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I'm going to buy a 2015 Hyundai ix35 1.7 diesel SE Nav 116hp (72k on the clock). I was wondering if it had a timing belt or chain. Also if there is anything I need to look at when viewing?

Many thanks in advance

William Morgan (Bradford)

Mar 2024 Filed under: choosing used car

Expert answer

Hi William,

That engine uses a timing chain.

As for things to watch for, there are a few known things:

  • Make sure all the doors lock and unlock correctly as the internal mechanism can fail and need replacing
  • Ensure you can press the clutch pedal properly and it returns to expected position as issues with the pedal itself and the clutch master cylinder can occur - can mean it's difficult to engage gears too
  • If you see the instruments flickering or dropping back to the off position while driving it could mean a new instrument panel is needed
  • The gearbox's sensor for it being in neutral can cause starting problems and an issue with the start-stop system so watch out for that - often accompanied by an oil leak from the gearbox

Otherwise it's quite a reliable car. As with all used cars, we'd recommend you drive a few different examples of the same car to get a feel for how it should drive, ask for a detailed service history and make sure you take a proper test drive including some motorway driving.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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