How many miles is too many?
Ok, I am going through the car buying process for the first time EVER! I have fallen in love with the Hyundai Tucson and have found 2 that I am considering. My biggest problem is they both seem to have high mileage. Can I feel confident taking the chance or would it be a huge mistake?
1. 2012 Hyundai Tucson GLS - $9,995 - 90,580 miles - no bells or whistles, 2 owners, well maintained, no accidents
2. 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited Edition - $13,849 - 114,373 miles - many bells and whistles, 1 owner, well maintained, minor accident (hit animal)
The only way Hyundai can sell a new car is with an exaggerated warranty. Repair problems under warranty become repair nightmares afterward. At least with the 2016 you have 3 years left on full coverage and 8 years left on the drivetrain. But you say "many bells and whistles." And this is only 2 years old car..... You'll remember your first car for the rest of your life. PLEASE, look to Toyota, Honda, Mazda. They will serve you longer and better.
Check Consumer Reports before you take the word of a random person online. These are real owners and mechanics giving real opinions of these vehicles. Generally I personally consider any vehicle that you are unable to get at least 200k miles out of without a rebuild, a waste. The Hyundai Tucson and Honda CRV have been neck and neck for dependability for many years. consumer confidence in the Tucson is generally 4.8/5 while the CRV is 4.6/5. The Toyota Rav4 is at a consumer confidence level of about 4.4/5. Having owned multiple Toyotas, Hondas, Chevrolet's, Ford's, and Acura's during my 23 years driving and as a mechanic, I can tell you that there is no bullet-proof brand. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai are my go-to for dependability. I loved my Tacoma, my Civic and my two Tiburons. Never once did the check engine light come on for any of them. You should check to see though what the annual maintenance cost of any vehicle you purchase is. I can tell you I spent more money on my Bronco, F-150 and Camaro than I did on any of my other vehicles. In conclusion, Hyundai is a very respectable brand and finding a low mileage (75k or lower) might be better for you. It sounds like they are asking quite a bit for the mileage and accident (no matter how minor they try to explain it away). I would recommend the AWD model over a FWD model as it usually only costs about $1k more for that set up.
Do you realize that this question was asked SIX months ago? Timely..... Random opinions on this site are not from robots. For those with ratings like mine, they're from people who've experienced these problems and fixed them. As for Consumer Reports, they present statistics that they "say" are from real people, and they are swayed principally by dollars. If a car is ten bucks cheaper than another, it gets much better ratings. Believe commercial ratings if you want, but there are so many dire problems reported here on Hyundai, Kia, Fiat, Chrysler, and Mini, that In my random opinion, nobody should be buying them.
Problems have to be seen somewhere. It's when things go right that you never hear about them. I've seen more Ford's, Dodge's, GM, and Mitsubishi vehicles in my time as a mechanic than I did most other imports. Despite the time of the post, it is still searchable and people will look to the answers for advice. I'd rather give an objectionable opinion and a source rather than shooting people down, which is what you are doing. Consumer Reports itself is a very highly recommended source for buyers to research purchases prior to making them.
Well i now have 315,000 miles on mine and i bought it with only 20 some miles on it. Its a 2011 with all the bells and whistles. Last year and half, ive had to replace the alternator, than the AC compressor and than the AC blower. That's not bad considering the miles i put on it. However the one thing i havent liked from the beginning was the back up camera. The sun reflects on screen and it only helped when sun wasn't shining. I am looking now for another vehicle simply bc i worry about having so many miles but its still going and i still feel safe going miles and hours away from home. Only other vehicle i put lots of miles on was a toyota sienna. I got it to 288, 000 before i traded it in. I bought it used but it did good for many years for me.
I have 217,000 miles on my 2005 Tucson. It's a manual transmission with no bells and not a single whistle. But it has been a great car, minimal problems, easy to work on (when I have the time), and still gets 26-28mpg. If it ever gives out before I do (and that is looking less and less likely), I would absolutely get another one (after checking Consumer Reports, of course!).