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I was helping my friend decide over a Maxima, Alitma or Sonata, XG350.

Hyundai really isn't helping.

I told him to screw the fact of power. The money you saved on the Hyundai can go into power especially in the 2.7L Sonata. Weight is impossible to bring down though, so I said thats why buy a Hyundai, its smaller, its a sedan it weighs less...

So which weighs less?

XG350 or Maxima?

Sonata or Altima?


Well answer,
Hyundai XG350 - 3604 lbs
Nissan Maxima - 3224 lbs

Hyundai Sonata V6 - 3223 lbs
Nissan Altima V6 - 3225 lbs

Conclusion

Hyundai's family sedans are still not good enough to put much performance parts into. Especially with the pricing of the Nissan line-up. <Money wasn't a factor in this comparison, but still I think the Altima 2.5L would still blow away a Sonata>

So its a Nissan Maxima 6-speed it looks like for my friend. I know money would usually play a big roll, but when you got the amount of bang for the buck, and weight for the buck, and just overall performance, I think Nissan still wins.

Oh well Nissan still doesn't have a coupe that can still seat 4 people. So its still the Tiburon for me till they bring a coupe other then the Z-Car. Next family sedan I plan on getting will definately be a Nissan.


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I don't think the whole 2 Ilbs heavier the Sonata is over the Altima will make any noticable difference. And - there ARE ways to bring weight down if one wants too. Aftermarket rims can save weight, as can many other aftermarket parts if you plan to install them. Although their weight saving won't be too much either....

However, I believe the price difference is extreme enough that the shortcomings in power could be done away with. I mean - consider that:

2002 Sonata GLS V6 Manual
- about $17,000-$20,000
2002 Altima
- about $16,000 - $23,000

2001 XG300
- about $23,900 - $25,400
2002 Maxima SE
- about $24,700 to $28,400

That's around a savings of $3000. That's a fair chunk of money.


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you can do so much more with other cars than with hyundai's. I like my 99 sonata Its faster than alot of them but i just cant find anything to make it faster without being custom made and costing me the money i saved for the car<img src=/images/forums/snitz/mad.gif width=16 height=16 border=0><img src=/images/forums/snitz/mad.gif width=16 height=16 border=0>


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Wait till 2003, when the Tiburon comes out.

I believe that since they share the same 2.7L engine, you can put tonnes of parts on the Sonata that you can on the Tiburon.

Unfortunately they discontinued the 2.5L all together <img src=/images/forums/snitz/mad.gif width=16 height=16 border=0><img src=/images/forums/snitz/mad.gif width=16 height=16 border=0> but well there is still things that you can do with the 2.5L that is universal its not all that bad I think.

Unfortunately I still am planning on selling my 2.5L Sonata next month or so for the Tiburon. I figure I'm 21, I had the "expensive" family sedan, but I m not ready to settle down yet, I need coupe for at least the next 4 years of my life <img src=/images/forums/snitz/smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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Most of the 2.7L stuff should fit the 2.5L as well (ie: s/c, header, etc).


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are you serious????

isn't there a number of problems that will be affected though lets say with the headers, cause of pressure etc??

Cause if thats that I can bolt on stuff to my 2.5L I might have the perfect option for my friend who wants to the 2.7L Sonata.

I can sell him my 2.5L V6 for cheaper, and see if we can pick up a 5-speed transmission from the States side, unless we can get a 6-speed on mine, and then work on that.

Save him a good $5-8,000 appox


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