- posted 9 years ago
I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Utility 3.5L Auto FWD 6 Cyl 4 Doors with 68,000 miles on it. I bought it used almost 4 years ago. It is in good condition and it runs well, but I have done none of the scheduled routine maintenance on it. All it needed while under warranty was a new digital clock shortly before the warranty ran out. Since then, I just recently had the battery replaced and had new front brake pads put in at Pep Boys.
I like the vehicle and I am trying to decide whether to keep it another year or so or buy a newer one now -- maybe a 2008 or 2009 -- that is still under warranty. Consumer reports says the value of my car now is around $6,500 (trade-in value) to about $8,500 (retail value). I am in Southern New Jersey (USA), in case that matters
My question is about what to do if I decide to keep this one a little longer. What scheduled maintenance should I be doing now and about how much would it cost? For example, I think the recommendation is to change the timing belt, maybe flush the transmission, etc. And, I guess the choices are whether to have the dealer do any of those or get them done elsewhere.
Any thoughts, suggestions, rough cost estimates, etc. would be appreciated.