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#1215 of 1450 Tucson Issues
May 13, 2006 (3:06 pm)
Since I have been frequenting this site I have been reading a lot 'complaints' about the Tucson. The majority seem to be about fuel economy and others are about minor interior trim issues, others are annoying problems with the OEM radio reception,speakers and some mechanical issues with the 4x4.
I am starting to wonder whether fuel economy in particular is the reason for overall decline in sales of this model? I did notice that the year-over-year sales of the Tucson was down by more than 538 units as opposed to last year. For example here are the numbers for the Tucson from 2005 thru 2006:
May 2006 May 2005
TUCSON 4,657 5,195
This is significant because Hyundai is in the process of building their brand presence and market space and any slippage of unit sales is huge. The fact that unit sales are off by 538 for Tucson is enough for Hyundai to pay attention and realize that they have some real issues that have to be resolved before the upcoming launch of the 2007 model.
Changes likely to improve fuel economy include an upgrade from the current 2.0 engine to the new and improved more fuel efficient 2.4 Gema powerplant. Also the addition of a 5 spd auto would be a plus.
#1216 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [delta4]
May 13, 2006 (6:01 pm)
While the 2.0L has many new engine technologies built in and makes a good amount of hp for its size, there is certainly a MAJOR mismatch between the 2.0L engine and the 4-speed auto transmission. I chose the 2.0L just for the better mpg and would have paid extra for a 5-speed auto if they had it available as there are only benefits to having more gears. The gearing Hyundai chose creates a very high revving engine which has to hurt mpg and it shifts more like a truck than a SUV. Either a 5-speed auto with 5th being overdrive or the larger 2.4L would result in much lower rpms, better fuel economy and nicer driveability. That would be a win, win, win scenario for what, $1,000 or less.
#1217 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [flytedhy]
May 14, 2006 (9:01 am)
After a few days of rain and not driving my car, I went outside to get into my car and noticed a good 1/2 inch puddle of water on the right front floor of my Tucson. does anybody know how the water could have come in, or can someone let me know if this has happened to you. It looks like the water is dripping from the point where the floor meets the bottom of the dash. Help!!!
#1218 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [moleman88]
May 14, 2006 (10:33 am)
I recall seeing a TSB on water entering the air vents, but don't recall the details, I can look it up if you need me to. This is something that needs to get fixed quick as its very bad news to have water entering the car. It can cause all kinds of problems.
#1219 of 1450 Re: 10,000 Mile Evaluation [nakeydog]
May 15, 2006 (6:40 pm)
I'm going to replace the stereo for sure. I can't decide if I should replace the speakers too. I haven't had any reception issues with the factory stereo or anything of that nature. Sound quality is just awfull. Wish they would have put the 06 Sonata stereo in the Tucson. I'm plenty happy with it.
#1220 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [delta4]
May 16, 2006 (6:12 am)
With the steady increase in fuel prices I would suspect that SUV's in general are showing a decline in sales. The "Hyundai" sales people I have talked to have told me that in spite of the cost of fuel both the Santa Fe and Tucson seem to be selling reasonably well. Why? well a certain number of people still want SUV's and are trading down from larger models and brands. 538 units may be within the realm of "normal" from one year to the next. Check to see the trend for sales of Hummer's...Explorers...Suburbans..etc. G.M. and Ford probably can only wish for a decline of only 500+ units. Additionally since the 2007 Santa Fe is due for release later this year there are generous rebates on these to clear out the old style.
Take note..I am defending Hyundai again. OEM speakers are poor on most makes and models, same for radios unless you own a Lexus or something else that sells for over $40K. I hope nobody expects a Bose sound system in a low $20K car. Since I am not that particular about concert hall sound OEM systems are OK for me. And yeah there are those who automatically upgrade their audio systems before the first 100 miles passes on their new car.
Yes, absolutely, there are problems on some Tucson's..and some Honda's too. Although annoying you must trust (hope) you particular dealer will help you rather than hinder repair, or worse, do nothing.
Finally, how high are your expectations for fuel economy?? By "you" I mean all posters here. If you expect...no, demand, EPA numbers you will be forever disappointed. In most cases is is a dream number..I maintain that if you achieve 21 or 22 MPG in mostly or all highway driving (at reasonable speeds) it is normal. If you get 17-18 MPG in light city driving it is normal. Notice I said light, I do not mean San Francisco or L.A. or NYC or Chicago grid lock. If you get 14-15 under those situations it is normal.
Can things be steadily improved with the Tucson? You bet!!! Give Hyundai time to do it.
#1221 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [flytedhy]
May 16, 2006 (12:47 pm)
If you wouldn't mind looking itup, I would much appreciate it. Not to savey on researching this kind of stuff...what is a TSB?
#1223 of 1450 Paint problems
May 16, 2006 (2:49 pm)
I've been doing some research on Hyundai and their paint since my 2005 Tucson has approximately 10 spots that look like the paint is bubbling from underneath. I took the car into the dealer 6 months ago for inspection because I only had the car for 6 months at that time. They said they needed to have it inspected by a regional Hyundai rep. He finally showed up 6 months after my intial visit to the dealer about this. They told me these spots were from bird poop or tree sap (this seems to be the typical response from what I've read). They didn't offer to do anything, just told me I must've parked under a tree. The problem is, I don't park near trees so I don't know how to stop the issue with the paint and it is getting worse. My other concern was that there was rust on the front end. They told me it was a stone chip and that's what will happen so they just put touch up paint on it. I had a 2001 Mustang that I traded in to get the Tucson and it had plenty of stone chips and not a spot of rust so I have a hard time believing every stone chip is going to rust that fast. Has anyone else had these problems? I just can't believe I've had this car 13 months and it already has rust on it. I take very good car of my car but I'm afraid that isn't enough.
#1224 of 1450 Re: Tucson Issues [moleman88]
May 16, 2006 (5:42 pm)
TSB is Technical Service Bulletin that covers known problems with a vehicle and usually include a solution if one is known. The TSB I found had to do with water entering the air vents when its raining only while the blower is is on High. Your situation was the car was just sitting for a couple days, right? The fix is to add another weather strip, but don't think that will fix your problem Is it still under warranty? Also was the vehicle parked in a nose up tilt?