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#181 of 209 Re: About scared off now.. [brodel]
Sep 04, 2010 (8:16 am)
I've owed 6 Hyundai's since 1999. My first was an Elantra, which I liked so much that I bought a second Elantra 6 months later. Over 10 years, I've purchased 4 Elantras, 1 Sonata, and 1 XG350L. I service my cars regularly and the older ones were still running after 240,000 miles, when I gave them to various family members.
The only one that gave me a problem was my 2007 Elantra, whose braking system was not designed to function well in ice and snow, sub-freezing temperatures. Outside of that, the vehicle functioned well. My solution to the problem, which Hyundai did not acknowledge, was to give that car to my son who lives in San Diego. He loves it and it gives him 30MPG.
My 2000 Elantra was totaled when a driver ran a red light at 50-60MPH, striking me at the driver's door. The airbags and steel construction saved my life, with me walking away with a head injury and cuts & bruised. The engine was pushed slightly into the passenger compartment, but missed my legs by 4-6 inches.
My 2002 Sonata has reached well over 200,000 miles. Three months ago, Hyundai replaced the entire sub-frame during a recall. The car runs like it was new and gives me 32-35MPG on the highway. I expect this car to press 300,000 miles before I give it away to a charity.
My 2005 XG350L has the look and features of a Lincoln Continental/ Jaguar cross, rides great giving me 26 MPG on the highway, and was purchased on October 31st which is a key date for buying a Hyundai. I received a $3,500 rebate, a $1000 loyalty discount, and negotiated a deal that allowed me to purchase the car for $9,000 below sticker.
Would I buy another Hyundai- YES!
When would I buy it: late October or between Christmas and the end of January.
Factory and dealer incentives to unload the remaining last year models is highest and the best deals can be had.
As far as the little stuff goes, with a 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper and a 100,000 drive train warranty, and 5-year road service package, Hyundai's are the best priced cars on the market and give you the most for your money as long as you service them on a regular basis.
Sep 04, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Thanks. After reading some of this stuff you start to wonder how well they hold up. I also wouldn't want to hear constant rattling or something after the first year.
I was thinking of purchasing this month only because they have some incentives and rebates going on right now. I'm not sure how often they run those or if they'll get better as it gets later in the year.
#183 of 209 Re: Thanks [brodel]
Sep 06, 2010 (11:06 am)
Hyundai, independent from their dealers, offer give-backs on a monthly basis throughout the year. Dealers will add incentives to make their end of the quarter numbers, which can give them bonus cash based on total units sold.
The most leftovers are found during the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year. Depending on model sell-through, the better incentives usually come at the end of the 3rd quarter through to the end of the year. In January or February, "floor-plan" needs can cause the dealer to take full ownership of the leftovers, complete with factory incentives, in order to eliminate high interest costs. At that time, they will highly discount those units to get their investment back, quickly.
Have fun shopping, and don't be afraid to pitch dealer against dealer, or counter the dealer's offer (realistically). A fun technique is to locate 2-4 vehicles that you like from the same dealer. Calculate your offer/s for all 4 vehicles, stating that you want to buy a car that offers you what you want at a good price. That you've narrowed it down to these specific cars, not favoring a specific one, and these are the prices that you are willing to pay. Tell them that if they want to make a deal, pick the one that works for them and you can then go forward, and that if they don't want to make a deal, you'll work with someone who will.
In this economy, they will want to deal. By making it their choice as to which car they want to sell you, they can calculate to the one that needs to get off floor plan.
Just make sure you make an offer that favors you, and that you've done your homework based on area dealers offers and prices.
It's only a game (that you should win)...
#184 of 209 Re: Noise from back window [snyder94]
Sep 28, 2010 (9:04 am)
Elantra - 09 owners who had the issue of the back window popping/cracking please update on what has been done to avoid the noise.
As I had mentioned in one of my previous posts, the lubricant that was applied a few times between the window and its seal, worked quite well. But, after a year, I am now starting to hear that noise again once in a while...
Would appreciate if everyone updates on their solutions for this problem -- what worked and what didn't. Thanks!
#185 of 209 Re: Popping/Creaking noise from rear window [mcphunk]
Oct 27, 2010 (7:10 pm)
i am having the same problem with my 2009 elantra and i can not find where it is coming from. its driving me nuts too. do the dealers know about this???
