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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#387 of 4930 GT fit and finish
Jun 19, 2001 (5:32 am)
I must agree with the post # 362 -- the fit and finish of our GT is top notch. Our neighbors own a 1999 Protege ES and it is parked next to our E/GT. I was outside this weekend and I noticed that the panel gaps between the doors, fenders and front fascia on the Protege were twice as wide as on our Elantra. The Protege is a fine car (in fact, it was our second choice behind the Elantra) but the Elantra is, from what I can tell, built to the same or higher tolerances.
And our GT is much quieter than our friend's 2000 Civic EX, and *much* roomier than the 1999 Toyota Corolla LE we rented while on vacation last year. Hyundai has made great strides in vehicle assembly. Frankly, the domestic manufacturers (Focus, Cavalier, Neon) must have skipped class on the day "quality control" was discussed.
#388 of 4930 IMPRESSIONS
Jun 19, 2001 (5:38 am)
Dorve the P-5 several times at several dealers. Great car! Then drove the new Elantra GT 5-door hatch. Ouch! This is decent competition, at least dollar for dollar. If you haven't checked out the Elantra GT, you should. Let's set aside Mazda vs Hyundai for a moment. The Elantra is loaded. For around $16K with package 7, I believe, you get leather, fog lights, 4 wheel discs, ABS, traction control, moonroof, AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers, full power, alloys, Michelins, keyless entry, security system, etc. The driver's seat, lumbar and height adjustments and leg room are great. The center arm rest and dual level storage is a big plus. Rear headroom is excellent as a result of the moonroof being positioned the way it is leaving a higher ceiling for the rear seat passengers. The black insert belt line and bumper moldings might go a long way to prevent dings and paint scraping. Side mirrors retract and there are 4 overhead hand grips. I'm not saying this is a better car, just that it is worth a look in comparison shopping. The purple dash lighting is also a lot easier on the eyes than the red on white in the Pro. Yes...I know the Elantra would be better with the 2.0 Pro engine. Happy motoring.
#389 of 4930 MPGMAN
Jun 19, 2001 (6:53 am)
Please elaborate on "...I know the Elantra would be better with the 2.0 Pro engine."
I thought Protege5 has a 130HP engine. The Elantra GT has a 140. I have not driven either car, do you believe that the Protege5 is faster off the line? What about twisties?
The Protege5 is a sweet looking automobile.
Jun 19, 2001 (6:57 am)
My impressions are that the Pro 2.0 is a more refined engine than the Elantra 2.0. Quieter, more responsive, less hesitation under full acceleration....at least to me.
Jun 19, 2001 (7:36 pm)
the protege is better at speeds than the elantra and the elantra is better than the pro of the line. thats been my experience.
Jun 21, 2001 (6:39 pm)
Regardless of who put the emblem on, Hyundai is responsible for the quality.
If you go to Pizza Hut, and your wife dies of food poisioning from some bad pepperoni, who you gonna blame? The nasty cook scraping the toppings from the floor? I don't think so. Your gonna go after Pizza Hut.
When I saw the emblems all over the place, I'm thinking I can't believe these cars look like this. I've sold cars before, and I would hate to do a walk around with a customer. It just gives a bad impression of quality. Another thing the emblem is not "classy" at all. Too big and cheesy plastic looking.
#393 of 4930 New Elantra GT
Jun 22, 2001 (10:08 am)
I purchased a new Elantra GT, Pewter, 5-sp manual yesterday morning. I offered the dealer 100 dollars over invoice and he accepted. I drove the car back to back with a Honda Civic LX, 5-sp, (comparable cost) and believe the Hyundai is a significantly better car. Handling, Steering feel, acceleration, gear shifting all seemed a bit better. The Hyundai may be quieter too, hard to tell. Added features make it no contest ie. rear disc brakes, leather interior, utility of hatchback. The Elantra's more powerful engine is a trade off between the Honda's higher mileage. I'm very curious to see what kind of mileage I will get. At 120 miles on the odometer, I see exactly 1/4 tank gone. Will report after a fill up. One interesting note: the GT badge was missing. I'm trying to decide if I want to have one installed or not.
Jun 22, 2001 (10:23 am)
That is a great deal on such a new model. I went to the Hyundai dealer today and looked at a red one. It was the only one I saw and it had a $1,700 "apperance package" added on by the dealer! Yeah right, I won't even bother buying a car from them with those kind of tatics. It brought the "dealers sticker price" up to $17,200. I'm sure they would go down some on price but adding that $1,700 profit into the price gives them a big margin to say take $800 off the price just for me like I would be getting a deal. I am looking to get one in the spring but I just had to see the car in person now, I may just make the same offer $100 over invoice like you did. Did you go by the invoice price here on Edmunds? Or did they show you a invoice price in writing that they had?
#395 of 4930 300silverbulit
Jun 22, 2001 (11:17 am)
Invoice was $12885 + 95(CA emissions) + 45(carpets) + 495(transportation) + 376(advertising-yes this is a legitimate charge) + 100 = $14017 Total
#396 of 4930 ABS availability
Jun 22, 2001 (12:39 pm)
I am looking to buy this car for my daughter. It passed my test drive yesterday. The sales person told me that Package 7 (ABS brakes) will not be available until late fall. Has anyone else heard of this. These are the same people who, a month ago, denied this car ever existed. I hope they are wrong. They also said that cobalt Blue was VERY difficult to get.