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Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
May 10, 2002 (11:16 am)
Hyundai dealers in Atlanta advertise Elantras at $1000 below invoice. The prices for Elantras with automatic transmissions start just under $11k. I don't know how much more they can drop. Hyundai does seem to love to change styles every couple of years. The Sonata, for instance, was different in 1997, changed in 1999, and of course is new again this year. So, a "new" Elantra may be on the way soon. Maybe they are selling at "$1000 below invoice" to clear them out for "new" ones coming out this fall? We'll find out soon enough!
May 10, 2002 (7:29 pm)
Referring to the tire discussions from a few days past. Replaced the Michelins on our 01 Elantra at 30,000 with 80,000 mile rated Yokohama Avids from TireRack. Followed manufacturer's instructions of matching yellow dot on sidewall with valve stem, 3 of 4 required only one 1/2" balance weight each and fourth a 1" weight. Installer was impressed with low balance requirements, no vibrations now and low cost.
May 10, 2002 (9:36 pm)
to me, Dunlop's are not good. Got 60,000 miles one, and it is almost "bald" at 35,000 miles. The Michelins are at 78,000 for 80,000 miles. Have about 8000-10,000 miles left before needing to change.
My car is Sonata. Uniroyals are good replacements, but hard to find a dealership and they cost almost as much as Michelins.
#2592 of 5565 Elantra at 1K below Invoice???
May 10, 2002 (9:38 pm)
I just bought my 5spd GLS with convenience and option package 2 for 12,750. Here in Texas that is about $200 over invoice, and I took the financing instead of the $750 rebate. If I took the rebate, I could finance it at 4.9% through my local credit union. If I took the 1.9% (48mo)the payment was within a couple of bucks. So, I took the 1.9% and will payoff with more of the payment going to the principle.
And I really like this car! My 11 year old son refers to it as "Hundy, the go-cart with shocks"
The incentives on Elantra ended here on 4/30, and the cars are getting hard to find. My dealer indicated that they may not see any new Elantra shipments for 45 days or so.
May 10, 2002 (9:38 pm)
the genuis' at Hyundai accidentally replaced the canister valve(got 78,000 on car) for "Free". They led me to believe they were doing this because they messed up..were supposed to get Gas Tank valve, instead. So, i t appears that they did it under warranty, thus it was "Free".
Still waiting for the gas tank valve. I am wondering if it is also under warranty and trying to wait long enough for me to get 80,000 and charge me?
#2594 of 5565 Hyundai redesign schedule
May 11, 2002 (1:51 am)
Don't expect any styling changes on the 03 Elantra. The most they might do is shuffle around the option packages. Hyundai completely redoes their cars after 5 model years. After 3 model years have passed, they traditionally tweak the styling to give it a new look and keep them fresh. Examples: The Sonata was new in 94, reskinned in 97, new again in 99, reskinned in 02. The Accent was new in 95, reskinned in 98, new again in 00, scheduled for a reskin for 03. The Elantra was new in 96, reskinned in 99, new again in 01, scheduled for a reskin in 04. I personally thinks this works great. It keeps Hyundai cars on top of current design themes and helps make them always look new and fresh.
#2595 of 5565 I'm just about at 18K....
May 14, 2002 (7:18 am)
The mark of a good car is one that you enjoy driving more and more. The Elantra gets better and better as it continues to loosen up. The E replaced an 87 Chevy Nova purchased from my mother-in-law which crapped out soon after I bought it. During the time she owned the car I liked to take it out and warm it up occasionally. I enjoyed that car immensely at fourteen years and 150,000. My second car is a Cavalier which has been dependable but no joy to drive. It's especially annoying after driving the Elantra.
I have a feeling that the Elantra is going to be like that old Nova, a car that I can drive into the ground and still like after ten years and 200,000. Good cars age well--mediocre cars are an annoyance.
May 15, 2002 (11:09 am)
Does anybody have an idea about the advantage of using 15" wheels instead of 14" wheels in a car like ours Elantras.
by the way my 01 is getting 12.5k miles old here in Costa Rica with an "almost perfect performance", so there's no reason for paying extra thousands $ for Hondas,Toyotas or Nissans any more
May 15, 2002 (1:03 pm)
At the end of the March/02 update (the last month) on their 2001 Elantra long term test, the Edmunds reviewer said to tune in next month to see how they chose to bid farewell to the Elantra. So far, they haven't told us. Maybe they just can't bear to let it go???!!!