2003 Hyundai Terracan JX290 2.9 CRDI


Perfect for me in Costa Rica


All of the 3 fuse/relay boxes are labeled in Korean, & the owner's manual is like buying a Ferrari. Yet I figure things out, do not see a mechanic except for service, and have never owned a more perfect car. I hope to drive this car for the rest of my life.

General Comments:

The electronics are overly-complicated, and I made REAL leather seats -- which I love.

I get 14 km/liter & use 4WD almost daily. This car has saved my butt many times, handles like a sports car and hauls anything. Rides like a truck -- which it is.

After 10 years, everything works! Can't say that about many cars.

It is tough on batteries, and I connect a charger at night, plus I use a battery with double the recommended capacity.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2013

13th Jan 2014, 15:31

I am in Costa Rica and need an alternator belt for a 2004 Hyundai Terracan. The one I had was shredded and I'm unable to find the number on the belt I need... Help.

Thanks, Sue Johnson.

5th Jun 2015, 09:19

I thought I had written this. Live in CR, have a 2003 Terracan, & always felt as you do. However now the car in in the shop for a second time after failing emissions tests & paying a $3000 repair bill. Looks like the injectors were ruined by bad fuel.

2005 Hyundai Terracan CRDi 2.9 turbo diesel


This is a good, reliable vehicle at a good price


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

I bought this new 2006 Terracan with a 2.9 liter diesel engine and automatic transmission in 2005. It now has 20,000 km on it and so far it has been perfect. Other than oil changes and tire rotations, it has required no service.

Performance has been totally satisfactory for my use in rural Costa Rica. The ride is a bit harsh on our very bumpy road, but on decent pavement and at highway speed it is just fine.

The diesel engine is giving us 18 - 21 miles per gallon. It starts immediately in this warm climate and provides all the power we can use.

The transmission is smooth. Shifts are almost imperceptible.

The car came with seating for seven, but the two seats in what is really the rear cargo compartment are not fit for anyone, but small children. They are more of a nuisance than an asset. We removed them for good in the first week of ownership.

Steering is the best I have ever experienced. Not only is the mechanism tight and predictable, but the tilt wheel position is comfortable and still allows the instrument panel to be visible.

Suspension and brakes have left nothing to be desired.

The "fold-up/fold-down" second row seats fold against the back of the front seats. That leaves a large cargo area, but compared to other SUVs, it is primitive. The seats should fold flat into the floor which would leave still more cargo space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2006

17th Oct 2009, 01:14

Ummmm! Mate 18-21 miles per gallon is the same as a Mercedes S600 in consumption. Maybe you meant 18- 21 litres per 100km. Cheers.

5th Oct 2012, 08:26

18-21 l/100km would be very, very poor consumption.

18-21 MPG is also poor, but not as bad.

2005 Hyundai Terracan 2.9 TDI


Extreme power on plastic


Broken power steering pump at about 150 km, probably my fault due to excessive off road testing (I was really exited to drive my brand new car and I drove it carelessly trying to reach its limit). Dealer replaced it with no questions, but delayed for about 2 weeks.

Nothing else has really bothered me since then.

Generally the all made plastic design lacks strength and off road requirements.

General Comments:

Its 2.9 TDI engine is full of never ending power! It has 160 Hp and its acceleration is impressive considering it is a diesel truck. I once drove it up to 180 km/h at the highway with absolutely no trouble. Again its capability as a off road vehicle are considerably good, its engine and suspension are really reliable, but it has excessive plastic made parts dedicated to protection (compared to my old Mitsubishi Montero 91 TDI the Terracan is left behind in the off road comparison).

It is very comfortable to drive and engine noises are not noticed until reached 140 km/h. Also it is designed for 7 passengers and comfort is remarkable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th June, 2006