03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

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03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by deev @ Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:38 am

So, the Hyundai is paid off next month, 3 years since I smashed up the Puma, scary how time flies. Anyway I thought I'd do a review of it. Here it is in Skye.
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So I bought it from Mk4 Slowride sight unseen. Which was risky but given I didnt have the time or means to go trekking around dealers it seemed like a good idea as if it was a dud it wouldn't look good for him on here :D

It cost about £5k iirc which wasnt bad for a 2.0 with 50k miles on it and a 6 month warranty. Plus being a Hyundai it should be reliable right?

Relability
By and large it has been, touch wood, it's now got 78k miles on it and the paint came up really nicely the other day with a bit of a wash and wax, it looks shit when its dirty but the paints actually a really nice purpley blue in the sun and looks a lot more expensive than it is when given a good polish. Aside from the plastic filler cap, the paints all peeled off it around the outside and its kind of white now which seems to be a trait on most of the coupes I've seen. Plus the passenger side door rubber started poking out, need to get that rehooked but it looks in good nick for its age really.
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There was a recall to check rust on the front suspension arms which I still ahvent got around to having done yet, I'll get it done at the next MOT next month. If they find nothing they clean it and waxoil it, if its corroded I get a replacement from suspension arm assembly. Which is pretty good going considering it's a ten year old car on its 4th or 5th owner.

The engine warning light came on about 6 months ago which was dealt with by unplugging the battery and resetting the ECU and it went away and hasnt come back on again. Again apparently a regular occurence.

Not long after getting it the left indicator would occasionally stick on, a quick cancel and flick the other way would get shot of it. Then one day it didnt reset, it stayed on, bugger I thought. I got it home and had a look, it wasnt flashing, it was just stuck on glowing yellow so I switched the ignition off thinking that might cure it. Nope. I had to locate the fuse and pull it out, putting it back in didnt fix it either, it still glowed away. After asking here and on PH I ended up phoning Hyundai who diagnosed it as a common fault requiring a new Body control module, the electronic board that runs everything. £500 for the board plus £250 to fit it and reprogram the keys etc. Shitting hell, £750!

Thankfully a google turned up a DIY fix, so I figured I might as well give it a bash. It suggested that the fault wasnt the whole board, it was infact a single relay unit that had subsequently been replaced with a newer version on later models. I got the new relay from the states for £3.60. Then came the hard part. The control module was removed which involved taking a large chunk of the dash board apart and unplugging a load of stuff. The BCU was never intended to be a serviceable part so opening it up was difficult and getting the actual circuit board out without snapping it was hard too.

By this point I was cacking myself as if this didnt work the chances were I wouldnt be able to drive the car to a dealer at all and was due to be taking the ex an a trip the next day. I located the offending relay and cracked out the soldering iron and vacuum solder pump and set about de-soldering it. What a cnut that was, being machine solder it was rock solid and after getting 5 of the 6 pins free I had to admit defeat after 4 hours and took it to a local auto spark to get the last oin free with his mega soldering iron and got him to put the new one in place nice and neatly which cost me £20. I put the board back in, shitting myself that it wouldnt work. rewired the everything, clipped the battery back on, bolted it back in place and turned the key and prayed. Vroom! It worked and has done ever since. Total cost £23.60 instead of £750.

Now, which wire goes where again?
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Fuses all had to be removed too
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The handbrake failed twice, the car has 2 cables for the handbrake and they both snapped so they needed replaced at £40 each, ouch. Fitting was another £40 so £120 to get the handbrake sorted for last years MOT, I spent 3 months just leaving it in gear.

Ive replace both main beam lights myself which was relatively easy but required the battery to be removed on the nearside which was a bit of a pain in the hoop as its clamped at the base and needed a socket extension to reach, which I didnt own. I do now.

The battery died not long after getting it, that crazy cold snap back then did it in totally, plus, my not shutting the boot fully one evening and leaving the boot light shining all night didnt help matters. I got a new one with a lifetime warranty for £50 from partco or unipart or whatever they call themselves and fitted it myself. The socket set came in handy again!

For last years MOT I decided to get the shite breaks and pads all replaced, which I got through a friend of a friend for cost at £170 for a £300 set, fitting cost an arm and a leg as the old ones were so welded on they had to smash them off with a hammer. I think it ended up being about £100 I think. So £270.

