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Old 11-12-2012, 11:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've an '00 GLS V6 which just turned over 200K miles just two days ago. Other than the normal wear & tear of consumable parts and one niggle with the injectors that seems like they're worn out and need replacing, it's been a reliable vehicle.

It currently gets 23-25 MPG. That's about the average for a NEW car these days.

It's paid for, the insurance cost is negligible, and it does what it's supposed to do: Get me from point A to point B without hassle.

Don't get me wrong, it doesn't drive like when it was new, not even close. It doesn't make as much power, the suspension and engine mounts need to be replaced and the upholstery is definitely "old" looking and I've probably got another wheel bearing that will need replacing soon, but she runs just fine and still has shine on the paint.

The math SBR711 brought up about the cost of ownership plus payments on a new car is correct: The costs of payments/maintenance/ownership just don't add up - not for me at least.

I plan to drive this until it has some sort of catastrophic failure and dies - like a cracked head or something of the sort. But if I keep up with preventative maintenance and break/fix issues, that shouldn't ever happen.

Unless I hit the lottery or my business picks up substantially soon, I'll probably put another 100K on this beast before I finally retire her.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Now that's what I need to see with reg maint that 200+ is possable. And I have noticed these cars are rough on bearings. That is a down side. Not that I think they shouldn't go bad but it seems like they go bad more then other cars I've owned.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes, for some reason the older model years they do go through wheel bearings much more often than any other vehicle I've had. I'm convinced the earlier models - pre 2005, were not built or engineered nearly as well as the newer model years.

But as I say, little niggles aside she's still running strong.

The injectors definitely need to be replaced because they're not working properly (I posted an issue about engine knock and how it's been deduced that the injectors have become worn out) and at this point have not decided whether it makes financial sense to replace them, since it's going to be a $1000+ job. But if I do I know this car will do another 100K miles easily.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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To finish up this "keep it or trash it" question:

I did replace the fuel injectors which did not solve the problems I was having:

- Loud knocking noises during acceleration
- Loss of power
- Stumbling while coming to a stop.

Today I did what should have been done years ago which fixed all these issues: I replaced the main catalytic converter (underbelly centerline) with a new one. The old one (original OEM from 2000) was completely clogged and was literally choking the exhaust.

I now have ALL my power restored, the knocking/ticking has gone away and the stumble has also nearly disappeared. (that last one might require deeper analysis to fix.)

It really annoys me no end that NO tech that's looked at the car for these specific issues even thought to mention replacing the CAT, and by dumb luck I ran across one who within 10 seconds immediately - and properly diagnosed the problem.

The new, "universal" CAT was only $80 dollars from O'Reilly (Magnaflow brand) and I found an exhaust tech to weld it up for $120.

So, to the question of whether or not it's worthwhile to keep one of these older Sonata's with 200K + miles: Yes, absolutely. Assuming you can find a good tech to properly diagnose issues as they occur and keep up with preventative maintenance.

I think it's important to point out that "preventative maintenance" is the key word here, not the typical "break-fix" routine that most people follow.

My '00 GLS Sonata currently has 208K miles and I'm sure it will go another 100K as long as I take care of it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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One other thing that I think matters in this discussion is where a car is operated. I moved from NJ to FL about 8 years ago. I notice lots more older cars in FL. The front ends are full of bugs and the paint is faded but they don't rust down here. In NJ there were muffler shops all over the place (mieneke and midas). I don't know that I have ever seen one in SW FL. Also the car parts stores (advanced auto.NAPA, Orielly, etc) seemed to all disappear just before I left NJ. Down here you can find em across the street from each other (kinda like Lowes and Home Depot). Also there are independent used car lots all over the place down here. Up in NJ you had to go to a dealer even to buy a used car from a brand that the dealer did not sell new. It is a lot different. Used cars are even advertised here as "Florida" cars (read that: no rust). I never heard anybody advertizing a car in NJ as a "New Jersey" car. I always wondered if you could make some money buying used cars in the sun belt and haul 'em north to re-sell them as "rust free" cars??
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:06 AM   #16 (permalink)
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as <<pjm123a>> said, if the rust didn't make the car sound unsafe why scrape it ? The only drawback of making your own repair is: it take time. But it can be quality time with your wife and/or kid(s) to do it together.

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