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My Wife's 2005 Elantra GT

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My wife was in a collision on Dec. 4th in her '97 Escort. The body shop said it would cost more to repair than the value of the car, so the insurance company totaled it. After a long search, we found this 2005 Elantra GT at Jerry Damson Nissan. It has 136k miles and the dealership wanted $4800 for it. After a few test drives and checking out other used cars in the area as well, my wife decided on the Elantra. She drove it home this passed Saturday (the 15th).



It shifts great and drives smoothly. The only problems to report are some vibration in the gas pedal and the sunroof buttons don't always want to work when you press them.

There's a timing belt service sticker under the hood that says it was replaced in Feb. 2009 at 71k miles, so it's due to be replaced soon. That will probably be the first thing we do, followed by brakes. The motor oil and transmission fluid look like they were recently changed, likely at the dealership before they offered it for sale.

Anyway, this will be the official thread for my wife's car. It's our first Hyundai, so if anyone has any tips and suggestions, we're all ears!

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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

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Anyone know a rough estimate on what a shop might charge to replace the timing belt?

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Anyone know a rough estimate on what a shop might charge to replace the timing belt?
Had my timing and drive belts, along with water pump (includes coolant change) changed last year for $500 at my indy.
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Changed the spark plugs this morning. Put in a set of NGK BKR5EGP (the "G-Power" ones). Started it up and it did seem to run a little better at idle.

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yeah i got a tip! dont let anyone else but yourself change your oil. I have to buy a new oil pan for my elantra
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Had my timing and drive belts, along with water pump (includes coolant change) changed last year for $500 at my indy.
That's a bit steep for a newly wedded couple (1 year in March! ). I've got to change the belt in my Jetta, too. I've never changed a timing belt before, although I've read plenty of DIYs and watched YouTube videos for both cars. Maybe I won't kill them both.


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yeah i got a tip! dont let anyone else but yourself change your oil. I have to buy a new oil pan for my elantra
No worries there. I bought 5 quarts of Castrol GTX and a Bosch filter the day after we brought the car home.

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Changed the oil to Castrol GTX 5w-30 and installed a Bosch Distance Plus filter last week (4/7/2013). Also checked the fluids (wiper fluid low, others good), air filter, timing belt, and accessory belts -- all appeared in good shape. Wife reported a squeak somewhere. I thought I heard it in the front left wheel. Suspension or joint perhaps?

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