First, car is driven ~500 miles a day currently and has been since it was at 80,000 miles. I do oil changes like clockwork every 5k, I do radiator and transmission flushes at 30k. Check engine light h...
First, car is driven ~500 miles a day currently and has been since it was at 80,000 miles. I do oil changes like clockwork every 5k, I do radiator and transmission flushes at 30k. Check engine light has never been on and it runs like a champ. I regularly drive it hard at over 4000 rpms and it still hasn't had any leaking or engine noise. Currently the car sits at 183,000 miles and its still going strong.
Interior: Pretty bland, I got the GLS model so its plain. the cloth picks up every bit of dirt, I need to wash the seats at least once a month (mostly the driver seat) but the light fabric just shows everything. Cup holder broke the first week I owned the car so I need to have 2 drinks (or a can or a coffee mug) in it at all times in order to prevent the real drink from spilling, annoying but it works. The driver side visor broke a long time ago, replaced it and it works fine. That's literally the end of the list of things that have broken on the car.
Exterior: at 10 years paint is peeling, and I wash and wax it monthly. The styling of all sedans in the mid 2000's were boxy and horrible. Do not consider this car for styling purposes, its just not ascetically pleasing in any way. Here's a complaint about the car that I cannot do much about, the lug-nuts. They started to begin the process of failing at 150,000 and I went to buy new ones. they are $8 per lug-nut from Hyundai. That's 20*8. Insane. Be aware aftermarket nuts will not work as they are deep seated and the hubcaps will fall off with anything but factory. So you either buy new lug-nuts from Hyundai or you buy new hubcaps and lug-nuts from amazon.
Overall: The car has been insanely reliable. Just do the preventative maintenance and you can take this thing well over 200k. When it does in fact die, I will get a new Hyundai probably a Genesis, but that's not because I don't like the Sonata, its because I want a luxury car. For someone in the market for a ~$18k-$25k car I would 100% recommend it to them.