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#569 of 5565 BUY THE ELANTRA WAGON !!!!
Feb 19, 2001 (8:26 pm)
I own the Elantra wagon. I bought it new in 1997 and it is a wonderful car. I have not had any problems with it and it has 53,000 miles on it now. I drive it every day and have gone everywhere with it. It is Excellent in the snow and it's economical and relaible.
DO NOT LISTEN to anyone who tells you that Hyundai Elantra is no good. It IS a good quality car. Hyundai has been making Excellent quality cars now for the past 10 years. They have excellent warranties and service. They do not have the problems which they had with their cars in the 1980's. They have very High quality cars now and are into the Luxury car market.
You will not be making a mistake if you buy the Elantra or Elantra wagon. It is definitely a good car.
#570 of 5565 Umm Lets see under 15K Ill add
Feb 19, 2001 (8:39 pm)
If you want something other then a sedan:
1997+ Honda CRV (own a 2000 and Love it)
2001 Jeep Cherokee 4door (over 15K but have seen extremely cheap lease)
1999+ Chevy Tracker
98+ Honda Accord (bullet proof car)
97+ Toyota Camry
1999+ Hyundai Sonata (you can get a New 4cyl for a tad over 15K) If you are in the Ohio area I saw a 1999 Sonata with 40K GLS V6 for $11,900 and a 2000 Package 13 FULLY LOADED, Leather and roof for 15,900K. You would get more for your money with a year or 2 old sonata then a new elantra. In my opinion the sonata is the better value (especially with children and a dog)
DO NOT BUY A DAEWOO because of their uncertain future (at least in the U.S.),
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#571 of 5565 Number 3 and Counting
Feb 19, 2001 (9:00 pm)
To the people considering an Elantra, wanted to say that I just bought my 3rd Elantra. Have a 2000 sedan w/auto (Daughter #1), 2000 wagon w/auto (mine), and as of today a 2001 sedan w/auto for Daughter #2. Had 2 defects on my wagon, warped brake rotors and transmission seal leak. Rotors and seal replaced on 7500 mile service, no hassle. No other problems either car, just total satisfaction with the VALUE received.
Drove the 2001 home and loved it! They made a good car quieter, smoother, handle better, added armrests and interior tweaking, fixed the rather ugly tail end, and it seems to shift smoother. Out the door cost with 3% tax/title/fees for package 2 and mud guards, floor mats, and extended bumper to bumper warranty ($659 as I am repeat buyer) was $14,200. People may not realize that for $50 you can transfer that 10/100K warranty to a new owner if you decide to sell privately. The basic warranty stops at 5/60K if you sell. Also, I save about $68 a year in AAA fees for the duration. The Elantra is absolutely the best value going. If Hyundai made a pickup, I'd have bought one of those for my son, who loves his Toyota's reliability but dislikes the lousy comfort (it is killing his back) and cheap interior. My only dislike with the 2001 was the ribbed seat back. If I can talk my daughter into letting me drive it once in a while, perhaps I will get used to it.
By the way, I'm not independently wealthy. The kids are making a large chunk of the car payments, but this way they get a safe, reliable car with no unplanned upkeep costs. I had spent $2500 trying to keep Daughter #2's '95 Neon running over the past 2 years and just said the heck with it.
To the lady who hated the seat fabric pattern: spend $60 on seat covers in any color you want.
#572 of 5565 To update earlier post on RPMs
Feb 20, 2001 (1:11 am)
I tested my 2001 Elantra 5 spd late this evening (so I don't get any tickets) and here are the numbers I got:
Kilometer Per Hour (Kph)
100 Kph (2500 rpm) 62 mph
110 " (2700 rpm) 68 mph
120 " (3000 rpm) 74.5 (75) mph
130 " (3200 rpm) 81 mph
140 " (3500 rpm) 87 mph
I really like the way the car rides...
The only thing I don't like are the tires...Khumo...they sound like snow tires yet they suck in the snow...I hope you have better tires as OE on your cars than we do here in Canada.
#573 of 5565 Jedlica's review
Feb 20, 2001 (7:22 am)
After a largely very praiseworthy review, Jedlica ends it with: "As is the case with most South Korean cars, the Elantra has the refinement that leading Japanese economy cars possessed a few years ago. It's just that Japan keeps raising the bar."
Rarely do I see a review that does not knock Hyundai in the same manner. I rarely see competing Japanese makes compared to each other in the refinement category. I'm looking at maybe getting the hatchback when it comes out. Besides the engine growl, where else does Hyundai lag in refinement?
#574 of 5565 2001 Elantra Interior Odor
Feb 20, 2001 (8:50 am)
I am ready to buy the 2001 Elantra except for one thing. I can't stand the smell in the inside of the car. While testing driving the car I came away with a headache. Does anyone know what this funky odor is? Does it go away? The salesman said it was from the catalytic converter.
#575 of 5565 Tires & Odor---------
Feb 20, 2001 (9:18 am)
darpin1: while "lot prowling" this morning before any of the lot sharks were out of bed I noticed that ALL the 2001 Elantras on this particular lot had 15" Michelins on them. The other Accents and Sonatas all had Kummo or Hankook tires. I think putting the "Michies" on the Elantra was a very wise move and just makes the car a even better value.
molly26: Being in business we buy a lot of cars for our sales force per year, both domestic and imports. ALL new cars have some sort of odor. Some nicer than others. Fear not, the smell will go away as soon as all the "new" plastic and paint settle in. My wife complained for about 6 months about the reeking leather in her Bimmer ! Go figure, some folks just love that leather smell and others can't stand it! Squirt some Lysol in there 'till it settles down it'll be fine. I doubt the smell was from the cat convt unless it smelled like sulpher (rotten egg smell) but that would not likely be noticed inside the car as a constant. Like most car salesmen, he doesn't have a clue as to what he's selling.
Feb 20, 2001 (9:18 am)
Thanks for the RPM info.
#577 of 5565 Electrical Update
Feb 20, 2001 (9:32 am)
The car is still in the shop (8 days now) the parts are in back order. The wiring harness needs replacement. For those who want to know I live in CT, I have the '01 option 4 manual.
They state water may have got into the wires causing the corrosion. We did have some bad snowstorms and my wife drove through some large amouts of snow/slush.
Regarding the gas gauge ours comes on with about 2 gallons to go. Will keep ya'll updated... Cant wait to get my Firebird on the road. : )
#578 of 5565 bri70 post #568 hit the nail on the head
Feb 20, 2001 (9:53 am)
I completely agree with your observation. It's like "hey, this is a really good car!" and then they pour cold water on it by slamming it somehow. Consumer's reports came the closest I have read to really coming out in support of the Elantra. I don't work for Hyundai, but I have to tell you after hearing glowing remarks by uncle on his '99 and after driving an 01' automatic a couple of weeks back ( I believe Hyundai's slogan is "Driving is believing"), I'm a believer. I drove a Honda Civic LX and Chevy Prism LSi with hours for a comparison, and as far as I was concerned, the Hyundai won hands down! I told the a_ _ _ _ _ e salesman at the Honda dealer after my test drive what I was comparing to and that his machine came in a solid second behind the Hyundai and he literally starting screaming at me what a "piece of s_ _ t the Hyundai was and that I must " know nothing about cars at all!" It was obvious that his flat world had just turned round before his very eyes and he couldn't begin to deal with it. I actually feel sorry for him. I am attending the Columbus, Ohio autoshow in early March and understand that the hatchback will be on display. I can't wait. For those of you out there looking at a Civic/Corolla/Prism/Elantra decision, drive an Elantra and at least give it a chance . . . . I'm glad I did!