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We are considering purchasing a used Hyundai 200l HX300 with 93K. We have never owned a Hyundai. They are asking 5495 for this car. What is the average engine mileage before repairs are needed. The dealer says these
engines go to 200K easily. Any advice pros and cons would be appreciated...
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Transmission, brakes, exhaust, suspension...all of these will wear out before 200,000 miles.
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The engine may well go to 200,000 miles, but that does not mean the rest of the car will. Plan on the normal maintenance items like exhaust systems, shocks, struts, wheel bearings, starters, etc. that may (or may not) go during that time.
Most engines built today do have long lives as far as internal components. Back in the 1950's, it was common for an engine to need rings and bearings by the time it hit 50,000 miles. Improved fuels, lubricants, materials, tolerances and assembly procedures have changed all of that.
If it is mechanical, it will eventually wear out or break. With that in mind, make your decision based on the fact that in the next couple of years it is a realistic possibility that there will be some repairs. The unknown, of course, is what they will be and what they will cost. This is true of every brands of auto, not just Hyundai. Put away some amount of money and increase it with the miles. If you get hit with a $200 or $800 repair, you are covered.
My 2001 car (not a Hyundai) cost me $3500 in repairs this year but still looks good, runs well, and had value exceeding that number. Tran$mi$$ion was a big hit. At 120,000 miles, some repair was expected.
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In my opinion, the XG is the least reliable of the Hyundai vehicles made at that time. Some of the problems (electronic throttle, variable intake) can be quite expensive. I'd put the reliability at this milage consistent with most American cars and worse than most Japanese cars. I've never seen one with 200K on it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
Mostly, I'm just not sure how the dealer reaches that conclusion. (I think he's making it up). This engine has only been used in the U.S. since the 2001 model year. I wouldn't be surprised if a few people had already achieved 200k, but I certainly don't think there's enough data available to determine that the engine will make it that far.
In my opinion, there are better choices for that level of vehicle when the vehicle has 90k miles on it. But your decision will need to also need to include price of vehicle. Consider the price, the value of that car, and what it would cost you to get a similar car.
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My first and only advice is to never trust what a dealer (or auto salesman) says about his cars or anybody else's. If a Ford salesman told you that it's a well-known fact that Elantras will give you colon cancer, or Chevys will give you hemorrhoids, would you believe him? Sure, any engine in a newish car can go 200K miles, given the proper care, but it's just as possible to have an engine fail at 40,000. There's no telling except for overall experience as documented in somethink like Consumer Reports, and they're not infallible either.
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