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#226 of 278 my first car...not too sure what to expect
Mar 11, 2009 (9:24 am)
i just bought a 2009 hyundai elantra GLS automatic. it has 150 km on it at the moment. yesterday i took it out and when i went from park to drive the gear didn't shift. i pressed the accelerator and the engine just revved because it was still in park. after it finally shifted into reverse and i pulled out of my parking space, i shifted into drive and again, it stayed in reverse. the transmission bumped into drive after about 5 or 6 seconds, but it was enough to cause concern. this hasn't happened before and after those two times, it didn't happen again. the car had been sitting outside in my parking space for two days and during those two days the temperature had dropped to about -35 or -40 celcius. should i be concerned? is this normal for such extreme temperatures? i read in the manual that i should expect a few hiccups from the engine when first breaking it in. is this what they were referring to? if anyone could shed some light that would be great. it's the first car i've ever owned and i really want to take the best care of it as possible.
#227 of 278 Re: my first car...not too sure what to expect [beckpea]
Mar 11, 2009 (9:49 am)
How long did you let the car warm up after sitting for 2 days in that cold weather? Automatics are hydraulic, so it could be it's just a matter of the fluid taking a little time to warm up. Keep an eye on it, but if it doesn't happen under more normal circumstances I wouldn't worry about it.
#228 of 278 Re: my first car...not too sure what to expect [backy]
Mar 11, 2009 (9:52 am)
thanks for your reply! i actually didn't let it warm up for very long. how long should i let it sit for before i start to drive away?
#229 of 278 Re: my first car...not too sure what to expect [beckpea]
Mar 11, 2009 (12:10 pm)
At least 30 seconds in cold weather, but with a car that has sat for 2 days in real cold weather, I would probably let it warm up a little longer than that. Also, when I first shift into D or R I would pause a couple of seconds before actually moving off. Think how you would feel if someone wanted you to "get going" after sitting in -35 to -40 for a couple of days!
#230 of 278 2008 elantra or 2009 elantra?
Mar 12, 2009 (2:11 pm)
Please help!! I am getting an Elantra GLS with just the basics ( I am that kind of car owner!). There are a few 2008's available and of course the 2009's are abit more expensive. Is there any reason why I should get one year versus the other esp. if I want the best deal possible. Both my sons own Elantra's, a 2004 and 2006 and I am sure that is the car I want. Also, if I decide to get the 2009 is there a way to get a better deal by telling the dealer I'll judt get the 2008 cause it's cheaper! Thanks so much
#231 of 278 Re: 2008 elantra or 2009 elantra? [cerkel1]
Mar 12, 2009 (3:04 pm)
At this point, no advantage for the 2009 vs. 2008, assuming you are willing to accept the steeper short-term depreciation for a 2008 vs. a 2009 (over the long run, it won't matter much). There are a few small changes for 2009 on the GLS, but they are "late availability" so it's unlikely they are on cars on lots now.
Be sure to check the build date and miles on the 2008s--some may have been used extensively as demos, or have been sitting on the lot awhile. You can use that in your negotiating.
Advice: don't tell a dealer you'll go for the 2008 unless you are willing to do that.
#232 of 278 Re: 2008 elantra or 2009 elantra? [backy]
Mar 15, 2009 (2:31 pm)
Thanks for answering my question, I appreciate it. I do have a question regarding purchasing the 2008 Elantra. Even if I agree that the price they are offering is a fair priced, based on what Edmunds says the TMV is for that vehicle how can I negotiate for a better deal even when, so far, that is the lowest I have gotten, AND the dealer might know he is offering the best deal? And are you saying that if the car was built earlier I could negotiate, but who's to tell me the truth on that or can I check myself?Thanks in advance if you can help)
#233 of 278 Re: 2008 elantra or 2009 elantra? [cerkel1]
Mar 15, 2009 (2:44 pm)
"How to negotiate for a better deal" is a long discussion, but there's some discussions in Town Hall on that subject. The general principle is, the dealer determines what they will sell the car for. You have to decide if you want to buy the car at that price. The idea is to see how low the dealer is willing to go. It might be TMV, it might be less, it might be more. You won't know unless you compare prices at multiple dealers. Also, you can use tactics such as telling the dealer you are ready to buy the car RIGHT NOW for $X, where $X is significantly lower than their offer. If they say "no", you can shake hands and walk out the door. If they don't go after you, you have gone below their lowest price. Of course, if they say "yes" then you have bought yourself a car!
It might be best to have someone with you whom you trust and who is experienced at negotiating for cars. Otherwise the dealers will have a big advantage.
The manufacture date (month/year) is on a sticker on the driver's side of the car. I forget its exact location on the 2008 Elantra, but look inside the driver's door, on the door itself or on the B pillar.
#234 of 278 Re: 2008 elantra or 2009 elantra? [backy]
Mar 15, 2009 (7:34 pm)
Thank-you so much, you really have been so kind and a great help..
#235 of 278 Question for Elantra Owners
Mar 21, 2009 (6:51 pm)
Considering an Elantra SE ( 2009 ). I've seen somewhere on the web that the radio lighting does not dim with the rest of the dash. Is this the case? I like to dim my dash lights down when traveling highways at night, and one of my pet peeves is when you are on a remote stretch of road at night and the car's dash lights are turned up real high and glaring. If anyone can, no pun intended, shed some light on this issue as it relates to the Elantra, I'd appreciate it.