The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Hyundai Genesis rivals high-end luxury sedans, but costs considerably less. Its luxuriously spacious interior and quietness far transcended its relatively modest price. We were also impressed with its smooth, punchy powertrain and excellent brakes. Handling is sound, but this is no sports sedan. The only real drawback is its ride, which can be unsettled at times and doesn't live up to the standards set by other luxury cars.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (378 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (385 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Hyundai Genesis owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera failed. Replacement cost (camera) - $500+"

G O., VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Back up camera stops working intermittently"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Backup had recall - intermittent bad picture. Fixed. Also water spill caused problems with all electronics controlled by knob - Xm radio, nav, Bluetooth, fm. Seems to be self correcting but very annoying (4 months now - better but still issues)"

Michael S., FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Backup camera shorted due to water getting up into the camera itself. Appears to have been caused by a car wash and high pressure spray. The camera was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"battery died and during replacement, someone or something happened to kill my back-up camera"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
CD player

"had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"CD player will not accept CDs. Brought in into dealer foe analysis and it is broken. Has to be replaced, warranty is only 3 years. Cost was $1,700. Going to subscribe to Sirius radio"

Robert E., MA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"CD player would not load more than 1 disc in the 6 disc player"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Interference or loose connection causes distorted image"

Denis K., NY (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The backup camera goes blank periodically"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"loss of color at times"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"When the radio switches stations the size of the GPS map display may change the selected size"

Dennis M., VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The GPS states I have arrived at my destination one block from my home and have never been retified"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"GPS thought I was in a different place than where I was. After turning the ignition on and off 3 times, it found me and the problem has not recurred"

Suzanne H., WA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Voice disappears and cannot be made to work. They replaced the unit twice"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"When we took the car to the dealer to have our GPS system updated, it took them over two weeks to complete this update"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Stopped working after warranty period. Dealer estimated that it would cost several hundred dollars to replace antennae. Bought stand alone gps"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"See previous answer - control knob works all electronics"

Michael S., FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"At three years ownership wished to update software/road map data. Informed that this is $500 dealer service item. Confirmed with Hyundai N.A. Did not have it done. System is somewhat flaky but functions. Unacceptable !"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Blue tooth would not work with our new iPhone"

Jerald B., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Galaxy 4 phone won't pair"

Ronald P., AZ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Radio

"Radio has been overriding preselected station by transferring to the strongest signal. Can't seem to stop this"

Dennis M., VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Could not turn off the radio and it drained the battery"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"XM Sat radio does not display available channels. Unable to tell what channel is playing"

Mark P., TN (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"There are times that the steering wheel locks. And cannot be moved"

Kellie H., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"power position adjustment no longer works"

Ronald A., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Intermitent problem since day one. When connecting an external music device, the left side speakers will only work intermittently"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Stopped working in 2013. Radio only warranteed for 36000 miles. Radios are not repaired. Dealer wants $2000 to replace radio"

Mark P., TN (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"The overhead light was very dim but was a built in LED, NOT a replaceable bulb. The technician had to re-solder the board to fix it. Replacement overhead console light was about $150. We would have to buy the entire console to repair a light bulb"

Daniel E., GA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Very dim, 1 bright Hyundai dealer wanted to replace both front and rear seat roof units ( not repair or fix) wanted almost $500.00. Crazy Only way to open or lock drivers door is with key, other doors open w/door button or key fob"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Rear dome light failed one week after warranty expired and you had to replace the entire unit rather than just the bulb. It cost $350/"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Console lights sometimes so dim at night cannot see buttons. Dangerous - can't see to adjust temperature, turn on/off front or rear defroster, radio display, anything"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"All four interior lights come on with different intensity"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Drivers door will only open or lock w/key, other doors w/door button or key fob"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Drivers side door lock and unlock button does not work"

Randy T., TX (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Drivers side keyless entry will not work by depressing the exterior door button. Must use fob to enter. Dealer quoted approx. $300.00 replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Driver side door would not unlock using the keyless entry fob"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Warning lights

"ESC and ABS warning come on randomly"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Switch for Brake lights failed. This is the 2nd time for this problem. Hyundai has a Recall out to fix this problem. No accident or trouble. I was warned by another motorist that my brake lights were not working"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Engine light stays on constantly"

David M., OK (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Manufacturer recall on stop brake light that might not work when pressing brake pedal"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"power window driver side noisy and/or fail to shut up"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

"Yearly issue where DRLs stop functioning. Dealer requests payment every year even though the car is under extended warranty and DRL control module is explicitly mentioned in the covered components"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"brake lights would not light when braking"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Brake light diode defective"

Michael R., WA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Brake light failure. Was recalled recently"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Had a recall for the rear brake light. Dealer did not have part to repair even though I got the recall notice. I thought this was a serious safety issue that I had to wait one month to repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"stop lights have failed twice. Finally were fixed with a recall"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Burn out -- causing expenditures. Two fog lights, and two tag lights, and one tail light have burnt out. You cannot replace the tag bulb without removing parts of the trunk lining. A labor intensive matter which makes bulb replacement cost $30 for"

