'99 Hyundai Accent GSI 65,000 kilometres
Could someone tell me what major maintenance should be done on the car
by this point?
The Hyundai dealership says the timing belt should be replaced at 60k
for about $225. Canadian Tire says it doesn't need to be replaced til
100k and it would cost $500.
(All prices in Canadian dollars)
Ok so here's the deal. The Hyundai dealership says the timing belt
should be replaced at 96k k or 4 years. Canadian Tire says it doesn't
need to be replaced til 100k.
The Hyundai told me I could get two more years out of it or it could
break tomorrow, but I don't want to spend money needlessly.
What would you recommend I do?
I'm letting my XG350 go until 90,000 miles (144,000 km) because its a 2002
and I should get to 90k miles beginning 2007 (5 years). Yours has been
running for 7 years now (1999-2005), I'd get it changed. Belt life has to
be a function of miles and time (and luck). Also I've been told my XG350
does not have a reputation for eatting timing belts.
Personally, I think $225cdn for a timing belt change is quite
resonable. I would strongly consider going with the Hyundai
dealership. The cost of a timing belt replacement is miniscule
compared to a holed piston or bent valves.
The quote from the Hyundai dealer at $225 is probably correct. I got
my dealer to quote on a timing belt for a 2000 Accent a few years back
because I was concerned that it could be a big bill. I was quoted $213
Canadian incl. taxes at that time.
Please let the dealer do it, and do it ASAP.
This is an interference engine, so if the belt breaks, you are staring at
major engine repairs. At seven years old, a belt that is THAT critical
needs to be replaced, even if the miles are down. My first-ever car with a
timing belt, the belt broke at 3 years old, and 57,000 miles (a little over
90,000 km). Thankfully, that engine was not an interference engine, so no
On top of the much better price offered by the dealership, the dealer also
offers a 5-year 60,000-mile warranty (95,000 km? 100,000 km?) on all the
parts and labor if they do it - a relatively new feature of Hyundai-Kia
original parts replaced at the dealership for additional peace of mind.
One more thing - when they replace the timing belt they will virtually have
the water pump right in their hands. Have them take a good look at it. If
it needs replaced, it is much easier to do it now (almost no additional
labor - just the cost of the pump) then if you have to have it done
Green Valley Giant
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