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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#138 of 657 Re: Just took a 2,500 mile [doohickie]
Nov 01, 2006 (10:02 am)
This should probably be in the Elantra problems forum but i'll add my 2c.
I've had my tires/wheels Hunter balanced 2 times, replaced all 4 rims and 2 tires, turned rotors, and still have awful vibration. Hyundai refuses to fix the problem. Unfortunately, from what i've learn from users on elantraxd.com is that this is a design problem that plagues many (but not all) 2001-2006 Elantras. Some have suggested it is a drive shaft issue while others have claimed is a flaw in the front end. Either way, for many people (like myself), there really is no "fix" per se as the problem will keep reacurring.
#139 of 657 Re: Just took a 2,500 mile [germancarfan1]
Nov 01, 2006 (11:19 am)
If it were a design flaw, it would affect all 2001-2006 Elantras. It's quite possible that the vast majority of wheel shimmy problems on the Elantra are caused by routine stuff like out-of-balance tires, while a few cases (like yours) are caused by something else, related to a parts defect (e.g. bad driveshaft).
At any rate, this is something that should be in the Elantra 2001-2006 Problems discussion.
#140 of 657 Re: Just took a 2,500 mile [germancarfan1]
Nov 01, 2006 (6:45 pm)
A lot of people have reported this issue on models from 01 thru 06. Anyway ,this is what I have from my own experience with 01 and 05 Elantras I have owned.
1. 01 Elantra GLS did have the vibration around 65 to 70 mph. It was slight and sometimes annoying. I had the car until 35K miles and traded it in for a Suzuki Aerio SX. Anyway, I just learned to live with it and never had it balanced
2. In January of 05 I bought an 05 Elantra GT. As I recall I noticed a very small vibration similiar to my 01 GLS but it less intrusive (ever so slight). I went to 17" rims after about 1500 miles and have not ever experience the vibration again. Current ODO is 32K miles
3. In July of 05 I bought a Kia Spectra EX (shares near identical platform to 01-06 Elantra). This car does not exhibit any vibration what so ever with stock alloys. Have never balanced or rotated the tires yet. Current ODO is 23K miles.
It could be a design issue that is compensated by having a very balanced set of rims/tires or it could be a large set of crappy rims and tires that is causing this whole issue.
I have owned a lot of cars and the 01-06 Elantra generation is the first I have ever experienced this.
Nov 02, 2006 (7:04 am)
I wonder if this is more prevelant in Elantras with the steel wheel/hubcaps, or the Elantras with the aluminum alloys, or if it makes a difference???
#142 of 657 Re: shimmy issue [1racefan]
Nov 02, 2006 (8:59 am)
My '04 GT has factory alloys and it developed wheel shimmy after I replaced the factory tires with other tires. The shimmy went away after the tires were balanced properly.
#143 of 657 Re: shimmy issue [1racefan]
Nov 02, 2006 (6:33 pm)
Maybe steel wheels exacerbate the problem more. Steel wheels are heavier than the alloys on the GT. Thus, there is much more unsprung weight on the car. But my 17" rims are not the lightest in the world either. Heavier than the 15" alloys.
Its seems this is either a design issue or manufacturing quality issue. However, I just can't see that the result of unproper balancing of the wheels for that many Elantra's sold in NA could be the primary factor.
#144 of 657 Re: shimmy issue [spmrebel]
Nov 03, 2006 (9:25 am)
"But my 17" rims are not the lightest in the world either. Heavier than the 15" alloys"
You may be surprised. If you did a regular +2 wheel upgrade (increased the rim size by 2", and decreased the tire's side wall height by 2"), your 17" wheel/tire combo may not weigh any more than your original 15" wheel/tire combo. Of course, that depends a lot of the design of the new wheels that you picked out. I know this sounds crazy, but a friend of mine recently did a +2 upgrade on a car, and the wheel/tire package weight was barely any different from his original tire/wheel package.
But (to stay on topic), have you noticed any change in fuel mileage with the larger wheels/tires?
#145 of 657 Re: shimmy issue [1racefan]
Nov 06, 2006 (6:23 pm)
When I went looking at rims I really didn't take weight into all that much consideration. I put mostly style into the equation. Anyway, I know you can get 17" rims that are lighter than the stock alloys but mine just don't seem lighter. Frankly, I did't weigh the rims and this is only by lifting them. My tires I believe are heavier since they are 215-45-R17 compared to the stock 195-60-HR15
I haven't noticed any decrease in mileage. If anything maybe the car is slightly more sluggish at take off. My mileage hasn't been that great with or without the new rims. I have an 05 auto GT with sunroof. My mileage is around 25 to 28 mpg with about 80% highway. This is comparable to my 01 GLS when I had that car.
#146 of 657 Re: shimmy issue [spmrebel]
Nov 06, 2006 (6:24 pm)
I forgot to add this. The car does corner quite a bit better than the stock rimas and tires. This is with the standard springs and rims.
Dec 13, 2006 (2:27 pm)
first tank: 28 mpg with average speed of 27 mph.
2nd tank: 27 mpg with average speed of 28 mph.
I little worse than I had expected (I expect 30). The car is 650 miles now. Maybe after a few thousand miles, it'll get better?