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Aug 29, 2008 (3:47 pm)
I find your response lacking ownership experience. I also find that your response is just pure based on research and reading publications that are just a small fraction of the number of elantras sold. I want you to know that I have a 2007 elantra and have 10300 miles on my elantra and it has go through a summer heat that you probably would not comprehend, but yet my elantra never yeilded and never has it had problems with the 110-118 degree temps here in the summer. Granted I do not have a 2008 elantra that has the fuel pump issues. But I can tell you that bashing Hyundai over prior models problems is just pure ignorance, because virtually every company that has ever built a car has had problems with some vehicles at some point and time. Good luck on trying to find a car make, model and year of a vehicle that don't have a single licking problem. You might as well be in the horse and carriage days then. Another thing, if you base you choices on the "experts", well just like the "experts" picked the New England Patriots to win the superbowl. And the resale values are low because of the past image issues that Hyundai has had, but even Honda and Toyota's where rust buckets too when they first started making cars, but now everybody is willing to pay way to much for a car just because of the badge it wears. I am not trying to start a fight here, but before people start bashing other people for what car they got and for what reason, please do yourself a favor and mathmatically calculate how many elantras are on the road compared to how many probelms it has, and do that for every manufacturer, and you maybe surpised with the results. Before you assume that all elantras have a problems based on prior yrs model experience please research every year model.
Aug 29, 2008 (4:08 pm)
I called the dealer today, gave my VIN, and have an appointment next week to have the fuel pump replaced. Have been noticing a very brief period of rough running in the morning at initial start up.
#431 of 515 Pulled the trigger
Aug 29, 2008 (5:22 pm)
Well, the Honda dealer wouldn't play ball so I bought the Elantra GLS. Wish me (and my son) luck. Overall the experience was OK compared to my other car-buying experiences. Had to walk out once but they wouldn't cave much. They had the color we wanted, so we paid a bit more for the car than we thought we would, but all in all, if the car holds up, it's still a hell of a deal.
Aug 29, 2008 (7:27 pm)
I don't seem to remember saying I bought my Elantra because MY FRIENDS thought it was cool. I stated my husband knew some friends of his with Sonatas and Elantras and they had no major problems.
As for saying an 11 yr old vehicle needs to be traded in....well that 11 year old vehicle had nothing wrong with it except the frame.
And after the crappy way the Dealer treated me and the fact in 2 weeks all the prices on their vehicles jumped as they knew people with the trucks would need vehicles, well... I said no. And decided the Elantra was worth the price and they acted FAST on the problem which only arose 2 months ago.
My truck was in Pristine condition except for the frame.
Can you say that about an older car/truck you have?
And just because I happen to have a HONEST Hyundai dealer, well.... I think you are just plain idiotic as if you want to bash us for owning and standing by our Elantra's then I feel you are only here to spark a fight.
And the 2007 and 2008 Toyota Tacos are having trouble too. So there, its not just the older vehicles. I do do my research. I just don't feel like posting it for everyone to read and get bored by.
Backy and wobbly there add all we need to know. Right on you two!!!!
Aug 30, 2008 (1:08 pm)
My official recall notice came in the mail yesterday.
#434 of 515 Re: [bwaller78]
Aug 30, 2008 (2:02 pm)
Of course I lack ownership experience, I only buy a car once it has an outstanding reputation. When Hyundai increases its LONG TERM test results, I might try that out too. Until then, why take a chance? But then again, that is JUST my opinion. Obviously it is not yours, and that is ok. Also, every car should last 10k without a problem, is this really a milestone for you? I've had cars into the 150k without ONE problem. Also, let me clarify something for you. Experts only base their review on the initial drive. And actually to your benefit, the Hyundai did well on expert "initial" reviews. I'm waiting on the long term studies. So no, I do not only rely only on an expert. That would be naive.
Also, please be informed before you comment, I never said there exists one car without a single problem. Once again, (sorry for being overly redundant but you didn't hear it the first time), all cars have problems, but it is the type of problem that matters and the consistency in which a problem occurs. Electrical problems plague many automotive makes and models. But it is very rare (albeit not necessarily impossible) that you hear of toyota's, honda's recalling engine failures. But yes, they too have recalls. For one, I believe they had an odomoter recall and random problems like headrest complaints and electrical issues. But again, nothing engine related as of late.
