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    There has been a lot of discussion about the software/firmware update available for Hyundai media systems spread across a few threads, I have preformed the update on my own i40 and a friends ix35 and I am responding to the request for a step by step guide. If the mods feel it appropriate it might be useful as a sticky. 1. Go to http://www.navigation.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/Navteq-HyundaiEMEA-Site and select your car from the drop down boxes on the left. 2. This will take you to the update page for your vehicle. Scroll down the page and in the bottom left you will see a link for the software/firmware update. Click on it. 3. The instructions will appear in front of you along with the download link. You must ensure that your current software is 5.1.3 in order to proceed, if it is a version lower than that then you need to get your Hyundai dealer to get to at least 5.1.3. To check your current version press and hold the settings button on the media system for at least 5 secs, the display will then show current versions. 4. If you have defined that you are suitable for an update then click on the download link and when prompted save it to your PC. Ensure that you have an empty USB thumb drive at least 1GB in size to put the file on. 5. Unzip the contents of the downloaded file directly to the root directory of the thumb drive. 6. Start up the engine of your Hyundai and insert the thumb drive into the USB port. It will read and automatically start the program. Follow the instructions on the display of your Hyundai screen. 7. The initial installation of files is reasonably quick, then it will go I to decompression of a 1.42Gb file which takes a good 15 minutes, this is helped though by the fact that at least the radio still works giving you something to listen to whilst the install proceeds! After decompression another section of install takes place which again is reasonably quick. AT NO POINT IN THE INSTALL PROCESS SHOULD YOU SWITCH OFF THE ENGINE OR REMOVE THE USB DRIVE!!! 8. The media system will then restart, so the screen will go black and then the Hyundai logo will re-appear, the system though will go back not the installation procedure because you will still have the thumb drive inserted in the USB port. The same update screen you will have seen previously will appear, but the current version and update version will be the same number, indicating that the update process has worked. 9. Press CANCEL on the touchscreen and you will be returned to the media screen you were previously on, so radio, bluetooth or GPS. By pressing the settings button then pressing TRAFFIC on the touchscreen you should now see that TMC is available, give the system time to get the latest traffic data through the FM antenna.
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    If you wish to avoid purchasing the grossly expensive rear wiper blade from your friendly Hyundai dealer, (north of £20!) be aware that the blade's frame can be dismantled so that a new metal-backed rubber can be inserted. Some independent motor factors still stock lengths of that product and it's as cheap as chips if you can locate it. If you can get hold of it and want to tackle the job, here's how it's done: 1) Hold the centre section of the frame in one hand then, with the other hand, bend one of the articulated end pieces downwards in the same direction as the curve in the frame. It will un-click from its retaining lugs and can then be slid off out of the way. 2) Remove the metal-backed rubber in the same direction. 3) Insert the new piece of metal-backed rubber after cutting to length. 4) Re-fit the articulated end-piece by positioning it then squeezing it gently with your fingers till it clicks back into place. Job done! NB Do not attempt to bend back the metal lugs at either end of the frame assembly to release the rubber as it's made from a cast alloy-type material and will almost certainly snap off. Indalo
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    I have an i40 premium saloon and if i let the steering wheel go while i am driving straight it pulls to the left , i have had the tracking done 3 times and a full wheel alignment and it still does it , has anyone else experienced this problem ? I had the steering wheel changed under warranty , could this be causing the problem ?
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    Well after nearly 3 years of ownership and numerous complaints resulting in modifications including the clutch damper even being bypassed with Hyundai Technical Alert. The latest HTA modified clutch damper removes the heavy clutch and low biting problem and clutch operation is now as easy as the new facelift i40 model. Gear change is still a little stiff but I don't get out of the car anymore with a limp after being stuck in heavy traffic. If your vehicle is less than 2 years old I would recommend getting this done before the clutch 2 year warranty expires.
