The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan. The only real drawback is its ride, which can be unsettled at times and doesn't live up to the standards set by other luxury cars.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (368 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (375 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Hyundai Genesis owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"It would cost 1000$ plus to repair and I do not which to do it"

Jean D., QC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"had camera replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The camera stops working. Have to order a new one and make it installed"

Roger B., QC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Parking sensors (front and rear) do not operate properly. They sound when they should not. Need to have them turned off to avoid annoying false indications"

Melvin G., DE (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display went blank and must be replaced. Cost >$1000.00"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"System would freeze up, disabling GPS, cell phn, radio. Dealer applied update which broke the hardware. Dealer replaced it $4000 unit. Upgrade failed twice before finally fixed"

Bruce B., WA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Has stopped recognizing iPhone 5 entirely. Still works with iPhone 4 and iPod Touch"

A H., VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The navigation map is out of date and it costs over $300 to get an updated map. When you try to update yourself, it does not update--so, you wasted your money on the update disk"

Frank S., TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"It was ten years out of date, so established subdivisions were not recognized. A really annoying feature was that, in Quebec, you have to record street, avenue, or boulevard with the name of the street; if not, the GPS does not recognize the name of"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"When entering a destination, it asked me go to a destination farther away from my intended destination before working out a route.. It turned out they had to replace the head unit"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Very difficult to use and unreliable"

Donald R., OH (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"XM NAV Traffic quit working. Parts replaced or in process"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Gps speaker replaced twice ,whole gps replaced twice with third defective system sent but not installed"

Timothy T., FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth works only on random occasions, or when at the dealer facility"

Donald R., OH (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Stopped pairing"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Does not work when car is parked in the sun"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The radio just stops playing. I get the message, "connect antenna""

Frank S., TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"During the winter, when the temp was around 30 to 35 degrees the radio would not emit any sound. When the temp warmed up the sound would return. Hyundai replaced the radio under warranty"

Joseph A., AZ (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Radio stopped working and dealer repaired"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Radio inop"

Anthony A., IL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"The electronics controlling both in-out and up-down steering wheel movements needed replacing. Worse, the electronic front seat controls also needed replacing. Both projects a major part of $1450 unwanted repair bill"

John M., FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"frequently the steering wheel does not move into correct position after starting car. sometimes it will respond to manual control to drop it into place and sometimes stays in the parked position,"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Tilt wheel controls not functioning"

Anthony A., IL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Tilt/telescopic stopped working"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"1 fog light burned out"

Damien M., WA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Brakes lights failed all blank"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"brake lights stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"I was ready to go and renew my license. When I checked my lights, I discovered that I had no brake lights. I went to the dealers and they found out I had a bad diode. They replaced the part and so far, so good. I understand that a recall has been"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Parking light on passenger side burned out"

Todd L., GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Recall on brake light diode. I have replaced this diode three times due to breake light failure"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Brake lights quit working"

Richard B., VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The break lights stopped working. The problem was traced to a failed diode. The problem first occurred in August 2013, and recurred around January 2015"

Jason V., NM (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Brake lights have a recall due to a defective dio0de"

Joseph L., FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Break Lamp stop light switch"

Chris V., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"brake light failure recall that has not been fixed yet. Waiting on the dealer to obtain the part"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Interior lights

"Some overhead Interior LEDs are dim- no where near as bright as they should be or once where. A couple of light are dim and a couple function as they should"

Rodney D., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Of the two interior ceiling/doom lights up front only one works. The rear does not work at all. The bulb cannot simply be replaced--the entire unit has to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Hood light stayed on, causing drain on battery. Major repair was required to fix it. Cost was $960"

Donald B., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The overhead readling/map lamp failed. It cost over $500 to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Outside door handle switch failed"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"auto door lock sensor needed replaced. then if failed again and had to replace door handle mechanism, total cost 900.00"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"door handle button stopped working"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"passenger side rear door locking mechanism has had to be repaired / replaced multiple times"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

"Auto headlights either did not turn on or turned on at wrong times (day/night)"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Electric seat makes grinding sound. Electric steering wheel adjustment stopped working three different occasions"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"car would not start because gearshift was locked in place;would not start with key in ignition either"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
USB port

"fuse blew out had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper blades made excessive noise. had auto into dealer at least 6 times and it was never fixed"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"brake pedal went to floor"

R D., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Master cylinder

"After emergency (hard) braking, peddle became very soft and brakes stopped the vehicle only slowly and by flooring the peddle. Dealer said "No problem." Independent shop diagnosed master cylinder defect, which fixed it (replaced the master cylinder)"

