# Considering a '09 Hyundai Tucson

• posted on March 15, 2009, 5:50 am
Any experiences, one way or the other?
Steve

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• posted on March 15, 2009, 9:33 pm
On Sat, 14 Mar 2009 22:50:32 -0700, Steven Fisher

Have an '05. Great car, dependable, comfortable, consistent 23-24mpg.

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• posted on March 16, 2009, 3:20 am

Thanks. That's slightly better than I was expecting.
We signed for the credit check and such today, should have the car Wednesday.
(And a reply to Neville: I saw the display you talked about. Not great, but I can put up with it.)
Steve

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• posted on April 1, 2009, 7:25 am

I only have enough data for one calculations so far: 27mpg. Mostly city driving. I hope that wasn't just a blip. :)
Steve

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• posted on April 2, 2009, 12:39 am
Steven Fisher wrote:

Yes, one computation is a blip by definition. You need to average at least 5 fill-ups to begin to get a decent MPG value.
Matt

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• posted on April 3, 2009, 11:06 pm

Oh, I know, but all I have is two fill-ups, and I doubt I started with a full car so one value is all that I can do. I'm not about to go out of my way to burn gas. :)
I'm sure I could have saved \$10,000 or more over the life of my last car if I'd been watching it more carefully, combining gas and repairs that fixed secondary damage. Lesson learned. I plan on keeping a proper record with this car, and even bought an iPhone app to do it. Steve

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• posted on April 4, 2009, 3:00 am
On Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:06:42 -0700, Steven Fisher

How do you figure that watching your gas mileage could have saved you \$10,000?
-Mike- snipped-for-privacy@REMOVEwindstream.net

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• posted on April 5, 2009, 2:27 am

When I finally got the real cause of my problems repaired, I realized my car was about two months old when it last got the kind of mileage I was getting now. The drop wasn't immediate, but it happened. That means it was damaged for about eight years. Add in a couple extra repairs that hinted what the real problem was -- multiple catalytic converters, new wires a couple times, rebuilding the exhaust system.
8 years of a minor problem can pretty easily add to \$10,000. Err, though I should say I'm thinking Canadian. Call it \$7,000, since the exchange rate has varied so much over the decade.
Steve

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• posted on April 5, 2009, 12:16 pm
Steven Fisher wrote:

I can't claim to have saved big bucks, but my ongoing MPG calculations have caught a lot of problems before they got too bad. Typically, little things like sensors or EGR valves going haywire.
Matt

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• posted on April 4, 2009, 7:06 pm
Steven Fisher wrote:

I wasn't suggesting you burn more gas unnecessarily, just that you not read too much into one MPG check. I keep a log in all of my vehicles and record every fill-up (and I fill up every time I buy gas) and the MPG for that tank.
I use a spreadsheet for the Sonata also, but I didn't start that with my older vehicles. I keep a running 5 tank average and also a life-to-date average as that is easy in Excel.
Matt

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• posted on April 5, 2009, 3:19 am

Oh, don't worry, I'm not reading a lot into it. But as the first number on the board, I'm not unhappy. Which was the point.
(Second number is 30 MPG. Won't trust it until I have a half dozen or so, though.)
Steve

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• posted on March 15, 2009, 10:41 pm

Have an 07. The only thing that I can complain about is the LED on the AirCon/Temp controls. It is a mushy green and hard to see in daylight. Now that is really nit-picking because I love my Tucson and will buy another without hesitation.
I tow a 600+ KG caravan with my 2.6l V6 and the extra fuel consumption, compared to normal highway running, is hardly worth worrying about.
I'm off in a few weeks for a 5000km trip with the caravan and expect it to be hassle free. I'm coming up to my 30,000 km service and after 15,000km the oil level on the dipstick is the same as it was at 15000km.
Neville Casino NSW Australia

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• posted on March 16, 2009, 5:57 pm

I have one, MY2008, middle equiped version (style 4wd), engine is 2.0, after 9kkm I have to say: this car has no faults, it is best for roads in polish streets,
looks nice, quality is in 1st league,
try compare it with the same priced vw golf - which one win the competition
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