Old style 4x4
Added: 3rd of July 2017
Highly underrated, superb towing vehicle & although it takes a while to get used to its looks, underneath is an old fashioned solid ladder chassis. Road manners are civilised, if a little wallowy, but that's the trade off for respectable off road performance. Had my terracan for 18 months now & I love it. Not that it's been plain sailing, mechanically, but I do all my own work so no big deal. The achilles heel of this engine did strike me..... High pressure fuel pump wore out & broke up, sending metal particles through the fuel system to the injectors. My car was always a keeper, so fixed it. Cost was about £1200 in parts but I know it's basically got a new fuel system now. Quite a few owners have hp pumps fail at about 80k miles, like mine. Symptoms were lumpy tick over, engine management light and limp mode when accelerating hard. Fuel pump and refurbished injectors were £1k, the rest of the money was spent on timing belt, other belts and filters. My advice? Query previous owner on regular fuel filter changes! Other issues were rusty bumper brackets, abs tone rings, seized brake calipers, handbrake shoes devoid of linings, rear difficulty whine. But all these problems are expected with a 10+ yr old truck on my opinion. Make sure your mechanic knows how to use a grease gun on grease nipples...... your terracan has a few of these on the propshaft joints that need regular greasing. Service it regularly with semi synthetic oil and good quality oil filter, put good quality diesel in it, and you'll not go far wrong. I'm generally impressed with the Tonka toy mechanicals; the drive train is strong & well-proven, being lifted straight from the Mitsubishi shogun. Rear diff whine is normally cured with a diff oil change, making sure you use the proper LSD oil to prevent chatter of the LSD friction plates. Add a bottle of LSD additive if it still chatters after an oil change. Electrics have been reliable as have all the toys and gadgets. Suspension has needed a couple of steering joints, but again, normal wear & tear items. The exhaust seems to be made of extra thick steel and seems to last forever. Interior space and elevated driving position were my priorities & the terracan definitely ticks these boxes. Get one cheap, they don't seem very popular, so don't command high prices, & enjoy driving a best kept secret! If the fuel pump does go wrong, you're faced with a decision on whether you want to spend £1k diy or probably £2k garage bill, to get it fixed, but it is worth it if you like the vehicle & are going to keep it. There isn't much else available for this money that does so much for so little. I'd buy a newer one if hyundai still made them.