2009 Sonata GLS 4 cylinder as used car? - Hyundai Forums : Hyundai Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
paulmlac is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
2009 Sonata GLS 4 cylinder as used car?

Hi - Looking this afternoon at a 2009 Sonata GLS 4 cylinder as a used car. How are these cars in general in terms of reliability? Any common known problem areas to focus on or consider?
paulmlac is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 04:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 262
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Turbonut is an unknown quantity at this point
My '08 2.4 Optima I purchased new, will hit 300,000 miles later this year and small problems unike our '11 EX-T. When I say small problems, let me clarify that the passenger side SRS sensor in the passenger seat went out @ 6-7 years ago so I purchased a used seat but never did the install, too lazy to change the leather over, but I digress.
Rear wheel bearings @ 180,000
A/C clutch 270,000
Alternator 260,000-Alt didn't do bad, but the clutch pulley worked itself off and was scrapping the inner fender
Brakes, even with new sliders installed and lubricated, after a period of time, the caliper sliders would stick, again the '11 does the same, also changed all calipers, sticking pistons.
Headlights were and still are terrible as you can't see down the road, but the reflectors have gone inside the headlights.
Stabilizer front end links, poor design and maybe 60,000 until I finally replaced them with units that can be lubricated.

Cheap car with not much sound insulation, but a workhorse.
Good luck.
Turbonut is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 05:11 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Albany/NY/USA
2007 Honda CR-V auto
Posts: 3,611
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Quoted: 831 Post(s)
avisitor is an unknown quantity at this point
Check the internet for any recalls
avisitor is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 10:00 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Rochester, NY
2008 Sonata
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Optiker is an unknown quantity at this point
We bought the '08 my wife drives at 115k miles and it is up to 175k now. We have not too many problems for a car that age. Two door handles have broken. They are about $10 on ebay and not too hard to replace. Fortunately our car is black and the replacement handles are black. (Otherwise they need to be painted.)

The rear brakes tend to drag. I have been taking them apart and cleaning the rust off the pad mounting surfaces each spring. Check for hot brake smell in the rear wheel wells right after a drive.

Other people have had trouble with the bearings inside the engine with the 2.4 in particular. There should be a steady ticking sound with the engine idling and the hood open. There should be no kind of knocking sound audible from inside the car at all. The engine and transmission are very smooth in these cars.
Optiker is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
paulmlac is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
OP with an update -

Looked at car. 120 k miles. Mechanically seemed OK. Third brake light bulb burned out. In checking the internet that looks like an unpleasant job. Interior was clean. Exterior was a little rough but this is to be a kids car. Couple small dents in a quarter panel. Scuff mark (like a tire rub) covering the entire bottom of a door. Driver side mirror shattered by a broom handle today apparently. Internet shows the part is cheap but I’d have to paint of course (or find in junkyard).

Got nervous on the Carfax. First 23 k miles was as a rental. Had two damages (not accidents) noted - front and right front. Seller said sister backed into once and was side swiped in a parking lot another time. Maintenance was spotty. Looks like the oil change frequency was roughly once per year. Seller said had more work done but not all recorded by Carfax. Seller did have some recent paperwork but I didn’t piece everything together by date / mileage.

Our daughter would be taking this out of state to college in 18 months and a little nervous on long term reliability given maintenance frequency.

I suppose could buy it, test it over the next year, and then replace if not reliable.

Bottom line: Passing on it for now probably.

Thanks for the help and info today!

Last edited by paulmlac; 04-21-2019 at 01:21 AM.
paulmlac is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 03:36 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Hackettstown, NJ
Drives 2010 Sonata GLS
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jsho98 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulmlac View Post
OP with an update -

Looked at car. 120 k miles. Mechanically seemed OK. Third brake light bulb burned out. In checking the internet that looks like an unpleasant job. Interior was clean. Exterior was a little rough but this is to be a kids car. Couple small dents in a quarter panel. Scuff mark (like a tire rub) covering the entire bottom of a door. Driver side mirror shattered by a broom handle today apparently. Internet shows the part is cheap but Iíd have to paint of course (or find in junkyard).

Got nervous on the Carfax. First 23 k miles was as a rental. Had two damages (not accidents) noted - front and right front. Seller said sister backed into once and was side swiped in a parking lot another time. Maintenance was spotty. Looks like the oil change frequency was roughly once per year. Seller said had more work done but not all recorded by Carfax. Seller did have some recent paperwork but I didnít piece everything together by date / mileage.

Our daughter would be taking this out of state to college in 18 months and a little nervous on long term reliability given maintenance frequency.

I suppose could buy it, test it over the next year, and then replace if not reliable.

Bottom line: Passing on it for now probably.

Thanks for the help and info today!
As a student myself who bought a 2010 GLS with about 60K miles on it just before my senior year of high school (September 2016) I have mixed feelings but I'd probably say avoid it especially if you are in an aria where you get a lot of snow. I absolutely love this car and the repairs are much less painful if you can do some by your self but the maintenance can get pretty expensive, especially for a student. In the past 3 years I have had the evap canister break ($500 repair), I had to get the drive belt replaced (10k miles ago and now it needs to be replaced again), the heater core got clogged so I had to get a coolant flush, the hood latch rusted shut and then expected maintenance stuff like new tires and front brakes and that pole that jumped out and took off a mirror.
Right now the car is at 73k miles and it needs new spark plugs and at least one new coil, I'm bringing it to the shop this week to have my back brakes looked at because I think they are seized, and over the summer I need to replace at least one but I'm pretty sure both of my CV axles.
However I rely on this car to get me to and from my university (a 400 mile drive each way) 4+ times a year and it has never left me stranded.

Basically there is a reason why I'm willing to keep spending money to fix everything when it breaks and that is the things that I have had go wrong don't make the car inoperable and almost all of them were things that my mechanic said could be put off for at least a year and I never feel unsafe while on drive to my school. The repairs do add up and I think I've averaged around $1,000 a year for maintenance but I think that you can probably find a car that is cheaper to keep running than this one.
jsho98 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Hyundai Forums : Hyundai Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome