Nice car. I just joined this forum. My roommate owns the same car in black. I'm a Honda guy and she's coming from a couple of Saturns that were owned for several years. I'm relied on for maintenance and advice on vehicles. This is also our first Hyundai. So far Ive done a CV axle, couple of tires, valve cover gasket, battery, engine mount, transmission flush with OEM fluid, and this week I'll be installing a thermostat. It has 165k miles. The timing belt was done at about 60k miles, so that will have to be changed again soon. I was a little apprehensive at first on purchasing it with that many miles, but after inspecting and driving it, I felt better as it seemed there were no major issues. No abnormal engine noises, no strange shifting, no Check Engine Lights, no leaks, no smoke out of the tailpipe. Everything that I did find wrong, was minor and easily repairable.
I'm a firm believer in using the correct fluid in automatic transmissions. When I buy a used car, I change the ATF with new OEM fluid, even if the old fluid looks clean. Of course, this depends on if yours is automatic. Also, engine mounts and CV axles seem to be common issues. I would say the only complaint I have is regarding the gas mileage. We're in the low 20s in the city, which is normal for this car from what Ive read. With it being a 4 cylinder, I expected it to be in the mid/high 20s. I'm hoping a thermostat change will improve it, but the main reason for changing it is the heat out of the vents feels like its taking too long to get warm
Overall we like the vehicle a lot, and have been very pleased with the purchase. I hope our experience as Hyundai owners does not disappoint