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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#1295 of 4930 Thinking of Elantra GT
Jan 04, 2002 (7:36 am)
I am looking at the Elantra GT. I have also looked at the Mazda Protege ES and like the way it looks. I now have a 2001 XG300 which I love. We have around 7000 miles on it and no problems at all. Now we are replacing our 1997 Breeze, and thus our looking at the ES and Elantra GT. Would like to hear from GT owners on how they like or dislike their car. The Hyundai warranty is what prompted our looking at Hyundai in the first place. We live in Iowa where we should have snow, but so far, it has all gone south. The traction control is a plus for us. Please let me know how you like the GT. Thanks for your help.
#1296 of 4930 Hyundai dealers in Indianapolis?
Jan 04, 2002 (9:14 am)
I'm interested in the '02 Elantra GT. Has anyone here had any positive/negative experiences with any of the Hyundai dealers in Indianapolis, IN? Anyone purchased an Elantra GT from one of them?
Appreciate any info. Please email me directly - amcdanyahoo.com
#1297 of 4930 To Zig and Capstark
Jan 04, 2002 (9:27 am)
Yay Zig! I'm so happy you decided on the GT - I know you'll love it. I've had mine for 2 weeks and 700 miles. This is my first brand-new car. For the first few days, I could hardly sleep because I was so excited. I think I wanted to be in it 24-7! I have a Carbon Blue manual with sunroof, floormats, mud flaps, and cargo net for $14,400+tax/lic. Not a shred of buyer's remorse.
Here's how my decision making process went:
I decided that a loan of $15K was my max.
TONS of reading on Edmunds and Carpoint.
I narrowed my choices down to: Mazda Protege5, Elantra GT, or a used Toyota RAV4.
I decided that the Pro5 looks like a college boy's racing toy and was just to cheesey for me.
Then I test drove the GT (an automatic). It looks so much better in person, great lines, love the tail light pattern and the wheels, great ride, comfy seats, lots of room, huge back seet, my skis will fit in the back (with the seat down), LEATHER!, purple lights, all around very impressive. It just felt great. The auto was ok but I could tell that the manual would be a lot more fun - and it IS.
I decided that I could get so much more for my money and it would be NEW in the GT. It met all my needs, stayed within my budget, I wouldn't have to deal with used-car shopping, and they are still very unique (which is why I wouldn't even consider any Hondas). Plus, the GT offers a plethora of standard features I thought I could never afford - leather, heated side mirrors, remote entry, alarm, 6-speakers, 4-airbags, moonroof, trip computer, etc.
Now that I've had it for a while, here's what I'd change: make all the dash lights match (the clock, stereo, and climate controls are green), put reading lights in the back seat, and offer a multi-step keyless entry (driver-only unlock, then all unlock, separate hatch release). That's it.
Hope this helps. Have fun with your search!
#1298 of 4930 Changes we'd make ...
Jan 04, 2002 (10:45 am)
jackyl100 said --
"make all the dash lights match (the clock, stereo, and climate controls are green), put reading lights in the back seat, and offer a multi-step keyless entry (driver-only unlock, then all unlock, separate hatch release)."
I agree with these, and would even forego the multi-step keyless entry, in favour of one that beeps the horn when it locks or unlocks. One has to rely on hearing the locks themselves.
#1299 of 4930 Question about overdrive on GT 5 speed.
Jan 04, 2002 (10:47 am)
My owners manual says that I have overdrive on my 5spd stick. I have a question is 5th gear the overdrive gear or is there an extra gear built into 5th. I have about 400 miles on the ODO and I have been monitoring engine rpm's at each gear and I have noticed my RPM's seem to be a little higher at 5th gear cruising than my wifes GLS with Auto at the same speed. I will be at 2.5 and she will be at 2.0. I have also noticed that going from first to second in cold weather is a little tight. I will give this some more time to watch since it doenst happen all the time. I just love my 2002 Cardinal Red Gt with Moonroof with wind deflector and spoiler, has to be the best car for the money.
Any information would be helpful.
#1300 of 4930 Fifth in almost all 5-speeds is overdrive
Jan 04, 2002 (11:56 am)
Jan 04, 2002 (2:53 pm)
Like you, I cross-shopped the Elantra GT and the Protege ES. We bought the GT. The ES was a VERY CLOSE second. The things that tilted us in favor of the GT were 1) the hatchback configuration (Pro5 not on sale yet when we bought); 2) the overall "feel" of heft in the GT, and; 3) the Hyundai warranty.
I still think the ES is a great car, but the GT has been everything we asked for and more. No regrets. Our neighbors have a 1999 ES and we always get more compliments on our car (we share a driveway).
Either car should hold up well. We just passed 12,000 miles with no problems.
However, our GTs "Check Engine" light came on four days ago due to a loose gas cap (we can't pump our own fuel in NJ). After driving the car for those four days, I took it in for service and the repair staff corrected the fault in about 15 minutes (after I waited 90 minutes!).
After you pass 12,000 miles, Hyundai's warranty does not apply to such "adjustments" so you'd bear the $75 or so in labor charges to tur off the light. Owners, be sure to tighten your fuel caps!!
Jan 04, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Yes i am very happy with my GT . And the changes stated above i agree with totaly only thing i would add is a retactable antena . The car ahs all the other goodies why not a power antena ?. Also give the people that don't want a sunroof the option of abs and tcs . If i could have got the car with out the sunroof i would have gotten the abs and tcs . But u can't so i had to pass on it . It is a peppy car but with a GT on the side i wish it had just a tad bit more horsepower . But i guess for what cars cost today and what u get in it how can you really complain . I guess you could if u were an anal person but .... Over the best bang for the buck . If someone wants a new car and doesn't want an accent you can't go wrong with a GLS or a GT in my book . But i like Hyundai so i may have a tainted view .
#1303 of 4930 to: qhuy00 - sorry for the late reply-
Jan 04, 2002 (8:02 pm)
I went to: Huffines in Plano
They have some GT with automatic.
Big Billy Barret in Garland(635 and Jupiter) three times!!
They have one 5speed manual(color: burgandy, option:none). They say they can install moonroof for $1,000 bucks. (I think that's a nonsense. Moonroof option is only about $500 according to edmunds.com!) They even sell that vehicle which is made in 2001 above the sticker price.
(Their price was $14,499)
They have 3(I believe)GT with 4spd automatic.
I called Allen Samuals Dodge Hyundai in Forth Worth.( I saw an ad saying Elantra GT $2,000 off!)
They said they don't have GT with manual now but, they will have some in Jan 15th.
Here's some information I got from dealership.
They say they only have two Elantra GT manual in TX. They have one(Big Billy Barret) and one in Houston.
The one in Houston has moonroof an it's black.
They tried to sell that with extra shipping charge(It was $700.) When I get the price of that black GT, they said it was already been driven 4,000 mile!
I can't recommend any dealer because I've just gone 2 but I surly don't recommend Big Billy Barret in Garland
If you find GT/manual/ABS in DFW area, Please let me know.
Thank you in advence.
#1304 of 4930 To jim7heaven7 re RPMs
Jan 04, 2002 (9:14 pm)
The final drive ratio on Elantras (and many other cars) between the auto and the 5-speed. I own a 5-speed GLS and have rented automatics, and have noticed that the automatics are consistently about 10% lower RPMs than the 5-speeds at the same speeds. Also the automatics are quieter, probably due mostly to lower engine RPMs but I think there's something else at work there.