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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#480 of 4930 $2500 if your lucky
Jul 06, 2001 (11:32 am)
If the leather seats look good. I can always rebadge it as a SAAB, and trick somebody.....but their resale value is just as bad. I feel like buying one just to be rebellious. If you buy a Honda, it's without a doubt a great proven product. Hyundai, a great unproven product that breaks the norm. My congrats to those that bought one already, you have guts. I'm still undecided as to trading in my 1996 civic for a 2001 Elantra.
#481 of 4930 Ditto crayneri...'cept no trade in.
Jul 06, 2001 (11:36 am)
That's pretty much my dilemma...buy the ubiquitous, but reliable Civic or the daring but unproven GT. Allow me those adjectives for my 16 grand.
Jul 06, 2001 (12:49 pm)
ummm did you see the edmunds test drive on the 2001 gls. i think they are 10x better than the civic. you should have no problem with hyundais now. about 3-4 years ago i was talking bad about them too and my family never owned anything but hyundais but now all we do is praise this car company.
#483 of 4930 Former Honda Owner
Jul 06, 2001 (4:20 pm)
I've owned two Accords and an Odyssey. I went for the GT over the Civic (and the Jetta). Not even a close call.
Jul 07, 2001 (3:51 am)
Congratulations on your new GT. Where did you buy and what kind of deal did you get? I'm curious because I have a feeling the high demand for the GT is keeping prices up is some places.
I agree -- why spend the $$$ for a Jetta when the GT offers just a much nice stuff?
Jul 07, 2001 (8:59 am)
I got a pretty good deal in the DC area a couple of weeks ago. (#415) I'm not sure what's happening with prices now. More demand but maybe also more cars.
About the Jetta, I figured out that it could get really expensive since the warranty is only 2/24 and a lot of people reported high repair bills. The Hyundai warranty includes 5 year roadside assistance, which is generally offered only on cars about twice the price.
#486 of 4930 Former Honda Owner 2
Jul 07, 2001 (4:47 pm)
We have owned Civics, Corollas, and recently two Acura Legends. Recently sold one Legend and got a 2001 Elantra GLS. Was going to sell the other Legend to get a SanteFe, but am now leaning towards the Elantra GT. We have 6,500 miles on our Elantra and it has been 100% trouble-free. Just went 2,500 miles round trip and it was a pleasure on the trip. A year ago I didn't include Hyundai in my list of choices, but I sure am glad that I went in for that test drive. To each his own, but IMO anybody reading this should at least test drive a new Hyundai before deciding on what make to buy...
#487 of 4930 Poor gas mileage
Jul 08, 2001 (10:41 am)
The GT cannot get more than 27 MPG in 100% highway driving...I have an automatic, but still, this strikes me as low mileage for a 4-banger.
Jul 08, 2001 (5:22 pm)
I just came back from a trip to the Jersey Shore. In stop-and-go highway driving, our GT got 29.8 mpg. Probably would have been able to pull over 30 mpg but the %#!&% shore traffic was too thick.
The car was a real joy to sit in during the "stop" parts of "stop-and-go" traffic, though. This was only our second highway trip in the car. We're going on a drive to Canada next month so I'll report on the mileage when we return.
#489 of 4930 Thanks for all the Great Info
Jul 08, 2001 (10:39 pm)
This is my first post, but wanted to let you all know that this discussion has been very helpful. I don't own an Elantra GT (YET), but am planning on buying it this month--just got approved for the financing yesterday. Now waiting to find the one I want in stock here in Phoenix.
I find it REALLY interesting that several posts have mentioned comparisons or serious considerations to the VW Jetta and electing to go with the Elantra GT. I currently drive a 1991 Audi 100 I inhererited from my father (201,000 miles) and was SURE when the time came to buy a car I would buy a Jetta. Well, now the time has come and reality has set in. I test drove the Honda Civic, Mazda Protege, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra GXE & SE, VW Jetta, Honda Accord, Elantra GLS, and Elantra GT (4x). I felt the Elantra and Elantra GT hands down drove better than all of the competitors and most similarly to the Honda Accord. I didn't think there was even a comparison between the Civic and the Elantra. My second choice in performance would be the Sentra SE, but I can not get past the absolutely awful cloth seats in the SE. They are truly the ugliest seats I've seen a LONG time. Not to mention the interior design isn't the greatest with the cup holders right in front of the air conditioning and other controls (remember I live in Arizona where you constantly have a water bottle with you in the car).
I have diligently been researching trying to find a reason NOT to buy the GT, but have yet to find one. Consumer reports, edmunds, and all sorts of other car reviews have given nothing but praise. Crash test results are good, few consumer complaints (NOT the case with the new Civics or Ford Focus), drives well, and has every option under the sun for less money than the competition with an awesome warranty to boot. I just can't seem to justify the extra $$$ to buy the Jetta.