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Is 2015 Hyundai Sonata limited a good buy?

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Scotty! I recently bought a 2015 Hyundai Sonata limited. 2.4L four cylinder with 185hp. It had one previous owner (in the family) and it’s been regularly maintained including brake pads, regular engine checks and timed oil changes. 70,000 miles, 7,700$. Only problem with it is a turn signal recall but it’s a free fix and it’s not affecting my car anyway, my model was just included in the recall.

Is this a good buy? I’m currently 19 and just secured a carpentry job and will be making good money to save up for a truck. Do you think with regular maintenance this car could last to 200,000 miles?

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Unfortunately no. These cars are notorious for engine problems. If you want something to last, get yourself a Toyota or Honda. 

Thanks. I’ll ride this till it dies & buy a Tacoma or 4Runner for a work vehicle/daily driver.

That's the best bet unless you're in a position to sell it off at today's high used car prices and pick up something better. Other than that keep an eye on oil consumption, Hyundai products are prone to it and some people have actually had engines destroyed when the oil level fell too low. (Hyundai considers using a quart over 1000 miles to be "normal".)

The car market around me is terrible. I can’t find anything post 2010 for less than 10 grand (I’m in Canada).

 

edit: I’ll just ride out out. Family member changed the oil frequently and so have I so far.

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No.

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I owned a 2017 Sonata Hybrid. They are good cars at low mileage, but that saying on its own is controversial, since people have varying negative experiences at any range of mileage. It is best to not keep or get one. If you want a reliable brand, then go elsewhere instead of Kia/Hyundai. White paint peeling, oil burning, engine fires, electrical issues, transmission issues, and a whole array of major recalls. When I was apart of a Sonata Facebook group, I saw people say that they were happy with their vehicles, but are also on their 2nd or 3rd engine. LOL

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Realize a 2015MY is affected by an engine manufacturing defect - these engines have a tendency to seize.

But some of those have lifetime warranty, check if it's going to be applicable to you if you transfer it (and if anything should be done, Hyundai often requires knock sensor installation, ECM updates, etc.) And note that it probably won't be effortless or a good costumer experience when (not if) you'll need to replace it, Hyundai usually doesn't want to give out new engines for free, even if they're required to.

 

If you can't find a better Camry for a reasonable amount (not an AZ-series 2.4L, nor one built between 2011-2014 due to bad torque converts), and you do not drive much (Sonatas tend to begin having issues after 100k), it might not be that bad.

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Is this a good buy? I’m currently 19 and just secured a carpentry job and will be making good money to save up for a truck. Do you think with regular maintenance this car could last to 200,000 miles?
I hope you didn’t spend much for it.  If it’s your primary transportation, I would get rid of it in this hot seller’s market.  As an example, I wouldn’t trust it to get me everywhere such as 110+ degrees summer heat in the desert out here or on long distance road trips very far away.  If you plan to use it only around town, however, you can drive it until it breaks then get rid of it.  But I would personally get rid of it now;  even around town, I would hate for it to break at an inopportune moment.
 
See below why Hyundai Motor Group products are terrible buys:
 
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Avoid Hyundai and Korean cars.

And models that start with 'S' , doubly so.

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