I like Meguiar's. I have a 2000 Black Hyundai Elantra, which is a real pain in the ass to keep clean. Meguiars gives it a nice deep glossy shine that turns heads. Also, when birds crap on it, it doesn't leave any marks. Comes right up when you wash it. I have tried every product out there, and Meguiars works the best and lasts the longest for this type of car and paint.
Now, for older cars, such as my 1996 Jeep Cherokee. (The Elantra is still too new yet to do this), I like to use a clay bar. I first wash it w/ Dawn or Palmolive to strip off the wax. Then I use the clay bar. Removes everything from stains to tree sap to big water spots that wax just won't take up. I follow that by Zaino Z-1 and then 2 coats of Z-2. Car came out beautiful and the paint felt like glass. 5 years and not garaged kept...It looked brand new. jxs81...You may want to try the clay bar to get some of the brown spots off. Make sure you get a lubricant with it. It should be included when you buy it though.
Just wondering if the three-month rule for waiting to wax a new car (which was what I always heard too) still is true. I recall reading that the new clearcoat paint formulations no longer require this waiting period. Of course, by the time a Hyundai gets over to North America and to a dealer here in the Midwest it's probably several weeks old anyway. What's the greater risk, damage from a premature wax job or damage from bird dooey, acid rain etc. on an unwaxed new car?
To be fair, I think you are overreacting a bit about the one Kumho tire failing. Getting 56K miles out of any tire with no problems is pretty darn good. Cheap 13" OEM tires are rarely designed to go much further than 40K. I would say your tires were near the end of their life anyway and the one having a separated belt was just a precursor of that fact. Just because there was enough tread left for another 5-10K doesn't mean the internals of the tire can handle it (how much longer did you really expect the tires to last?). Very few tires will perform flawlessly up until they are bald. I think maybe you are expecting a bit too much out of tires. When you first felt the vibration, you should have immediately pulled over and seen what was wrong. It would have been your fault, not the tires, for ignoring its warning if it had blown out. Also, cars nowadays are designed not to lose control if the front tire blows out (part of the suspension geometry. It's driver's error that causes accidents.). So, I seriously doubt your life was ever in much jeopardy. Give your cheap $30 tires some credit for giving you so many trouble free miles!! I know I wouldn't have been shocked in the least for getting that much mileage out of those cheap tires. And by the way, longer trips is not what did in your tires (the added heat strain did have an effect but that was combined with the wear of high mileage). I have 18K on the same Kumho tires and have taken my car on numerous long distance trips, one covering from West Palm Beach to New Orleans in one day at 75-90 mph and the tires had no trouble handling that. I have also taken the car numerous times above 100 mph (107 is the highest speed so far), again with no problems. Needless to say, I have been impressed with the quality of these low rung tires. I havent even had to balance them yet, though one wheel vibrates slightly due to a bent rim. Again, be happy the tires gave you such a long life without incident and even got you home safely when one was beginning to fail. My mom's Accord with MXV4 tires only lasted about 35-40K before they became loud as hell and very dangerous on wet roads.
I was puzzled as to why Hyundai Prices are different from State to State - and by a wide margin in some places!
So, I did some comparison shopping for the same model in different states - using mostly CarsDirect.
(Base Sonata MSRP: $15,494 Invoice: 14,700.
$13,000 : California
$14,500 : Colorado
$14,500 : Georgia
$14,600 : NY
$14,900 : MA -Boston
$15,000 : Washington
$15,100 : Illinois
$15,200 : Ohio
$15,200 : Oregon
$15,200 : DC
$15,200 : Texas
$15,300 : Michigan
$15,300 : Arizona
$16,700 : Nevada
The only logical thing I can think of is that: Hyundai is deliberately targeting a limited
number of states, with the aim/goal to capture a significant share in those. Mostly in CA where more than 50% of the new cars sold are said to be made by foreign manufacturers(even though some of them are made/assembled in N.America); and to a lesser extent a share in GA , CO , NY and FL.
Lets hope that doesn't turn off most potential buyers in the "high priced" states! It may backfire; because Hyundai is the only car maker to my knowledge, to deliberately practice such a (wide gap) pricing strategy!!!
Since I started looking at buying Hyundai a month ago, I only saw 2 elantras on the freeway around here in MI!
Notice, the Ports of entries: WA and OR are high priced; so it has nothing to do with transportation cost!
I don't believe Hyundai has a multi-tiered pricing strategy...the MRSP remains constant across the country. However, they may be offering different levels of incentives to the dealers, probably where they feel they need to in order to gain market share. It's up to the dealers to price cars competitively. The Southern California compact vehicle market is very competitive -- the prices I have posted here for Elantras have been matched by Sentras, Sunfires, Mirages and Neons, with the Kias and Daewoos priced lower yet. As with almost any product, it's the price that a willing buyer will pay a willing seller that sets the market price, and, because of the competition, those prices are lower in this part of the country. Of course, this is just my humble opinion...
By the way, tb88, The 2002's must be close to the docks -- Famous Ed has reduced his remaining Elantras, at least for the weekend, to $10,488 -- all with automatic and MRSP of $14,032!
> > However, they may be offering different levels of incentives to the dealers... > >
That's what I meant by Pricing strategy... On the surface you keep the same MSRP but you discount it in many other ways.
> > The 2002's must be close to the docks -- Famous Ed has reduced his remaining Elantras, at least for the weekend, to $10,488 -- all with automatic and MRSP of $14,032 < < that's a good deal: $3,544 or 25% discount! I only got 2,050 or 12.5%. > > the prices I have posted here for Elantras have been matched by Sentras, Sunfires, Mirages and Neons, with the Kias and Daewoos priced lower yet > >
Of course they do... They know that Hyundai is after some of their share of the market (a piece of the pie)... they are fighting it out; while poor us, up north and elsewhere are subsiding their greed!
PS. I have been reading about your posts about Zaino... I am not a big fan of Waxing... I thought the clear coat paint used nowadays doesn't need any of that! Am I wrong?