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This is the first car that I've had (that I know of. I've had many many cars) where the paint under the hood (strut towers) and trunk area (like where the hinges are mounted) where not the same finish as the rest of the car. Seems like there's no clear coat and it looks like sealed primer. Come on Hyundai, that's cheap.
 

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My mom's Lexus is that way and so is my dad's Acura. It's an industry-standard practice as far as I know.
 

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Over the years standards and practices changes so you can't really compare a 2011 car with a a 05 or even a 08. Your have to look at other 2010 and 2011 cars to do a comparison. My 03 Caravan had nice soft touch dash and so on and when 05 came around it was all hard plastic. Even Toyota has cut back on material quality from a few years ago.

Hyundai probably did the paint thing as a cost cutting measure, but then again it's a area you don't see anyways. So I would rather have them give me a Aux port or something value added that I can see and use with the money they save by cutting back on paint on unseen areas.
 

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You think Hyundai is cheap ,I'll tell you what cheap is...our old 08 Dodge Avenger SXT , $21k and rear drum brakes...now thats cheap.
 

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I had an Avenger as a rental car once...what a piece of crap. I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
 

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QUOTE (robspeedGLS @ Sep 30 2010, 07:13 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=359815
Amazing that people **** about such a visually and engineering-ly stunning car, that beats the competition by around $5,000.00, having a couple of imperfections or "cheap" features...
Hey, for $20K, I'd like to have the whole car painted. Call me crazy.
 

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QUOTE (Charade @ Sep 30 2010, 07:20 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=359817
Hey, for $20K, I'd like to have the whole car painted. Call me crazy.

Find me a car painted all the way around these days that is not over 40K.

Like we all say, what was done in the past is not necessarily reflected in current times. And this process, as annoying as it is, has been around for a few years. 04 and 05 are over five years ago. Lots can transpire in five years from a manufacturing process.
 

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OK ,here is a question: if those two areas that you complained about were clear coated , would you wash and wax them like the rest of the car ?
 

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QUOTE (dynamike @ Sep 30 2010, 08:08 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=359823
OK ,here is a question: if those two areas that you complained about were clear coated , would you wash and wax them like the rest of the car ?
Probably not because they're not exposed to the elements like the rest of the car is. I really thought they missed painting a section of the car until I saw under the hood and realized it was meant to be that way. Still don't like it.
 

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Go to http://www.hyundaiusa.com/vehicles/2011/sonata/experience/ and after it loads, click on the "Quality" videos. The third video on that line shows the build process for the car. To quote them, the ENTIRE body is "cleaned, painted, and sealed up." SO-- while it might not be the same COLOR as the rest of the car, WHO CARES? As you mention, it's in "not readily visible areas."

I think they've got a pretty good quality product going here, personally. That's why I bought it.
 

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QUOTE (Ric Crouch @ Oct 9 2010, 01:56 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=362233
Go to http://www.hyundaiusa.com/vehicles/2011/sonata/experience/ and after it loads, click on the "Quality" videos. The third video on that line shows the build process for the car. To quote them, the ENTIRE body is "cleaned, painted, and sealed up." SO-- while it might not be the same COLOR as the rest of the car, WHO CARES? As you mention, it's in "not readily visible areas."

I think they've got a pretty good quality product going here, personally. That's why I bought it.
But neither are the door jam areas but those are painted like the rest of the exterior of the car.
 

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Typically, manufacturers use high-temp paint (which nearly matches the car's color) and no clear coat under the hood (although they may use some sort of sealant).
 
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