It is true that Hyundai's resale values are based on its previous bad name. But would it also be true to say that until they can consistently build good quality cars, they will not have a higher resale value? I think that is a fair assumption. You can't all of a sudden build a stellar car and have your resale jump. You have to show that the company as a whole retains its value (i.e. has a low percentage of problems over the course of the vehicles life). Hyundai's have only begun to make strides during the past 3 years. Even the 2000 hyundai's had low reliability. I think over time Hyundai can change their reliability. They just haven't convinced me yet, and I do believe that for 19k you can afford a multitude of cars and not feel limited to one company. And let me make this clear, the reason I came to this forum was to find what Hyundai owners thought of their car and to do my own personal research as to whether or not I myself would invest in it. Not right this second obviously, but maybe in the long term future. So no, I do not hold a personal bias, I am merely stating my opinion as of 2008. That is all. I'm sorry to have offended you.
#435 of 515 Re: [schukanuoslady]
Aug 30, 2008 (2:15 pm)
Again, I only replied to what you presented in your post. You mentioned your friends and how they liked a car. Fair enough, but coupled with the dealer comments, I didn't get the impression you researched the car, but rather you researched opinions and feelings. Again, the 11yr old vehicle is purely my own opinion. I don't find it necessary to keep a car that long. Again that is my own personal opinion, and if it worked for you fine. No, I cannot say that about a car I had because I buy a new car every 5 years or so or at least when it reaches 150k. The oldest car I've owned was a chevy I've had until 170k which is running fine but given to a friend as a gift. So rest assured, I have no brand loyalties. I have tried several cars and in the process of trying out a new g35x. My husband however prefers econo cars and ventured for the honda accord. So, we do not discriminate, if anything we like to try out everything and see what happens (hence ownership experience). All I can say is so far no problems on either even with 80k on the accord.
p.s. wasn't your 11yr old car a toyota? ok....well congrats thats a long time for any vehicle. Especially if you had no problems with it personally. Even with the recall i think it was an exceptional vehicle.
Again please reread my post, I am not against hyundais. I only wanted to see what owners thought of them, and most seem to be having problems with stalling. If they pick up their long term results, I might invest in one myself in another few years. Until then, I can only hope they increase reliability and resale value. One more time, all vehicles have problems, I never denied that. Please don't seem naive to think so. There is no such car.
#436 of 515 Re: [neleema]
Aug 30, 2008 (4:52 pm)
I only wanted to see what owners thought of them, and most seem to be having problems with stalling.
There are about 200,000 of the current-gen Elantras on the road in the U.S. I don't see how you could come to the conclusion that most Elantra owners seem to be having problems with stalling from what you have seen in this forum. You have seen only a few posts from owners having stalling problems, due to the fuel pump issue--which has been resolved now. If you were to buy a 2008 Elantra, it would not have this problem.
Actually I am not sure why you are visiting this discussion. You said it was to get owner opinions, but you also said that in your opinion Hyundai did not have a good enough of a reputation for you to take a chance on it. If a few owners posted good experiences here, would that be enough to change your opinion on Hyundai's long-term reputation for reliability, such that you would consider an Elantra?
P.S. The fuel pump is not an "engine" component. The Elantra has a very reliable, mature powerplant--a 2nd-generation Beta 2.0L CVVT I4. The fuel pump is more than anything an electrical component. The water pump is actually more closely related to the engine than the fuel pump. (BTW, the water pump is a part that was recalled on many current-gen Civics.)
#437 of 515 Re: [neleema]
Sep 02, 2008 (12:04 pm)
"When Hyundai increases its LONG TERM test results, I might try that out too."- neleema
Maybe you should start giving them a try now! The recent JD Powers dependability report states that they are at 200 problems per 100 cars. The avg of all cars was 208
In 2007 they were at 228 pp 100 cars with the avg being 216.
Hyundai hasn't been near the bottom of the list in years. All the data proves Hyundai is getting better all the time. I don't know where this resistance is coming from. Is it that hard to get away from the Hyundai of the 90's?
People should be appuading Hyundai for make a good car at a decent price. Not running them down as if they still make Excels.
Sep 02, 2008 (12:42 pm)
I think it's time to stop feeding the trolls. If they don't own an Elantra, then they should keep their opinions and posts to themselves.
Now.. My Elantra is at the dealer right now for the recall. They say it should take two hours to fix.