Vented brakes
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Its had 5 new tyres, 4 due to wearing out, 1 due to hitting a nail at 70mph on the M8 and the damn thing blowing out and shredding the sidewall. Thankfully I didnt die and got it onto the hard shoulder and changed it. What a cnut of a job that was, pissing with rain, soaked with spray from trucks and getting an alloy off thats welded itself to the bolts isnt easy. At one point I pulled the last bolt so hard I actually lifted the car off the jack. It took frigging ages to get off.

Space savers suck
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Last year it got an advisory for some slight play in one of the rear drop links but to be honest I havent noticed any difference in the driving over the year so Ive never bothered getting it sorted so we'll see what they say come MOT time.

Whilst driving to BJJ one night I noticed the temperature sky rocket, got off the motorway and into a Shell and pooped the bonnet. Checked the coolant level, zero, checked the radiator and just about burnt my face off as steam went everywhere. I filled it with water and coolant and went to BJJ, I got it home just. As it turned out the radiator was fcuked and had a huge hole in it, Im still not sure how, probably from a huge pot hole Id driven into or a massive stone destroying it, long story short, it needed a new one. As it turned out theres a radiator place in Glasgow so I got a brand new one relatively cheap and got it sent to my local garage who fitted it, I think it came to about £300 odd all in.

Driving

As a drivers car its boring as hell compared to the Puma, the lift off oversteer that eventually led me to park the Puma in a wall is non existent here. It just understeers, everywhere, even though it has a boat anchor of an engine out front, admittedly its on cheapo shit tyres but even in the dry its never inspired confidence when pressing on. Its got about 140bhp but its pretty heavy and doesnt have a huge amount of torque so its not exactly nippy, but above 40 its not actually too bad and Im sure if you really booted it on the motorway the speedo might say 140.

The ride is actually rather pleasant, its not a wallowy boat but compared to my mums cooper s its like a roller and rather comfy to cruise about in. On the motorway its great, the seats are brilliant and look rather smart and buckety too so its nice and comfy for cruising up to Orkney, I ran my Grandad up to Aberdeen the other week and he managed to fall asleep for most of the trip so it must be pretty comfy as he always moans about going too fast etc etc. The 16'' wheels with big fat tyres will help there too.

It's also randomly got 3 dials above the stereo, one shows the current battery voltage, useless, the torque youre using, useless and the MPG youre getting, useless and just makes you feel bad as you put your foot down and it drops to single figures.
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Waiting for the Ferry at the top of Scotland in Scrabster
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Kit
Cruise control! I'd never had it before and its great, works easily and its great for cruising down to England, just set it to 75mph and forget about it and then not worry about the hundreds of cameras on the M74 instead of getting a sore foot like I used to in the puma. Its got an electric sunroof too which is brilliant, I think Id really miss it in any future car. The air con is a bit shit, I think it just needs re-gassed but living in Scotland I only need it about twice a year anyway so Im not too fussed. The stereo is some aftermarket kenwood thing which has stupid fiddly buttons but has a aux port which is good for tunes and the speakers are surprisingly good, 2 in the back 2 in the front and 2 tweeters on the A pillars. One thing I do really like, is the bonnet having gas struts, no pissing about looking for a manky rod to hold it up which is great as the bonnet is huge and weighs a ton.

The interior has full leather which is quite nice and aside from the drivers bolster looking a bit worn out its in pretty good nick, its not the softest leather Ive ever sat in but compared to the shite they put in a Peugeot thats all cracked after a few years this stuff its really good. It is black though so its a bit dark in side as everything blooming black. Folk love the passenger side cup holder too as it a pop out thing thats quite funky. Its also got map lights for both sides too which is pretty handy. Theres 2 seats in the back and its a bit of a squeeze for anyone over 5'6''

The boot is pretty huge too, especially with the rear seats folded, Ive fittd various Ikea things in there over the years and fitted 3 of us plus kit into the car for trips up to Rockness and various trips up north to camp and hill walk.

Summation

So there you have it, a few foibles but nothing unexpected for a car that was 7 years old when I got it, not the most interesting drive but a decent and reliable car thats done everything asked of it. Being the 2.0SE and not the V6 it has horrid 16 inch wheels so once its paid off I might treat it to some 17's from the V6. Id assumed that once it was paid off Id get something more fun, I always fancied an S2000, but to be honest I kinda like it and I think I'll run it till it falls apart or I stick it in a wall like last time (hopefully not!). Road tax is a piss take at £245 for the performance though. Plus if it keeps going for minimal cost it frees up some money to start thinking about motorbikes...
For now it'll have to make do with carrying my mountain bike around, which it can do in spite of the spoiler.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by Duke Thrust @ Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:26 pm

Good review Deev
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by HeavySoul @ Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:53 pm

Def Leppard eh?!