John N., VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Gave out and warranty covered the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Sudden loss of braking where pedal plunged toward the floor and braking capacity was severely reduced. Hyundai had known about the problem and replaced the master cylinder and all fluid in the brake system"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"brake pedal went to floor- ABS & master cylinder involved. Problem was electronic brake module"

R D., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Rotors

"was able to "turn" the rotors two years ago, then replaced the brakes and rotors in Sept 2016"

Dennis L., ON (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"squeaking when putting on breaks"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

"brake lining separated from one parking brake shoe and caused wheel lockup, fortunately at low speed or an accident could have ensued. Dealer and manufacturer refused to pay for repairs but later reimbused me after I wrote both strong letters"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Problem was identified by Hyundai and include in recall for free repair"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None Unsure)
Regular brake failure

"Brakes seemed to go "soft" one morning. Had it towed to dealership. They fixed it under warranty"

Ranee R., TN (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"brakes pushed almost to floor on numerous occasions. Pump of something was not allowing brake fluid to perform correctly"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash cracked around SRS psgr dash location. Denied by service writer. Wheels peeled look terrible"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The driver's side door handle chrome coating was coming off"

Rod B., OH (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Dash fabric covering air bag is pulling apart"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"2 years after purchasing the automobile the paint on the mirrors began to peel and the dealer stated that there was a two year warranty on the paint. They ignored the fact that there was poor workmanship on the paint"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The rear bumper has paint pealing on its plastic. The rear panels underneath the door have a paint sticker that is crumbling on both sides"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Paint on both side view mirrors peeling off-rest of car is fine"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

""Smog" computer wasn't storing drive cycles. Wasn't able to preform "smog test". Needed to go to dealer to have them actually drive the vehicle through the drive cycles. The dealer "hoped" that would "reset" the drive cycles"

Rodney D., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"From halt, car would stall when placed in gear. Dealer cleaned the"equivalent of a carburetor" and the problem was solved"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light came on, 1st replaced O2 sensor on one side of the engine. within 2 weeks engine light back on and other sensor is getting replaced. Under the warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"A warning light went. Performance was not affected. The sensor had to be replaced to meet government standards"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"had to replace multiple sensors, multiple times...some covered under warranty because of failure in less than 12 months"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear exterior door handle fell off"

Kevin L., TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The passenger door locks stopped working after owning the automobile 3 years. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for fixing the doo locks. they door lock still does not work to date"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Twice, since we've had it, the motor controlling front driver's seat position has malfunctioned"

Kevin L., TX (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"plastic track component for sunroof fell out and was unable to close/secure sunroof;returned to dealership six times before it was corrected"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"This is the weakest component on the car. My second replacement A/C compressor was installed in early February 2017 at 164000 miles. I had the original compressor replaced at about 112,00"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The air conditioning had stopped working in the middle of summer when traveling far from home. It was repaired fairly fast after coming back home"

Henri B., DC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Condenser

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Heater system

"Heat only on one side of vehicle"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Needs new shocks at 90000"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Tie rods

"worn"

Joseph L., PA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"All 4 tires had unusual wear. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The short block had to be replaces; driving 25 mph over a short distance and engine locked up causing total engine failure. I believe it may have been caused by a defective or broken timing belt and went from there. had a clicking/strange noise when"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Engine sounded unusually rough so I brought it to dealer who diagnosed scored main bearing and installed new shortblock under Hyundai's excellent 100k mile drivetrain warranty. Completely satisfied with repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Turbo or supercharger

"Don't really know problem cause-- but a sporadic, unpredictable turbo-like "lag" has been very dangerous when trying to overtake or left turn in heavy traffic. a promised, remedial engine computer "patch" not delivered after 6 years complaining!"

John M., FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"I usually bypass the ESC because it seems to come on randomly in slick conditions and actually makes the car less predictable and controllable"

John N., VA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Occasionally, when pressing the accelerator, the ESC and check engine lights come on and there is no throttle response. The car doesn't stall; the engine stays idle, there's still the expected acceleration when the brake isn't engaged and accessories still work correctly. Turning off the car and back on fixes this problem and the check engine light goes off about a day later"

Jason V., CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Needed to replace thermostat housing assembly which included thermostat. Dealer cost $250. Usually cars with temp problems just replace thermostat for $40. I am very mechanically inclined so with purchase of housing on line for $45 I was able to solve issue. Dealer cost???"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind noise can clearly be heard coming from the front passenger window--sporadic. You can hear the tires sizzling on the pavement when it rains--irritating. You have to turn up the stereo volume to drown out the noise"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"engine shaking and check engine light came on"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission started dropping to lower gear in gears 2 and 3"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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