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Old 12-23-2012, 04:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I traded in my "old I10" just before the 2nd services was due and got a new I10 active. Have a few minor niggles.

Battery. I have had to call out the RAC once so far due to a flat bettery. The RAC guy checked the battery, alternator etc but could find nothing wrong. He suggested that I run the car for an hour or so to recharge the battery. Since then have had to do it twice when the battery showed signs of going flat again. Surley this cannot be right for a new car. Yes I only do short trps with my I10 but this is marketed as a "city" car and to my thinking this means lots of short trips. I feel like handing the car back and telling them just to fix the thing or replace it.

Knocking. I get a strange knocking sound from the rear drivers side wheel sometimes. It is rather loud and sounds like a knackered bearing. Will book it in to the dealer in the New Year and again tell them to fix it.

MPG. For a city car I am getting rubbish MPG was getting 50 MPG with my 1.2 P reg MK 1 Fiat punto that my first I10 replaced but so far I am only getting 35 to 38 MPG with my new I10. Will have to mention it to the dealer when I take it in.

LED running lights. Has anyone fitted LED running ligts to their I10. I am really puzzled that Hyundai did not fit them to the new I10. Would like to fit them as at the moment I am running on front fog lights to act as running lights. If anyone has fitted them would they care to post some pictures etc.


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Old 12-24-2012, 06:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You say you do a lot of short trips.
Problem there is if you are constantly running the car cold, the engine will use more fuel as the efi is programmed to run the mixture rich until the engine reaches optimum operating temperature, at which point it will "lean out"
I consistently return 47/48 mpg and can just about squeeze 50 on a long run.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I traded in my "old I10" just before the 2nd services was due and got a new I10 active. Have a few minor niggles.

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Battery. I have had to call out the RAC once so far due to a flat bettery. The RAC guy checked the battery, alternator etc but could find nothing wrong. He suggested that I run the car for an hour or so to recharge the battery. Since then have had to do it twice when the battery showed signs of going flat again. Surley this cannot be right for a new car. Yes I only do short trps with my I10 but this is marketed as a "city" car and to my thinking this means lots of short trips. I feel like handing the car back and telling them just to fix the thing or replace it.

Knocking. I get a strange knocking sound from the rear drivers side wheel sometimes. It is rather loud and sounds like a knackered bearing. Will book it in to the dealer in the New Year and again tell them to fix it.

MPG. For a city car I am getting rubbish MPG was getting 50 MPG with my 1.2 P reg MK 1 Fiat punto that my first I10 replaced but so far I am only getting 35 to 38 MPG with my new I10. Will have to mention it to the dealer when I take it in.

LED running lights. Has anyone fitted LED running ligts to their I10. I am really puzzled that Hyundai did not fit them to the new I10. Would like to fit them as at the moment I am running on front fog lights to act as running lights. If anyone has fitted them would they care to post some pictures etc.


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Battery. You're right, you shouldn't have a flat battery for no reason (unless your trips really are very short). Have you made sure the boot light is going out when you close the hatch? Obviously you'd have seen if the interior light was not going out. Beyond that the dealer would check your charging rate of course.

MPG. You'll have checked the other MPG threads and seen that what you're getting isn't bad compared to other i10 owners. You'll not get anywhere with the dealer beyond having it checked for sticking brakes etc. but take it anyway. And your short journeys won't be helping, as you well know....lots of people get poor mpg whilst other claim excellent figures...seems to be luck of the draw.

Can't help with LED running lights - but - don't agree with using fog lights (illegally) during the day myself.....but then I'm one of those odd bods who think fog lights are for use in fog.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The fog lights can't be used as stand alone lights anyway Stan, the side lights have to be switched on to activate them which defeats the object of using them as DRLs anyway.

Having experienced a bad battery with a previous i10 I would certainly not rule it out but short journeys with the lights and fog lights permanently on is certainly not going to help.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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lots of people get poor mpg whilst other claim excellent figures...seems to be luck of the draw.
The people complaining of the worst mpg figures are owners of automatics.
The OP has not said if this is what he has.
Interestingly, my mpg figures are identical to the one claimed in What Car recently, who have done a real world mpg test on dozens of cars.
The i10 (manual), came out pretty much on a par with everything else in the class, and was exactly the same as the VW UP.
I remember a couple of years ago, a magazine (and I can't remember which one), did an economy test of the Toyota IQ.
They took two cars, and drove them for a couple of hundred miles and worked out the mpg based on a variety of driving conditions.
Both cars returned less than 35mpg.
Before we start thinking it's only us who experience these inconsistent mpg figures, it's worth looking around on other forums, in order to see that it's pretty typical.
http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...owtopic=106738

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I would certainly not rule it out but short journeys with the lights and fog lights permanently on is certainly not going to help
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