Good day, Sir.
I did quite a bit of research before I purchased my Hyundai Sonata. The cars constantly come up at the top of Consumer Reports' reports and I hear nothing but good things from owners.
Before my Sonata, I owned nothing but big cars. Really big cars. Cars of the class Land Yacht. Vehicles that had different area codes in the front and rear seats. Purchasing a Sonata was tacit admission that I could no longer afford land yachts.
The joke, of course, was on me. My Lincoln got seventeen miles per gallon. My Sonata gets eighteen to twenty-four (with two less cylinders).
But don't take this as a shot at Hyundai. My Sonata, purchased as a three year old vehicle, has started every morning and has never failed me (which is more than I can say for the ancient Town Car).
The real shocker came when it was time to purchase new tires. Why a three year old car needs new tires is beyond the scope of this post.
So tell me: whose brilliant idea was it to put performance tires on a Hyundai? Why does a sedan require two-hundred-dollar tires? Does it have something to do with those silly ethnic wheels?
I have been putting large, round rubber tires on cars since I was sixteen. Not even the largest and most expensive luxury tire has ever approached this ridiculous price point. Why?
Today I took the car in for inspection and learned another Interesting Fact<tm>: apparently the same joker who selected the tires had a hand in selecting and placing the bulbs. Two repair stations told me to take the car to a dealer to have the bulbs replaced; it was too difficult for them. The inspection station had no trouble at all, in fact, charging me the better part of one hundred dollars to do the job.
I have been replacing bulbs since before I could drive. Somebody over there at Hyundai is having the last laugh on owners in spectacular fashion.
Are your tires and bulbs made of Unobtanium? Do you get a kickback from tire manufacturers? I do not drive a hot rod. In fact, it's more of a boring family sedan on purpose. I was hoping to avoid this nonsense....
I will continue to insist that Hyundai makes good, solid cars, adding that a serious investment program (or retirement fund) is required for tire and bulb replacement.
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