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Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Hatchback, Sedan
#322 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [compensate]
Jul 20, 2010 (8:48 pm)
I liked the look of the hatchback, but the Touring is good looking in black pearl. One thing I have noticed though is that the front bumper is a very soft vinyl and rocks will put nicks in it pretty easily.
If I had known at the time that leather would be in the 2011 I would have waited. Well, I might have waited. I drive over 60 miles a day in my commute, and the car I was driving could barely manage 20MPG and had over 90K miles on it. Normally that wouldn't be too much of a concern, but as the third owner, I didn't know how well it had been cared for in its early life.
#323 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [compensate]
Jul 22, 2010 (6:23 am)
I stand corrected. The local dealer listed a 2011 Touring GLS on their web site, and I went by to see if it was real. It was. It looks EXACTLY like a 2010 inside and out, except for one thing. The roof rails are silver/gray satin finish. Which, to be honest, did not look that good on the bright blue car. All the other trim bits are black, so the rails look like an add-on.
The only way you could tell this was a 2011 was the rails mentioned above, and the window sticker that stated "2011 Elantra Touring GLS"
#324 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [jlflemmons]
Jul 22, 2010 (6:41 am)
See if you can find the SE model. It is supposed to have leather seats as standard equipment along with beefy tires.
My local Hyundai dealer (one that I don't trust) said the 2011 Elantra Touring would not begin being built for another 3 months. I thought that was not true and figured he just wanted to try to sell one of his many 2010 models on his lot.
Typical car dealer . . .
#325 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [compensate]
Jul 22, 2010 (10:19 am)
The GLS was the only one they had.
BTW, I think the leather interior is limited to the sedan SE, and not the Touring SE.
I tried to "backdoor" investigate and see if leather replacement seat covers were available through Hyundai for the Touring, and they are. Very expensive. What I couldn't determine is if this was a non-US option as several items are with the Touring, most notably the Homelink rearview mirror. As I have mentioned before, this is very strange since the mirror is produced for sale in the US, but not available as a factory installed option. Other items are the back up sensors, the diesel engine option that is apparently very popular in Europe, etc.
#326 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [jlflemmons]
Jul 22, 2010 (11:24 am)
I don't know about the sedan, but the Touring looks to have leather in the 2011 SE.
Hyundai of Tampa
#327 of 419 Re: Hyundai Elantra Comparison [bamacar]
Jul 22, 2010 (6:41 pm)
I will keep my eyes out for an SE to show at the dealer. I had leather in my '05 GT and was impressed with it's quality. 60K miles and it still looked like new.
I still think it is weird that homelink is available, but not in the US. Our other car is a 2010 Tucson Ltd, every option except all wheel drive. Homelink was not available on it, either.
#328 of 419 Re: Alignment [jlflemmons]
Jul 23, 2010 (2:03 pm)
Got the car back. Not much difference despite a few tweaks...swapped out the rims for the steel wheels...calibration of the electric steering...full rotation of the tires. Torque pull really isnt the issue, Now if I full throttle it at any point, I do feel a little extra tug to the right, but under normal acceleration and crusing, I can write that off as a contributing cause. I drive a highway daily that the left lane does crown to the left, and if it does drift left, it can be compensated for like in any other car. Now we wait for another Hyundai Rep to come to the dealership.
The other problem is the accessory power drop off at idle. As Ive stated, Havent driven a modern day vehicle that does this. While on vacation, I tested other family members cars, and the only drop of voltage between all tested were 0.1 volts( from idle to full load) and of course no slowdown of accessories. Sounds like the voltage regulators are doing the job. My car? Not so much...it drops from 13.8 to 12.2-12.3. when accessories are on.
Jim- youve explained this as normal, but my anecdotal testing/evidence sure puts my car in the minority.
#329 of 419 Re: Alignment [blh7068]
Jul 23, 2010 (3:20 pm)
Your Elantra (and mine) have 95A alternators. Most American made vehicles will be 105A to 130A, depending on the make and model. I am afraid that what you are experiencing is normal for the alternator used in this application. The easiest way to change the design would be to use a smaller diameter pulley on the alternator to increase it's spinning speed at idle.
#330 of 419 Re: Alignment [jlflemmons]
Jul 23, 2010 (6:39 pm)
Is there an alternator that has higher amperage?
How hard is it to find a smaller diameter pulley?
#331 of 419 Re: Alignment [blh7068]
Jul 23, 2010 (8:47 pm)
Hyundai does have a 120A alternator, but it uses a different connection scheme, so that's not an option.
You might try an alternator rebuild shop and see if they can fit a smaller pulley.
I have to ask, why is this such a problem? Do you idle the car for extended periods of time with all the accessories and lights on?
I stated earlier that the car has a 95A alternator, and I believe that is incorrect. It is actually a 90A.