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#456 of 515 Hyundai Quality
Sep 25, 2008 (12:29 pm)
I have a 2000 Elantra with 98,000 miles on it. I also have a 2000 Taurus with 92,000 miles. We've owned both cars since they were new. The Elantra is much more solid feeling at this point, and has given me these problems: drivers side power window motor at around 40,000 miles - covered by warranty. That's it for the Elantra. The Taurus: AC fixed twice, not working now. Starter at 88,000 miles. Oxygen sensor at around 80,000 miles.
In my opinion, both cars have given me good service, but my point is, Hyundai was building pretty darn good cars in 2000. I will not hesitate to buy another
#457 of 515 Hyundai Warranty on Paint
Oct 27, 2008 (8:58 am)
I just had someone hit me car, causing scratches and other marks on the drivers side, the local Hyundai dealership told me to go to an auto body place, where I got an estimate of around 1500$, does the warranty not cover paint and other things, as it is a 2008 Elantra that I've only had since middle of July. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. It is only cosmetic work, other then that everything is fine, an I did not find out who the person that hit my car was as it was at a grocery store at night an no one saw who did it.
#458 of 515 Re: Hyundai Warranty on Paint [rjeran1]
Oct 27, 2008 (6:46 pm)
The factory warranty covers defects in paint, not damage due to a collision. That is what insurance is for.
#459 of 515 Normal behavior or problem?Help!
Nov 11, 2008 (8:09 pm)
I just bought a new Elantra 2008 L automatic, seems like it doesn't have a coasting mode, whenever I release the gas pedal, the cars slows down slowly and steadily,just like I press a bit of braking (kind of engine braking?). It is quite different from my old 1998 Elantra. So I have to press the gas more to keep the car moving at the same speed. Can any other owners tell me this is a problem or not?
Thanks a lot.
#460 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (12:44 am)
I would call up Hyundai (the main number) and tell them this. They will write up a case and give you a case number and then tell you to have it checked out as you have a yr for adjustments. I am having a clicking noise in my drivers side door. Hubby thinks its the mechanism for the locks. It just started. I am also hearing a noise in the back on the drivers side near the back door. It started after they fuel pump was changed. I have an appt. to have this checked out in a week. Anyone else having the same clicking noise like me? And my emergency brake is not keeping the car from rolling.
#461 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (6:14 am)
The car should slow down slowly and steadily when you take your foot off the gas, unless you are going downhill. But compared to your 1998 Elantra, the 2008 has more power and reduced friction in the engine, plus a more efficient AT, so it should not require more pedal pressure to keep it moving than your old car. A couple of things to check: 1) tire pressure (if too low, that could cause the car to slow faster than normal); 2) make sure the emergency brake is not partially engaged (although the brake light should be on in that case). Also try letting the car coast in neutral on level ground (when it's safe to do so of course) and see how it coasts. That could tell you whether the drag is in fact in the brakes or someplace else.
#462 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (6:38 am)
If this car has the same shifter as the US market Elantra, it's fairly easy to accidentally stick the thing into third gear instead of Drive. This would make the engine feel like it's revving harder, and would produce noticeable engine braking.
For what it's worth, top gear in the Elantra should give you very low rpm and very low engine noise levels. Canadian Driver reported 2200 rpm at 100 km/h with the automatic.
#463 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (6:59 am)
Try tapping on the accelerator pedal. It just takes a slight tap, and the transmission sort of kicks into "coast". This is a common situation in a lot of the newer transmissions in vehicles today. It is not a "problem that needs fixing".
See if it works for you..
#464 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (7:35 pm)
Thanks, guys. More to supplement:
1. Tire pressure is good. But it is brand new winter tire, is this causing more friction?
2. The transmission is shift to Drive and hand brake in completely down.
3. The rpm is low, most of the time it is below 1500. I only drove 120km, seems like MPG is not bad.
4. It is like that especially at low speed(e.g. 40 km/h), the car seems want to stop unless I keep pressing the gas a bit hard.
5. no other problems found. Seems like I also heard a click sound sometimes and it seems perfectly normal.
#465 of 515 Re: Normal behavior or problem?Help! [lpeagle]
Nov 12, 2008 (8:01 pm)
See the previous post. You are close to lugging the engine at below 1500 rpms. Although when the car is coasting, it should be considerably below 1500 rpms.
Winter tires could definitely cause more friction than the OEM all-season tires.
Why would you expect the car to NOT slow down when driving in gear at about 40 km/h? But on level ground, it should take only light pressure on the gas pedal to keep the car moving forward. If you press it hard, i.e. floor it, it should take off pretty quickly.
If you are concerned, have the dealer check it out. While there, ask to drive a different 2008 or 2009 Elantra to see if it drives the same. Have a service tech go with you so they can observe how you drive the car. If that car drives the same as your car, it's likely that is just the way the car drives.