97 Lantra.. oil usage, and question about remaining life

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by Chris, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Hi Hyundai experts,

    I'm hoping for some solid advice here on where to proceed with my 97

    In short at the moment its going through a fair bit of oil. I can tell
    because it develops a light ticking sound. I check the oil, and its
    very low. Fill her up, and sound is gone. I don't mind refilling the
    oil every couple of months (its cheap compared to petrol) - but I want
    to know if its normal or not. The car doesn't leak any oil, and doesn't
    appear to visibly burn any, so should I be concerned?

    The other question is what sort of effective life could be expected for
    a car of this 'vintage' ? Its currently got about 150,000 on the clock,
    and aside from the oil problem above, and a slightly funny oxygen
    sensor, it runs just fine. Great fuel economy, has a few shakes and
    rattles in it (as does just about any car from 1997 these days) and the
    little thingers that stop the doors over-opening / hold them open have
    rusted out on the driver side. I'm in no hurry to get rid of it, unless
    its very soon going to die a horrid death. If anyone has some advice on
    how long I might get out of her, it'd be good to hear.

    I'm going to line up a fairly major service shortly, with the mandate
    to make it good as new, and hopefully this will add a couple of years
    to the useful life of this otherwise fine performer!

    Hope to hear from some soon.

    Chris, Aug 8, 2005
  2. Chris

    hyundaitech Guest

    Since you're calling it a Lantra, I'm going to presume you're not in the
    U.S. and 150,000 represents km.

    Presuming you drive about 5000 km a month, two quarts of oil in that time
    period is considered normal by the manufacturer. I think it's a little

    How do you know it's not leaking oil? Not seeing anything under the car
    is not sufficient. I'd expect to see some oil leakage from the valve
    cover gasket and cam and crank seals on this car.

    If it's indeed not leaking oil, then you need to be very concerned about
    where the oil is going and why. If it's blowing by the piston rings, you
    could be looking at a major repair in the very near future.

    You have a 1997 vehicle with 150,000km. Consider the value of the vehicle
    before spending too much money on it, especially to "like new" condition.
    This vehicle would be worth very little money in the U.S., even in perfect
    hyundaitech, Aug 8, 2005
  3. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thanks HyundaTech- you're right, its an Australian vehicle.

    I'd just as happily trade it in and get rid of it- the problem being,
    its under finance, and the amount I'd get on a trade won't come near
    paying it off.

    I've got it booked in for a service on Monday, and I'm going to get
    them to have a good look through the engine and see if there's anything
    to be concerned about. Its been running fine for a long time, with no
    indication that anything is severely wrong with it. Hopefully it'll
    last another couple of years so I can pay it off, and start again.

    Such is life in buying motor vehicles. You drive it off the lot, and it
    loses a few grand... give it twelve months and you almost have to pay
    someone to take it away from you.
    Chris, Aug 10, 2005
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