(good, detailed review Deev. I like these.)
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by TKF @ Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:54 pm

God review.

I've always rather liked the Hyundai coupe. Seems like an honest car, IYSWIM.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by deev @ Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:48 pm

cheers people, also, Def Leppard are awesome.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by deev @ Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:00 pm

fcuking thing just flunked its MOT. Fule lines leaking :yikes: hand brake fcuked yet again, seriously, the hand brakes on these things are utter shit. And the exhaust is fcuked, which as it turns out only Hyundai make replacements for and they cost a stupid amount of money for a car thats worth sod all. So it was going to get chucked. Queue on teary eyed girlfriend who doesnt want it to go (she gave it a name).

Which is where it gets odd, I never really wanted the car, it was a last minute replacement when I bought it, but now it's become this thing that me and the girlfriend are quite attached to because it's driven us all over the place in the last few years and feels like part of the "family"

So, popped down to the garage, had a chat, and it's getting various bits chopped out and welded in and it'll live to fight another day. I have a horrible feeling Im never going to be able to get rid of it unless someone sets fire to it.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by minornut @ Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:47 pm

deev wrote: I have a horrible feeling Im never going to be able to get rid of it unless someone sets fire to it.


You work in Lidl in a shit part of Glasgow. I'm sure one your customers/shoplifters would do it for a 4 pack of tennents extra.
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03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by WD40 @ Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Crash. For. Cash.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by foo @ Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:45 pm

deev wrote:Which is where it gets odd, I never really wanted the car, it was a last minute replacement when I bought it, but now it's become this thing that me and the girlfriend are quite attached to because it's driven us all over the place in the last few years and feels like part of the "family"


Funny that isn't it. I had to move house once and found a great place (huge farmhouse for just me and a mate) but I needed a car ASAP else it was a very long walk to the station. I was given a diesel Novavan, ex Forrestry Commission (still with all the bits on, snow and muds, fetching shade of dark green), was only supposed to be a stop-gap. However it was almost bulletproof, only needed filling up once a month. One very snowy day I got off the train, jumped in the car/van thing, and reversed out of the parking space. It was only when I was 50m down the car park I realised the handbrake had frozen on and the tyres were doing their job and just dragging the rear end around :hehe:

It did eventually have a couple of issues, like randomly popping out of gear, so I sold it for £150 but I was sad to see it go, got me out of a real tight spot.
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by deev @ Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:13 am

Well after getting the exhaust welded up to get it through its MOT its given up the ghost again, it sounds like a NASCAR and the engine warning light has come on so the zorst is goosed. Going to get a new one, I only need the back boxes, so it should soldier on for a while longer. Apparently Hyundai want £300 for a replacement, stupid fancy twin exit thing, but there's a company on ebay offering a pattern part for £117, false economy? Its paid off now so owes me nothing.

In any case its now done 82K miles so it seems rude not to get it to 100K. Plus I cant be arsed getting rid of it as the girlfriends take on my potentially needing a new car was to suggest a fcuking iQ. Seriously wtf? It looks like a washing machine. I think she thinks that the money Im saving from having no monthly car payments is going towards a house deposit or something, where as I think an e92 M3 is a much better idea :D
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Re: 03 Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE - Owned

Post by deev @ Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:28 pm

Update:

The exhaust was blowing so took it to the garage who diagnosed it as "fcuked" and the exhaust back box, centre pipe and front flexi were all goosed, with the back box alone from Hyundai being about £400 it wasnt looking good for the coupe. I even started a thread on here about what to get next (I do fancy a Lexus after TT's post).

Anyway, after finding nothing of much use on ebay I tried a website called http://www.1stchoice.co.uk who search scrappies for parts that you need. I was sceptical but gave it a whirl. I got a text the next day prompting me to reply for a cost of £3 and theyd send me the details of a scrappy that had the part I needed. Amazingly it turned out not to be a scam and £160 later this turned up
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Which is a back box and centre pipe wrapped up in plastic and bubble wrap. Sadly they didnt have a front flexi so I had to cough for one of them at £100 so the whole system cost me £300 fitted. It now sounds quite throaty and is noticably a bit quicker. The Hyundai lives on, for a wee while anyway.
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