A L., FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Brake lights failed. Had two recalls to get it fixed right"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The Fog Lights burn out every 12,000 km and I've owned vehicles with over 130,000 km and never replaced a fog-light. It gets very expensive to replace all the time"

Guy M., ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers seat heater quit working and had to be replaced. Covered by manufacturer warranty with no hassle"

Jimmy C., FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers behave erratically. Sorry system"

David M., OK (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"warning light went on however brakes worked fine. The module was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"brake pedal would go almost to the floor"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Had excessive brake pedal travel - went to dealer - was told that some Genesis vehicles were developing a leaky part of the master cylinder and if that was the issue they would replace it free even though the car was out of warranty (70,000 miles +) Dealer repaired the problem at no cost to me"

Edward S., VA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Master cylinder failed after recall to replace corrosive brake fluid. Issue was with dealership who bumbled the replacement...New Rochelle Hyundai"

Cecil L., NY (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

"a LOUD screeching noise sometimes when the electronic parking brake is applied. In the past three years have had it towed in because the parking brake would not release. With the same noise sometimes occurring, I expect they will lock up again"

John H., TN (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"No problems; discovered during inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Total brake failure, with no warning lights, fortunately in a parking lot where I could coast to a stop"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The hydraulic 'control module' failed and I was left with brakes that barely worked at all. This was fixed under warranty"

Ian F., NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door molding on one door needed replacement"

Stuart S., OR (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"The under the drivers seat mounding is always 90% of the time lose"

Juan G., PR (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"On both front doors there is a little knob that easily breaks off. With it gone the rubber weatherproofing that meets the top of the window is lose and flapping around"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"The clear coat on the front and rear bumper covers started turning orange last year, and now it is peeling"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Clear coat peeling"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Rust

"Paint on rear bumper peeling off. Rust holes in left rear fender (front section) water stays in groove because of lack of caulking. Afraid same problem will appear in other fenders"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Drivers door weatherstripping is layered but vulnerable to abrasion on egress. Just plain wore out. ~$125 for new weatherstripping for the door. Seems like a significant price to pay to remove wind noise"

Daniel E., GA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Steering column shroud comes loose and rattles"

Michael W., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Rattle has not been found during three years of searching by dealer"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"When the drivers seat moves, it has a loud squeak. Dealer oiled it but it still makes the noise"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Air or water leaks

"Hyundai has never been able to figure out why the trunk leaks when it rains, though I have taken it it to the Hyundai dealer for this issue"

Wyatt M., TX (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The windows either stays down or up. Dealer says it's fixed and the car continues to have this problem. Now we have to hit the driver side down to get to to work but there are times it stays down and we had to pay $120 for the one window"

Kellie H., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Hood latch releases on its own. Secondary latch works"

Michael C., CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Both front door inside handles developed a flaw that is sharp enough to cut fingers when you grab the handle to open the door. The silver coating cracked and I had to apply clear tape over it until I get it replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Under warranty they change varios times the drivers seat electric motor and switch. Also the dash board in front of the passenger seat has 2 12 inches cracks"

Juan G., PR (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"After the diagnostics, Hyundai replaced the transmission. The vehicle was still under the excellent 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. Replacement cost $8000.00+"

Romanita A., TX (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"Due to the inability to smoothly go from stop to 1st gear, they replaced the trans. This has not fully corrected the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

"torque converter failure required transmission replacement. under warranty, however if not, $13,000.00"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler pulley required replacement. Bearings failed"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"I had a gasket leak. They fixed it; however, the cars idles very roughly ever since. They admit that they caused the problem, but 10+ visits have yielded no improvement. VERY annoying, especially in stop + go traffic"

A L., FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Engine mounts

"The engine mounting brackets failed at 62,000 miles. The problem was hard to diagnose because it was so rare- the fluids had leaked out of two of the mounts. Before diagnosis it started to impact the transmission. It only cost $1,250 to replace the m"

Wyatt M., TX (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Vibration in drive shaft, dealer tried many times to fix it, i.e., weights, reversing direction of drive shaft, etc., but problem was not fixed until total replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

"Driveshaft whine was noticeable at a set speed. It was determined that the driveshaft needed to be replaced. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Car rides like a truck. Horrible, suspension bottoms due to restricted shock travel"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)
Bushings

"re-occurring problem that could not be reliably repaired"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"it stopped working and needed to be replaced"

David C., NJ (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The automatic climate control only works for heat and does not turn on the AC when needed"

Paul S., MD (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Leakage required an $800 repair. Not sure what was involved"

Stuart S., OR (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"My transmission is starting to slip when accelerating"

Sara P., TX (2010 Hyundai Genesis None 4.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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