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#5561 of 5565 2001 Elantra GLS manual still going strong
May 28, 2012 (5:12 pm)
Still runs fine with minor issues that's too expensive to fix.
- oil seeps through the gasket a bit
- clutch is almost worn out ( 2 teenagers learning to drive on stick) but don't want to pay to replace
- some rust inside the hood: alternator, water pump, etc... but still runs fine
- air bag wiring harness under the driver seat acts up often and causes air bag light to illuminate. Not covered under warranty
- gear knob came off. Replaced with a over the counter smaller knob.
- replaced fuel cap due to CEL lighting up
- stock radio and clock is broken... don't plan to fix it
- some metallic windows seals are rusting from inside out
- some rust coming through the wheel wells (rusting from inside a bit, probably due to salt deposits)
I drive it for 1/2 hour every week to keep the engine running when no one drive it during the week. I actually find the ride quality a lot softer than the newer cars with big wheels and thin side wall tires. I paid 13K out of the door in 2001 ( with inflation that's about 17K now). I think it was money well spent.
#5562 of 5565 Re: Eight-year report [backy]
May 29, 2012 (3:29 am)
wait a minute Backy, you said that the dealer lied?? No....go on
Glad your car is holding up well. My ET is now being used as a new driver training car due to the great visibility and brakes.
As for your tires, if you have the H727, they are amazing tires. I think they are better than the Michelins I have on my other car. I only wish that Costco would carry tires like the Hankook.
Keep on drivin'
#5563 of 5565 5th gear stall
Aug 14, 2012 (12:23 am)
I have a 2004 elantra well maintained just changed timing belt and water pump has 75,000miles runs smooth untill yesterday driving on the highway and while in 5th gear the car wanting to stall engine light came on briefly and did it several time brought it to 4th gear no problem .
any help or insight on this
#5564 of 5565 Nine-year report
Mar 24, 2013 (10:28 am)
My 2004 Elantra GT turns 9 this week. It's still my son's college and work car, so it's parked outside all the time. Has about 81,500 miles, so still under the powertrain warranty. Finally had the first significant repair costs for non-wear items a week ago: the HVAC fan switch needed replacing, and while in for that the dealer found that the valve cover gasket was leaking a bit and also a power steering cable was leaking a little. In each case the dealer said "a lot of people just live with this and keep an eye on it", but since my son drives the car and he might not keep a close eye on these issues (and I don't want the steering failing on him), I decided to have both repairs done. They also tightened the belts as the steering belt was slipping a bit.
Aside from some parking lot scrapes and dings, the body and paint are still great. There is one dime-sized spot in the lower corner of the rear license plate surround where the paint is beginning to bubble from rust-through--not too bad for being through 9 Minnesota winters and a lot of road salt. Interior also is holding up well, except for the left edge of the front seat back, which wore prematurely (I think related to its use as an auto show car before I bought it). Still getting mid-30s mpg on the highway when driven at ~65, which is above the EPA rating of 29. Also no rattles/squeaks, really drives pretty much like it did when new except the engine is a tad rougher when idling.
I remember when the 2001 Elantra debuted, one auto mag (MT or C/D I think) said something like, "If this car holds up, there won't be any reason to pay extra for a Japanese car." Looks like that was a good prediction. I paid $13,200 + T&L for the car new, as fully loaded as an Elantra GT could be back then, and KBB says it's worth about $6,500 in a private party sale. So a little over $60 a month depreciation over 9 years. I'll take that any day.
#5565 of 5565 Re: Nine-year report [backy]
Mar 24, 2013 (3:24 pm)
Thanks for the update backy! Kid's driving an '05 GT at college at the moment and have my fingers crossed. Going on third year since we acquired "Ellie the Elantra" second hand and so far, so good. Need it to stay that way 'til grad day!!!