Saturday, November 7, 2015

Comfy Chair: 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature

In 2011 Hyundai launched their most ambitious offering in North America, a long wheelbase luxury barge aimed squarely at the BMW 7-series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.  Oddly enough, the big executive limousine wears the Hyundai badge, but Hyundai just announced this week the launch of the Genesis brand (a la Lexus, Infiniti, Acura) where the Equus will be re-released as the G90.  But before that happens, if you want to pickup a giant luxury cruiser for about the price of a well equipped Sonata, you can buy this 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature here on eBay bidding for $9,100 with 6-days to go, located in Redford, MI.

The 2011 Equus hit the market with an MSRP in the low $60k range, not exactly an economy car, but undercutting the BMW 740Li, Lexus LS460, and Mercedes-Benz S550 competition, if not in outright MSRP, but in the amount of options you get for the price.  The Equus is loaded all kinds of air bag suspension, fancy leather, reclining rear seats with foot rest -- all for a discount Bibimbap bowl price tag.

Up front is a 4.6 liter Tau multi-point-injected (2012+ Equus had 5.0 GDI option) V8 good for 385 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed slushbox -- but who cares?  In the Equus you are going to ride in the back seat, where twin captain's chairs wait to massage your backside and are equipped with adjustable foot-rest/recliner. 

See a better way to cruise around like a made member of the Jopok?


  1. Neat lookin' car.

    Two things kinda jump out at me:

    1. (from seller): "retailed for over $92,000 new..."


    Soooo... a car that originally cost more than $92K winds up being junked at 40K miles?

    I'm guessing (conservatively) that to make this a total loss, the insurance adjuster found more than $40,000 worth of damage?

    I am not an insurance adjuster. But I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express one time...

    Anyone got any reasonable explanations for this (besides insurance fraud, or the sellers "minor dent in a rear quarter panel")?

    Just curious. I am not wise in these things...

  2. Possibly a hurricane Sandy car? Flood damage? Blew ALL of its airbags? *shrugs*

  3. To paraphrase Yoda : "Hmmm, the odor is strong with this one". And that odor is best described as fishy.

    The AutoCheck says "vehicle reported as total loss due to collision", but that seems to be where that trail ends. I am curious as to where people would look next, to get more background. I am keen to learn from the collective knowledge.

    1. Contact the seller directly and listen to their song and dance. Eyes and hands on the vehicle after that if their story is believable, then PPI on a lift after that. At least that is how I'd do it. I've never bought a salvage vehicle. Seems like you can always find another without a story. IMHO if you buy salvage you should expect to sell it for nothing when you are ready to move on.

  4. I think we need an overhaul on how a car's get a salvage, branded or rebuilt title if it's totaled then should be parted out or crunched so it could not be fixed by putin and put back on the road. All states need to be on same page with like an Amber alert so these don't end up on our streets.I have heard that Idaho or some states you can wash the title of a Salvage car and get a clean title this should never be allowed.


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