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#1141 of 1450 CR bias against Hyundais
Mar 13, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I'm beginning to think CR is a bit biased in their reviews of Hyundai vehicles. If they are going to make statements about first year reliability being worse than average, they need to back it up with more concrete facts, or links to a website that goes into more details. Unfortunately, I didn't read their full review of the Tucson as I wasn't in the market for one when they reviewed it. However, I did read their review of the 2006 Sonata and it seemed a bit nit picky and whiney, especially their complaints about the cold air blowing on hands and elbows when the AC is on (I've not seen any other review complain about this). My mom just bought one and absolutely loves it, especially since it costs thousands of dollars less than similarly equipped Accords and Camrys. I would rather they focus on things that matter, like safety features that come standard with the Hyundais and the overall value of the entire packsage. I'd be curious if CR has reacted to the recently results of the test crashes by the IIHS in any way.
#1142 of 1450 Re: CR bias against Hyundais [conjett]
Mar 13, 2006 (7:34 pm)
I agree. CR likes some car companies better than others. Their final ratings are inconsistent in that some recommended ones are less reliable than not recommended ones.
#1143 of 1450 New Tucson Owner
Mar 14, 2006 (8:31 am)
Bought 2006 Tucson GLS AWD three weeks ago, have under 700 miles on it. Like many things about it so far. A couple of quick observations that maybe someone could address based on their experiences with the car. There appears to be hesitation occuring at about 20 MPH and 40 MPH when accelerating, especially uphill. The one at 20 MPH is a lot less noticeable and really minor. The transmission seems to be rather slow to upshift at around 40 MPH. So you need to almost floor it in order to start picking up speed. But cruising is easy. Second, my gas mileage so far is at 18.5 MPG in mixed driving. I am sure it will improve as the engine breaks in. I'd be very happy with 20-21 MPG in mixed driving. Third, the steering wheel shakes at speeds over 60 MPH, then disappears at lower speeds. Seems to be a typical wheel balancing issue. I guess that would be my dealership's oversight. Can I wait until my first oil change (say at 3,000 miles) to get this looked at? I rarely drive over 60, and the car is not really supposed to be driven over 55 during the break-in period anyway. And lastly, is there a way to remove the cargo area cover? It is mounted in the middle of the compartment and makes it inconvenient to transport luggage, let's say, standing up. I know the screen retracts, but that beam does not seem to be removable. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
#1145 of 1450 Re: 2005 Tucson GLS 
Mar 18, 2006 (1:41 pm)
We had the same shudder or hesitation on our Tucson at about 7000 miles under moderate acceleration and they also replaced both front axles. I hope this doesn't have to be done every 10,000 miles or so! This was the only problem we have had with out Tucson.
#1146 of 1450 Re: New Tucson Owner [quikglik]
Mar 21, 2006 (10:25 am)
My Tucson LX V6 hesitated when overtaking or uphill. This has disminished since I changed the PCV valve. This valve is cheap to buy and can be replaced easily. There is not need to take the car to a dealer. I bought the shop books (3 books) and I use them when I want to do routine maintenance, e.g. change oil, coolant, etc. Torque for the PCV can be found in the books. Hyundaiusa has a web page with all the information required to look after your car (i.e. www.hmaservice.com) procedures and latest problems in the car, and also the Tucson parts number. You need to register first by given the VIN of your car. You need a P/w and U/n to enter the page.
Hope this will help.
#1147 of 1450 Re: Why The bad rating in Consumer Reports [halebrat]
Mar 24, 2006 (11:23 am)
I don't understand how I can be averaging between 10-12MPG city miles. How do you get 20 MPG? That means you get 550 KM per tank. Is that right. I can get low 300's in the city and around 450-500km on the highway.
#1148 of 1450 Re: Why The bad rating in Consumer Reports [rdillier]
Mar 24, 2006 (11:31 am)
22 MPG in mixed driving? How do you do it? I get 11-12 MPG in city, and 14-15 MPG on the highway. If you are getting 22 MPG, then you are getting 600kM per tank - is that right?
Just want to know because it means there is something wrong with my car. Do you have the V6 or the 4 cylinder engine?
Thanks for the help.
#1149 of 1450 Re: 2005 Tucson GLS [skopecky]
Mar 25, 2006 (10:02 am)
Yes, I have a top of the line 2005 Tucson, a great car, but I also experienced the shuddering when going up hills, and the front axles or something had to be replaced. Nowhere was this documented. To solve my problem,to get service, I had to write Robert Cosmai, CEO of Hyundai America since the dealership was continually putting me off, saying"Hyundai hasn't figured out how to fix this problem common to Tucsons". Sad to say, I wouldn't recommend the Tucson to anyone. Several of my friends noticing this are buying Hondas, either the new Civic or Accord. The greatest warranty in Americas is great, if they honor it.
#1150 of 1450 Re: Why The bad rating in Consumer Reports [hfxns]
Mar 25, 2006 (2:41 pm)
Yes. Right at 22 miles to the gallon in mixed driving. We get that by following the speed limit and using the cruise control whenever possible. Also, we only warm up the car for about 30 seconds or so before starting off. We also try to anticipate stoplights by slowing down as soon as we see the red. Too many people around here keep BOTH feet on the gas and try to stop 20 feet before the light.
We have a 2005 Tucson GLS V6 4WD.
Hope this helps.