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Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#1 of 56 New Elantra Owners - Give us your report!
Oct 22, 2006 (6:55 pm)
Did you just buy a new Hyundai Elantra? Tell us all about it!
#2 of 56 Not so good.
Oct 26, 2006 (8:20 pm)
Got Elantra '06 This Saturday and a Check Engine Light came on same day. The guy who sold it to me filled up the gas tank and it seems the reading from the computer marked that the gas cap was loose. I made sure it was tight before taking it to the dealer but the light stayed on. The service at the dealer reset the light. Now a few days later, a few minutes a go coming back from work, the Check Engine Light came on again when I got off the freeway. I think there might be something loose because the light came on when I passed a small dip (is not even 5cm deep)...
I am thinking I got a lemon... but one thing I did notice is that right before I received the car a guy was unplugging the dealer's alarm system and left a few wires hanging right above the brake pedal. When I asked the guy he said that was OK. I am hoping I didn't get a lemon.
SO I had the car for not even a week and I have seen the Check Engine Light twice... What should I expect?
I like the car a lot, better than the Corolla, the Elantra just feels much better on the road and is roomier.
Any suggestions? I will take it to a different dealer tomorrow (close to work) and ask what's going on.
#3 of 56 Re: Not so good. [smartsaga]
Oct 26, 2006 (8:32 pm)
The first time for the gas cap is nothing at all to worry about. Happens a lot on modern cars. On the second one, ask the selling dealer to hook it up again to the computer--it's brand new, so they should not charge for this. It could be any number of little things. The car is under warranty so don't sweat it.
Oct 27, 2006 (9:53 am)
I just called the service in Pasadena, and the tech told me a solid (not blinking) light is nothing major.
I do recall now that the first light appeared right after I passed a bump and the car shaked a bit. I think there is something loose.
Now, for the purpose of this thread, I love the car! My brother-in-law drives a lexus... and the ride in that car is smooth... my Elantra drives just as smooth... I love it!!! The radio, even though is simple, sounds very nice and the buttons are big and simple; I only wish it was MP3 capable, but I have an MP3 player with an FM transmitter. The head lights are bright, the interior is very comfortable - the seats can be adjusted in many ways like tilt, back and forth, etc, etc, etc! The Elantra is responsive when you step on the gas, this was another point that made me buy it. When I drove a Corolla and I stepped on the gas then engine almost chocked (a certified 06 with 12K miles).
I am very happy with this car despite the CELs (Check Engine Light.) It is cheaper than the Corolla and it feels way better to sit on the Elantra than on the Corolla (I felt trapped the Corollas I drove).
One more thing, the view while driving is nice and wide, other cars just made me feel I was driving an egg. Even though the Elantra looks small, it feels like a bigger car. Ohh well. I think that's it for now, I hope I am not forgetting something important.
Have a good one.
#5 of 56 Re: tnx [smartsaga]
Oct 27, 2006 (5:28 pm)
If you want to clear the CEL, just disconnect the neg terminal of the battery, wait 5 minutes and then reconnect it. It will clear your time, radio settings, and any learning of the transmission.
When I bought my 05 GT the dealer forgot to screw on the gas cap so I screwed it down and drove for about 300 miles with the CEL on. It was suppose to turn off after so many miles without incident. Since it never did turn off I just did the above steps and have never had the issue reappear.
#6 of 56 500 miles so far on the 07 Elantra GLS auto
Nov 04, 2006 (6:48 pm)
I got to drive my son's car today and have a few impressions.
At speeds up to ~82 mph, it stayed quiet (similar to my 05 accord ex v6) with no vibration. Very easy to drive. The engine does make a racket under heavy acceleration, but under normal driving, it is nice and smooth/quiet.
It does not have a "floaty" feel on the highway. My '04 Camry LE (5 speed) was close to floaty and this Elantra is less so.
The stereo w/ipod connectivity (aux) works great!
The seat fabric and door pulls could be higher quality, but otherwise the interior is very functional/attractive, with a quality feel (materials and switches, etc).
It feels fairly nimble on side streets; easy to toss around.
Not a lot of feedback in the steering on the highway, but no problem.
Cruise control worked fine.
Brakes seemed to work very well.
We haven't calculated mileage yet.
My son and wife love it.
#7 of 56 Re: 500 miles so far on the 07 Elantra GLS auto [john_f]
Nov 17, 2006 (7:07 pm)
What brand of tires does it come with? Was there any road/tire noise? Did you floor it at any time and see if it would IMMEDIATELY downshift or if there was hesitation before downshifting for passing situations? Hesitation in the trannys response can be hazardous getting into interstate traffic. Any pulling to the left or right issues? Hope all goes well and many happy miles!!
#8 of 56 Re: 500 miles so far on the 07 Elantra GLS auto [butterflyjones]
Nov 17, 2006 (9:39 pm)
my SE auto comes with Hankook Optimo H426 tires.
#9 of 56 07 elantra limited
Dec 26, 2006 (1:42 pm)
I just bought a limited 07 elantra (w/ roof and cd changer) last friday (12/23) and i love it. It is already getting great gas milage, has a terrific ride and is ohh so very quite (even with the sunroof open, in fact i can't tell the diff with it open or closed at 50 mph).
#10 of 56 Re: 07 elantra limited [nthe]
Dec 27, 2006 (7:34 pm)
Glad to hear you got a Limited, so far none are available in my area. The dealers say it will be next month before any come in. What does your owners manual say is the correct interval for changing the timing belt?? I hate the thought of having to deal with a belt change. Does it have good pickup for passing?? Any lag in the tranny?? I assume this is an auto? Any rattles or squeaks?? Please keep us up to date on mpgs. Thanks