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    Hi all had i40 tourer for around a year its a 2012 premium blue drive version as usual its been to the dealers a few times and as i type its there again .i will look to post a new thread in relevent spot,overall nice car but spoilt with inherant design flaws .cheers all, great site .sam
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    Well, the car has been in to the garage, and come out with a new clutch housing and seal. All done under warranty. Can't believe the difference, like a new car now! The brakes are still an issue, but there is no way they will get done under warranty, so I am looking in to getting them done elsewhere. We're not getting charged for the courtesy car either I am glad to say. All is well again! Thanks all for the advice and so on, much appreciated, Garry
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    Took the plunge on Saturday after an email from my dealer and bought a Moon Stone coloured Tucson SE Nav. Pre registered, 10 miles on the clock and a massive saving on list. Put my I40 in partex, shall miss that car as its grown on me
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    Yes, I think there comes a point when main dealer servicing becomes disproportionately expensive, relative to the inherent remaining value of the car so I agree with your decision. Mine remains under warranty till March 2017 but after months of indecision, I have just this morning put down a deposit on another car, somewhat sadly, not a Hyundai but a Kia this time. I have visited the local Hyundai dealer several times recently and I'm afraid they don't have any deals on any of the few models that interest me, sufficient to grab my attention. This time, I am having the Optima Sportswagon GT Line-S, which is more a toyshop on wheels than a serious driver's car. It should suit me though as it's the DCT auto and as I drive pretty leisurely, that's all I need. On a test drive, it felt very smooth but a little lethargic compared to the i40 but it was probably in Eco mode and I didn't try switching it around to explore the other settings. It seemed to ride a bit better than the i40 and it feels the way a new i40 should be but sadly isn't. Initially, I couldn't get a penny discount from any of the dealers I visited - 'It's a new model sir and we expect to sell every one we can get' - even 'Autoebid' failed to get any discount from their extensive list of contacts! Fortunately, 'Carwow' came up trumps in the end and I'm getting the car for 3K under list in round numbers. That eases my mind quite a bit as I think the list price is well over the top for that model and puts it into some premium territory. £30 VED and fuel consumption not substantially different to my i40 are major attractions for me plus the extensive safety kit and driver aids which help insurance premiums. The downside is that it comes only with an inflation kit, rather than a spare wheel, like many other cars these days. I did consider buying another wheel with tyre plus the tools but at £350, but decided to forego it, particularly as it cannot go into the wheel well which houses the HK subwoofer. Besides, by the time one pays to replenish the gunge used in re-inflating a tyre, (if successful) then paying for a new tyre because tyrefitters won't repair a gunged one, or two tyres if there is a need to ensure similar tread depth on both sides of the axle, the economics don't really stack up. The worst scenario is recovery by the RAC and a new tyre or two. Had there been room for the spare wheel in the underfloor compartment, I might well have bitten the bullet and paid the money. Anyway, as things stand, I don't expect to take delivery till Mid-November and I just hope it doesn't take longer than that - you know what it's like when you set your heart on something! As for the i40, £9450 part-ex really swung it for me as that's considerably more than other dealers were offering. They won't lose money on it as it'll sell for 10K easily with FSH, one owner and 29500 miles on it. All in all, I can't knock the i40 overall. Sure, the fuel figures are way off the advertised numbers and ride and handling fall a bit short of the best but reliability has been good. If Hyundai had upgraded the i40 in the way and to the level that Kia have managed with the Optima, I'd probably have remained with the brand. I have opted for the pre-paid servicing package of 5 services/5years for £609 (transferable) which seems very reasonable to me as the car still has 2-years warranty on the major components after the 5th service so should be easily sellable at that point. Whether I actually keep it that long is difficult to say but I baulked at the tax and fuel consumption of the SUV-type vehicles which have become so popular in recent times. Most of them don't have as much luggage space as an i40 Tourer/Kia Sportswagon too! Curiously, the Hyundai Tucson actually comes with a full-size alloy spare wheel which is something of a novelty these days. I was very tempted by the pre-reg, discounted, top-of-the-range auto model offered by my local dealer but I rejected the idea on the basis of high, on-going costs. Time will tell if I have made the right choice but a seriously bad winter could have me cursing myself for not choosing a 4WD vehicle this time round which was my plan at the outset....and the time before....and the time before that! Indalo
