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Hi folks, fairly new to this forum and I'm hoping to get a somewhat unbiased opinion on the following...considering the tone of most posts I've been reading through, I feel the Hyundai owners here will be honest with me since it seems a fair number of you have opinions on Toyota/Lexus products before you moved over to Hyundai.
I'm on the fence on whether or not to purchase a 2007 SF GLS 3.3 AWD with 110k km. vs a 2004 Lexus RX330 with 140k km.
The Lexus is in great shape, well maintained according to the service history, has new tires, comes with a 2nd set of winter tires. (being in Canada, its essential).
Asking price is 16,900 hoping to get it for 15k (they wouldn't take the 14k offered).
The Santa Fe is loaded and feels and drives as smooth as the Lexus. Its very rough around the edges and has scuffs on three of the four corner bumpers, needs tires soon but otherwise a fairly clean car. Asking price is 14,800. I would only offer 12,8 considering I need to spend about 2k for tires and paint for the bumpers.
The conundrum I face is the total cost of the SF will bring me close to the price of the Lexus...which needs nothing but maybe a timing belt change very soon.
But I just want a reliable, solid car that's comfortable. The SF is more roomy and has just as many comfort features.
At the end of the day, will I be happy with the Hyundai? Will it be reliable over the next 5 years? I plan to keep it in top running shape, but I don't want to be worried about it dying on the side of the road with my wife and newborn inside...
I may be comparing apples to oranges but the bottom line is a question about reliability... I grew up watching Hyundai Pony's and Stellars fall apart on the road right in front of my eyes. Admittedly, that was 25 years ago, but a small part of my perception hasn't changed... I've been reading mostly positive reviews but there's no real long-term reports on the new style SF and I was leaning towards a Japanese vehicle this time around since we've had nothing but horrible luck with European imports and GM products in the past.
Any thoughts? Thanks for reading!
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