Originally Posted by nigelcorn
While one example won't change anyone's mind, I bought a new 2006 Sonata in 2005. In the last 7 years I have had to fix or replace exactly nothing on the car. Not one thing. I get better gas mileage than the EPA estimates (got 35.6 coming home 210 miles yesterday) and it has an absolutely huge trunk for being a sedan.
I'm not saying they are the best car, but for the money they are hard to beat.
I am not talking about mechanicals. I am talking about visuals. The Koreans just look prematurely worn. They don't age well. I am not sure why that is. The paints look faded. Plastics look aged. Interiors look like something from the 80s.
That said, the new Koreans look like they come from completely different companies. They may age better. It helps that the Hyundai raided all of the big car makers for talent back a few years. They needed an external injection of talent to change the culture. It seems to have worked.