Likes

  • Loads to choose from on the used market.
  • Newer and well looked after examples showing good reliability.
  • Arguably the most comfortable and enjoyable to drive.
  • Good examples hold value.

Dislikes

  • Concerning reliability issues resulting in engine failures.
  • Lacks image of many European sourced vans.
  • Many examples have been neglected or abused.
  • Some mechanical repair costs can quickly add up.

Stuff you should know

  • Known in Australia as the Hyundai iLoad, internationally this van goes by various names, including H1, H300, i300, or Starex.
  • The people mover minibus variant is known as the iMax.
  • Irrespective of the name, the iLoad features a 5-door van body with options for petrol or diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions sending power to the rear wheels.
  • Diesel engines offer different power and fuel efficiency, depending on the transmission and model year.
  • The rear configuration can be equipped with barn doors or a vertically opening tailgate, and the seating arrangements include options for a traditional three-seat van or a 6-seat crew cab.
  • Production of the iLoad spanned from 2008 to 2021, with updates in 2015 introducing new features and a more substantial facelift in 2018, accompanied by equipment upgrades.
  • Prospective buyers should exercise caution when encountering used iLoad examples with unusually low prices, as potential issues will be discussed in the section below.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • Some owners have reported challenges with opening and closing the sliding doors, often attributed to dirt in the door track. However, this issue is generally preventable with regular maintenance.
  • Minor rust problems may occur, particularly in iLoad vehicles exposed to excessive salt, such as those driven on snow-covered roads or near the ocean.


Interior:

  • Unlike some European competitors that may develop electronic issues with age and mileage, the iLoad typically does not suffer from similar problems.
  • The factory speakers are considered subpar, and replacing them is advisable for an improved audio experience.
  • Early models with Bluetooth connectivity may have a microphone quality issue, leading to suboptimal sound during calls.


Mechanically – Petrol engines:

  • The petrol variants feature the family Theta engines, known for a reputation of unexpected failures. However, unlike in other regions where eligible owners may benefit from a class action lawsuit for free engine replacement, Australian iLoads are not included in this program.
  • Reasons for engine failure include knock sensor calibration, oil pressure issues, manufacturing defects, and overall poor design.
  • Catalytic converter issues are common, leading to power loss and potential long-term engine damage. Repairing these engines is often impractical, resulting in scarce and costly second-hand replacements.


Mechanically – Diesel engines:

  • Potential issues with diesel engines include blocked oil pick-up lines, sludge buildup in the manifold (referred to as the black death), turbo failures due to blocked feed lines, and concerns with EGR valves and coolers.
  • Head gasket problems may arise in earlier or poorly maintained examples, while intercooler splits are also reported. Installing a catch can and regular servicing are highly recommended to prevent issues.


Transmission:

  • Transmissions and differentials generally perform well, with regular servicing recommended to mitigate potential problems.
  • Dual mass flywheels tend to fail before clutches, making regular inspection and maintenance essential.


Recalls:

  • March 2010 – Faulty batch of throttle cables delivered to production line without polymer sleeve affecting 539 units of Hyundai iLoad and iMax models, leading to increased pedal effort and vehicle malfunction.
  • December 2018 – Hyundai iMAX & iLOAD vehicles manufactured in 2018, involving 1,173 units, have a faulty rear sliding door locking mechanism that can fail.

Exterior:

  • Some owners have reported challenges with opening and closing the sliding doors, often attributed to dirt in the door track. However, this issue is generally preventable with regular maintenance.
  • Minor rust problems may occur, particularly in iLoad vehicles exposed to excessive salt, such as those driven on snow-covered roads or near the ocean.


Interior:

  • Unlike some European competitors that may develop electronic issues with age and mileage, the iLoad typically does not suffer from similar problems.
  • The factory speakers are considered subpar, and replacing them is advisable for an improved audio experience.
  • Early models with Bluetooth connectivity may have a microphone quality issue, leading to suboptimal sound during calls.


Mechanically – Petrol engines:

  • The petrol variants feature the family Theta engines, known for a reputation of unexpected failures. However, unlike in other regions where eligible owners may benefit from a class action lawsuit for free engine replacement, Australian iLoads are not included in this program.
  • Reasons for engine failure include knock sensor calibration, oil pressure issues, manufacturing defects, and overall poor design.
  • Catalytic converter issues are common, leading to power loss and potential long-term engine damage. Repairing these engines is often impractical, resulting in scarce and costly second-hand replacements.


