TPatterson

Should I give up on my 2002 Hyundai Sonata?

Hi Mr. Kilmer,

I really like your videos and find them to be very entertaining, informative and refreshing. I have been debating on whether or not to sell/donate my 2002 Hyundai Sonata or to try to fix it myself (or my husband). Over the past 3 weeks, we have spent all of our money on trying to get my 2003 Kia spectra and 2002 Hyundai Sonata fixed.

Quick timeline

  1. Kia Spectra - Transmission went.We found a guy who said he can fix it for $575. We purchased all the parts and in the end the guy was unable to fix it. 

  2. Hyundai Sonata - Took car to a new mechanic for suspension. Mechanic replaced the struts, lower control arm (left and right) and axle. He told us that radiator was leaking and valve cover gaskets. 

  3. Next day the transmission fluid leaked out of the car into a big pool.

  4. Took car to family mechanic (who told us in the past that he doesn't want to work on car anymore because it is old) and had him replace the radiator. He replaced radiator but the car would not start. We were told we needed a starter. Got starter and car started but not correctly (took a long time for engine to start). The next day the car would not start and we were told that we need a crank sensor.

  5. Took car back to mechanic and he wired it up some type of way to start (Charged $100) and today the car would not start

We are considering trying to put in the crank sensor ourselves because we are out of money or possibly selling/donating the car.  I really want to keep the car because it has a good engine and has served our family for so long but since the radiator leaked I am afraid that more parts could have been damaged. Can you give me some advice? I have 2 little ones that I need to have transportation for and I am not sure what to do.

Sincerely,

T

Comments (5)
Techsus
Techsus

TPatterson, if you're patient, you can find a fine used Toyota out there. When you're meeting a stranger to look at a car, take someone(s) with you. Always meet in a busy, well-lit, public place. 1st thing to check: oil dipstick. Is the oil low? Is it dirty? How about viscosity? Before you look at used cars, watch Scotty's and other videos on YouTUBE about buying a used car. If you find one that seems solid, pay a mechanic to go over it for you. Will save heartache in the long run.

TPatterson
TPatterson

OK. Thank you.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

You have learned, buying two korean cars yourself, that they are not very good cars. But the kias are better than the hyundais. I would attempt to either fix the kia, or just give up on both cars and yes, buy an older good used toyota corolla if you want a dependable car. Sometimes it's best to say goodbye to Junk

Jacob-Witmer
Jacob-Witmer

Scotty's probably gonna say "Give up on the Kia & Hyundai and get a Toyota/Lexus". Check out his video "Should you buy a new car?".