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#1 of 5569 Welcome
Aug 02, 2000 (2:15 am)
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#2 of 5569 Re: JXCAR and bumper
Aug 02, 2000 (10:06 am)
I used to work for a place that did body work many years ago. We haven't done any in about 5 years but I haven't heard of any changes. If memory serves me, it's a violation of federal regulations to repair a bumper with any significant damage (significant being a tear or corruption of the plastic surface).
What many people don't realize is that the 5 mph bumper is nothing more than a plastic core covered by more plastic. Doing a cosmetic coverup may just hide the fact that the bumper is no longer viable protection against any impact. Be sure the damage is merely cosmetic and not structural.
Also, be sure the body shop is not going to do one of those cheap vinyl patch coverups you see on tv. Not only do they look cheap, the patch has a tendency to fade differently than the rest of the bumper and, in some cases, come off after a short period of time.
#3 of 5569 Opinion on minor body work? (jxcar)
Aug 02, 2000 (1:30 pm)
A more logical method...
Assuming you will own the car for a few years, and assuming that you will scratch/dent your bumper a couple more times during those years...
Why not buy a nose protector (bra) and cover the bumper up for a couple of years (or until you decide to sell the car). Then have the work on the bumper done. If you have indeed dented/scratched it a few more times, you'll only have to replace it once instead of each time it gets damaged.
My front bumper on my 2k Elantra was struck by a 2x4 on the highway four weeks after I bought it. The paint was scraped off the bumper, but because you can't see it through the bra, I'm not going to worry about it for a few years.
Note that this applies to the bumper only, as it is plastic and will not rust over time.
Also, the $80 bra will serve to protect the paint from rock chips on the front edge of the hood.
#4 of 5569 Looking for a new Elantra
Aug 04, 2000 (12:20 am)
Am planning to buy a new Elantra 2000. All Elantra holders please advice me whether its a worth buying vehicle and also let me know howz the resale. What is the best deal i can strike with stick shift, moonroof and ABS.
Thanks for your time
Aug 04, 2000 (3:13 am)
I never heard of anyone with ABS on their Elantra, though it is of course an option. I would think it'd be very hard to find one with it...
#6 of 5569 ABS brake problems
Aug 04, 2000 (2:47 pm)
My mother had abs on a previous Buick she owned. Brakes wore out at less than 25,000 miles and it cost her $600 to have them fixed due to the complexity of the system.
One reason I chose the Elantra over cars like the Cavalier was because it didn't have abs. Besides, it's an outrageously expensive option and not worth the 5% discount you get from insurance, especially when you factor in repair costs.
#7 of 5569 RE: Looking for a new Elantra
Aug 04, 2000 (5:52 pm)
Want to price it? Visit this site www.carsdirect.com . It is the best site I have found for comparing different cars and getting a price. They will lock in the price they give you and then you can buy through them if a dealer won't match.
#8 of 5569 Roadside Assistance??
Aug 04, 2000 (5:55 pm)
I am in the market for a car and I have been
checking out the Elantra because it
really sounds like the best deal out there for what I want.
Problem: I live 150 miles from the nearest
dealership and I was wondering about problems, if
any, that people have had using the roadside
assistance. Being so far from the dealership has
been the only draw back I can find so far.
Thanx in advance for all responses.
#9 of 5569 ABS (schreck1 and elantra00)
Aug 04, 2000 (10:36 pm)
Schreck1, you mom was screwed big time. If you mean that the pads or rotors wore out, than ABS does not cause it to be more expensive. ABS does not add any complexity to the braking system when it comes to changing pads and rotors. Only if you run into an ABS warning light and malfunction does it get more complicated and expensive to fix. My Dad has changed the pads on my Mom's 92 Accord with ABS in less than a half hour and only cost him $20. The Accord now has 181,000 miles on it with no repairs ever needed to the ABS system. So, your Mom was gouged big time if she only needed a routine brake job.
Elantra00, do you honestly think downshifting your manual tranny will do any good if your brakes have locked in a panic stop?? I don't think so! The whole point to ABS is to keep your brakes from locking so you retain steering control and to shorten stopping distances in both wet and dry conditions. Some cars benefit less from ABS than others, but my 2000 Accent is one that definitely would benefit from that option. My front brakes lock way too easily, making the steering useless. They have already locked 3 times in the past 3 months, one of which I only asked the car to stop moderately fast when someone pulled out in front of me on a moist road when I was going 40 mph. The right front brake locked immediately and I lost complete steering control as the car skidded and screeched to a stop, thankfully before hitting the jerk who pulled out. If my car had ABS, I could have steered away from him into a side street if I did not have enough space to stop, or it would have helped me stop way shorter so it wouldn't have even been a near miss. It also would increase the confidence I have in how my car reacts in emergency situations. My car is a manual so I am well aware how engine braking helps slow the car quicker than does an automatic, but it doesn't help if your front brakes are locked. In other words, I think ABS is far from a waste of money! I highly suggest it to anyone who can afford it and can wait to find one equipped with that rare option.
#10 of 5569 lngtonge18.....ABS
Aug 05, 2000 (6:46 pm)
thats not what i meant. my opinion is that i would take that money and put it towards options such as rims, moonroof and so forth. ive had my car for about 3 months so far and the brakes never locked on me. so, ive driven my mothers saab 9-3 w/ 5 spd and with antilock brakes. the braking was better, but thats because it has rear disc brakes vs the elantra with rear drum brakes. however, the saab stopped slightly better then the elantra. another example would be my old car....a 1986 toyota corolla. never once did the brakes lock up or fail. never a problem with them whatsoever. This is strictly my opinion. i just rather put my money for other options rather then that.