For over a year now my Elantra has run flawlessly, started every time.
I've tolerated the 65mph vibration plague, the 21mpg in town, the slow 1-
2 gear shifting automatic, skipping cd's, because it just seems to be a
good basic but cheap car, and I saved several thousand over the Corolla
or Civic I was initially going to buy. Also wound up buying my wife a
'07 Tucson a few months later after I bought mine, for a really good
deal. First Hyundai's.
But now I'm getting concerned about the future. Took it in to the dealer
for it's second oil change and to check a clicking sound that was coming
from the rear brake area. It has 5300 miles on it. After a couple of
hours shopping I went back to check on the car. The service person told
me the rear brakes were worn out, and it would be $287.50 to fix them, as
the 1 year warranty had run out.
After a low-key but very serious discussion of what the heck are brakes
doing wearing out at 5000 miles, would I be doing this every 5000 miles,
is it normal, then management consulted, no situation change. I told them
forget it, put the car back together, and I was going to write Hyundai. I
did get the oil changed though at least.
I've rarely used the emergency brake in the flatland here, it doesn't
seem tight or draggy, and I don't do any drifting as I'm an old fart. :)
Monday I'm going to take it to a garage nearby and ask them to evaluate
and if cheaper than the dealer, fix the brakes. Any suggestion on what
brand/type of shoes to use that might last longer? Also is it Hyundai of
America I write to, any specific address?
I'm concerned for the future as my previous three Toyotas and Honda's,
all had over 50,000 miles on them(two over 80,000) and I never had to
replace any brakes, only batteries and one repair between the three. I
know I've had a long run of very good luck with virtually no car
problems, and was hoping it would continue with the Hyundai's.
Thanks for any info!