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Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
Jul 17, 2008 (9:33 am)
I haven't posted in here for quite some time. Just have been busy. I have a 2005 Elantra hatchback. Just got my 33K service. I have had relatively few problems. The window and door lock control on the driver's side wouldn't raise and lower the passenger side window. My dealer replaced the entire console at no charge. The driver's side door window came loose and fell down inside the door. Dealer fixed it no charge. I had one tire that picked up a nail or something, and I got it replaced with a used tire with similar tread left on it from a local Goodyear dealer (tire couldn't be repaired). Otherwise, my tires seem to be holding up very well. At last check they still have plenty of tread left, according to my dealer, and brakes are in great shape. I must be blessed with a decent dealership. All my services have cost me much less than I expected. The 15K service came to about $173 and the 30K ran $420. The other services have run anywhere from $28 to $35. I haven't checked MPG for quite some time as almost all my driving has been in town, but I'm 59 and a pretty gentle driver. That seems to be why I haven't had many problems. I haven't been particularly happy with the windshield wipers. They are great on the up sweep but leave liquid on the window with the down sweep. I've asked the dealer to check them a couple of times and the dealer says they are fine. Still, I'm not real happy with them. Any suggestions for replacement wipers? I do use RainX on the windshield and that seems to help quite a bit.
I do have a question. At some point someone got my passenger back door with their back door, I suspect. I have a spot in the middle of my back door that is pushed in. Paint was not cracked or chipped and no actual crease in the door. It's just pushed in. I checked with my dealer's repair facility, and they told me it would be over $1,000.00 to fix. Said they would have to take off the back quarter panel and front passenger door, etc. to be sure paint matched up. This seems over the top. If paint was chipped or cracked or there was an actual crease in the door, then maybe, but this almost looks like if you could reach in behind it you could just push it back into place. In years past I remember seeing advertisements for a tool that was supposed to take minor dents out. You could get them at auto supply stores. Does anyone know if these are still available and do they work? Anyone had any experience with one of these? I'm disabled and on a very limited budget and a $1000 is virtually out of the question, yet the "dent" in that door bothers me. Sure would appreciate a less expensive method for pushing or pulling the skin back out into place.
Otherwise, I'm very happy with my Elantra and definitely would get another when it comes time to replace. I just hope Hyundai comes out with some kind of hatchback type vehicle by the time I need to replace mine. I love the hatchback. It has had some hauling duties and did them beautifully.
#5343 of 5565 Re: 2005 Hatchback [iowaelantra]
Jul 17, 2008 (9:47 am)
Ask around and find a good paintless dent repair shop. I have had repairs done before with that process and was impressed. If you find a guy who really knows what he is doing, you may find that the repair will be flawless, leaving no sign of the original dent.
And if the dent is as you say, your dealer is planning on doing the whole sanding, bondo, repaint and it really doesn't sound called for from your description.
#5344 of 5565 Re: 2005 Hatchback [iowaelantra]
Jul 17, 2008 (11:06 am)
I wonder if anybody have tried a bathroom plunger?
#5345 of 5565 mileage problem
Jul 17, 2008 (6:58 pm)
I own an '04 Elantra with 48,000 miles on it.
Suddenly my gas mileage has dropped like a brick.
Where I was getting about 500 miles to a full tank of gas
I'm now getting 375 to 400 miles!
This occured almost overnight.
With gas prices at four bucks a gallon this is scary.
She runs good and idles smmoth.
No visible leaks or fuel odors.
Nobody punched a hole in my gas tank to siphon it off either.
I have no other complaints about this car for the four years I've owned it.
Anyone have any advice/suggestions??
#5346 of 5565 Re: mileage problem [gm1258]
Jul 18, 2008 (7:25 am)
Have you tried different brands of fuel? I consistently will see lower mileage on Shell than Coastal (HEB supplier)
#5347 of 5565 Re: mileage problem [gm1258]
Jul 18, 2008 (7:49 am)
Try running a can of Seafoam or other good injector cleaner through with your next tank of fuel. I was on trip last week in my 02 Elantra GT and it seemed to me that I also wasn't getting as good milage. Since I only had about 67K and had it tuned at 60K, so with new plugs etc, I would have expected good milage. I too was wondering what gives although it didn't seem as bad as yours. It could just be the sticker shock of the gas pump and I just seem to think I am putting more gas in due to the pain in the wallet. I have gotten about 34 mpg highway in the past. I will start monitoring it closer now.
#5348 of 5565 Re: 2005 Hatchback [iowaelantra]
Jul 18, 2008 (11:52 am)
I have a 2005 and 2006 Elantra. Both driven by my teenage kids so I'm very familiar with paintless dent repair for these vehicles.
I have used them on a number of occasions. One time for very similar door damage you describe. Each time they are done, the area is either totally restored to original condition or so close it's difficult to tell. I recommend them for this type of repair.
The best place to get a good one is through a large dealership. They often use this service for hail damage and have a few contractors numbers handy. Sometimes they willl lease space at the dealer and work right there.
The one gripe I have about these cars is the sheetmetal is a bit too thin as they dent easily. My friend has a 2008 Elantra which seems to have a much thicker skin. Good luck. --Jack
#5349 of 5565 Re: 2005 Hatchback [jacktb]
Jul 18, 2008 (12:36 pm)
In the Twin Cities I've used Dent Wizard multiple times on different vehicles, including a 2001 and 2004 Elantra, with good results. That included significant hail damage on my 2001 Elantra, which came out looking like new at only a fraction of the cost of regular repairs, plus they didn't have to disturb the factory paint.
#5350 of 5565 '04 Elantra overheating
Jul 20, 2008 (5:52 pm)
Yesterday, while driving my car with the AC on, I noticed the temp. gage go up and my ac stop working. Anyone have an idea to what the problem is? Water in radiator is good but the water in the reservoir keeps going low. When car is at idle, engine does not overheat, but when I put it in drive the engine gets hot.
#5351 of 5565 Re: '04 Elantra overheating [deepsr]
Jul 20, 2008 (6:06 pm)
A couple of things: if the fluid (hopefully antifreeze and not water!) in the reservoir keeps getting low, over a short period of time, that signals a leak in the cooling system someplace. The reservoir is connected to the radiator. If you've let it go awhile and never seen the fluid drop in the radiator, it's possible the leak is in the reservoir or the tube connecting it to the radiator.
The second thing to check is the radiator fan, which is electric and only comes on when needed. Once on a Civic I owned, the fan went out and the symptoms were as you described: while driving with the AC on, the engine temperature went up (especially when driving at slow speed). The AC cutting off may be a preventative measure built into the AC system, to cut it off when the engine temperature reaches a certain point--but that is just a guess.
These kinds of problems might be covered by the factory warranty, if the car has less than 60k miles on it and you are the first or second owner. One thing, though--don't drive it with the temperature in the red zone! It could damage the engine, and might void the warranty.