2008 Hyundai i30 SX from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

6th May 2009, 21:51

The i30 has now done 15,000 kms.

I do mainly highway kms, with quite a few hills, and usually get over 1,100 kms before the light comes on, 1,236 kms last tank, 4.9 l/100kms.

The tank actually holds over 60 litres if you have the patience to fill it right to the top.

The only problem has been the diesel filter light coming on, possibly water in the filter from a bad batch of fuel.

I still love it, and visitors are always impressed, especially with how roomy the back is.

1st Aug 2009, 01:09

The car has now done 20,000 kms.

Apart from the fuel filter light (bad batch of diesel) which cost me $50 to fix, which is not Hyundai's fault, my only complaint is that the clock runs fast.

I would upgrade to the i30 wagon if they had a manual, just for the extra space.

Still the best car I ever bought.

24th Aug 2009, 14:55

I driven this model for a few times and I'm totally impressed. It's got an easy clutch and much more usable torque than other small cars and even 1.8L sedans that I've ever driven. I thought it was a 2L model when I drove it.

The console looks quality, it'd be much better if they'd come with the leather gear knob & steering wheel at such a price. The driver's seat could even pump upward for the shortest driver in the world. I actually know a girl who need to sit on a cushion when she's driving an Echo; I don't know if any other driver would encounter such problem, but this feature makes the i30 a more sensible choice for this group of people.

With such fuel economy, it's an unbeatable option on my list, but the problem for me is it's still very rare to see 2nd hand i30 on the market. Even if there's one, it's still about the price of a brand new i30. And I cannot afford that at the moment.

Please keep this review updated! I appreciate that.

19th Mar 2010, 05:45

Can any one please tell me 'from whence cometh' i.e. the technology source/origin of the Hyundai i30 diesel engine? Is it sourced from the excellent PSA Group (Peugeot-Citroen), which is proliferated in many cars including Ford, Mazda, Jaguar, Landrover (Freelander, Range Rover, Discovery) etc? Thanks

24th Mar 2010, 06:33

It's a fun car - manual diesel. BUT that economy of 4.7 is a mystery to me. Average is about 7l/100, still an economical vehicle to run, but that is almost 50% more than what they claim.

Secondly the problem; all I30 manual diesels have (according to the mechanic), which is normal and as yet no fix, and that is the back flow dampers turbo, or something in the fuel system, is slow to respond. ie foot off the accelerator, and while there is momentum, the revs will not drop to idle - the car will keep driving ie you cannot stall the car. Actually you can from a standing start up hill drive the car from 1st to 5th without touching the accelerator, and the car will pick up speed. This I'm told is normal, and they all do it - it's actually a pain in the rectum, because it will not slow down enough without applying the brakes.

Has any body else experienced this, if so let me know. Love the car, but if this cant be fixed, I will be disappointed - the mechanic said their vehicle does it as well, and that Hyundai haven't got a fix for it. It came in at 400km.

7th Apr 2010, 12:06

It's called "fly by wire", look it up! Cars have brakes for a reason... Use them.

7th Apr 2010, 15:19

Bit sarcastic above...

Nothing to do with drive by wire if you read the comment properly, it sounds like a sensor is malfunctioning and the idle speed is not dropping back on over-run.

This will probably be a simple dealer software update. Check with Hyundai technical or insist the supplying dealer sorts it.

Unlikely, but may be to do with emission control or DPF cycle (if fitted). Worth checking out - likely an update or sensor change will cure this.

Good luck.

20th Apr 2010, 00:24

Yep, I have the same problem with my i30 diesel. When you take your foot off the accelerator at low revs, the car speeds up. Usually tops out at about 1500 RPM.

As for the guy who's getting bad fuel economy. I'm averaging between 5-6 litres per 100km, with a mix of city/hwy. Can get into the low 4's down the freeway. Air con seems to raise this by about 1 litre per km.

18th May 2010, 13:48

The 1.6 L CRDI U-engine, code D4FB, is manufactured by Hyundai itself, while the 2.0 L CRDI as mentioned above is a VM Motori engine. All petrol engines are Hyundai sourced, however.

11th Dec 2010, 05:40

Update, the car has now done 44,000 kms. Still no problems.

I got a refund for the fuel filter, because on the last service, they said it was a faulty warning light, so it was unnecessarily replaced.

So no money spent on it yet, except servicing every 15,000 kms, due in a few weeks.

Tyres could last until 60,000 kms.

24th Oct 2013, 07:59

Original poster.

Have done over 75,000 km in five years, so now out of warranty.

LHS front window was sticking, now fixed under warranty, took a while to get the part.

Clock runs fast.

Great car, will be selling it to get a bigger wagon.

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