Hyundai Terracan Reviews

2003 Hyundai Terracan JX290 2.9 CRDI from Costa Rica

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.9 CRDI Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired166000 miles
Most recent distance199000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

Perfect for me in Costa Rica

Faults:

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.

2001 Hyundai Terracan 2.5 TDI turbo diesel from Brunei

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 TDI turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired330000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres

Summary:

Capable 4x4

Faults:

Turbo housing cracked - turbo overhauled and housing replaced with beefier spec (known problem).

Injectors worn - replaced.

Injector pump weak - replaced.

Modified EGR system.

General Comments:

My first diesel 4x4, quite happy with it for a 10 year old truck. Drives very tight with 350k kms on it, but had been regularly serviced by the previous owner.

Interior on this spec is a dark fabric; would be better in a lighter colour, but very comfortable. Personally don't want the 2 rear kiddie seats as they take up too much space, even folded up, but they are a pain to remove.

Vehicle is a little under powered, which is probably why they introduced the 2.9 TDI, but for daily drives it has enough go for me.

Only been 4x4 a few times, and no issues; transmission engaged and disengaged OK, and I got mine out of the goo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2011

2004 Hyundai Terracan Turbo Diesel 2.9 turbo diesel from South Korea

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.9 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carLexus LX470

Summary:

It is recommended, but unfortunately they don't make it any more

Faults:

Interior center console cover lock is broken. The cover dangles there, but fortunately it opens and closes vertically, so it is not so noticeable.

Alternator gone out and killed the battery at about 100,000 km.. which is kind of expected.

General Comments:

It is a very reliable and economical car.

No major defect of any kind. Just put the diesel fuel in, it will go.

With only highway driving, I can get closely to 950 km (590 mile) with full tank 75L + 80L more to fill to the brim. Amazing mileage. At first, I thought I was driving a hybrid SUV.. not diesel SUV..

Handling is a bit not too responsive. It feels like I had to turn the steering wheel more to get the same turning angles. It gets very tiring steering when you are trying to park the car in a small space. Especially with its age, the power steering is getting weaker and thus it requires more physical power to manipulate the vehicle.

Suspension is terrible. It really feels like you are driving a farm truck. Riding comfort, especially when you are not on a paved road, is very very low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2009

31st Aug 2009, 08:43

Ask yourself why they don't make them anymore - they were rubbish to start with, and you couldn't get a dealer to take one PX.

I think that says it all.

2002 Hyundai Terracan from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Suggestion to all Hyunda Terracan owners - please ask your garage mechanic - to check your brake hoses at each service.

Just had the experience of a hose swelling and blowing - lucky it was only in the driveway.

General Comments:

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

Pity they do not have a dual cab, as I use this vehicle - for farm work in the paddocks, chasing cattle and sheep, and also as the family car each day, driving into the city.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 12 reviews