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Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - USED CAR WITH GRAHAM SMITH: HYUNDAI iMAX -

cup hold­ers and door pock­ets among many use­ful items.

There was just the one model, in which con­trols were well placed for easy use,

high seat­ing po­si­tion gave a good view of road.

Im­por­tantly with a ve­hi­cle like the iMax, the mir­rors gave

driver vi­sion to sides and rear, and rear sen­sors aided park­ing.

Its 2.4-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine with 124kW ad­mirable per­for­mance for such a large ve­hi­cle the 2.5-litre turbo diesel coun­ter­part was econ­omy pick.

The trans­mis­sion with 2.4 four-speed auto but the turned a more use­ful five-speed auto. Diesel buy­ers could also or­der five-speed man­ual but few did.

On road the iMax was easy to drive, it han­dled and braked well — seemed to shrink more you drove it be­came ac­cus­tomed its bulk.

NOW

Most iMax own­ers say they are happy with their ve­hi­cles. All we spoke to had large fam­i­lies, and they were unan­i­mous in praise of the cabin space many sur­prised at per­for­mance han­dling of such a big ve­hi­cle.

It’s not all good news, how­ever, as diesel en­gine is prone to prob­lems with the tur­bocharger that can lead to an ex­pen­sive melt­down.

There are also re­ports of in­ter­mit­tent elec­tri­cal

plagu­ing some cars. They’re hard for me­chan­ics track down and fix and can prove frus­trat­ing to own­ers af­fected ve­hi­cles.

Sched­uled ser­vic­ing is every 12 months/15,000km. Stick­ing to the sched­ule re­ally im­por­tant with diesels given po­ten­tial turbo is­sues.

Chang­ing oil as rec­om­mended is the most

thing you can do to keep your car in good health and it’s even more cru­cial with the diesel iMax.

If you find some ser­vices have been de­layed or skipped al­to­gether, walk away, it’s not worth risk of tak­ing on a ve­hi­cle that has ne­glected.

Most peo­ple chose the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, so you won’t find many man­u­als out there on mar­ket.

If you are con­sid­er­ing a man­ual be aware that clutch life isn’t great and you

could be fac­ing a re­place­ment at 75,000km in­ter­vals.

Petrol ex­am­ples were re­called in 2010 for prob­lem with the throt­tle ca­ble that could af­fect drive­abil­ity.

Other faults have been cause re­work are brake lights that stop work­ing, ex­ces­sive play in the steer­ing and leaks from rear washer reservoir.

Check with a Hyundai dealer to see whether the ve­hi­cle is af­fected make sure the work has been done.

OWN­ERS SAY

Richard Sav­age I love my iMax. It has ex­cel­lent cabin space for eight plus lug­gage and feels like a car to drive. Eric Scott use iMax as a mo­bile of­fice, mostly in city traf­fic, and it’s great. It drives well, is easy ma­noeu­vre, com­fort­able cheap to run. I’ve had no prob­lems with it. So­phie El­lis The space is great and it goes well. My only com­plaint is the driver’s seat, which I find un­com­fort­able. Re­nae Car­ring­ton Our iMax has given us ser­vice over five years. It’s done 150,000km and we’re very happy with it. I like the power the econ­omy; our only prob­lem has been a failed air­con­di­tion­ing com­pres­sor, which was re­placed un­der war­ranty.

SMITHY SAYS

It’s big but it’s a beauty if you’ve got large fam­ily to shift.

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