2005 Hyundai Sonata
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Great vehicle

by from Miami, Florida on March 19, 2012

This is my fourth Hyundai and the second one of this specific model, a 2005 Sonata. The 2002-2005 Sonata models are , I believe, the best mid-sized cars Hyundai has produced so far. Their styling is t...
This is my fourth Hyundai and the second one of this specific model, a 2005 Sonata. The 2002-2005 Sonata models are , I believe, the best mid-sized cars Hyundai has produced so far. Their styling is truly classic and the V6 engine is an economic wonder!! I would recommend this car very strongly to anyone.
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Whoda thunk it?

by from Pensacola, FL on August 20, 2010

This is a really nice car. I'm no kid. I've owned lots of cars. This is one that is fun to drive, economical and suprizingly not too small. I've had some small econimical cars in my day, but mainly go...
This is a really nice car. I'm no kid. I've owned lots of cars. This is one that is fun to drive, economical and suprizingly not too small. I've had some small econimical cars in my day, but mainly go for the larger Crown Vic type of cars. When I tried the Sonata I was stunned at the nice ride, comfort, and nimble handling. I drive 60 miles to work, so my intent was to downsize from my Mercury to something less gas hungy. I'm Six feet, 200lbs, so I'm not huge but not tiny either. I tried a bunch of smaller cars and didn't like either the buzzy rides, lack of power or overall style and comfort. I would ask myself, "can I ride this car for 300-500 miles a week and still like it after a year". Almost always I came up with the answer, NO. Then I tried out the Sonata. It had enough ZIP in the engine (V6), smoothe quiet ride, and with the pseudo manual transmission, it's was a blast to drive. I left the dealership "thinking" it over and went back the next day to buy it. I'm glad I did. I have the full blown version with all of the upgrades. I highly recommend them too. About my only 2 minor quirks are, if you're taller than 6 feet, the sun/moon roof moulding will touch your hair or head. I think you lose about 1-2 inches of head room if you decide to get the retractable roof. The leather seats while nice and firm and of good quality, strong leather, might be a bit firm for some. I find them perfect, but my some might like a little softer cushion down there. Perhaps it's only an issue with the leather seat option. I would not hesitate to advise a friend or family to buy one.
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Great car very reliable

by from on August 16, 2010

I have had a 2005 Sonata LX and I love it! What a great car. It has over 75,000 miles and its still has never had an issue. I just get the regular maintenance done on it. It rides smooth and accelerat...
I have had a 2005 Sonata LX and I love it! What a great car. It has over 75,000 miles and its still has never had an issue. I just get the regular maintenance done on it. It rides smooth and accelerates great. It looks like the Jaguar but for a fraction of the price. Overall it?s a great car and I have been very pleased with it.
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Most reliable new car I have owned

by from Minneapolis, MN on July 27, 2009

I bought the 2005 Hyundai Sonata (top of the line model) at the end of the model year. I was looking for bulletproof reliability and this car was supposed to be just that. And it was. I drove it for a...
I bought the 2005 Hyundai Sonata (top of the line model) at the end of the model year. I was looking for bulletproof reliability and this car was supposed to be just that. And it was. I drove it for almost 3 years and and about 17,000 miles. Not once did I have to take it back to the dealer for repair work. Just did routine maintenance. I paid about $14,000 and sold it for $10,500. Not too bad. I was 100% pleased wit the car. Would buy another one if the need arose.
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reliable car

by from minnesota on June 11, 2013

bought my 2005 hyundai sonata gls with 2300 miles on it. for the price, i thought it was a great buy. this car has been very reliable with only routine maintenance, tires, oil changes, breaks, ect. i ...
bought my 2005 hyundai sonata gls with 2300 miles on it. for the price, i thought it was a great buy. this car has been very reliable with only routine maintenance, tires, oil changes, breaks, ect. i drive a lot of highway miles and average anywhere from 26-29 mpg depending how fast i drive. the only negative thing about this vehicle is that i replace the low beam lights on it often. Still own this car today with 280,000 miles on it and it drives as good today as when i bought it. Replaced plugs at 275,000. found that firestone tires work the best for this vehicle. Got 95,000 miles out of the last pair of FR710 and currently have 45,000 miles on my current set
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170,000 KM (over 100,000 miles) still going strong

by from Carleton Place, Ontario on July 8, 2009

We loved this car's looks and we have had it since new. We have had ZERO problems with reliability. Normal replacement of battery and break pads has been the only "expensive" items. Easy to maintain y...
We loved this car's looks and we have had it since new. We have had ZERO problems with reliability. Normal replacement of battery and break pads has been the only "expensive" items. Easy to maintain yourself. Air filter for example takes seconds to replace unlike a GM we owned which was nothing but a money pit even under warranty!
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high performance luxury

by from upstate new york, Ny on January 19, 2007

this car gives great performance and great styling very good cost for what you get all wheel abs disc brakes 170 hp and the fun of shift tronic or slap shift
this car gives great performance and great styling very good cost for what you get all wheel abs disc brakes 170 hp and the fun of shift tronic or slap shift
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Poor-Man's Jag.

by from Fort Wayne, IN on September 15, 2006

I recently purchased a 2005 Sonata GLS and I am suprised at how much I enjoy it. I like the fake wood grain trim on the inside, the ride is smoother than my Oldsmoblie Aurora, and the slapstick makes...
I recently purchased a 2005 Sonata GLS and I am suprised at how much I enjoy it. I like the fake wood grain trim on the inside, the ride is smoother than my Oldsmoblie Aurora, and the slapstick makes passing fun. The 170 hp V6 feels faster because you can downshift to engage the DOHC, it shifts automatically once it gets to the red-line at 6500 rpm. The stock stereo system, while not a Bose system, sounds suprisingly good after you tweek it. There is ample trunk space, I have had 3 sets of golf clubs in it with room to spare. The only complaint I have is the upholstry on the seats, but seat covers are relatively cheap. The 2005 body style very closely resembles a Jaguar making it attractive to the eye. I never thought I would buy a Hyundai, but once I drove it that thought went right out the moon-roof, another nice feature. If you are looking to buy a car I would recommend at least test driving it, you will be suprised, the 2006's are made in America, and do not have the Jag body style, so go for the '05.
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Impressed with Hyundai

by from Greensburg, IN on February 3, 2011

We purchased a 2005 Hyundai Sonata in 2007. It has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. We also have SUVs, but I would much rather drive the Sonata because it's zippier for quick trips a...
We purchased a 2005 Hyundai Sonata in 2007. It has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. We also have SUVs, but I would much rather drive the Sonata because it's zippier for quick trips around town. Gas mileage is very good, comfortable seats, plenty of leg room and a spacious trunk. Very impressed with Hyundai!
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Seems To Be A Decent 2005 Hyundai Sonata So Far

by from Carmart, South of Knoxville on June 9, 2016

I bought this 2005 Hyundai Sonata car today. It seems to be a decent and reliable car. I can't wait to have fun with it! The staffs were very helpful and friendly! I would definitely recommend friends...
I bought this 2005 Hyundai Sonata car today. It seems to be a decent and reliable car. I can't wait to have fun with it! The staffs were very helpful and friendly! I would definitely recommend friends to this place.
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