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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
Feb 20, 2002 (5:20 am)
Tough break with your rear window (pun intended). I didn't realize that big old slab of glass could be so costly to replace! Perhaps your post will save some other GT owners from the same fate.
GT owners should beware of mounting any rear bicycle or luggage carriers that involve the use of straps and/or hooks to loop over the rear glass.
I work part-time in a bike shop and to the best of my knowledge most of the big-name rack manufacturers (Thule, Yakima, Rhode Gear, etc.) now make good quality roof racks which will fit the later-model (1998-2001) Hyundai Elantra. If you absolutely MUST use an external bicycle rack, then ask your local bike shop to reccomend a roof rack. Avoid using a rear-mount carrier on your Elantra GT or you risk breaking the rear window.
By the way, I just fold down the rear seat and throw my 700c road bike in the back. There is plenty of room for even two full-sized (700c or 26") bicycles back there if you take off the front wheels.
Happy Motoring (and Cycling)!
#1592 of 4930 Gt w/ option package 11
Feb 21, 2002 (3:05 pm)
Just test drove the GT/automatic. I was very impressed with the way it handled. Nice stereo too. The salesperson said it is tough if not impossible to get a GT with antilock brakes/option package 11. Is this true? Any suggestions?
#1593 of 4930 about "bad" Hyundai
Feb 21, 2002 (3:39 pm)
Here's my feeling. The JD Powers surveys' they asked people who had owned 5 yr old Hyundai(and many other vehicles) about "Problems";
the "Problems" that put Hyundai at #35 out of 37 "makes"
1) Wind Noise!
2) Tire noise!
3) Sometimes braking noise(they ever hear of brake pad wear out sensors?)
4) And" sometimes window rattles when closing the doors!
Who replies to these? Lexus car salesmen?
Speaking of Toyota, Inc, read posts aboju 3.3 million vehicle recall for Sludging engines.
I think engines that break down before 12,000 -30,000 miles due to design fault is worse than a "road/tire noise".
#1594 of 4930 yes, you can get package 11
Feb 21, 2002 (3:48 pm)
Don't believe them! There is a dealer in a Chicago suburb that gets a lot of GT's that are MSRP'd at $16,607 that have the package 11--that includes leather, sunroof, ABS and traction control.
By the way, I have a '99 Sonata that was loaded with everything you could get from the factory, including leather, ABS, and traction control. The car is great. I have had no problem with it. I don't put many miles on it--16,000 in 2-1/2 yrs, but that's 'cause I work in the same Chicago suburb I live in. I love the traction control, and would not buy a car without it in this climate. Kicks in when it's raining as well as snowing.
I've been monitoring this board because I'm thinking of getting a hatchback or mini-SUV I could more easily put my 2 dogs into, or some plants that I wouldn't have it put in my trunk sideways. There are about 12 different models I'm looking at--even have an Excel spreadsheet with all the different specs! But I am very pleased with Hyundai, and you can't beat the price. I do have a 6 cylinder, however, and I can't drive a stick--could never get the hang of it, so I'm a bit hesistant about going to a 4 cyl.auto. But the 6 I have it not the speediest--takes almost 10 seconds to get 0-60. I don't need the speed very often--just to "get out of the way" occasionally, so to speak. (Just to let you know, I learned to drive when 380 V-8's were very common!) But I've had 4-cyl's--a 1976 Audi Fox was the car I had the longest.
When I bought my Sonata in Aug of '99, I was able to get about 6.6% off sticker, FYI.
I like to go on Sundays (dealers closed in Ill.) and "look" in the local dealer lot. I like the rally red color a lot. I also like the silver, although they are few and far between around here. Always a lot of obsidian blacks for some reason. The chianti red looks good, too. In the winter, you can really tell which colors look better dirty--in the "polluted" areas, in the dealer lots just off the main highways, after the morning frost drips off!
If anyone can tell me how the mileage is for automatic in the "stop and start" areas of the country--a light or stop sign every two blocks--I would appreciate it! Andi
Feb 21, 2002 (4:05 pm)
i used to live up that ways, Merrillville,Schererville, Hammond, Gary, and os on("suburbs" of Chicago, or bed and breakfast, Lake county, In.). I know of one Hyudnai dealerhsip, 35 miles from chicago, Route 30, 8-10 miles east of rt41 and rt30...is that the dealership(forgot name) u r talking about?
We got our sonata gls-v6 july 99.
ours has nearly 73,000 in same time frame as yours has 16,000. Man, if ours was that "pristine", I could probably trade it in for close to pay off.
WOuld like a GT, but with our mileage, I had better wait until it is close to paid of first.
#1596 of 4930 To 000000048, Dealer is in Aurora, IL
Feb 21, 2002 (4:25 pm)
I'm directly west of Chicago in Naperville--in contention for 3rd largest city in Illinois with neighboring Aurora where the dealer is (Gartner).
The only problem with Hyundai may be resale value. I don't know yet if I'll get a better price trading it in at a Hyundai dealer than elsewhere. I know what Edmunds says my car is worth, but.... So glad to hear you have 70K+ miles. I'm hoping Hyundai will be taken seriously some day. Maybe once their cars are actually manufactured on American soil like some of the Japanese makes.... Andi
#1597 of 4930 Corolla comparison
Feb 21, 2002 (9:01 pm)
I was really disappointed in Toyota (and I've owned several) when I tried their comparison between the LE and the GT. Unlike Honda, whose
website flat-out shows you that the GT is better, Toyota gives you slanted information, avoids anything detrimental, and makes a big deal out of nothing ("Corolla is a lot faster!" - .1mph). The site is poorly designed and the car is a lot more expensive. They oughta be ashamed!
#1598 of 4930 GT w/ option pkg 11
Feb 22, 2002 (8:58 am)
I just bought one and had no problems other than I couldn't get it in Carbon Blue on one day's notice. I ended up with Chianti Red which I actually liked better.
Feb 23, 2002 (7:31 am)
The GT's 4 banger is plenty powerful and you should get in the low to mid 20s in heavy city driving and in the low to mid 30s on the highway.
#1600 of 4930 Burning oil smell
Feb 23, 2002 (1:43 pm)
I had the same thing with my 2001 GT. The dealer actually went into a little depth explaining what it was. At the factory they apply an oil based protectant to the exhaust system to prevent rust for the time it sits and waits to be adopted. I think the reason he bothered getting into it is because when I went to pick my GT up I started it and it puffed a small, thin cloud, so I shut if off and went immediately to the manager's office for my deposit. They both assured me that by the end of the week it would stop doing that, and if it decided to again in the next TEN YEARS, I was to bring it back for free service. I was definitely reassured after that, and all has been well other than two small evap leaks which, as promised, were fixed free of charge. (I even got an oil change and a car wash out of the deal both times.)