Last post on Nov 12, 2007 at 11:44 PM
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Hyundai Elantra, Sedan
#27 of 56 High beltline and trunk look nice, but...
Sep 08, 2007 (3:21 am)
Wanted to add to my previous post that the high trunk doesn't fit my bike rack very well. Also the rear window is kind of small and high so visibility is not as good as older boxier compacts. The three rear headrests don't help matters. You really have to be a little more careful and turn your head more to drive safe in this car. Let's see how long it takes me to get good at this.
Sep 12, 2007 (5:55 pm)
Bought a Limited in July. I really like the styling and the interior - especially at night when the dash lights are on. It seems like in a much more expensive car. It's spacious, comfortable and plenty of gadgets. Stereo is OK - midrange gets lost in rock songs. The guitars get a little lost in the mix, but Techno and Hip- Hop sound pretty good. Like the XM except for the signal compression. Sometimes it sounds like a bad mp3 rip, but there's tons of stuff to listen to. I'm going to buy it next month.
Just 2 problems:
The rear suspension transfers sound through the car. When I go over a bump, it sounds like a timpani drum in the back seat and on bumpy roads it drives me CRAZY!! It's so loud that when the stereo is on, the tone of the car clashes with the bass in the music. I would really love it someone knew how to reduce it somehow.
Gas milage is not as good as was stated. At best I get about 30 - 31 and I drive like grandma. My first few tanks I did get 36 or so, but for some reason it has fallen off.
Over all I am very happy with the car. I was looking at a Mazda 3 and the Nisan Sentra, but 'm glad I got the Hyundai!
Oh Yeah - This car has more airbags than any car I've seen. My mother is very happy!
#29 of 56 Re: Over All Good [chrismtaylor]
Sep 12, 2007 (8:42 pm)
If you are driving on the highway with no stops and at a moderate speed (say under 70), and with a light touch on the throttle as you implied, you should get more than 30-31 mpg. But in mixed city/highway, 30-31 is very good for a car that size. Also the Beta II engine is well known for improving in fuel economy as you add miles.
#30 of 56 Re: Over All Good [backy]
Sep 14, 2007 (11:55 am)
I have had my Elantra for 4 weeks and average 30-31 in mixed driving and I got 38 on a 275 mile road trip doing 70-75.
#31 of 56 Anyone Getting Bump Noise?
Sep 14, 2007 (10:11 pm)
Thanks for the responses.
Is anyone getting the noise in the back when you go over bumps? It's a mid-bass tone at about 250Hz or so. Sounds like some one hitting a drum. When I get time, I'm going to take it to the dealer to see if they have a solution.
Sep 15, 2007 (5:42 pm)
Also getting around 30-31 mpg's around town so your Hyundai is very comparable to it's competition. Have seen more and more of them down here in South Florida and will definitely start my girls at the local Hyundai shop when they start their search for their first car. $ wise and content wise, these cars seem to have a lot of the competition beat. Even the smaller Accent is an excellent value for a low priced first car.
With all the air bags and the small size makes for a great starter car. And let's be honest, the kids are going to be lookin' to Mom & Dad to help them with their purchase, as it should be. Eventhough I prefer Honda for me, I have the income to afford it. Kids just starting out with their first job need to be a bit more frugal in buying the new car. And if they're not living at home, makes it even more crucial to look for the most reliable lower priced new cars that can be had. Seems like Korea has this market covered now.
#33 of 56 Re: Anyone Getting Bump Noise? [chrismtaylor]
Sep 15, 2007 (8:51 pm)
If possible, ask to test drive another new Elantra when you visit the dealer and see if it sounds the same over bumps as yours (drive yours over some bumps near the dealership, then drive the other Elantra over the same bumps at the same speed). Have the service tech go with you on both drives. That will give you an idea if the noise is a problem with your car or just the way the Elantra sounds. Of course, it's possible both cars have the exact same problem, but the odds are against it.
I've driven several 2007 Elantras and didn't notice any peculiar noise from the back. It's possible it's a noise that you are particularly attuned to. Some people are more sensitive to certain frequencies than others.
Also... did you check the spare tire to see if it's loose, or if anything (like the toolkit) is loose in the trunk?
#34 of 56 07 Elantra SE - Pretty Good Commuter Car
Sep 24, 2007 (12:02 pm)
My wife uses are new 07 SE (July 07) most of the time and loves it. I was very careful about how I broke it in and it sure seems to pay divides!! Right now we have about 3800 miles on it and I've gotten over 42 mpg on the open road while my wife averages about 30 - 38 around town. I also use synthetic motor oil exclusively. I never dreamed it would make so much of a difference in both engine noise (runs very smooth and quiet) AND mileage.
Wife took it back to the dealer for some minor (trim) warranty work. I've owned a number of four cylinder cars in my lifetime but never one that has such a powerful A/C that exerts so little drain on the engine.
#36 of 56 Re: 07 Elantra SE - Pretty Good Commuter Car [oracle_of_rock]
Sep 24, 2007 (12:20 pm)
I wish you lots of luck with your new car. I just got mine but unfortunately it is a 2005. It really runs well. My first real full up I got 25.25miles per gallon on it.
Now I have to wait until we finish this tank to compare it. I really dont go far with the car because of my disability but I really love it.
Enjoy your car