Thanks for the update. Yes, I understand all of the pros/cons of Toyota's transaxle.The power-split transmission (Toyota and Ford) has the advantage that no belt is needed to start the ICE. It is also slightly more efficient at lower speeds than Hyundai's P2 system. However, the P2 has an efficiency advantage at higher speeds because it doesn't require electrical power to hold a gear ratio as the power-split does. The power-split's main disadvantage is cost. It needs two large, expensive motors to counteract the torque of the ICE. If you want to learn more about the engineering pros and cons of each system, I suggest John German's book mentioned here. BTW, German is fairly strongly in favor of the P2 design because cost is a major impediment to public acceptance of HEVs.
The normal service and severe service maintenance schedules for the belt are outlined in the manual which is avail for download.
I hope I don't find out.the big question is what is the life of the clutch plates and the cost to replace them ?
we try to give honest info, not just the plus side as the car is so new it is not for everyone, there is so much new tech which is potentially unknownGood discussion here.
What about wear on other parts of the system? Primarily the HSG ( Hybrid Starter Generator ). I wonder how reliable that will be? I did a quick search on the Sonata Hybrid regarding the HSG and it does seem like it is a point of failure..broken belts and such.
we try to give honest info, not just the plus side as the car is so new it is not for everyone, there is so much new tech which is potentially unknown
BUT Hyundai have put there money where their mouth is with a good warranty which gives a level of comfort so long as we don't need to keep going back for niggles or major issues
I think everyone accepts they might get the odd niggle on such a new model, so long as it is fixed first time and you don't end up with the car off the road for long periods
the car itself is good, now we are into how good are the dealers and Hyundai with any after care issues, so far my dealer has been fantastic, but I have been providing them a lot of feedback