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    Hi DC 1) Remove key from fob 2) Using the flat tip of the key, place it firmly in the little gap between the two lugs about 3mm along from the rectangular hole into which the key fits. 3) Gently but firmly twist the key till you slightly prise apart the two halves of the case at the top. Then take a flat bladed screwdriver and very carefully open the gap around the more curved side of the fob until you have the two parts loosened but still in position. 4) Now, before you carefully remove one half from the other, the little key release button has a tiny spring behind it which will be lost if you are careless here so look out for that. 5) Once you have accomplished the separation, the battery compartment is self-evident but prise out the battery from the side without the little metal spring and don't lose that part. 6) The battery is one of the CR2032 type which are readily available in plenty of cheap shops. I'd advise paying a little extra for one with a name as some of the look-alike ones from China are really not very good. A card of assorted batteries from the 99p shop may seem like a bargain but I'd rather pay the price of a pint for a single CR2032 from any of the well-known brands as it's still a cheap item and will probably last 3 years easily. Re-assembly is, of course, a reversal of the strip-down and ends with a satisfying click when the case snaps together under gentle pressure. If you haven't already modified your key fob so the little release button sits flush with the surrounding case material, this would be a good opportunity to do it. I reckon the best way is to use a Dremel-type tool with a small cutting disc or alternatively, a grinding wheel to remove some of the length from the button. You can safely take it right down till it's flush and then the key and fob will no longer come apart accidentally. The tip of a pen or a pin will be required to press the button after that. Indalo
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    Here is the GDS diagram, in case you are having trouble getting the bumper off. Thanks, no1spaceman. i40 bumper.pdf
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    Check out the i40 forum Tony. Several contributors there have had major difficulties with dealers and Hyundai UK. Indalo
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    Hyundai UK pictures of Wellhouse's i800 camper.
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    Oil sampling kit ordered. Will keep you updated and post results when I get them
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    With http://www.theoillab.co.uk/downloads/ think I'm going to go for it... forewarned is forearmed...
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    Well above 45 mpg hasn't been seen as an average journey in the Premium . Bet they didn't replace the turbo that was beginning to get wrecked with diesel contaminated oil . All I have to say is.. And whilst in get them to paint the dam thing yellow !
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    It's a bit quiet in here , lol , too used to being spoilt by high volume forums you could ask and get a creditable answer in as little as 3 minutes . Dealer diagnostics clear and test drive confirm my 'characteristic' theory . Looking at a dyno plot it's basically got zero torque at low revs ( 1000rpm ) , it's got 100 lbft at 1500 rpm . There's only one way to fix this characteristic...
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    Well, he's right in one respect - about many Hyundai's pulling to the left; mine does, quite heavily, and have never been able to sort it out - dealer always refused to even look at it. Clearly not a safety feature, but more likely some sort of design issue I suspect.
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    This will be of interest to you Ken. puts to bed their safety claim. https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-pulls-right-or-left-when-driving-or-braking
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    Gazwould. I reckon your spot on. Good luck with whichever way you decide to go.
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    Car currently in having a new radiator under warranty. Thanks for the responses guys.
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    Surely it's a simple matter for a Hyundai dealer to re-programme your spare key? If that fixes it, it's probably worth a small charge. Having said that, it might be worth speaking to an auto electrician as I had a problem with the alarm system on my motorhome which I couldn't fix and the guy replaced the whole system with an up-to-date version of the same model for not a lot of money. Dedicated auto-electricians are pretty clued up on all these new-fangled things on cars that work by magic! Tom
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    "Due to the engine issue that increases the risk of a crash, according to safety regulators in those respective countries." "South Korea's transport ministry said on Friday metal debris in crankshafts could cause engine damage, leading to possible loss of motive power." This isn't a i40 problem and only a 2.0 and 2.4L petrol engine issue . They should be recalling the junk 1.7 crdi for the porous cylinder liners !
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    Lucky you've still got warranty. I can see alot of these Kia and Hyundai 1.7 crdi engines financially writing off the vehicle out of warranty . What poo poo they are....
