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
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.
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
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.
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
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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