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#1 Old 12-03-2012, 02:11 PM
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07 elantra timing belt

My mother in law has a 07 Elantra that has 26K as of this last Thankgiving weekend. She has used the Plant Hyundai in Las Vegas NV, in which she purchased her Elantra new and has had them service her vehicle from day one. This Handai dealership has changed her oil every three months for five years and last January when she took her car in for a oil change they told her she needed to change her timing belt because it was just under five years old and she needed her injectors cleaned too. The Elantra had 22K on it in January at the recommended oil change service which ended up costing my 84 year old mother in law just under $800.00.
We went to the dealership over thanksgiving to ask if changing the timing belt at 22K miles was the correct thing to do? The Service manage threw my wife and I out of his office because his service department did what was required by the owners manual and they did nothing wrong because she authorized it. Has anyone else delt with a Hyundai dealership like this one?

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Ugh. Looks like a classic case of slimy car dealership taking advantage of elderly woman.

Although I haven't seen it personally with a car dealership, I did live with my grandparents for a little under 2 years, and saw how sales people would take advantage of their lack of understanding of technology and such to upsell them, etc. (Cable, for example).

If there is another Hyundai dealership in your area, I would switch. Also, there is no reason why you HAVE to take her car to Hyundai for basic oil changes and such. You would just need to know when other services were supposed to be done, such as belts, tire rotations, etc.

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they are almost correct.
TB is scheduled to be replaced after 72 months or 90k miles, whichever occurs first.
Hence, timing belt should be replaced in a 6 year old car even if it has 10k miles...

Otherwise, the belt may crack and instead of spending 800 USD you are facing. more or less a new engine - read 1000 USD for labor only. Parts extra.

However, 800 is a little too much. 800 would cost for my Rondo, which is 2.7 V6. I4 should be 600 - no more.

I got replaced TB in my previous 2004 Elantra for 600 OTD last year.
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I hate stories like this because they are completely one sided and usually posted by people who never return to this forum. Bottom line nobody can make an adult do anything they don't want to do. If somebody managed to live 80 something years then they must be smart enough to make their own decisions. Hyundai provides a maintenance guide listing the time and mileage intervals for each recommended service. Everybody should read this and ask questions about the service or maintenance somebody wants to do to their car, even grannies.

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Although you're right on some points, Zak, I disagree that ALL 80-year-olds are sharp enough and/or have the faculties, and/or are up-to-date with the latest technology, to assess situations like this properly.

I am not trying to generalize. My grandma is 80 and is still pretty sharp, although technology is still a hang-up for her. She will believe most anything anyone tells her concerning technology, including cars.

I also have 80-year-old friends who may as well be 50.

Then there are those who have completely lost their memory, etc.

Obviously if the OP's mother is still driving, she must be doing OK, but I still contend that sometimes the elderly need an advocate when it comes to these matters.

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Obviously if the OP's mother is still driving, she must be doing OK
No offense to the OP, but this is not obvious.
Seeing some 60+ drivers in Lansing area, and not only here, I highly doubt they should get the privilege to drive a car...
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Holly I also agree with you. There are definitely businesses that prey on the elderly but in this case we don't really know. On one hand the car had low miles but on the other it was in the desert where belts and hoses fail faster. I would hope that $800 bill included other services because I agree it is steep.

These threads just make me happy MD Elantra has a timing chain.

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$514 for a TB p&l. +60 wp.

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What was the milage on your car when you changed it.... or did you go by years?
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Thats my quote, im at 131,000.

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