How do you like your Hyundai Tucson

Discussion in 'Hyundai Tucson' started by Mike Oxbig, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. Mike Oxbig

    Mike Oxbig Guest

    Close to buying one, any opinions.. good, bad, hate the damn thing??
    Thanks
     
    Mike Oxbig, Jul 28, 2005
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  2. 2000 Sonata 6 cyl.
    A decent car. Seems well built. Mfr used good rubber for door seals,
    etc. Very little stands out as stupid, unlike my recent Ford. I
    especially appreciate the fact that they (unlike a lot of cars these
    days) put a drain plug on the transmission so you don't have to spend
    $100 to have it pumped out by a special machine.

    Oh yeah; the console between the front seats is stupidly contoured so
    everything slides off it, like hamburgers and drinks. I wish that the
    trunk wasn't shaped to look expensive rather than holding more stuff. As
    with so many cars, including American, the lumbar supports are
    worthless, being designed for little children. Seat adjustability is
    good, but there's no way that I can be comfortable and still see the
    speedometer -- the steering wheel blocks it. I'm about 5'11", and my
    hair scrapes the sunroof housing. It's OK. Body sheet metal seems really
    thin, almost as bad as a Whirlpool washing machine (which I've dented
    with my thumb). However, the quality of the metal that I found when I
    looked *underneath* the car was impressive.

    I hate the damn plastic headlights (they're all scuffed) and I hate the
    damn worthless deco "bumpers." But you'll get that crap with all cars
    now. It doesn't have much personality -- not like my '62 SAAB or a
    Citroen. Maybe I'm just getting too old -- old cars had character; now
    they're just stuff to drive. Some parts are surprisingly expensive. The
    drive cycles have been almost impossible to obtain from Hyundai; I did
    get my hands on them, and they're totally insane -- I don't think anyone
    could actually perform them without getting the cops on their case or
    killed.

    The service literature is all on the web (!!), but what I've looked at
    is very spotty -- they need to hire a whole documentation department,
    hopefully good American technical writers. They farmed out their manuals
    to Helm, who charge blood money for them. If I actually bought what I've
    downloaded, I'd be very angry at how poor they are.

    As Consumer Reports said, the shifting is strange; you get used to it.
    When the air conditioner cycles in my driveway, it can feel like I've
    got a loose nut in the transmission. I'm getting used to these quirks.

    Gas mileage is surprisingly poor, corroborated by others on this board
    -- about 18-19 MPG for my 6, not much better than my big Ford Aerostar.
    I drive on hills a lot. Handling is quite decent and neutral. I slogged
    it hard on the windy California Coast Highway and was pleased. Power is
    quite adequate. Now, I just can't understand where all those
    miles-per-gallon are going.

    I've only had it since February, so that's all I can say. Overall, it
    seems like a good investment. I wish that it were made here by American
    union workers, but a long time has passed since there was any US car
    that I'd want to buy. The issue isn't price so much as sensibility.
    American car makers are doing stuff like putting the clutch slave
    cylinder *inside* the transmission, where you just don't want to think
    about the whopping cost of a diaphram change. What a turnoff! Hyundai is
    making a car more like what I'd want to own.

    My Hyundai is high-mileage and I think it's weathered the miles well.
    The quantity of miles indicate that the first owner tore up the freeway
    with this car: easy miles. After 108,000, the car feels nice and tight.
    I'd say that it's not a Toyota, but it's most of the way to a Toyota --
    and that's saying a lot.

    Is this what you want to know?
     
    Richard Steinfeld, Jul 28, 2005
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  3. Mike Oxbig

    afob3 Guest

    Uh was the above write up for a sonata or a tucson.

    If you are interested in the tucson check out www.tucsonforum.net.
    There is a large group of online owners there.

    Personally I think it is nice. (I have one as a loaner while my santa
    fe is getting checked out) I wouldn't trade it for my Santa fe
    though becuase the tucson has a smaller cargo area. As a plus though
    the tucson definately has more passenger room than the Santa fe IMO
     
    afob3, Jul 28, 2005
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  4. Mike Oxbig

    hyundaitech Guest

    The engine in Richard's Sonata is almost identical to the one in the
    Tucson.
     
    hyundaitech, Jul 28, 2005
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  5. Uh, (he hits his forehead with his palm): I didn't read one of the OP's
    words. Well, hell: it's a good write up, isn't it? I mean, even if it's
    the wrong car.

    Richard
     
    Richard Steinfeld, Jul 28, 2005
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  6. Mike Oxbig

    dave Guest

    'I especially appreciate the fact that they (unlike a lot of cars these
    days) put a drain plug on the transmission so you don't have to spend
    $100 to have it pumped out by a special machine.'

    Reply: You still that machine if you want to get all the fluid out .
    Theres alot left in there even after the fluid is drained via the drain
    plug.
     
    dave, Jul 29, 2005
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  7. Sure
    Go ahead and drain out the fluid without changing the filter
    Sounds like a really intelligent move to me
    No doubt from someone like Oil Changers

    (perhaps they should also consider having a drain plug on the torque
    convertor like on my Mercedes)
     
    dave's a moron, Jul 29, 2005
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  8. Sorry.
    That's what I meant.
    I believe that's what I caught in one of the manuals -- the Hyundai has
    a drain plug on the converter (please correct me if you know that I'm
    wrong).

    The typical "fluid change" is only of the fluid in the transmission
    itself, done messy-style by loosening the bolts that hold on the cover
    and filter; the fluid seeps out around the edges. Most of the dirty
    fluid remains in the torque converter for want of a cheap steel plug.

    Richard
     
    Richard Steinfeld, Jul 29, 2005
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  9. Mike Oxbig

    hyundaitech Guest

    Unfortunately Hyundai is one of the multitude of manufacturers who doesn't
    put a drain plug in the torque converter. You do have a drain plug in the
    pan or on the bottom of the trans, however.

    So far, Ford is the only manufacturer of vehicles I've actually seen put a
    drain plug on the converter.
     
    hyundaitech, Jul 30, 2005
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