I am very curious to know the reliability of Hyundais in general , so,
if you have more than 80,000 miles racked up, tell us if youve had any
breakdowns / repairs ,what they were, and how many miles you have right
now . I think this will be very useful info to all Hyundai owners in the
NG. Thanks much.
2002 Santa Fe
Not sure if you meant just some of the newer models but here is my list:
1985 Stellar - bought new in July 1985, only oil changes/regular maintenance
ever required on it over a 5 year period. Racked up almost 110,000km on it
before I traded it in on a 1990 Sonata.
1990 Sonata - bought new in July 1990. Rad replaced under a recall during
the first year. Only normal maintenance costs required (oil, exhaust,
brakes). Sold it in 1999 when I bought a new truck. Racked up almost
147,000km on the Sonata.
1991 Scoupe - bought new for my wife in Aug. 1991. Replaced a power steering
hose in 2002. Replaced gas tank in 2004. My wife got a 2006 Kia Sportage to
replace the Scoupe for her driving needs (got the Sportage since my wife
wanted to stay with a manual transmission and 4 wheel drive and the Tucson
didn't offer that but the Sportage did even though they are basically the
same vechicle) and the Scoupe was passed down to my two sons. My youngest
son smacked in the front end of the Scoupe this past Feb. so it is now a
door-stop with almost 174,000km on it.
1995 Scoupe - bought this used with 142,000km currently on it. From past
records only clutch work was required a couple of years ago. Otherwise in
Anyway, that is my experience with Hyundai products. Other than just a
couple of things the only money I ever had to throw at them was for the
usual oil, exhaust, brakes, etc. type of stuff which is to be expected.
I had an Excel that went 135,000. I forget the year. The only repair
was to replace the thermostat that controls the engine fan at around
I also have an 2002 Accent with 105,000 that has had absolutely
nothing wrong. Just routine maintenance.
My 2006 Elantra with 6,800 has had no problems.
I would say reliability is excellent.
1997 Elantra, 1.8 Beta engine, AT, presently has 227000 miles. Biggest
repair bill I've had was a rebuilt trannie around 160000 miles. Everything
else has been just wear and tear items. timing belts, fan belts, brakes,
tires, front wheel bearing. AC still works fine. The engine uses maybe a
pint of oil between changes(3000 miles). I'm a courier and I use my Elantra
for my job, it's been a pretty dependable vehicle. It still gets the EPA
stated fuel mileage out on the highway(32 mpg) If I had any complaints I
it would get a little better with the price of gasoline now days since I buy
a lot of it! I really wish Hyundai would import their diesel powered Elantas
they sell in Europe. If they did I'd probably be standing at the dealers
door in the morning.
We had a 1990 Excel that managed to get 110,000 miles on it before the
repairs would cost more than the vehicle was worth to us. I thought
that was great for a car that cost a little over $5K when new.
Then we had a 1997 Elantra with the 1.8 engine and AT also. The AT ate
itself at 157,000 miles and wasn't worth it to repair/replace. We paid
about $8000 for that one and it was actually in excellent condition
until we gave it to my mother-in-law at about 120,000 miles. She just
beat the crap outta the body.
Now we have a 2002 Elantra AT with about 50K miles...not a single
problem worth mentioning. We have a 2003 Elantra AT with 65K on
it...same condition but the car did have an AT problem when purchased
(within the first month) that was repaired under warranty and has never
And now we have a 2006 Sonata GLS V6 AT. Almost 9000 miles and while I
did have one issue with the AT, I am beginning to think that it was
either my mistake, or I was dreaming at the time, since it hasen't
'1997 Elantra, 1.8 Beta engine, AT, presently has 227000 miles. Biggest
repair bill I've had was a rebuilt trannie around 160000 miles.
Everything else has been just wear and tear items. timing belts, fan
belts, brakes, tires, front wheel bearing. AC still works fine. The
engine uses maybe a pint of oil between changes(3000 miles). I'm a
courier and I use my Elantra for my job'
REPLY: This is quite remarkable indeed. The motor hasnt needed a valve
job yet ? Does the car see mostly in town driving with you being a
Courier ? Thanks.
