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#58 of 87 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts!
Sep 04, 2009 (10:54 am)
I just took my Elantra in to the dealer for the 30,000 mile service check. They replaced 2 of the original front tires even though the wear was only 5/32 & 6/32. They were free, so it was ok. However, my car rode poorly so I checked the tires. They put 87H on the front and the originals on the back are 88H. They don't want to switch them out. They said the load weight doesn't matter. I know for a fact it does but they're giving me the run around. They said it's not the tires, it's my struts and all 4 need to be replaced. I asked how could that be with so few miles and I don't go 4-wheeling with the thing. They said it was due to being put on the lift every time I had normal maintenance done. I think I'm getting scammed here. But when you push down on my car it barly moves, so the struts probably are bad. It sounds like they're defective though. They also replaced the timing belt even though it didn't need it. They said if I didn't replace it and it broke, whatever got damanged would not be covered by the 10-year warranty. What do you folks think? Thanks!
#59 of 87 Re: 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts! [ftmyers]
Sep 04, 2009 (11:37 am)
I think you're being scammed.
For one thing, if the struts were worn out, the car would keep bouncing and bouncing. The fact that it "bar[e]ly moves" is proof that the strut cartridges (which function like shock absorbers) are in good shape. The only way that bad struts would cause a stiff ride would be if the springs were binding.
#60 of 87 Re: 2004 Elantra 29,500 miles - bad struts! [ftmyers]
Sep 04, 2009 (12:30 pm)
First, complain to the dealership's management. They were extremely dishonest with you. The tip-off is the timing belt replacement--they at the very least should have gotten your approval before replacing it. Also unless you run on bad roads all the time, it's unlikely all 4 struts went out at 30k miles. I still have the original struts on my '04 Elantra with 45k miles and they're fine. My sister's '01 Elantra, which she bought from me a few years ago, has about 65k miles and the original struts.
Second, find out if the dealership is a member of BBB, and if so file a complaint with them.
Third, call Hyundai Customer Service and tell them what happened.
Finally, never go back to that dealership, unless it's to buy a part or pick up a refund check.
#61 of 87 2001 Elantra -- Should I buy?
Sep 20, 2009 (7:12 pm)
I'm looking for a cheap, reliable car for an elderly relative.
I recently test drove a 2001 Elantra in a used car lot. It has 80,000 miles on it but the body is immaculate. I checked the glove compartment and found a ton of service receipts from the previous owner. The car shimmied on the highway; the new battery was loosing power so the alternator was replaced; brakes and rotors were replcced three times in about one year; power steering hoses too. Also, the car apparently stalled on the highway, but mechanic couldn't find the problem. The check engine light was on when I took it for a test drive (it otherwise drove very well)
On the one hand the car sounds like it might be a lemon. On the other, it has all new parts now so one would assume the problems are solved. Price is right -- $3000.
As a loyal Toyota owner, i'm very nervous about this car's reliabilty ratings.
Should I buy it?
#62 of 87 Re: 2001 Elantra -- Should I buy? [ladylovebite]
Sep 20, 2009 (9:25 pm)
Here are the things I'd do - check Consumer Reports and see what the reliability looks like - also do a CarFax on it. Also, if you've got the receipts of the previous owner - you may have enough info available (phone book lookup?) to contact them. Try calling and stating who you are and why you're calling and ask them what they think of the car and if it's worth buying (particularly for the price). They've sold it - no reason to give you a song and dance about it now...
#63 of 87 Re: 2001 Elantra -- Should I buy? [ladylovebite]
Sep 21, 2009 (9:43 am)
The points about the brakes and rotors being replaced 3 times in one year, the stalling, and the check engine light would make me pass on this car.
The model itself has been pretty reliable (I owned a '01 Elantra for many years, my sister still owns it and it's been reliable). But I don't like unresolved check engine lights, even though it could be a minor thing like a sensor.
#64 of 87 Re: 2001 Elantra -- Should I buy? [backy]
Sep 22, 2009 (10:24 am)
I agree with Backy. You might want to pass on this particular Elantra. But please dont be dissuaded from all 01 (and newer) Elantras based on that experience alone. My wife has an '01 GLS with 71K miles and we've had very few problems. The worst was the rear defrost switch failed & was replaced under warranty. No powertrain issues.
#65 of 87 purchasing a car 2001-2006
Sep 28, 2009 (3:48 am)
I live in NYC and would like to know where do you Hyandai members purchase used cars, I have read good prices on last models with low mileages. My girlfriend is looking and I want to be ablet o give her some directions and advice. She is willing to do some travelling for an good/excellent buys. thanks again
#66 of 87 Re: purchasing a car 2001-2006 [dria24]
Sep 28, 2009 (10:27 am)
Although I have purchased used cars from private parties, my last six used cars over the past four years have been from dealers (all but one a new-car dealer). I find cars from new car dealers are in generally excellent condition, e.g. have been reconditioned to look new or near-new. More importantly, dealers offer warranties. My 2007 T&C has a lifetime powertrain warranty (no, not from Chrysler and not from the dealer, but from a large insurance company--the dealer includes this warranty for "free" on all of their used cars with less than 100k miles). My last two used cars, a 2005 Jetta (totaled last April) and a 2007 Rabbit were VW Certified cars, with long bumper-to-bumper warranties. I almost bought a 2008 Sonata instead of the Jetta; the Sonata had the Hyundai Certified warranty, which extended the powertrain warranty to 10/100k. I like the peace of mind that comes with knowing I won't have unexpected repair expenses for several years.
I used the usual search engines, e.g. autotrader.com and cars.com, to find most of these cars. You can do a search out as many miles as you like. You can also frequently check the Carfax report for the car online--some dealers provide access to the report in their ad. I use the search engines to narrow the field down to several cars that could meet my needs, then I go check them out, first by email and phone, then if there's no issue I check them in person.
#67 of 87 2001 elantra,,,,refuling problem
Nov 18, 2009 (3:12 pm)
i have an 01 elantra and it has an issue when refuling, basically it has to be refueled very slow or the fuel will come out. I need to know how to fix the issue and if any has this same issue..? I did take to a mech and they said nothing was wrong