Of course Hyundai – the car company – is not in meltdown. But back in December I wondered should I be thrilled when I found that a part of my Hyundai Grandeur had melted and was having a very adverse effect on the acceleration.
It’s been so bad that our normally very responsive car has turned into something rather sluggish and finding a replacement took some time – our mechanic is great with motors but maybe not so good at remembering that he’s supposed to be tracking down a rather rare part.
But finally he did and late last week he came back to us with a price – $1,000 for a part about the size of a matchbox. You’ll see it in this photo.
Now even though that little solenoid is actually attached to the small silver bit by two bolts – and the small silver bit is attached to the manifold by three more bolts – the local Hyundai dealer claims that to replace it we’ve got to buy the whole manifold assembly … for $1,000.
To be honest we’ve not had a good experience with our local Hyundai dealer over the years and we weren’t surprised to be given a price like that. So now we’re trying wreckers and other Hyundai dealers because … well … do you have a thousand bucks to spend on a solenoid that needs to be replaced because the original one melted?