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    That don't sound good Gareth. Think everyone apart from Hyundai the cause of that one. Just a pity Hyundai have buried its corporate head in the sand and haven't done any proactive recalls to prevent failure or even acknowledge that coolent/fuel getting into engine oil.
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    We've had our i40 Tourer Style (2012 model), since May 2013. Although we really like this car, we've had numerous issues with the vehicle - most of which have been rectified under the 5 year warranty (thank God!)... e.g. failed rear parking sensors, fuel filter issues, various internal electrical faults. However, today we learnt that after 3 years ownership that the recent loss of coolant is caused as a result of a cracked engine block and our dealership are applying to Hyundai UK for a replacement engine! Dealership state that many of the 2012 engines, built in India, are being found to have this problem. The coolant was replaced as part of the 60k service a few months ago. Two weeks ago the i40 went into 'limp home' mode when the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve) became defective, meaning the car had to be towed to the dealership. During the repairs, the coolant was found to be very low with no visible sign of any leaks. Coolant topped up and we were asked to return after a further 500-1000 miles, which we did today. Coolant levels have substantially dropped again and after a pressure test today they've confirmed a diagnosis today which reveals the dealership suspects the engine block is fractured and needs to be replaced. They are requesting a new block from Hyundai. This work will cost in excess of £5000 and take a weeks labour and inconvenience to us, but thankfully this is covered under the 5 year warranty. This is shocking news, but more essentially questions our confidence in the whole Hyundai brand. We'd love to get a new i40 one day, but after a whole catalogue of defects we've had rectified over the last 3 years and now this major engine defect - why should we? Also, how long has this engine block been defective? What impact has this had on the life of the car and it's efficiency and performance while we've owned it. We feel very let down by Hyundai, despite the faults being repaired under the warranty. The inconvenience has been irritating to say the least. A new engine we are told will not receive a new five year warranty and our 5 year standard warranty will still expire in March 2017.​ Hyundai are clearly aware of the many i40's that are being returned with this major defect in it's replacement engine blocks, so why haven't they informed owners and recalled these specific models at the very least for checks to be made? I'm very, very keen to learn about other i40 owners who have experienced similar problems and what response they've had from Hyundai UK if any. Rather than spending £5000 on replacing my four year old engine - will Hyundai give me £5000 off a new i40 in an attempt to reward my loyalty to their brand???
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    I bought it of Autotrader from Hyundai - Its just a annual service the car goes through via Hyundai - Il do the egr dpf after its had its service just to be safe lol
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    Another Ioniq owner, you're the second on the forum I think. Welcome!
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    Hi All, I have the same issue with dash. Dealer reluctant to remove the dash board and a partial remedy they placed two rubber wedges between the dash and windscreen. This has stopped the annoying rattle at speed however, I still experience (mainly when cold) dash creaking from both sides near A pillars. My warranty runs out this year. I have had so many issues with this car it's unbelievable to say the least.
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    I just purchased a 16 plate i20 Blue Drive Premium on 4th January. When I test drove it I didn't hear any creaking but this week it has developed the most annoying plastic creak from the dashboard as if it is loose or rubbing against something. I am going to take it in to be looked at but I am disheartened to read in every forum I can find that this seems to be a common problem now. I have owned a 2010 i20 Comfort for 6 years previous to this car. I didn't have a dashboard creak with that one. I had a windscreen rattle at speeds over 50 mph. I'll let you know if they solve it or what their remedial action was.
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    Is it from a main dealer ? If so presumably it's sold as an approved used , then you have the warrenty till its 5 yrs. i spend 13 hrs a day in mine and its as comfortable as they come. If it ticks your boxes !!!!
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    Well my 2013 plate because of the coolant lose issue had the bottom block replaced under warrenty. haveing said that I saw no evidence of any coolant lose at the time although main dealer said there was evidence of coolant in engine oil. I recieved new con rods and pistons at 30k so was kind of glad at the time.
