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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
Mar 31, 2003 (6:15 am)
Hey all, I'm Dan...Just found this board today, and I'm so glad I did, I'm excited to be amongst such avid Hyundai fans...All three of my cars I've owned were Hyundai's...I started out with a 1988 Excel that ran like a caged animal at times, but got me from point A to B...I got rid of it after it blew a cylinder, but hey we all start somewhere right???
Got a 1994 Excel Hatchback semi-new...It was in late 1994 that I bought it, and was a dealership demo car...A base model 5 speed that never gave me a single problem...I truly loved that car, and I regret trading it in two months ago, it still ran perfectly!!!
I currently own a Carbon Blue Elantra GT with all the goodies...I'm having some early problems with it...Mostly the narl and rubber feeling when shifting into 2nd and 3rd gear, and the high rpm's...Other than that and the fact that a dark blue car is impossible to keep clean, I love the overall drive of it...I want to upgrade to a Tiburon really quick though, I love the new body on the 03's
#64 of 221 elantraGT 2002 16,000 miles;worsening mpg.
Jun 28, 2003 (7:40 am)
mpg has declined steadly from initial 24 overall
to 17-18 overall.
no inner city or heavy stop and go driving.
mostly errands in suburban malls or occasional
trips to visit friends-mostly using highways.
service manager claims "nothing shows up on the
OBD scans to indicate any engine diagnostic
problem".In other words,this is the way it is
and the Hyundai manufacturer is under no
warranty obligation to go any further in terms
of addressing poor gas mileage problems with
the GT 2002.!Does any one have this problem too!
#65 of 221 Late to the party, but enjoying the ride!
Jun 28, 2003 (10:09 pm)
Well, no one has posted here in awhile: I WANTED (and tried to bring home) a 2002 Elantra GT last year...my wife wouldn't have it (it was the Rally Red: she said it looked like a "midlife crisis car" [okay ~ I'm 45] and she called it "The Mistress"!). So I took it back and got an '01 Sonata GLS V-6...and it was a great car, one of the best I've ever driven...
But every time I'd see an Elantra GT (which wasn't very often; they're still rare), my heart would skip a beat! So, after we refinanced our home, and my wife got her 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE, I came home with a much more "SENSIBLE" pewter/silver 2003 Elantra GT 5-speed/no options. At first I wanted the Cobalt Blue or Chianti Red, but the Silver has really grown on me; I've decided it's the most "traditionally sporty" color for this model (and who wants to try to keep those darker colors clean?!)
Now I'm the one turning heads...
I've put 1,700 miles on it, and so far not one single problem other than an occasional "quiet rattle" somewhere in back (hatchbacks, right?). Meanwhile, our $33,000 Sienna with 3,500 miles on it has had what Consumer Reports would call "6 sample defects, all minor," but all very irritating from a company that's supposed to be so great! One of those defects ~ a horn that wasn't working (fuse wasn't installed by dealer) could've been very dangerous. We had it in the dealership for it's first oil change this week, and they've started to address those problems, but one that they "fixed" (a rubbing/rattling sliding door) starting doing the same thing the next day...
Hyundai is coming up in the world, and I'm glad to be part of "the flock."
#66 of 221 nfv343
Jun 29, 2003 (10:54 am)
Congratulations on your "sensible" GT purchase! Your story proves again the risks of buying one of the first units of a brand-new design to roll off the assembly line, even if it is a Toyota. I took that risk with my '01 Elantra GLS, buying one of the first 1000 units in the U.S., but I think they were being sold overseas before that. I've had very little trouble with my Elantra in almost 3 years (knock knock)--less trouble than I had with my previous car, a '97 Sentra. I went the sensible route too, a 5-speed with package 2, champagne, and I'm glad I got a lighter color as it hides dirt well. Pewter was my first choice, but they didn't have any pewter 5-speeds with package 2 back when I was shopping.
#67 of 221 GT hatch
Jul 01, 2003 (1:42 pm)
Good thing you got you GT. I've been wanting this car since last year and I knew I would not be happy if I did not get it. Wife looked at the GT sedan and I had to convince her the utility of the hatch was so much better!!!
I have the carbon blue and boy its gonna be tough to keep it looking good. Good luck to me on that!
The only thing bothering me a little is the shifting that occurs in 3rd and 4th like there is another half gear in between them.
#68 of 221 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS White with manual trans :D
Oct 14, 2003 (9:28 pm)
Hi guys I just bought my new Elantra GLS last week, 0.9% interest 60mo and $1500 for my trade, and this is my first Hyundai I have owned. My last car that I just traded in was a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant with 104,000 (with a broken A/C which makes that three since I owned the car LOL) that was a absolute nightmare. I am excited about my car but am getting kinda worried since I have only had it for a week and already had to take it to the dealer for them to order the "new" updated weatherstripping to fix the noise between 65mph and 80mph problem. Now the engine seems to be making little noises here and there they just seem to make me a little unsettled. Maybe Im being paranoid since this is my first "brand new" car in like 10 years. Hopefully you guys can give me some good advice.
#69 of 221 Dear Ellandry
Oct 15, 2003 (5:30 am)
I felt the same way after buying a Korean car - Nervous. Anyway, 10 months and 9,000 miles later, I must say that it is a joy to dry and other than a few small annoying issues, it has been a pleasure.
Oct 15, 2003 (2:44 pm)
I will second the prior comments, as I was nervous and skeptical about buying Korean until I did alot of research. The Elantra sedan threads have lots of posts from folks (including me) who are very satisfied. I've passed two years and 35K and still love this car. Enjoy!
#71 of 221 RE:2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS White with manual trans
Oct 15, 2003 (8:24 pm)
Well I appreciate the reassurance Anyone have any tips for me and my new car? Is it ok to go and get oil changes at Wal-mart? Thx
#72 of 221 RE:2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS White
Oct 16, 2003 (8:48 pm)
Also is using the stp octane boosters and stuff worth using also? I generally use the 87octane just to save money