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Old 09-17-2010, 12:23 PM
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This reminds me of my sister, but for the opposite reason. She had a GMC Jimmy that she bought brand new a little over 15 years ago. She drives HARD in North Jersey / New York City traffic. In 15 years of ownership and almost 200k miles, she did nothing but routine maintenance items. About 3 months ago she was t-boned on the drivers side in an intersection. The truck flipped did a 360 and she came to rest in the median. She suffered...no injuries. She calls me and says she just got a new Honda Pilot, because domestics are junk.
Oddly enough, that vehicle has good side impact safety, but poor frontal collision and rollover safety, which would explain what happened (vehicle rolled, but collision on the side didn't do significant damage). I would say it was a good stroke of luck.
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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Oddly enough, that vehicle has good side impact safety, but poor frontal collision and rollover safety, which would explain what happened (vehicle rolled, but collision on the side didn't do significant damage). I would say it was a good stroke of luck.
Luck definitely played a part in her escaping without injuries, but while the Blazer/Jimmy weren't stellar in crash safety, either were most other mid-90's SUV's. I don't care how safe a car is, luck plays a major roll in every accident.
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Domestic manufacturers really did make garbage for a long time but over the past four or five years they have drastically turned things around and I can now recommend some domestic vehicles to others. It will take time for public perception to catch on.
yeah, but if you just did 15 years and 200k miles in one with no issues, you really shouldn't have the perception that the car was junk to start with...
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: United States
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If a Honda were 6 years old and had 147k it would most likely still be running great. Congrats on your new purchase, I hope it serves you better than the first, but out of curiousity why would you take this risk with Hyundai again? I do not mean that to be cocky, it's a real question. I I ever had problems like that on a 6 year old vehicle I would never buy that make again, period. (which is why Chrysler and GM will never see another penny from me)lol
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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What actually happened to the transfer case? Seal failed and you didn't catch that till it ran way low on lube?

I guess it's all relative, I bought my Scirocco for $1000, have run it about 150K, and while I have done some fairly serious wrenching on it, it's in better shape than the day I bought it. I have put over 100K on the old Chevy that my Dad gave me for free, it had 120K when I got it, again I did some wrenching (mostly replace the distributor and rebuild the driveshaft) but never spent much money on it. Subie I bought for $1500, replaced a ball joint, beyond that it's only been gas-tires-oil, it came to me with 160K and now has 225K.

Like several other posters, I would not be satisfied with the service you got out of the old Hyundai and wouldn't buy essentially the same car over again, but if you are satisfied, it's your money.
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Congrats on your new vehicle. I sincerely hope you don't have that tranny issue that is running rampant on the internet. That said, why would you think the dealer would be totally honest with you about a possible problem?
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:08 PM
Status: "Hope is a walking dream." (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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The reason it's not worth fixing is mainly due to the poor resale value of older Hyundai models. If it were a Toyota or Honda, it would probably be worth around ten grand and might be worth fixing.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:56 PM
Status: "Hope is a walking dream." (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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What actually happened to the transfer case? Seal failed and you didn't catch that till it ran way low on lube?

Like several other posters, I would not be satisfied with the service you got out of the old Hyundai and wouldn't buy essentially the same car over again, but if you are satisfied, it's your money.
There was slop in the internal coupling inside the case.

I'm not sure what poor service you guys are referring to, either. In the six years and 146,000 miles we only had to replace the following...in no particular order:

  • Radio (warranty)
  • Rear wiper arm (warranty)
  • Power steering reservoir
  • Radiator
  • One battery
  • One alternator
  • Only two sets of brake pads (got 77,000 miles out of the last set)
  • Two sets of front rotors
  • One set of rear rotors
  • Left rear trailing arm bushing
And as far as I know, that is it and most of those items are simple wear and tear pieces. Find me another car with 150,000 that hasn't had at least one of those bits replaced. Like I said, the car never needed to be towed and through all that I had to add a half quart of oil once in between changes. Compare that to my mom's Lexus which has burned up well over $10,000 in off-warranty repairs including a new transmission, I think the Santa Fe did very well for herself. It was because of the positive experience that I chose to go back. There is no such thing as a perfect car but for the price, the new SF really can't be beat.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: United States
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A radiator going bad in 6 years is NOT normal wear and tear. My wife's mom brags about here Blazer the same way claiming all these repairs are "normal." I guess I'm spoiled that my Honda's have never given me these problems. Not that Honda and other auto makers don't have their problems, but a radiator at 146k??? Really???

Like I said before, I really hope the new one works out for you better. If it does you will see that some of these problems are not normal wear and tear.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: PA
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Honestly those were the most expensive repairs we ever faced. Most of the money put into it was maintenance. The check engine light never came on, it never had to be towed and not once failed to start. 150,000 miles in 6 years is a LOT of driving and I honestly can say it was a great car and I'll miss it.

I'm hoping the new one will be even better. Thanks for the congrats.
I think you made the right choice and hope you like your new Santa Fe!
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