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    There is no timing belt on i40s - it's chain-drive and I can't recall any problems being reported in these pages. Beyond a coolant-loss problem affecting very few early models, not too much goes wrong with the i40, relative to other brands. Oh, early models had parking sensors which proved problematic but later models seemed ok. Indalo
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    Yes mate. Not smart enough to put up a picture though. Message me a number or email address. Will send over
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    Hi Colin I've had a i40 Premium Auto diesel from new for just over four years. Automatic gear box (DCT with paddles on the steering wheel) has presented no problems whatsoever. I only cover about eight thousand miles per year and I've been getting about 40mpg. I do have eighteen inch wheels but this has not caused any discomfort. Only two problems over that period: the first a partial headlight failure replaced under warranty without quibble notwithstanding it was quite possibly due to me driving into very deep water (unseen - from a river overflow) at night at speed. The second has just occurred; the rear view camera is intermittent and again without quibble the dealer is collecting and delivering my car today for a replacement to be fitted. Overall I remain extremely satisfied with the car as a means of getting from A to B reasonably quickly, very comfortably, and with a large amount of luggage etc. I do intend to retain it beyond the five year warranty period. Like Indalo I've had a motor home until recently when, having reached eighty years of age, I sold it. However, I did own caravans for about fourteen years before and only towed with an auto gear box. I always had a high power to weight ratio cars (2.5l + engines with good torque - BMW, Range Rover, Audi Allroad). The critical thing is to stick to the recommended maximum 85% caravan/car weight ratio. If your caravan/i40 combination meets this criteria then you should be OK. I have towed at 95% ratio but this was very demanding in crosswinds especially when high sided lorries are in close proximity. Some automatic gearboxes do tend to get hot when towing and require and extra cooler to be fitted. Certainly I never found this to be a problem but I never towed with an i40 auto. Hope this is helpful Colin. By the way, delighted to see that Indalo still features on this site even though he has purchased a Kia.
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    Don't have the stop start abbs , You must of read me wrong in earlier reply. any other reading you welcome mate.
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    I shall beat you to the change of wheels then Graham as I'm off to Yorkshire, wherever that is, tomorrow to collect my new Kia Sportswagon. I'm a bit averse these days to going anywhere north of Watford but car dealers here in the south-east don't seem to need to talk discount and I don't like to hear stuff like, 'We expect to sell at list price every one of these we can get Sir!' I think your choice of the Tucson is interesting Graham as, while I like the appearance and size of it, I was a bit underwhelmed by some of the rest of the spec. For example, having become accustomed to an EPB on the i40, I discovered that to have it on the Tucson requires the purchase of the top-of-the-range automatic model and it isn't even an option in any other model. The only ones that interested me were the 4WD models and the fuel consumption isn't much better than on the Santa Fe plus the tax is huge. If I were content to have 2WD, I'd ignore the model and stick with the i40 which is more spacious and a lot better on fuel and tax too, I think. Each to his own, of course and I can certainly understand that there comes a point when we all just feel like a change and that's where I'm at. As for the Warranty differences between Kia and Hyundai, for me, the Hyundai one is better with the 5-years RAC breakdown and recovery as opposed to just one year with Kia, although theirs includes European travel with the same rescue and recovery as in the UK. Evidently, they have a deal with the RAC whereby customers can purchase the continuation of that policy for something like £80 per annum - that doesn't sound like a great bargain to me but I haven't checked out the competition. I shall return here at some point and comment on how I find Kia's estate version of their large saloon compares with the sister i40 model. They seem to have constantly evolved the Optima while Hyundai has rather neglected the i40 range with only a mild facelift in 2014 the only change of any note since its inception in 2011. Anyway Graham, I hope the Tucson suits you and lives up to your expectations. Should we experience a bad winter this time round, I may well regret not purchasing 4WD, something I have intended to do for a long time. If your Tucson is 4WD, you will benefit in such a circumstance, indeed, even if it's only 2WD, the bigger, chunkier tyres and tread pattern will probably prove useful. Regards, Indalo
