>1. Hyundai in Canada only has a 3 year comprehensive/5 year powertrain warranty. And we all know about Hyundai's bad name in reliability.
I have had 3 Hyundais when I was in Canada and I don't know about any reliability issues. I have never had any reliability problems with my 1989 Sonata GL, 1993 and 1995 Elantra GLs. If cared for, they are just as reliable as any other car in its class. This reliability bad name is nonsense.
> 2. # recalls. I know the elantra for 2002 has been completely redesigned, but the # of recalls for the 2001 model -- after it has been out for several years is a whooping 39. compared to <10 for focus, civics i'm quite worried.
The 2001 cannot have been out for "several years" and as for the number of recalls (assuming that this is an accurate number) -- are they all safety related? I have only had about 3 recalls in total for my 3 Canadian Hyundais. 39 recalls on one car/model which is on the road maybe 1.5 years is nonsense. Speaking of recalls Focus has a pretty serious one in effect now.
> 3. wagon style will be out.
The GT is not a wagon. It is a hatchback. Read the current literature and see the trends these days -- hatchbacks and crossover vehicles are "in" in NA now. Hatchbacks were always "in" in Europe, where people apparently can appreciate its versatility a bit more. Buy based on your needs, and not what the trends say you should buy.
> 5. cost of maintenance in long run. since hyundai's aren't as popular as honda / toyota's, does this mean i'll to pay more for its parts?
You will not pay more for parts. You will pay less. Also, the parts availability is just about the same as with any other vehicle *including domestics*
If you want a solid, dependable, sporty car that is the *best* value for your money, then you will have not choice but to buy the GT.
Visit my website to learn some more about the GT,
and ignore Consumer Reports.
2001 elantra recalls/problems
1996 elantra recalls/problems