Car Problems

2010_hyundai_elantra_3130055421803735312After dealing with American car problems my whole life I decided years ago that it may be to my advantage to purchase a foreign made vehicle that has a track record of dependability. I purchased a fairly used Honda Civic which was fun to drive and had great fuel economy. Even used it came with a 100,000 mile warranty. After a few years I just nearly broke 100,000 when the transmission went on me. The cost of a new transmission was a little over 6000.00 dollars. I ended up trading this vehicle in.

A brand new Hyundai Elantra may be the answer. But 5 years later I am having transition problems with this vehicle at just 59,000 miles. I turned to google to look for other complaints and it seems that this is a constant problem with this 2010 Elantra. Even after a new transmission is installed it is not long before these same folks find they have the same problem again.

Again I am just slightly out of the warranty period. I give up.

I have a 2009 Sante Fe which has no problems at all at 70,000 miles, but I am starting to wonder what the future will bring.

I would love to trade them both in and find reliable vehicles, but what exactly is reliable anymore? I have had many suggestions but am not willing to finance a 50,000.00 dollar vehicle. That same amount of money would bring me closer to getting that mortgage paid off. I suppose that the right thing to do is get this vehicle repaired as it is only being driven less than 5 miles per day and pray that the Sante Fe is a better model for Hyundai.

In a strange kinda of way I am feeling that all of the money I have saved by paying this vehicle off early will now be used to repair it. We shall see.

Blood Sugar- 104, Weight- 186.4

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17 Responses to Car Problems

  1. Howto$tuffYourPig says:

    We have have driven mostly Ford and Chevrolet up until about 10 years ago. We made the switch to Toyota and have never looked back. We have had two Toyota Camry’s and have had no issues (knock on wood) as of yet. They are super quiet and smooth on the highway and are great on gas.

  2. New Journey says:

    Ah yes car problems… husband was a Honda mechanic for over 28 years….we just sold his 03′ CRV to our son who is using it for his business….myself was a Ford fan, I had a 2007 Ford escape when I met Peter, got it brand new and put close to 100,000. miles on it. it started to cost money in repairs so we went car shopping….Agggg what a task…I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a new car…..we looked at the new CRV’s, we passed – the new Ford escapes, we passed – my sister had had an Elantra, did the same as yours. – we checked out the Subaru dealers, really liked them, but not the price…my sister went with them, they have an Outback and love it….they had one in Alaska when they lived there…I ended up with a Kia Soul – I bought it a year ago and so far so good. I got the 2.0L motor they also had a 1.6 but it was kiinda sluggish…I have driven it to Washington State up over the passes and it did wonderful…I got around 30mpg on the freeway and about 27 -28mpg I am happy with it….good luck on your hunting….Oh yes the price was another part I liked….it was 22,000. and I got a great tread in on my escape…..I refuse to pay over 25 for a car…and that’s was to much…..kat

  3. Cars, like everything else nowadays, just aren’t made like they used to. This Throw Away society is for the birds.

  4. I gave up with new cars and run a 530d BMW touring with 284,000 miles and very few problems, it also does 40 mpg average and is so comfortable
    BTW I paid £750 for it

  5. naturalred says:

    Funny you should say all this…..we are test driving a Subaru tomorrow in hopes that this will be for us.

  6. Helen says:

    My Corsa (Vauxhall) has done over 70,000 miles. Never heard of transmission problems – what does that mean?

  7. Toyota is Uber reliable along with manual transmission Audi, VW and BMW but I think you guys may pay a premium for the European brands? If it were my money I would buy a used (1 to 3 years old max) Toyota, Lexus, Honda with a low mileage and a service history. This is saying something coming from a man who sold cars for over 20 years and always drives BMW group cars!!!
    Just my opinion.

    • The problem with BMW here in America is the cost to maintain and repair them.

      • Really? We have specialists over here when the cars fall out of manufacturers warranty. This means that main dealers drop their prices so they can get the work back into their workshops. Quite a sensible idea I suppose.

      • It is. The BMW is one of the most desired cars to drive in America an a symbol of prosperity alone with Mercedes.

      • Amazing how things change from point of view to point of view. I have driven BMW for years and think nothing of it now. I wouldn’t own a Mercedes for a gold watch as they say because as soon as you do, you look like you are ready to go and become a mini cab (taxi) such is their vast use in that arena.
        You will find solution that fits soon enough so just keep investigating and crunching the numbers.
        The truth will out in the end 🙂

  8. Annika says:

    In my experience, you can never be sure about cars. My partner bought a Vauxhall Zafira a little over a year ago, and since then practically every part of it broke at some point and had to be replaced. It’s basically a brand new vehicle with the original engine in a 10 year old shell. We’ve decided that it’s not worth owning a car at all after this one ate away my partner’s savings by the £100s. Maybe no car is the way to go worry-free and financially more independent.

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