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    Best of luck with the Tucson, Graham. I did look again at the Hyundai range a few weeks ago but in the end, decided to go for the new Kia Optima estate car. All things being equal, I should collect that later this week or next week at the latest - awaiting a phone call right now. The first few weeks should determine whether or not I like it enough to keep long-term or not. If I'm not happy with it, I shall take the hit and trade it for something else. It was ok on a short test drive but the every day experience isn't necessarily the same thing! I shall continue to look in on these pages to see what other early i40 adopters do for their next car. I know quite a few have slipped away from the brand but some others are long-term owners and still post the odd comment occasionally. Indalo
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    Hi Gareth, Ain't heard from you for a while!! Yeah I have had my dealer play exemption card do to limited warranty items as written in the T&C. The service manger seamed to enjoy pointing out the small print. However I always get a report or receipt even if zero charge for such events. Dealer refused my last warranty claim but Hyundai authorised the work to be done under warranty when I challenged the decision due to the records I was able to produce as it is then for them to prove it wasn't an inherent fault. I have 18 months until mine is 5 so I've decided I'm going to keep until then but unlike you I still need a load lugger so hopefully something will grab my attention before then
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    Be careful Andy and take a look at the small print. Mine is at 125k and the dealer is starting to highlight things that are only covered to 60k. Wheel bearings, suspension, big ends, etc. Annoying as they tell me I have a suspension issue at the rear, but it seems like it always has, and like I've always complained about since I got it so, who knows... I've made my final payment now but I've no idea what to do next. Nothing in the big wide world grabs my attention. The Kias are nicely styled though and, even though the warranty is limited to 100k there appears far fewer limitations. I've no such need for as big a car now, so will likely move down a level. What I would like is something that isn't boring white, grey, silver or black. Quite fancy a 'tangarine scream' focus ST or rallye green skoda rapid fastback! But, I have 13 months until mine is 5,so i guess I'll bide my time and eye what comes up... Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
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    Westkent, I take it that they played the limited 100k warranty taxi card then? I went for the Hyundai for the unlimited mileage warranty as I don't meet any of there exceptions. Indalo I too was in my local Kia dealership only yesterday looking to go for the Optima. I came across exactly the same stance as you did as they were not willing to negotiate a deal even for cold hard cash no PX. They were only interested in the option to purchase plans stating that I could get a £1500 discount purchasing that way making 3 payments then paying the balance off. Their lack of interest in negotiations lead me to do a little research into the business model of the group and it appears that the Kia side of the brand is being marketed to the younger customer who are more likely to look at monthly repayments rather than cost of ownership. The Hyundai side of the brand is being marketed more towards the fleet driver headed by Alber Biemann with a new N spec level being introduced. Time will tell but as a fleet driver on a PPM basis, performance and warranty claim issues will need to be addressed to tempt me to buy again. Hyundai have been good to date with warranty work but it's the shear inconvenience and having to restructure my dairy due to silly little warranty jobs being done time after time such as parking sensors. So it appears you did well to get a deal from CARWOW. I hope your car arrives soon and that you come back and visit the forum now and again to keep us updated. Looks like this place is going to get a little more quieter after November then ?? Andy
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    Yeah, I'll have a play and see if it changes anything. I nearly always hear it when I'm stationary (either just started / at lights), but of course it's going to be easier to hear in those circumstances. Little annoyed to be honest - there are a few little niggles like that which are obvious - Hyundai picked the car up from me for its service, so they can't have not noticed some of these things themselves - but did pay enough attention to point out that my brakes 'probably' need replacing and the pollen filter was 'getting a little dirty' Still, now I'm back up to date with the servicing, might be able to get them to have a proper look at some of them
