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Old 07-01-2010, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Probably the largest complaint I have about my 2009 Sonata Limited is that fact that the trunk doesn't automatically open when you pull the latch.

I searched and looked through 20 or so pages for something similar with no results.

I looked at the gas springs and they are standard, so they will be easy to find replacements (about $50 for a pair). I was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to replace them with higher newton springs so the trunk will open automatically, or if the trunk was built so this can't happen either way?

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Old 07-01-2010, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love the way our Trunk has those shock absorber struts, and does not allow for the trunk to just pop open. I think the

2011's are different?
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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QUOTE (MiamiLX @ Jul 1 2010, 08:55 PM)
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I love the way our Trunk has those shock absorber struts, and does not allow for the trunk to just pop open. I think the

2011's are different?
I haven't gotten around to driving a 2011, I heard it was a complete redesign, but haven't had the time.
I know they purposely had it not open on latch release, i'm just not sure why. I don't see the practical reason personally, but you said you prefer it. I just find it silly to have the trunk open on the key fob, yet you still have to lift it up to open it, kind of defeating the purpose of the remote open ability. I think the auto open would fit better into my life style than the current design.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a 2009 Limited, and my trunk lid also does not pop up when the trunk latch is released. I was irritated with this as it is very inconvenient. I also discovered that the trunk latch release will open the trunk even while the car is in drive.
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I have a 2009 Limited, and my trunk lid also does not pop up when the trunk latch is released. I was irritated with this as it is very inconvenient. I also discovered that the trunk latch release will open the trunk even while the car is in drive.
Would you be even more irritated to learn you can open a locked Sonata door while in movement just by pulling on the Door latch?
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 2011 is not using our gas-filled cylinders. It's equipped with those large old-fashioned (but still widely used by most car makers) hinges that also CRUSH stuff inside a fully-loaded trunk.... Even the current Consumer Report, reviewing the new Sonata this month, is mentioning it negatively (otherwise the new Sonata is getting a very good review there) ---- which I find idiotic, since this mechanism is SO COMMON in SO many other cars....

I'd be curious myself, if there is such a product that has enough power to actually PUSH the trunk open when released, I might purchase it myself.....
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm glad it doesn't pop open completely as I've found my trunk unlocked periodically perhaps from a rogue pocket button push.

This happened to a 2011 owner who found all his stuff in the trunk stolen.

Don't even understand your issue personally.....
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i dont understand as well, hyundai decides to be extra nice and throws in the absorber for the trunk to be better and yet people still complain tsk tsk tsk
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The problem is the trunk not popping up when released. It would have been a nice feature IF ALL WAS WORKING RIGHT... You come out from a store with boxes and stuff, press the button on the remote --- and the trunk lid pops up, and all you need to do is kick it with your elbow to open it full..... This is how our Accord works, as probably most cars do.

BUT: A. The Accord (like the '11 Sonata) has those huge hinges that will crush stuff in a fully loaded trunk. and B. Having this issue with the trunk unintentionally releasing itself -- if that happens (happened to me too, more than once or twice) --- then I'd rather have the trunk lid NOT pop open, so that my car is not sitting there for hours with the trunk open, inviting anybody to share my stuff....
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i dont understand as well, hyundai decides to be extra nice and throws in the absorber for the trunk to be better and yet people still complain tsk tsk tsk
Actually, having the shock absorbers (springs, struts) on the outside of the trunk space was a big selling point when I bought my cars (more usuable space inside).

Also, the shock absorbers, or struts, which actually push things open (more often found on hoods) are prone to failure -- and the result is that you can get your head severely bashed when the lid falls- it actually happened to me.

Be happy the way it is.
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