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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#2916 of 2956 Re: Re How Long You can Wait to Replace the 2000 Sonata Timing Belt [rhduke [rustum]
Aug 27, 2007 (10:05 am)
Is it mandatory to change the belt. I would like to use this car for next 6 months and upgrade?
rhduke is absolutely right! If that's a 60,000 mile belt, it's at risk to break any day now, and when that happens, you'll break every valve in that engine, and need a complete upper teardown of the engine and rebuild to fix it. Want to risk that, then don't change it and cross your fingers- you may make it. But if you don't, you're gonna regret it. I would either dump the car right now, or change the belt, if it were me.
#2917 of 2956 Changing timing belt
Aug 27, 2007 (10:00 pm)
Spoke to serviceman at freeman hyunda, irving, texas. They are going to charge 400$ for changing timing belt. Would like it to get it done as not in hurry to get the new car. Want to keep this for some more time before buying new or better car. Thanks for your inputs.
#2918 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [rustum]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:39 pm)
FWIW, I think you're doing the right thing...
#2919 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [nvbanker]
Aug 30, 2007 (8:54 pm)
Nvbanker and Rhaduke,
Thanks for your information. Today got timing belt replace. They did replace some other belt also for around 450$. Car looks ok now. I should able to use it for some more time.
Today, i happen to go to Honda dealer. They are offering Accord at very good price. But, they are ready to give only 3K to my Sonata. Sorry to post about Accord in Sonata forum.
#2920 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [rustum]
Aug 31, 2007 (1:42 pm)
That's ok. But why are you shopping it now, when you just got your timing belt?
#2921 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [nvbanker]
Sep 06, 2007 (9:06 pm)
I heard about accord deals after replacing timing belt. Anyway, now sonata looks ok. Currently it has 67k miles. What is the typical life of sonata. Does it run for 100k without any issues? Would like to move to new car once i am sure of staying longer here.
#2922 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [rustum]
Sep 09, 2007 (3:33 pm)
All I can tell ya, is that I've bought & sold tons of them, and never had a bad one yet. They're not the Hyundais of the 90's anymore, they're great solid cars. Japan should be very frightened. They still have an edge - but it's going away fast, and I don't think GM or Ford have any edge over Hyundai anymore. I expect your Sonata to run 100,000 miles with minimal problems. Please let me know if I'm wrong - but I've never had a customer come back to me cussing their Hyundai.
#2923 of 2956 Re: Changing timing belt [rustum]
Sep 09, 2007 (4:36 pm)
Stopped at local dealer today to look at recent trade ins and he had at least a half dozen elantra's and sonata's with 150000+ on them in his lot.Must mean something.
#2924 of 2956 some times, i am not able to start the car.
Sep 18, 2007 (10:32 am)
Some times, i am not able to start the car. After turning the key, it just chuckles. I am able to start after couple of attempts. I am not able to replicate this. I can see batter indicator on.
I even did run it though service man when i went to change my timing belt. They said, they have cleaned some wire which is connected to batter. Everything is ok. In their report, they said battery is very good.
Do you think, i need to turn the key fast for engine to start. Do you have any idea.
#2925 of 2956 Re: some times, i am not able to start the car. [rustum]
Sep 18, 2007 (3:42 pm)