2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS

October 7, 2013


The fifth generation Sonata was Hyundai’s first production car to be built in the United States.

It was redesigned and engineered to compete head to head with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Though styling and performance wasn’t on par with its Japanese counterparts it was a drastic improvement from the previous generation Sonata.

Hyundai provided three trim levels for the Sonata: base GLS, the mid-level SE and the top of the line Limited Edition.

In 2009 the Sonata received a minor facelift with new headlights and taillights and a redesigned interior.

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In 2004 Acura redesigned the TL and made the car better in every way compared to its predecessor.

The third generation Acura TL (2004 – 2008) is my favorite generation TL and I actually prefer it over the current version.

In 2007 Acura made minor revisions to the car with new headlights and taillights. They also added a Type-S model which was a sportier version of their already sporty car.

Transmission choices for the 04 model is either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual.

Honda makes one of the best shifters in the market. So if you’re looking to buy a used TL I would strongly suggest getting the 6-speed manual.

You can buy these cars pretty cheap in the used car market today. Prices for an 04 model in good condition can be purchased for under 10K.

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blue-300d-frontIn the early 1980s the Mercedes Benz 300D was a car ahead of its time. It was a simple yet elegant looking car. It felt solid and rode like no other car in its class.

Competitors such as Oldsmobile and Cadillac had nothing that could compete with the 300D. This car was in a league of its own.

A 1983 300D Turbo retailed new for 26K which certainly was not cheap back then. With a curb weight of 3500 lbs it wasn’t light either. But this car had a distinct feel and personality like no other.

Like other Mercedes this car has a solid and stable feel at highway speeds all while getting terrific gas mileage.

I really like the simplicity of both the exterior and interior. It’s simple yet refined looking.

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1998 Toyota Camry V6A lot of people with rusty old vehicles encounter this question everyday. When should you stop fixing your car and just buy a new one?

I’m in this predicament right now. My car is a 1998 Toyota Camry V6 with 180K miles. Here is a picture of my car that I took today. It could use a nice wash but overall the car is in good condition.

However, there are some things that will need attention in the near future.

First, my car failed New Jersey state inspection (notice the red sticker on the windshield) because of a bad catalytic converter. Cost to replace it is about 600 dollars, ouch.

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I know that hybrids are all the rage these days but are they really worth buying?

Take for instance a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid with 90K miles on the clock. Assuming the car is in good condition the average price from a private party is around $5500. It gets 39/43 mpg.

Now take a normally aspirated 2003 Honda Civic EX with 90K miles. A car in good condition will command around $5800 from a private seller. It gets 26/34 mpg.

Though the hybrid is a few hundred dollars cheaper and gets better gas mileage, is it a better buy?

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If you’re in the market for a cheap SUV that has style and is capable of off-roading then the first generation Range Rover (1970-1996) may be the car for you. Most SUVs these days are best suited for the roads and not the terrain. This car has both classic styling and off road capabilities.

The 4.2L 200hp was the most powerful of the old Range Rover engines with the least powerful engine coming equipped with a 3.5L 134hp.

Not powerful by today’s standards but enough for daily driving and off-roading. But if you’re considering buying an old Range Rover you probably don’t care about its off road capabilities.

The old Rovers are tall, roomy and classy looking. They are also cheap on the used car market.

That’s all good but the question is how reliable are they?

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