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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#193 of 4430 New GT - Milwaukee Area
Aug 19, 2002 (9:27 am)
I'm happy to report that over the weekend I have joined Driving Is Believing group and picked up a new, pewter Elantra GT w/auto over the weekend. I paid $13,725.00 plus tax and title at Amato Hyundai and can say that I was fairly please with the experience. They were fair on my trade (1998 Cav sedan) and I was treated well by my salesperson, Chad Larson. The only problem was they had to locate the car in Chicago and when I picked it up the previous dealer lost one of the keys and key fobs and the cigarette lighter was missing but both are being replaced this week.
So far the car has been great, especially compared to my previous conveyance! : ) I'm looking to many years of smooth cruising.
#194 of 4430 Did I Paid Reasonable ?
Aug 21, 2002 (12:12 pm)
2002 ELANTRA GLS Automatic, Floor mats, mud guards, California emission, trunk cargo net
$11,600 on road ($10,500 for car +$1100 for tax,dmv,fee etc.)
#195 of 4430 Opinion on price?
Aug 21, 2002 (3:09 pm)
Pewter Elantra GT / manual / sunroof / ABS and Traction Control / mud guards / cargo net / floormats for 14,175. Opinions?
Aug 21, 2002 (10:49 pm)
sounds like a really good deal. I'm assuming that doesn't include taxes and trip charge. probably best to do a tmv value on Edwards. also is this in california? I'm looking for a good dealer in southern california
#197 of 4430 elantra gt pewter
Aug 21, 2002 (11:27 pm)
bought one last night...fully loaded 5-speed in pewter.. abs, moonroof, plus cargo net and mats
$14435 in chicago..
Aug 23, 2002 (12:05 am)
stupid question but did any of you consider the cavalier?
im on the C&D boards debating the value of the elantra over the cavalier, any competitor and some guys just dont seem to get my point so im gonn ask you...try and be unbiased... its gonna be hard...the only comeback they can muster... : but hyundai reliability and resale value sucks...
#199 of 4430 They are complaining about the Elantra's reliability and resale?
Aug 23, 2002 (5:21 am)
The Elantra blows the Cavalier out of the water. I don't know anyone that has one now, but a couple of years ago I knew a bunch of people that had them. They were POS.
I bought an Elantra after considering the Focus and the Sentra. I never considered the Cavalier knowing it's reliability record.
I would definitely choose the Elantra over the Cavalier due to the warranty, the standard equipment, and the lower price.
Aug 23, 2002 (8:13 am)
I can relate from past experience that the Elantra is a much more refined car than the current Cavalier. I have just recently switched from a 1998 Cav sedan to an Elantra GT and the differnce is very noticeable. The Elantra seems to be tighter and more responsive than the Cav and the interior design and materials are much better as well. Even comparing between my sister's 2002 Cav and the Elantra there is still a big gap.
On the other hand I must say that my Cav was completely reliable and didn't have any major problems with it. I'm expecting my Elantra GT to be even better. I think that the Cav's main problem is that it's such an old design compared to other cars in it's class.
As far as resale, I really got hurt on my trade by all the incentives that are currently being offered by GM. Why would someone want to by a 4-yr old car when you can by new with 0% financing or big cash incentives?
#201 of 4430 Cavalier vs. Elantra
Aug 23, 2002 (4:20 pm)
Let's see... Elantra has more comfortable seats, more interior room, much quieter, more standard power, more standard features, lower price (when comparably equipped), better warranty, smoother ride, choice of sedan or hatchback, smoother-shifting stick shift, more ergonomic and smoother switchgear, better crash-test scores, standard side air bags.
Cavalier has standard ABS, choice of 2 or 4 doors, much larger dealer network, available 150 hp.
Aug 24, 2002 (12:35 pm)
It's a wonder that so many people are still buying that car, and it's twin the sunfire. The technology in those cars is ancient compared to the rest of the compact car segment, and they offer very little true value for the dollar. The Elantra beats the cavalier/sunfire hands down in every department. Now maybe when GM puts out the next model version of these two there can be a true comparison, I think that's slated for 2004 if I'm not mistaken. Until then I don't even think there's any point discussing comparison's between the two cars.