No, I've done nothing to the engine except for the timing belt(s), plugs &
wires and oil and filter changes. I'm out on the open highway mostly. I'm
sure that makes a difference. I'm not driving in stop and go traffic all day
long. I still think it's pretty remarkable how the little engine runs,
though. What little dab of oil that is used could probably be attributed to
a slightly leaking valve cover gasket. That's why I made the decision to go
ahead and have the trannie rebuilt because the engine seemed so solid.
'No, I've done nothing to the engine except for the timing belt(s),
plugs & wires and oil and filter changes. I'm out on the open highway
mostly. I'm sure that makes a difference. I'm not driving in stop and go
traffic all day long. I still think it's pretty remarkable how the
little engine runs, though. What little dab of oil that is used could
probably be attributed to a slightly leaking valve cover gasket. That's
why I made the decision to go ahead and have the trannie rebuilt because
the engine seemed so solid.
REPLY: Thats really something. I think the highway driving has helped.
Ill bet you change your oil often and use good oil and filters. Hope
the body is holding up ok. Would be interesting to see how many miles
you can rack up on that little baby .
My 2001 elantra VE had 140,000 miles on it when I traded it in for a 2006
did all services, (oil, timing belt etc as per dealer)
Changed the brakes once, and the front wheel bearing were started to go when
i traded it in.
all and all a great car for the money
My 1996 Hyundai Accent now has 208,800 miles on it. As you would expect,
there are parts that have worn out or gone bad, some twice. The gas tank
has been replaced. The water pump twice. I have no complaints.
1998 Sonata 111,000 Miles
Brake job, battery, tires, normal wear and tear stuff...(wiper blades :)
Main Pulley/Harmonic Balancer & belts
High pressure A/C hose.
Valve cover gasket
Might need to replace a hose in the power steering, starting to see some
I'm the Third owner, was originally leased to a rental car agency, so I'm
sure it was abused or driven harshly. If that were not the case, I think it
would be in better shape, but is still a solid car.
Car rides nice, handles ok. If properly taken care of, it should go another
100,000+ in my book.
We have a 1989 Sonata with over 310,000 miles on it. Rebuilt the
cylinder head at about 250,000, replaced radiator at about 200,000,
and replaced two timing belts over the life (yes, yes, I know that's
way too long an interval between timing belt replacements, but they
made it!). Other than that it's just been brakes, muffler, etc. --
normal wear items. We still drive it with no current problems.
We have a 1999 Sonata with 94,500 miles that has had rear wheel
bearings replaced and two recalls -- one for transmission
reprogramming and one to replace O2 sensors.
We have a 2001 Sonata with 54,600 miles on it that had the A/C
condenser coil replaced (under warranty).
The overall cost to keep all of these running (even the '89) has been
about a half cent per mile (we do the brakes, etc. ourselves). We
couldn't be happier with them.
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I know that no one will believe it, but it's a stick shift and we're
still running with the original clutch. I bought an after market
clutch about five years ago on eBay figuring we'd need it, but it's
still sitting in the box in the garage waiting.
Well, you may not believe me, but I believe you! I've owned several
standard shift vehicles over the past 30 years and I have yet to replace
a clutch. Now, I've never had a vehicle go beyond 150,000 yet so I
can't challenge your record!
My Sonata may be the first vehicle where I wear out the clutch. Tonight
I changed the oil and getting that thing up on the ramp with the too
high first gear and too touchy throttle is a real pain. I had to rev
the engine to over 2,000 RPM to keep from stalling it and by the time I
got it up on the ramps, I could faintly smell the clutch. Not good,
This is where the low range on both of my standard shift pickup trucks
really shines. No need for excess clutch slippage there. I may have to
custom make a set of ramps that aren't so steep for the Sonata as I
don't want to ruin the clutch just to change the oil!
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