His only known dark side mechanics. Whether because of the quality of the metal in the screw connections or because dirt roads home, chassis components from sticking so rampant that prepatili masters torch caught directly in the emergence of service in Sonata. Frankly weak element of chassis are still bearing hub that Radko withstand more than 50 thousand km.

Although effective enough


Hyundai Sonata

2011 Hyundai Sonata

have less obnoxious feature. Pads must be original, because otherwise front discs are literally melting in front of the owner. Rear drum brakes mounted Koreans even in the most luxurious and powerful modifications which slightly puzzled mind the car class. It has never been conceived as something other than a family car and designers may not have contemplated to make people type – “Schumacher”.

The inscription “Made in Korea” for a long time not seen as synonymous with quality compromise. All

electrical and electronic assemblies

Hyundai Sonata in feature bezproblemnost reliability. With the exception of rare cases of air conditioning malfunctions, serious equipment problems can not be specified. Damaged ignition modules do not count, because it is generally due to the untimely replacement candles. Erosion increases the distance between the electrodes, the load on the ignition components increases and at some point “fired” the weakest link in the chain.

Prejudices are never wore benefit, but in the case of Hyundai Sonata that goes double strength. Korean car offers more value for money than many more famous European competitors of the same segment. He does not believe, ask any taxi driver.

All modifications and engines of Hyundai Sonata from the start of production until now

1989 – 1991

Sonata 1.8i – 4 door / Sedan 95 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 1.8i – 4 door / Sedan 95 hp Manual
Sonata 2.4i – 4 door / sedan 114 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.4i – 4 door / sedan 114 hp Manual

1989 – 1992

Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 102 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 102 hp Automatic transmission

1990 – 1993

Sonata 3.0i – 4 door / sedan 146 hp Automatic transmission

1991 – 1993

Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 131 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 131 hp Manual

1993 – 1996

Hyundai Sonata

1996 Hyundai Sonata

Sonata 1.8i – 4 door / Sedan 98 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 105 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 139 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 139 hp Automatic transmission

1994 – 1996

Sonata 3.0i – 4 door / sedan 146 hp Automatic transmission

1995 – 1996

Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 105 hp Automatic transmission

1996 – 1998

Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / Sedan 95 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 125 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 125 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 3.0i V6 – 4 door / sedan 146 hp Automatic transmission

1998 – 2001

Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 136 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i 16V – 4 door / sedan 136 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.5i V6 24V – 4 door / sedan 160 hp Manual
Sonata 2.5i V6 24V – 4 door / sedan 160 hp Automatic transmission

2001 – 2005

Hyundai Sonata

2000 Hyundai Sonata

Sonata 2.7i V6 – 4 door / sedan 172 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 133 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 133 hp Manual

2005 – present

Sonata 3.3i V6 – 4 door / sedan 233 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.4i – 4 door / sedan 161 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.4i – 4 door / sedan 161 hp Manual

2006 – present

Sonata 2.0 CRDi VGT – 4 door / sedan 140 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0 CRDi VGT – 4 door / sedan 140 hp Automatic transmission
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 145 hp Manual
Sonata 2.0i – 4 door / sedan 145 hp Automatic transmission

Comments from owners of Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

2004 Hyundai Sonata

5 years – 70,000 km. Very reliable car at an extremely low price. Well suited for any operation. Quite withstand loading, suggesting durable and comfortable suspension. Economical – 8.6 in urban license. To me I get is 10, but it is so small loads. Summer time is necessarily involved with air conditioning. Besides, everyone knows that the counter tsifrichkata of fuel dispensers and nalyatoto in fact differ from the truth. models which drive is first in production and no ABS airbag. But the 8-valve engine is extremely reliable and cheap to recommend you support it. With good dynamic qualities relatively rapid acceleration, but stability and driving pleasure not for glory. Comfortable for a long time with any mechanical adjustments of the seats. The bad thing is that you can easily break the door handles from the inside. But they are cheap and easily replaced. And the glove box is small, but why does it have separate doors and lighting for each individual traveler. 😉 A car under 1500 eur perfect. There are many models with leather upholstery, ABS, and Airbag. If you are looking for a cheap and reliable car. I recommend it.

I’d done about 10,000 Sonata of 2004 is not a car 🙂 Large, comfortable, very maneuverable. For the position to be making such a toy. The only minus is that we spend a lot.

Hyundai Sonata

2010 Hyundai Sonata

I drove a Hyundai Accent 9 years and this is the car with which I have had the least trouble. I sold it to 260,000 km. half and suspension was still the original pads and joints and has no problems. But the coolest was that the engine and box looked like just poured from the factory, there is absolutely no leakage or oily. And motor oil for a replacement level drops by 1 mm. = 100 grams per 10,000 km. Now I have another brand of car, european, but it is far from a least problems with my Hyundai, big difference.

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