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    Understood Westkent and I hope you don't need to rely on Hyundai in that way. Changing the subject somewhat, I have spent the last few months chewing over which car to buy next. Cutting a long story short, I really don't know what to replace the i40 with....and I haven't completely ruled out another! At the moment, I'm waiting on a call from the local Kia chappie who's going to provide me with a test-drive in the the new Optima Estate as soon as one lands on his forecourt, probably mid-September. Aside from that, I really liked the Subaru Outback diesel with the CVT and 'Eyesight' kit. It's a bit juicy, expensive to tax but cheap to insure - much better to drive than the motoring journos would have you believe. I honestly think that some of them haven't actually driven one because the CVT mods that Subaru have applied transform the way it operates compared to Toyota, Nissan and Lexus models. They still talk about it producing screaming revs under load and that really isn't the case any longer. In any event, why would you want to drive a Subaru AWD like that? The Audi and Merc dealers have pretty well pissed me off with their attitude, (not for the first time), so I'm inclined to stick with the long-warranty brands, Hyu/Kia/Mitsu/Suba/Toyo and even the 4yrs of Renault. 'After all sir, it is a Mercedes!' doesn't really cut it these days. I have even considered Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Volvo and Skoda but I'm in no rush. I'll probably get fed up in the end and just something on a whim but I'm doing nothing till I have driven the Kia. As I'm older and less flexible these days, getting into and exiting a car is a little more important than it used to be. In that regard, the Subaru Outback is excellent; no climbing up or ducking down - it really is easy access and egress but Top Gear wouldn't think to tell us that! My biggest disappointment recently has been the Tucson which is beautiful to look at, (as SUVs go), but really poorly finished inside with lots of brittle plastics and an uninspiring dashboard. Also, the electronic parking brake we have all become familiar with is only available on the very top-of-the-range auto model and not on the manual - weird! Toyota have built an equally uninspiring dashboard and facia into their RAV4 model which I find really off-putting. If it wasn't for the fact that I suspect Hyundai will bring out a new i40 soon, I could be tempted into the present model, (top-of-the-range) but I hate being caught on the cusp when suddenly, your new car is the old model! I like the fact that they have actually provided bi-Xenon headlamps with the vision pack now where previously it was only projection lamps on high beam which were awful. Any suggestions gratefully received in case I'm missing out on any real gems. Regards, Indalo
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    Gareth, maybe you need to brush up on your reversing mate.
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    Just read through the entire thread, whilst I have had most of the listed faults, there is one for which there are only two very brief mentions, the rear suspension. Mine started with a banging noise from the rear, usually when going over medium to large holes. On investigating underneath, I found that the lower arm to hub fixing has two metal discs, roughly 60mm in diameter and around 10/12mm thick. Hyundai call these dampers, it was one of these that had detached and was banging around on the shaft. When booked in for repair under warranty, the dealer said that it was a recall (only if the customer complains) and they replaced both sides lower arms, bushes and fixings. Most of the rear suspension in fact.
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    Thanks Hyundai72 ... yet according to Hyundai Customer Services I am the only one to have complained about the i40! They will not look at this forum, because Internet forums do not matter to them ha ha idiots! I have told them and the dealer - Burrows - that I will never touch the dealer again and will never ever buy Hyundai ever again. I paid for the 3 year service plan, the G3 paint protection as my long term committment ... and they have offered nothing. Yes, there is a five year warranty, but does that include refunds for the amount of wasted time, fuel costs ... no... and one day that warranty will run out. I am delighted to have stopped others buying Hyundai and the i40, because the headaches the car brings is just not worth it. Recently on 'Undercover Boss', which I do not think showed them in great light. Their marketing statements about the car are factually bordering on sheer lies ... perhaps a new show can be created for Hyundai UK to 'Car owning nightmare' - would be delighted to speak with Tony Whitehorn or Nick Tunnell about this, but appears they do not have to speak to their customers! Take these statements from Hyundai regarding the i40 "It all flows perfectly" "Smart efficient engines" "Refined interior with premium levels of comfort" "New thinking, new possibilities" "Cost savings efficencies" "Refinement & comfort" "Inner serenity" ... "Premium quality surfaces to fine seat fabrics" None of these are correct at all ... inner serenity ... this car is driving me insane! It is the first one I have had with any problems, and the service offered is worse than the build quality and quality controls Hyundai clearly use!
