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Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1112 of 5569 Majorthomecho has a point....
Jun 09, 2001 (9:23 am)
Its not really in what brand you own, whether its a Yugo or a Honda. (OK, A Yugo may be stretching it, but you catch my drift How long the car will last is more in how it is driven and cared for by the owner. If you dont wash/wax it, dont change the oil or perform proper maintance at set intervals...just gas it and go, expect big time problems before 30,000 miles. People say American cars suck and Japanese are great....All I know is that I have a 1996 Jeep Cherokee along with my 2000 Hyundai Elantra that has 110,000 miles and has been pretty much flawless. Couple minor things as a small oil leak were the only unexpected surprises. Other then that, just normal routine maintance has kept the truck running strong. NO RUST OR BODY ROT. I wash it once every 2 weeks. Car still runs and looks brand new. I expect at least another 100,000 miles out of it. Now, in comparison to this, I use to have an old 1986 Toyota Corolla. I bought it used with a low 50,000 miles on it back in 1998. I got 1 year out of that car and the engine went out at 70,000 miles! Yes, 70,000 MILES!!! Just goes to show you that the owner before did not maintain the car very well if the engine pretty much died on me that young. So that just goes to show you what I think of Toyota! (Dont take this offenseively, Majorthomecho, I hope you have good luck with your echo). But this proves my point that Japanese cars and American cars (With the exception of Ford...Now they just suck period!) can last just as long as one another as long as each is PROPERLY cared for. Now, if both are not cared for, the Japanese car most likely will last longer then the American car. But if you dont change the oil in your Honda Civic ever, it will catch up with you later on. Its all in the owner...I own both foreign and domestic cars and care for each car the same and they both are reliable and haven't given me any trouble!
#1113 of 5569 Tar spots on body
Jun 09, 2001 (10:05 am)
I commute on the expressway that has been reconstructed since early spring. There are plenty of tar spots on the front bumper and wheel caps that I cannot get rid through car wash. I noticed that the brushes won't work too. The most effective is to scratch them off by hand !! But this is a royal pain to do.... Please help. Is there a chemical that will get rid of the tar spots without damaging the paint finish? Thanks.
#1114 of 5569 Tar spots on body by jlim1
Jun 09, 2001 (1:27 pm)
Try gas or nail polish remover or a shot of wd-40. Any of these should take it right off with no damage.
#1115 of 5569 TAR SPOTS: Removal
Jun 09, 2001 (1:30 pm)
Any silicone based product (wd-40) will work fine for removing tar spots without paint damage. Spray on and let soak. Then use cotton rag damped with this solvent to finish removal. Large heavy accumulations need additional wetting and patience. To finalize wash car using warm soap and water and dry. Polish your car with your favorite polish. Hope this helps.
#1116 of 5569 WARNING... Tar Spots...
Jun 09, 2001 (2:31 pm)
DO NOT use nail polish remover on your car. It is kinda like lacquer thinner, and may soften the paint. Try some on an old piece of furniture and you will see what I mean.
Tar can be removed with gasoline or paint thinner, (mineral spirits). WD 40 will also work but is kinda expensive. Be careful with gasoline, and don't work inside the garage, where there may be a gas fired water heater.
#1117 of 5569 Tar spots and glove box lights (reprise)
Jun 09, 2001 (3:42 pm)
For many years I've used a bug and tar remover product from (I think) Turtle Wax that is made for cars; it's a thick liquid and you rub it on with a rag and it takes the tar/bugs right off. It's pretty cheap I recall, and one bottle lasts for several years (I think I've bought 2 in 20 years). You can get it at any auto parts department/store. Also, if wax your car frequently, then the tar comes off much more easily--often without any special cleaner.
Re the logic behind tying the glove box light to the headlights. Anybody have a garage with no windows? I do. It's dark. Anybody ever try to open the glove box in the garage? I have. The glove box light comes in real handy. Also, there is no worry about running down the battery by leaving the glove box light on because it has a switch (also present in base model '91 Dodge Caravans and other high-tech automobiles like that) that turns off the light when you close the lid. To me, it's much more illogical to tie the glove box light to the headlights. Using the same logic, why not tie the map lights to the headlights too--you only need them in the dark, right?
#1118 of 5569 WARNING... Tar Spots by Andy ! Good point !
Jun 09, 2001 (3:51 pm)
Hi Andy, I was nto even going to reply to the question as I felt something might happen, I really should have said lighter fluid but all of this stuff is dangerous.
A commercial product is the ONLY safe way to go.
I have used the others and had no problem, it is a delicate balance to sugget the right thing to do.
everyone disregard the above and play it SAFE and get some product that is formulated for the purpose.
Jun 09, 2001 (5:46 pm)
That is a good point of the garage. I just thought that is why Hyundai did it. You use lights when its dark out and therefore, maybe that is why they tied it together. Yeah, it is silly...But that is the only logical conclusion I can think of! I have a garage without windows except for a tiny one on the door that lets NO light in. I got the 2 map lights, but they cant see directly in the glove compartment. That should be fixed for next years Elantra. Not a very good design
Jun 10, 2001 (10:17 am)
Just purchased a 01 Elantra fully loaded. Car seems fine except that it has a slight shimmy at speeds of 60 or better. Has anyone else had the same problem?
Jun 10, 2001 (11:37 am)
Mine has it too at about 66-67 mph and ends at about 72mph.
I had tires balanced and rotated and problem is still in there.
It is a minor shimmy.
I was trying to find a place that 'trues' tires locally for a good price, but they want 25 bucks a tire to do it !!!
I will wait for these to wear out and will only go above or below the shimmy zone mph.
I guess it could very well be related to alignment too. I have about 8k miles on my 01 elantra.