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Hyundai Elantra, Future Vehicle, Hatchback, Sedan
#229 of 278 Re: my first car...not too sure what to expect [beckpea]
Mar 11, 2009 (1:10 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 (3:11 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 (4:04 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 (3:31 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 (3:44 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 (8:34 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 (7:51 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.
#236 of 278 Re: Question for Elantra Owners [bricknord]
Mar 21, 2009 (8:34 pm)
I have driven the 2007-8 Elantras at night, on dark roads, and didn't notice any issue with the lighting from the radio, so I think it must have dimmed. It's possible the 2009 radio is different, but it would be very, very odd for the radio display not to dim. That can be one thing you can check when you take the car for a test drive. Many dealers are open until 9 pm or so, so stop by one night after dark and check out the dash lighting.
#237 of 278 Re: Question for Elantra Owners [backy]
Mar 21, 2009 (9:03 pm)
Thanks, I'll probably do that. Thought there might be enough people with significant seat time in an Elantra who may have insight on this here.
#238 of 278 speedometer issues with elantra
Apr 10, 2009 (11:25 am)
hi folks,iam interested in a 09 elantra and after doing some reasearch on the 06-08 model years elantra i have noticed from the owners reviews that some of the speedometers on these cars are off by as much as 10 mph.i would find this to be real annoying and this would definitly hamper my decision as to whether to purchase a elantra or not.anyone care to shed some light on this subject?