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Head Liner (Roof Header)/Moonroof Sliding Cover: Tiny Pieces of Material & Uneven Fit

The 2013 Sonata Limited was chosen over 4 other same-class cars, after some might say too much investigation, including "spirited" test drives. One of the primary reasons that the Sonata won out over what appeared to be the better handling Fusion, was the Sonata's superior interior fit and finish.

Post delivery I was surprised to discover lots of very tiny pieces of white material on the Moonroof shade. They tend to form a straight band, approximately three-inches wide, running from the driver side to the passenger side, just about in the middle of cover.

When pointed out to the dealer, they said they checked it out, cleaned it off, only to have it reoccur a few times. They said Hyundai would not approve dropping the head liner to check it out further.

In taking the accompanying photos (the red hue is probably an artifact of the flash. It had better not actually be there!), I just noticed additional points: there is a larger gap between the cover and head liner on the driver side front corner, than there is at the similar location on the passenger side. The gap is larger vertically, and the front edge of the sliding cover does not meet the head liner evenly, as it does on the passenger side.

Lightly pressing on the headliner (in curiosity) resulted in squeak-like noises on both sides.

Again, this is not a major problem (assuming the pieces pose no health problem), presently, but could possibly worsen. And again, the last thing I want is other problems arising from the dealer removing and reinstalling the head liner (squeaks, rattles, vibrations...).

Does any one else have any familiarity with this?

Thank you all for taking the time with these questions.
 

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Yup. Me too on the same car as yours. I think the shade is rubbing over the trimmed off edge of the headliner material and picking them up. Not a big deal. I also just vacuum that when I do the floors.
 

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Do NOT have your headliner dropped. I have not read a story from any car/manufacturer now a days that have been able to get a headliner back in place correctly after removal. Just vacuum the spots up.

Time will tell about fit and finish. My Sonata was great to start and now creaks/moans/plastics squeaking are showing up. Car is 3.5 years old and only had 29K on it. Its definitely not wearing up to my expectations.
 

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I never close the shade so really wouldn't have noticed. I agree don't drop the liner unless you absolutely must.
 

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I have the same "white" spots. I just vacuum them out once in a while!
Yup. Me too on the same car as yours. I think the shade is rubbing over the trimmed off edge of the headliner material and picking them up. Not a big deal. I also just vacuum that when I do the floors.

Thank you both for your replies. Sorry to hear that you two also have the dreaded Sonata roof-shade white spot affliction. When they next gather in a sufficient flock, I will try vacuuming them, as suggested. Thanks again!
 

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Do NOT have your headliner dropped. I have not read a story from any car/manufacturer now a days that have been able to get a headliner back in place correctly after removal. Just vacuum the spots up.

Time will tell about fit and finish. My Sonata was great to start and now creaks/moans/plastics squeaking are showing up. Car is 3.5 years old and only had 29K on it. Its definitely not wearing up to my expectations.
Thanks Bearcats for your reply. I am concerned about such a removal, and so vacuum it will be!

Sorry to hear the Sonata is not holding up. 30K and 4 years is way, way too soon, even for quality cars built decades ago, let alone with so recent techniques. A good (clean, accurate, potentially loud...) removable, sound system might be called for.


I never close the shade so really wouldn't have noticed. I agree don't drop the liner unless you absolutely must.
Thanks Mikemu for your reply. Here in SE FL(A), the shade is needed. Understood on not dropping the liner. Thanks, again!
 

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I thought you switched to a Fusion Bearcats?
I did. I still have the Sonata too. The wife is driving it. I drive it time to time to see if it needs anything as I know my wife isn't always diligent in notifying me of things that need addressed. Drove it about 45 miles round trip the other weekend and was appalled.

To me JD Power Initial quality doesn't mean diddly squat.
 

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Mine has been hit or miss. Clearcoat looks like spiders live on it. Of course the seat looks like a 50 year old porn star's muff. And I have random electrical gremlins. I don't think it's a bad car, I just wish I had bought a Maxima like I planned. I went for the better mileage though. :(
 

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Thanks Bearcats for your reply. I am concerned about such a removal, and so vacuum it will be!

Sorry to hear the Sonata is not holding up. 30K and 4 years is way, way too soon, even for quality cars built decades ago, let alone with so recent techniques. A good (clean, accurate, potentially loud...) removable, sound system might be called for.


Thanks Mikemu for your reply. Here in SE FL(A), the shade is needed. Understood on not dropping the liner. Thanks, again!
For sure - didn't notice your location.
 
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