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#239 of 278 300 mile trip
Jun 22, 2009 (4:30 pm)
I recently drove a 2009 Elantra GLS on a round trip from Seattle to Vancouver, with a little driving around Vancouver. It had about 34k miles on it and had the automatic with preferred package and moonroof. It was a good companion for the trip: generally comfortable, smooth, and quiet, with the only problem being considerable tire noise on rough (worn) asphalt highways. Other than some spots on the driver's seat and a big scratch on the rear bumper, the car looked remarkably good for a rental with 34k miles on it. No rattles/squeaks either. It handled and tracked well and had plenty of power for the mostly flat terrain, with a few hills. However, I noticed the front tires were quite worn--to the point of needing replacement very soon I think. The rears were better off. Maybe they were not rotated on a regular basis. I got 36 mpg (measured at the pump and assumes the tank was full when I left the airport) on the trip, which exceeds the EPA highway number even though the trip included a day of driving around Vancouver and a lot of idling at the border crossings. I stuck pretty close to the posted speeds on the trip on I-5/Hwy 99, as I heard that the Washington State troopers are quite the vigilant bunch.
#240 of 278 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage
Jul 13, 2009 (11:18 pm)
I purchased a 2009 elantra se about six months ago and i'm getting 13.2 mpg, or at least that's what the gauge reads. Right away the car seemed to be using a lot of fuel so after a full tank fill-up i set the trip meter. Currently the gas tank is a half a notch above empty and there is only 156.1 miles on the trip meter. The car is used mostly for city driving, mostly to and from work and around town. The car currently has about 330 miles on it (5 miles at time of purchase) and has already gone through about two full tanks, i've checked the tire pressure and they're normal, 32 psi. Has anyone else had the same problem? i've read that earlier models have this issue just not as bad. This car should be getting 25 mpg in city and 33 mpg highway. Could this be covered under the lemon car law?
#241 of 278 Re: 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage
Jul 14, 2009 (8:50 am)
In the 6 months you've owned the car, have you taken it in for service on the issue? You should be getting twice the MPG you're getting. I can't imagine the car is running very well if it's using as much gas as it seems. My wife's Elantra gets over 25MPG on almost all city driving.
#242 of 278 Re: 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage [justlou]
Jul 14, 2009 (9:48 am)
I just got a new Elantra Touring 2 weeks ago and I know that you have to be careful breaking in the engine. Could poor gas mileage be one of the results of not doing it properly? My dealer told me that I shouldn't use cruise control until after 1500 km; rather keep the higher speeds fluctuating between 80 to 110 km/hr ( In Canada we are metric: 50 - 70 mph).
#243 of 278 Re: speedometer issues with elantra [steven39]
Jul 14, 2009 (10:30 am)
I have a 2007 elantra with 23,800 miles, and when I first got my oil changed at the dealer, they had a recall to recalibrate the speedometer. Please go to your dealer to have them recalibrate it.
#244 of 278 Re: 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage [jwo122]
Jul 14, 2009 (7:16 pm)
i made a little mistake while posting this message, i had the car for six weeks and not six months, i would appreciate any input or advise. the empty tank light came on today and the trip meter was at around 160 miles since the last fill up. WTF! is the car just too new? my last car was a 2001 mazda 626 that only got 19mpg but a full tank lasted a week to 2 weeks longer, the tank size was only 2 gallons more then the elantra.
#245 of 278 Re: 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage [jwo122]
Jul 15, 2009 (11:09 am)
I would seriously take the car to the dealer and have it looked at, Because I have 2007 elantra and now have 23850 miles, but from day one I was getting 25-27 mpg in city and 33-36 on the hwy. In fact I just went on a small trip of 180 miles and using the a/c in 100+ temps and still got 36 mpg because it was mostly hwy. Getting 160 for just one tank is utterly rediculous and should be looked at. You should be getting around 24 mpg city and 32-33 hwy.
#246 of 278 Re: 20009 Elantra SE Poor Gas Mileage [jwo122]
Jul 15, 2009 (2:38 pm)
That almost sounds like the fuel pump problem that some of the 08 models had though by now that should have been corrected in the 09 model. I'd definitely take it to the dealer as something isn't right.
#247 of 278 Base base base model
Aug 16, 2009 (9:19 pm)
I can buy a new 2009 Elantra for less than $10K. The car has a stick shift, which is fine, but no radio. How is the manual on this car? and What does "...radio prep with 4 speakers." mean? I'm guessing that there are actual speakers provided and the radio has to be installed either by the dealer or an electronics store. Also, are the speakers decent?
#248 of 278 Re: Base base base model [rhickey516]
Aug 16, 2009 (9:34 pm)
Radio prep means the car is pre-wired--not sure if Hyundai includes an antenna or not. Assuming they have, when you have picked out a stereo head unit, you should basically be able to pop out the little blank panel, bolt the head unit to a bracket, plug in the wiring clip and slide the whole thing into the dash. I've never done it on a Hyundai, but it's pretty simple on other cars. Maybe an hour's work in the driveway, I'd say, based on my previous experience.
Some electronics stores such as Crutchfield will throw in the bracket/installation kit, the wiring adapter, and the instructions for free. But if you choose to have the installation done professionally, the "radio prep" means they won't be digging around in all the car's plastic trim to run the wires.