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#5551 of 5565 Re: Timing Belt Change at 10k miles? [gsakala]
Dec 30, 2011 (5:39 pm)
The engine in your elantra is an interference engine. If the belt break so will several valves. Might be better to spend $ now vs $$$$ later.
#5552 of 5565 Re: Timing Belt Change at 10k miles? [gsakala]
Dec 31, 2011 (7:49 am)
I have 2002 hyundai elantra. My mother-in-law has a 2005 Hyundai Accent and because she has put so few miles on it, under 5000, she figures she never needed to change her oil or anti-freeze in that time! Things do deteriorate with age.
I would change the belt because if it goes, as they use to say in Fram commercials, pay now or PAY later.
#5553 of 5565 Re: Timing Belt Change at 10k miles? [gsakala]
Jan 01, 2012 (6:22 am)
I have the exact same year and pkg model. Bought it in '09 with 26.3k miles for my daughter to use at school and her transportation in general. Even though it only had just shy of 45k miles I did all the belts last year at this time, literally a week before the original warranty expired at 5 yrs. While the alternator belt did show wear, the timing belt looked like it probably could have lasted a while longer but felt that it was money well spent - just in case with the original warranty - along with the other scheduled maintenance, and did I say that my daughter uses it at school?!!
My recommendation - do it, money well spent to keep a good car going.
#5554 of 5565 Re: Timing Belt Change at 10k miles? [jayess]
Jan 01, 2012 (2:33 pm)
I assume you had the other belts changed at the same time.
What about the water pump?
Do you remember what the timing belt change and what ever else you had done at that time cost?
#5555 of 5565 Re: Timing Belt Change at 10k miles? [gsakala]
Jan 02, 2012 (3:00 pm)
Yes I had all four belts changed, timing, alternator, PS and AC compressor. I inquired about the water pump since it's just the price of the part but my service guy, who has been very good and straight with me said he really couldn't see a reason to replace it since they tend to hold up. Total price was $373.47 incld. 7% PA tax. Seem to recall I had some sort of coupon which saved me $50. They also threw in a free oil change because I asked him to! We have two Sonatas and this Elantra maybe that had something to do with it. She was home last week and allowed me to drive the car, I still love it.
#5556 of 5565 85K miles update
Jan 04, 2012 (4:17 pm)
It has been a really long time since I posted any update on this forum for my 2002 Elantra Gt hatchback. If you did not track, this car was bought new by me in 2002.
I have kept all maintenance up to date and tried my best to have service done at the dealer when possible.
My car is approaching to 85K miles and it holds up quite okay. Other than tear-and-wear items, no major repair was needed until last week.
In December 2011, I noticed some steam coming out of the front hood when driving in cold mornings and some slow fluid leak underneath the engine bay when parking overnight. I brought the car in and the service manager informed that both radiator and exhaust manifold had cracks. Fortunately, the latter was covered under Hyundai's 10-year warranty. When I purchased the car, I had signed up for an extended warranty offered by a third party. I never got chance to use that, but this time, it did wonders. I was able to pay 100 dollar deductible by making the radiator repair a claim. During the process, the service guy recommended me to replace all necessary hoses and clamps (my cost but mostly parts only) at the same time for the long run. So, after one week (including holidays) without my Elantra, it is now back in good shape again.
In 2012, my GT hatch will be 10 years old. With my fingers crossed, I would enjoy a few more years of satisfactory ownership from her.
Mar 23, 2012 (11:31 am)
I have a 2001 Hyundai Elantra
It needs to be smogged this year damn California. Anyways I had the catalytic converter replaced two years ago because it wouldn't pass smog then nearly costed 700.00 to finally get it smogged in 2010 how here again 2012 need to smog again but check engine light is on automatic failure. Had a tune up going to aamco today have them run a engine diagonistics to see if they can help me. But other then that car has been quite good.
Mar 28, 2012 (1:19 pm)
if you locked your keys in your 02 hyndai elantra could you start the car by jumping it with your own battery, then it would unlock its doors? As in using the battery to run the starter?
#5559 of 5565 Fuel gauge problems on an '02 GT
Apr 01, 2012 (11:25 am)
After dealing with the radiator problem at the end of 2011, my 2002 Elantra GT is now having some problem with its fuel gauge. I guess it is showing its age now. Before I send it in, has anybody seen such thing?
My fuel gauge needle would not point to full position. It was acting normal at least two months ago, then it started to do this. I tried at least two different pump stations, which all worked well for me before, and I did turn off ignition during pumping. So now, it will always go up to 80% full at the highest possible. It does drop as I burn more fuel and the gas mileage seems to be normal based on my calculation.
If the fuel tank sender unit needs replacement, how much do I look at? In the meanwhile, can I just top off a bit more to remedy this issue?
#5560 of 5565 Eight-year report
Apr 01, 2012 (11:59 am)
My 2004 Elantra GT hatch turned 8 yesterday. I bought it new, actually "gently used" as it was an HMA auto show car in late 2003 and early 2004 for several shows including Chicago and Minneapolis. I didn't know when I sat in it at the auto show that I'd soon own it!
The car is Rally Red and was a loaded as they came in 2004, with automatic, moonroof, ABS, and mats. List was $17,414; I paid $13,200 + T&L plus I got coupons for 3 years of maintenance (negotiated after I found out the car had been used as an auto show car, which the dealer lied about until I caught them on it).
It was my daily driver for many years but for the past three years has been used mostly by one of my sons for a school and work car. His pizza delivery job last summer put a few small dents in the roof (sign), and the car has a few other dings and scratches, but the paint is still glossy and the interior is holding up very well (except for a scuff mark on the driver's left bolster, which developed early--I think as a result of the auto show experience).
The car has almost 71k miles on it. It still runs like new and gets very good fuel economy. I noticed it improved after the 60k servicing. It was getting around 34 mpg on the highway, then after the 60k service got 37 mpg when driven at 65 or under. EPA is 21/29. I used to get 25 in town and mid-30s on the highway when I drove it.
The car has been very reliable. The only major maintenance needed outside of the regular schedule has been new rear brakes (discs) at about 45k, and new tires at 18k and 66k. The tire change at 18k was because of an accident that ruined one tire and wheel. I had to replace two tires, and found out that I could buy 4 tires for the same price as 2 of the OEM Michelins. Since I had poor experience with those tires on my 2001 Elantra (for tire wear), I got 4 new tires. They did a good job for their price, lasting nearly 50k and could have probably gone another 6 months or so but winter was coming and my son drives 150 miles to college. The new tires are Hankook Optimos, which I got a great deal on and improved ride smoothness and handling.
As far as problems, nothing major. The biggest problem was the rear hatch struts needed replacing after nearly 5 years; they were replaced under warranty. Also had a couple of little plastic parts break and those were replaced under warranty also. Recently the cover over the passenger visor mirror broke off, but as a new visor is over $100 we'll just leave it that way. Also, I replaced the stereo a few years ago as I never liked the OEM Kenwood unit. I replaced it with another Kenwood unit ($100 installed) which has easier to use controls.
I still love the car, although I don't get to drive it much. It's an old design, but still handles pretty well and has a reasonably smooth ride--but firmer than my 2001 Elantra GLS had. It swallows a lot of cargo with its fold-flat rear seat, which comes in handy for moving stuff to/from college. And I think it is a good-looking car, with its Saab-esque profile and five-spoke alloys. The driver's seat is very comfortable also, with dual height adjusters (which I wish Hyundai still used) and lumbar adjustment.
My son will use up the factory warranty by the time he graduates, then it will be his graduation present. At that point it should have around 85k miles on it, so should still have a lot of life left.