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    Hi all. I've now had my i40 a year now as a Taxi and have put 45,000 miles on it. Probably one of the higher mileage i40's on this forum so thought id share my experience... I've been over the moon with this car it has proven to be utterly reliable so far the only thing that has gone wrong is the leather has pealed off the steering wheel. replaced under warranty no problem. The car actually feels and drives like a luxury car, although i do think the suspension is a little soft and their is some body roll around the roundabouts. one thing i have noticed if is the interior is aging a little faster than id like but that seems to be true of korean cars in general Tyres last around 22,000 miles. all in all lovely car and a perfect example of just how far Hyundai have come in the last 3 years. Car has gave me no problems and drives as good as it did when i took it from the show room last January. One word of warning (or perhaps i'm just being paranoide) Hyundai recommend servicing every 20,000 miles i think that it a tad too long. I change the Oil & filter every 10,000 and follow up with a full service at 20k. This keeps the chain happy, keeps fuel economy up, and lessons any chance of contamination.
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    Hello there. New to this site but owned my i40 for 6 months. This is my first Hyundai as previously have always had VWs or Skodas. My last car was a Skoda Octavia vRS diesel which I had owned from new for nearly 5 years. I had had no problems with this car (apart from being burgled by someone trying to steal it) but now have a longer commute to work so wanted something more comfortable. When my fiance changed her car last year I managed to find her a pre-reg i30 diesel comfort with over £5k off the list price. She just wanted a 5 door hatchback with a diesel engine. We have been so impressed by the car I intended to buy one in premium spec for myself. However that all changed when I got to the dealership! When I walked into the showroom back in January, it was the week that the i40 saloon was launched in the UK. Inside sat an i40 saloon in black and I fell in love with its shape. I walked away to think about it and returned in March having been swayed back to the i30, but the new version. The dealer gave me the keys to the new i30 in style trim so that I could have a look around, but while I looked around it and sat in it my eyes kept being drawn to the i40 saloon sat next to it on the forecourt. I said this to the dealer and he said he would do a deal on the i40. The car was their demonstrator with only 60 miles on the clock and he would knock nearly £4K off the list price of a new one. I took it for a test drive and loved it and became the proud owner of an i40 CRDi Style in titanium silver. Compared to my Octavia the i40 is no ball of fire, but then again that is not what I bought the car for. It is a great cruiser and really comfortable. The equipment levels for the price are exceptionable. If I wanted an Octavia or Superb with the same level of kit I would be a few grand lighter. I also love the way the car looks and like to drive something different from the norm. In the 6 months I have owned it I have only seen 2 other i40 saloons on the road. Its surprising you dont see more of them considering what you get for your money and the positive reviews from the motoring press. My only negatives so far is that the steering is a bit light (something that has come up in other reviews of the car), the boot hinges intrude quite a bit, the lack of accessories for it and the fuel economy has been average at around 50mpg. I recently fitted a K&N air filter which has improved the mpg by about 3-5 mpg. The car has done 9200 miles so far so it might get better as the miles pile on. I used to notice that the mpg would increase on the VWs and Skodas I had after about 30,000 miles, so time will tell. Otherwise I am really pleased with the car and really really pleased Ive found this forum!
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    Well I have now had this i40 close to 5 months and 6000 miles. The issues so far have been this: 1. Faulty front parking sensor. 2. Scratched glass on front drivers side window. 3. Condensation and 3 inches of water in the rear drivers side light cluster. 4. Condensation in the drivers side indicator lens mounted on wing mirror. 5. Luggage net not retracting. 6. Broken silver clips in the boot. 7. Stone chip on front of boot now beginning to rust. 8. Leather on steering wheel peeling off. The sensors have been fixed as has the drivers side window. The light cluster and the indicator lens have been replaced. The luggage net has been replaced. Absolutely no problems at all with the dealer. I have had the steering wheel photographed in the last week and this problem will be dealt with under warranty. I am just waiting for the part. Once the part arrives and I have a date to have it replaced I will bring the rust and the broken clips to their attention. Given the small problems I have had with this vehicle you would think that I would be unhappy with the vehicle but not at all. It is still a wonderful car to drive and I get a real enjoyment from it. I am currently averaging 64mpg with 73mpg on long runs. The problems I have had have been dealt with speedily and professionally by the dealer. Still no regrets at all with the purchase of this vehicle. M...
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