2010 Hyundai Elantra Lack of driving

Tiny
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  • 2010 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 6,500 MILES
I have a 2010 that has less than 7000 miles on it. In the long run will this cause the car to last longer, shorter or neither?
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 AT 12:34 PM

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Tiny
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AS LONG AS IT "IS" BEING DRIVEN TO KEEP THINGS LUBRICATED, AND YOU ARE KEEPING UP WITH "SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE", I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM!

IN FACT, IF/ WHEN YOU SELL IT, YOU MIGHT HAVE LEVERAGE ENOUGH TO ASK FOR A REALLY HIGHER PRICE AS COMPARED TO IT'S "RODE HARD AND PUT UP WET" BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

LOW MILEAGE VEHICLES ARE VERY DESIRABLE, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SPRING CHICKENS!

THE MEDIC
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 AT 1:34 PM
Tiny
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I drive the car but sometimes only once every 3 weeks. I have not had any issues yet. The car still runs great (when it runs) but will this be an issue going forward? I always have the oil changed every 3 months and all else that needs to be done to it.
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 AT 2:15 PM
Tiny
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THE ONLY 2 THINGS THAT MIGHT STICK OUT IN MY MIND IS

THE BATTERY IS SLOWLY AND OVER TIME BEING "DRAGGED DOWN" BY NORMAL FUNCTIONS, LIKE THE RADIO MEMORY. I SEE "THE BATTERY", IN MANY CASES THAT COME TO 2CARPROS, SUFFERING FROM LACK OF USE (THIS MIGHT ALSO BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE AGE OF THE BATTERY)

THE LACK OF USE, SITTING IN THE DRIVE WAY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME TO "PARKED AT THE AIRPORT" FOR THREE WEEKS, WHILE ON A TRIP. IN EITHER CASE, WHEN THEY WANTED/ NEEDED/ HAD TO DRIVE IT, IT WOULDN'T GO! (THIS MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD THING IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION!)

WITH IT SITTING A LONG TIME, THINGS LIKE THE BRAKE ROTORS (EVEN DRUMS) WILL DEVELOP SURFACE RUST. RUST BEING A "SOMETHING STICKING UP" ON THE "WAS SMOOTH SURFACE". UNTIL THE RUST WEARS OFF (FROM USE OF THE BRAKES) YOUR BRAKES MIGHT GRAB/ BE JERKY/ MAY WANT TO PULL YOUR STEERING WHEEL LEFT OR RIGHT WHILE BRAKING.

I DON'T THINK THAT YOUR ENGINE LUBRICATION WOULD SUFFER WITH BEING IDLE FOR ONLY 3 WEEKS.

I TRY TO DRIVE OUR TWO SORTA "IDLE" VEHICLES AT LEAST EVERY TWO WEEKS. I DRIVE MY '46 JEEP MORE THAN THE '95 NEON.

I'M NOT SO WORRIED ABOUT THE JEEPS OPERATION, AS IT IS SIMPLE, KINDA ON THE SAME LINES AS AN OLD FORD 9N TRACTOR.

THE NEON, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS MODERN, HAS A COMPUTER, FUEL INJECTION, IS COMPLICATED WITH SENSORS AND OTHER STUFF.

MY "PEAVES" ARE

STILL CHECK THE FLUIDS WEEKLY (AS PER ANY OWNER'S MANUAL)

WHEN I DRIVE 'EM, I WILL DRIVE FOR AT LEAST 10-15 MINUTES AFTER IT GETS TO OPERATING TEMPERATURE (MAINLY THE NEON-SO THE SENSORS "GET TO OPERATE") IF YOU ARE ONLY DRIVING A MILE OR SO, WHEN YOU DRIVE, THE ENGINE NEVER HEATS UP, SENSORS MAY NEVER "TURN ON OR OFF" (MAY GET STUCK)

DURING MY "DRIVES" I WANT TO "RUN THRU" SOME FUEL (WHICH I DO REPLENISH), I DON'T KEEP BUT MAYBE A QUARTER OF A TANK OF FUEL IN THEM (I DON'T WANT IT TO GET STALE). I DO SOMETIMES DRIVE THEM FOR DAYS AT A TIME, I DO SOMETIMES FILL 'EM UP!

HERE'S PICS OF OUR FOUR

2003 FORD ESCAPE (PRIMARY DRIVER)
1977 JEEP CJ-5 (PRIMARY DRIVER)
1995 PLYMOUTH NEON (SPARE CAR)
1946 WILLYS JEEP (MY BABY)

SO I RECKON MY OVERALL CRITIQUE MIGHT BE DRIVE IT EVERY 2 WEEKS AND KEEP ON DOIN' WHAT YOU'RE A-DOIN'!

THE MEDIC
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 AT 3:16 PM

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