Join Date: Oct 2012
2000 Sonata GLS
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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.