Mechanically – Diesel engines:

  • Potential issues with diesel engines include blocked oil pick-up lines, sludge buildup in the manifold (referred to as the black death), turbo failures due to blocked feed lines, and concerns with EGR valves and coolers.
  • Head gasket problems may arise in earlier or poorly maintained examples, while intercooler splits are also reported. Installing a catch can and regular servicing are highly recommended to prevent issues.


Transmission:

  • Transmissions and differentials generally perform well, with regular servicing recommended to mitigate potential problems.
  • Dual mass flywheels tend to fail before clutches, making regular inspection and maintenance essential.


Recalls:

  • March 2010 – Faulty batch of throttle cables delivered to production line without polymer sleeve affecting 539 units of Hyundai iLoad and iMax models, leading to increased pedal effort and vehicle malfunction.
  • December 2018 – Hyundai iMAX & iLOAD vehicles manufactured in 2018, involving 1,173 units, have a faulty rear sliding door locking mechanism that can fail.

Exterior:

  • Some owners have reported challenges with opening and closing the sliding doors, often attributed to dirt in the door track. However, this issue is generally preventable with regular maintenance.
  • Minor rust problems may occur, particularly in iLoad vehicles exposed to excessive salt, such as those driven on snow-covered roads or near the ocean.


Interior:

  • Unlike some European competitors that may develop electronic issues with age and mileage, the iLoad typically does not suffer from similar problems.
  • The factory speakers are considered subpar, and replacing them is advisable for an improved audio experience.
  • Early models with Bluetooth connectivity may have a microphone quality issue, leading to suboptimal sound during calls.


Mechanically – Petrol engines:

  • The petrol variants feature the family Theta engines, known for a reputation of unexpected failures. However, unlike in other regions where eligible owners may benefit from a class action lawsuit for free engine replacement, Australian iLoads are not included in this program.
  • Reasons for engine failure include knock sensor calibration, oil pressure issues, manufacturing defects, and overall poor design.
  • Catalytic converter issues are common, leading to power loss and potential long-term engine damage. Repairing these engines is often impractical, resulting in scarce and costly second-hand replacements.


Mechanically – Diesel engines:

  • Potential issues with diesel engines include blocked oil pick-up lines, sludge buildup in the manifold (referred to as the black death), turbo failures due to blocked feed lines, and concerns with EGR valves and coolers.
  • Head gasket problems may arise in earlier or poorly maintained examples, while intercooler splits are also reported. Installing a catch can and regular servicing are highly recommended to prevent issues.


Transmission:

  • Transmissions and differentials generally perform well, with regular servicing recommended to mitigate potential problems.
  • Dual mass flywheels tend to fail before clutches, making regular inspection and maintenance essential.


Recalls:

  • March 2010 – Faulty batch of throttle cables delivered to production line without polymer sleeve affecting 539 units of Hyundai iLoad and iMax models, leading to increased pedal effort and vehicle malfunction.
  • December 2018 – Hyundai iMAX & iLOAD vehicles manufactured in 2018, involving 1,173 units, have a faulty rear sliding door locking mechanism that can fail.

Should you buy it?

When considering the purchase of a Hyundai iLoad in the Australian market, careful evaluation is essential. Avoiding early high-kilometer examples is advisable, as they may initially seem like bargains but pose significant risks, whether in petrol or diesel form.

Even with more recent, lower-kilometer options, it is crucial to ensure they come with a comprehensive service history. Conducting a pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended to mitigate potential issues.

If a prospective iLoad meets all the necessary criteria, it can be a solid purchase choice. Additionally, fitting a catch can is suggested for enhanced reliability.

However, buyers should exercise extreme caution when considering ex-fleet iLoads. Many of these vehicles have been driven by individuals that lack any mechanical sympathy.

Ideally, purchasing from someone who has used the vehicle for personal use or potentially buying the bosses iLoad is a safer bet, minimizing the risk associated with fleet-driven iLoads.

 

 

When considering the purchase of a Hyundai iLoad in the Australian market, careful evaluation is essential. Avoiding early high-kilometer examples is advisable, as they may initially seem like bargains but pose significant risks, whether in petrol or diesel form.

Even with more recent, lower-kilometer options, it is crucial to ensure they come with a comprehensive service history. Conducting a pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended to mitigate potential issues.