#186 of 209 Popping from rear window
Nov 04, 2010 (6:45 pm)
Elantra se bought in may of 2009.... as we took delivery & drove off the lot the car window popped & we thought it was going to fall out!!
long story short--- hyundai is in denial over this problem & all i get from my service department is " cannot duplicate sound." i have even offered to drive the "techs" . If someone knows of a fix or what the problem is i would greatly apprecialte it. there has to be a internal service bulletin on this problem!!!
thank you for any advice!
#187 of 209 Re: Popping from rear window [watchman1]
Nov 06, 2010 (10:58 am)
I thought I saw the reason earlier on in this thread. Don't recall what it was or how far back, but the rear window was mentioned and I thought a fix. But not sure..
Nov 06, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I have a question that I'm hoping 07 and newer Elantra owners can answer for me. Though I have a 2010 Accent, Hyundai would most likely use the same heater system across models and there is no one talking about the Accent so I thought I would try here. My question is this: Is there a heater valve that blocks engine coolant from entering the heater core in the center of the dash or does the coolant flow through it at all times for quicker heat?
If you drive your Elantra with the AC off, do you feel any heat around your feet? Do the center console plastic panels to the right of the gas pedal feel warm to the touch?
I noticed one day while driving my Accent with the AC off and the windows open, that it felt like a little space heater was right by my feet. The temp knob is all the way cool and when turning the vent on, the air coming out of the vents was outside temp air. But my feet still felt like a heater was blowing on them so I started feeling around the panels by the feet and noticed it was warm to the touch. I than made the mistake of leaning over and feeling the center console panel in the passenger footwell. I say mistake because I stuck my hand a little higher and 2 of my fingers came in contact with an exposed red hot aluminum pipe leading to the heater core. I burned my finger tips slightly. I was shocked for 2 reasons: one, that the pipe wasn't wrapped in some kind of insulation or hidden by the panel to keep from getting burned and two because the pipe shouldn't have been hot at all since the heater was not on (that is IF there is a heater valve blocking coolant from entering until the temp knob is turned up).
I'm thinking the heater valve is stuck open a little, but what throws that thought off is the air coming out of the vents is not heated and the AC works great. When the AC is on, the cold evaporator core (which is located right next to the heater core) offsets whatever heat the heater core puts off. I plan on mentioning this issue when I take my car in for it's first oil change, but might not if other Hyundai owners can chime in and let me know if the heater is designed to have coolant running through it at all times.
#189 of 209 Re: heater question [carfreak09]
Nov 06, 2010 (2:49 pm)
I don't have one, if I did I could tell you by looking under the hood near the firewall. Usually if it is valved you will see a valve in one of the two lines going thru the firewall top the heater core. ANd yes the valve could be stuck slightly open (confirm that the lever has enough movement AT the valve (even tho it has gone full stroke inside the car). Sometimes they slip in the keeper a bit. BUT....most new cars use a blend door from the heater core. It blends cool with warm air. ANd in those cars usually there is no heather core valve. They did this on purpose (run coolant year round thru the heater core) to help fend off corrosion build up in the heater core from lack of coolant circulation in the summer months. So you might have a blend door sticking. But because the Accent is an economy car, it is possible they are still using a valve in the coolant line. (until they have used up all their valves in stock...is quite common practice).
The cooler air thru the vents is quite common practice among many brands, regardless of where temp control is set. The theory being that 'high' or vent directed cooler fresh air keeps you alert, but try not to dwell on the fact that your fingers and arms are freezing off in the winter.
As for unprotected lines, most people wouldn't be sticking their fingers up there. Trust me, having a great, fast, HOT heater and COLD A/C is far more important.
Sorry to hear about the burn though. Did you run quick to put it in cold water? That helps a burn a lot. The faster you dip in cold the better. I guess u were driving tho..
#190 of 209 Re: Popping from rear window [gimmestdtranny]
Nov 06, 2010 (7:49 pm)
post dated Mon 4/5/2010 9:31 AM
I have the same problem with my Limited Edition 08. I figured out that this noise is coming from trunk. I lubricate the hinges and the rubber buffer and seems like the noise is gone. Looks like over the time hinges got dry and star making cracking sound.
I have an 06 Limited Elantra but have not experienced this problem. Worth a try.