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a successful learner…… loves learning…… seeks challenges…… values effort…… persists in the face of obstacles

All content copyright Willem Winch or otherwise credited.

Reliability & Performance

…no doubt, the Terracan is a reliable car. The issues I experienced with my Terracan where mainly related to poor performance of Hyundai dealerships and it took me quite a while to find one that does the services according to the service passport.

The CRDi version, with automatic gearbox  and some extras - Thule roof bars, mats, etc.  - was sold for approx. AU$ 40,000  6.5 years ago, which was an attractive price for a 4WD. A comparable Prado was at least AU$ 20,000 more.

Now, after over 160,000 km and 6.5 years later I can say that is was an excellent buy. During the warranty (5 years - 130,000 km!) Hyundai replaced:

Terracan reliability & performance
Click the pics to increase them for details;

Over 160,000 km later the decision for the CRDi / diesel version also paid off.

I achieve 10-11 liters/100 km average for my Terracan - with a light foot, no roof rack, car not fully loaded; without the lift and the less aerodynamic winch bullbar the consumption would be below the 10 liter mark.

On a recent trip towing the CT and with a loaded roof rack, 2 adults and 2 kids with a full boot, I averaged 14.3 liters/100 km.

The petrol engine would have used at least 3 liters more - I guess a quite conservative assumption; that’s - at least! - ca. 5,000 liters more over the 160,000 km. And beside the obvious savings - as far as I remember the petrol version was  approx. AU$ 4,000 cheaper - I also prefer the torque of the diesel at lower revs and when offroad and / or towing.

And of course I appreciate the significant higher mileage I get from one tank of diesel! Both versions - diesel and petrol have the same tank size with 75 liter capacity.

Potential Issues

Based on my own experience I still believe, that most of the dramas other Terracan owners encountered were mainly caused by poor services, lack of technical understanding, but also due to poor fuel quality that ended the life of many HP fuel pumps.

Here a list of issues encountered by some unfortunate Terracan owners:

Considering the high costs for an aftermarket long range tank (over AU$ 1,200), IMO there is not much gain in saving money for a petrol version in the first place and spending a significant amount of the savings later for adding an auxiliary tank or long range replacement tank.

If I really need to carry more fuel I use 2 x 20 liter jerry cans.

I’m confident that sticking to my “dos” and “don’ts” should get me another 160,000 km and / or 6 years life span out of my Terracan, and with spare parts relative cheap and easy to source from Korea it looks like I will hold on to my Terracan for quite some time…

and that’s it …all the work was done during scheduled service appointments without any additional cost for me.

IMO this is not bad for a 4WD that gets taken offroad from time to time - have a look at the pics…

I had to replace the idler arm again in the meanwhile after 130,000 km, but for approx. US$ 55 plus shipping directly from Korea it is not a big deal.

It took me some time to recognize that the 2 Hyundai dealerships I chose for the first services showed a very poor performance, but from then I checked all the work done by third parties very carefully and added also some personal TLC.  

Pirsig’s adopted classical approach wrt maintenance might also have helped to achieve some astonishing results:

…but also when working, the genuine one is relative inaccurate, hence not very useful - get a ScanGaugeII for precise temperature reading;

It doesn’t require a total new alternator - spare part is available from Korea for ca. US$ 50 plus shipping;

A seizing slip joint of the rear propeller shaft due to lack of greasing might have also contributed to vibrations or even LSD failures.

If indeed the diaphragm is damaged a spare can be order for ca. US$ 55 plus shipping from Korea;


from Hyundai Brochure Part No. HP1204S:

Technical Specification

Features & Dimensions

p. issued: 15-12-2012  -  last update: 03-02-2013
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