If a prospective iLoad meets all the necessary criteria, it can be a solid purchase choice. Additionally, fitting a catch can is suggested for enhanced reliability.

However, buyers should exercise extreme caution when considering ex-fleet iLoads. Many of these vehicles have been driven by individuals that lack any mechanical sympathy.

Ideally, purchasing from someone who has used the vehicle for personal use or potentially buying the bosses iLoad is a safer bet, minimizing the risk associated with fleet-driven iLoads.

 

 

Should you buy it?

When considering the purchase of a Hyundai iLoad in the Australian market, careful evaluation is essential. Avoiding early high-kilometer examples is advisable, as they may initially seem like bargains but pose significant risks, whether in petrol or diesel form.

Even with more recent, lower-kilometer options, it is crucial to ensure they come with a comprehensive service history. Conducting a pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended to mitigate potential issues.

If a prospective iLoad meets all the necessary criteria, it can be a solid purchase choice. Additionally, fitting a catch can is suggested for enhanced reliability.

However, buyers should exercise extreme caution when considering ex-fleet iLoads. Many of these vehicles have been driven by individuals that lack any mechanical sympathy.

Ideally, purchasing from someone who has used the vehicle for personal use or potentially buying the bosses iLoad is a safer bet, minimizing the risk associated with fleet-driven iLoads.

 

 

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

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Models, pricing & features

Hyundai iLoad-5

iLoad

Price when new: $29,990 - $39,680

Price used: $7,700 - $39,100

Equipment

  • 4 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
  • Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Alarm
  • Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • CD Player
  • Calipers – Front 2 Spot
  • Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Grille Surround
  • Clock – Digital
  • Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Front
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
  • Door – side sliding LHS(passenger side)
  • Door – side sliding RHS(drivers side)
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Gloveboxes – Upper & Lower
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Illuminated – Key Ignition Barrel/Surround
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Metallic Finish Gear Knob
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows – Front only
  • Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
  • Seat – Front Bench 3st
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Steel
  • Suspension – Leaf
  • Tacho
  • Trim – Cloth

MY11 update

  • 2 Speaker Stereo
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Bluetooth System
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 3 seats

MY12 update

  • Audio Decoder – WMA

MY13 update

  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 2 seats

MY14 update

  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction

MY16 update

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Body Colour – Grille
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Chrome Exterior Highlights
  • Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Door – Rear Tailgate
  • Flip/Fold Out Key
  • Grab Handle – Drivers Side
  • Grab Handle – Passengers Side
  • Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Metallic Finish Centre Stack/ HVAC
  • Mudflaps – front
  • Mudflaps – rear
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Smart Device App Display/Control
  • Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
  • Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
  • Smokers Kit
  • Storage Compartment – in Dash
  • Trip Computer

MY17 update

  • Vinyl – Cabin Floor

MY19 update

  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)

MY20 update

  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Sunvisors – Front

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 5 door Van

Engine Specs

  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 128kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2012)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 392Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2011)
  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 129kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 100kW / 343Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 441Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (iLoad)
  • 6-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Automatic (iLoad)

Fuel Consumption

  • 7.2 – 11.5 / 100km

Length

  • 5125mm – 5150mm

Width

  • 1920mm

Height

  • 1935mm

Wheelbase

  • 3200mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1943kg – 2171kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2000kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars, tested 2011 (iLoad)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Van

Engine Specs

  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 128kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2012)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 392Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2011)
  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 129kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 100kW / 343Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 441Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (iLoad)
  • 6-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Automatic (iLoad)

Fuel Consumption

  • 7.2 – 11.5 / 100km

Length

  • 5125mm – 5150mm

Width

  • 1920mm

Height

  • 1935mm

Wheelbase

  • 3200mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1943kg – 2171kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2000kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars, tested 2011 (iLoad)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Van

Engine Specs

  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 128kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2012)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 392Nm (iLoad 2008 – 2011)
  • 2.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 129kW / 228Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 100kW / 343Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)
  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 125kW / 441Nm (iLoad 2012 – 2021)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic (iLoad)
  • 6-speed Manual (iLoad)
  • 5-speed Automatic (iLoad)

Fuel Consumption

  • 7.2 – 11.5 / 100km

Length

  • 5125mm – 5150mm

Width

  • 1920mm

Height

  • 1935mm

Wheelbase

  • 3200mm

Kerb Weight

  • 1943kg – 2171kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2000kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars, tested 2011 (iLoad)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 5 years / 160,000 km

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months

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