I have a 2013 Elantra GLS (Special Edition), with only 10K miles on the
odometer. It's currently running like a clock and I have no complaints.
I'm retired so it doesn't get too many highway runs and most of the time,
I'm driving in Toronto.
I'm thinking about taking it to the dealership for an oil change and was
wondering if there were any special maintenance services I SHOULD get before
winter other than the usual ones. I don't use winter tires as the city
streets are kept plowed and I don't venture out of town, so I'm not afraid
of the snow.
Although I go to a fine dealership for service, I am always afraid of being
upsold, hence my request for advice.
Many thanks in advance.
Given the age and miles, nothing really has to be done. It should be up
to date with proper coolant. Wiper blades should still be good, but if
they streak, replace them. Be sure you have a winter grade washer fluid
in place. I like the yellow stuff over the cheap blue. It does a
better job and does not freeze like the bue does once the alcohol
If I bought every service the dealer suggested over the manual, I'd be
spending a LOT of money for nothing in return.
Many thanks for your replies, Ed. My car doesn't have a TPMS feature. It
has the light on the dash which very briefly illuminates when I start the
car, but not the actual measurement device. I'm sure you know that American
vehicles of any make and those shipped to other countries are different in
some ways. Cars shipped to the US sometimes have more trim and a couple of
extra features we don't get in Canada and we pay about 15% more for the car.
Doesn't seem fair but the auto companies don't sell as many brand new cars
here as they do down there and are not fighting for the buyer's buck
although there is a moderate competition.
Lately, Toronto has had quite an influx of affluent Asians from China, and
the number of Benz, BMW's, Acuras and Lexus have increased dramatically. I
might add the number of Hyundai's has also increased and I see Elantras and
Sonatas everywhere. Makes it hard to feel special but I've past that stage
of life anyway : )
I'm not looking forward to this winter if it is going to be anything like
last year, but I'm Canadian and have ice water in my veins....along with
about 15 different medications : )
Thanks for your help...feels good to know I have someone to ask about my
It *is* TPMS feature!
You are good and your car is good - there is nothing special that
needs to be done for your Toronto winter. For yourself, you might
consider antidepressant, given Toronto winters :-)
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