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You are in the Honda Civic
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#124 of 1641 hyundai owner twice
Jun 10, 2000 (12:48 pm)
This is my second Sonata, the latest being a 1999 V6. I love it. My first Sonata was a 1993 with a 4 cylinder and it was fine, i just wanted a newer car. My daughter just bought her first car, an Elantra. I must admit, i was reluctant. I wanted to buy a Civic because of its reliable reputation but she test drove one and didn't like it as much as the Elantra. I hope it serves her well. As for Hyundai's problems with consumer confidence, Honda was in the same boat when they first entered the American market. They were awful. Maybe Hyundai will eventually have the same consumer loyalty someday as the Honda has now.
Jun 11, 2000 (4:39 pm)
Does a longer warranty mean it's a better car?
Isn't the best warranty the one that you don't have to use?
#126 of 1641 Sorry, aficionado...
Jun 12, 2000 (1:27 am)
Or, wasn't it Genes555 awhile back?
Get real. The ONLY reason Hyundai went to the longer warranty was to try to establish some consumer confidence in a company that had a reputation for building lackluster cars with poor reliability stats.
They HAD to do something! VW did the same thing for the same reason.
And, you PAY for that longer warranty in the price of the car, my friend.
It's marketing, pure and simple, and I think it was very smart of them to do this.
And, some people will probably buy a car on the basis of a longer warranty.
Again, the BEST warranty is the one that you don't have to use!
#127 of 1641 But, having said that...
Jun 12, 2000 (1:30 am)
Before I get jumped on...It's quite possible that Hyundai has greatly improved. Time will tell.
They have a LOT to overcome and I do applaud them for surviving when the last rites had already been said.
Let's just not confuse warranty with quality.
#128 of 1641 My only regret so far....
Jun 12, 2000 (2:26 am)
is not knowing what lies ahead for the number of times we have to use the warranty. When I bought the '93 Sonata, it only had a 3 yr. warranty. With my '99, I have the 5 yr. Yes, warranty does not mean quality, but I'd rather not be paying for expensive Honda parts and the increased insurance Hondas require in Massachusetts. Accords are one of the most stolen cars, thus raising insurance rates higher than others. In general, Japanese cars are more expensive to insure. Rates are high enough.
#129 of 1641 elantra vs. civic
Jun 12, 2000 (2:29 am)
for some reason, my msg never got posted. i d take an elantra over a civic anyday. I am not your typically moron that buys a car just for its name. I compared the civic to the elantra and the elantra was much nicer. For about 2,000 less, you can get an elantra with power everything, (not to mention thats standard equipment), rims, CD player, more horsepower (except for SI, which is double the price of elantra), cruise control, and best of all, a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. I got all this for $11,000! Lets see what the civic has: power nothing, hubcaps, no a/c. less horsepower, and a 3 yr warranty....no where near elantras features hell, you can buy 3 civics, sell them at 3 yrs when the warranty is up, and that one elantra will still be covered. People buy the civic just for the "H" emblem on the hood. The only civic that can compete with the elantra is the EX, which is 6 grand more, and still has 13 less hp and hubcaps. So its obvious the elantra is a much better deal.
Yes, hyundai was bad when the first came out, but they have changed for the better, just like human beings can change. And last but not least, to prove my point fully, just see what edmunds.com thought of the elantra. top 10 economy cars. The elantra recieved 3rd place, 1/2% shy of second against the focus. The civic got 9th place. There is the proof that the elantra is a better deal. Question reliability?....10 yr warranty to back it up. I dont have anything against honda, they have nice cars, especially the accord and S2000, just the civic is too damn expensive, and they are that way because people buy them by name.
Jun 12, 2000 (2:31 am)
i meant 1/2 point, not percent. this is based on points the car recieved in tests
Jun 12, 2000 (11:26 am)
quit re-hashing the same posts that you posted, re-posted, and then posted again...if you don't like hyundai...fine...if you do...fine. diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks!!! whatchu talkin' 'bout willis!?! i highly doubt that the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty is a JUST a marketing gimmick...and i think that you are a little naive and narrow-minded when you say this. why would a company, who knows they manufacture/sell crap, back it up with such an extensive warranty??? do you know how many millions of dollars this would cost them? they would lose more money than they would make!!! or maybe, just maybe...they believe that they have created a quality product, and aren't afraid to back it up??? you always seem so cynical towards anybody's views that differ from yours...i have just one question for you...were you the kid that was always picked on in school, and is now getting back at the world by lashing out, making other people feel inferior, just so, for once in your life, you can feel superior?
Jun 12, 2000 (11:31 am)
Jun 12, 2000 (4:14 pm)
I simply responded to elantra's post. there are two sides to every story and, since he/she slammed Honda, I felt a rebuttal was in order.
And, actually, as a kid in school, I was usually the one that helped protect the weaker ones that the bullies picked on.
and, I agree...Different strokes. Let's just get the facts straight!