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#97 of 169 Re: 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS AT base model without popular package [gwilly]
Jun 21, 2010 (9:30 pm)
I test drove the Touring SE w/manual. I have driven sports cars my entire life with man. transmissions and I have to say this was a very good man. tran.
Short throw shifter. Shift gate very crisp, gearing ratio was good (much better than the auto. gear ratio). Light clutch (at least to me)
The only reason I didnt pickup the manual is my wife wanted the auto. She doesnt ask for much so it was hard for me to say no.
#98 of 169 Advice on Price
Jun 22, 2010 (7:25 pm)
I live in the Boston area and went to a dealership with the Costco Program a few weeks ago. For a GLS with package 1 (extra $700) and automatic the dealer wanted about $16,800 and another $400 documentation fee. I would also have to pay registration fees and state sales tax. Finally, I would get a Costco $500 gift card. Is this a good deal? Would I be better off not using Costco?
#99 of 169 Re: Advice on Price [samgreen]
Jun 22, 2010 (9:31 pm)
http://www.truecar.com/Hyundai/Elantra_Touring/2010/best-price-report-9E21F542.h- tml?colorInfo=Black%20Noir%20Pearl,Beige,6292_001_NKA.jpg&optionInfo=6618694,635- 9422,6618700&incentiveIds=3000256904&trimId=320561&modelId=19971&zipcode=02140
Check out the above link.
BTW make sure you are getting the popular pkg upgrade, the roof rails, and all the extras which is popular equipment package #2 and that costs 700.00. Popular Equipment Package #1 is the standard and doesn't cost extra.
I paid 15,952 for the ET auto with the popular equipment pkg 2(700.00). That price was with the 1000 dollar rebate applied. My OTD price was 17,449.78 I believe.
That Doc Fee is very high! Is that standard?
I guess if the Costco gift card is worth 500.00 dollars to you and the Doc fee is legit the price is still Not OK IMO. They need to come down!!!
I really believe though that you can shave off 500-900 dollars off of that price easily, ....Good Luck and keep us posted...
#100 of 169 New ET SE A/T owner
Jun 23, 2010 (12:20 am)
I traded in my '07 Mazda5 Touring for a silver ET SE w/Auto. I wanted the 5-speed but they didn't have any SE's...just GLS's. I test drove the auto before buying and for the type of driving I do, it wasn't a deal breaker. My Mazda5 had a 4-spd as well so I was used to the drawbacks of a 4-spd.
I got exactly what the TMV figures were for my trade and car! The ET's in Las Vegas are in very short supply as they go very quickly. I started out wanting it in red w/5-spd but am happy with my silver on black.
Prior posts were accurate regarding overly inflated tires. Mine were at 36psi when delivered. This, plus stiff damping, makes for a jiggly ride at times. My Mazda was more supple and cornered almost as well. Anyone interested in a more supple ride might want to try out Sumitomo LSV Touring tires. I had a new set on my Mazda prior to trading and rode really well.
I'm hoping the body kit I've seen on i-30 models finds its way to the States!!!
#101 of 169 Re: Advice on Price [crowheart]
Jun 23, 2010 (1:55 pm)
Thank you very much. I confused the packages (it's been a few weeks.) I meant to say package 2--so it's GLS, auto, package 2 for 16,800 and another $500 in costco $--so basically 16,300 and then $400 in "document fees"--which seemed high to me as well. Last time I paid under $300 and that included the registration fees and I thought that THAT was high. Is it possible that Hyundai dealers give better deals without Costco?
#102 of 169 Popular Package with GLS manual (or at least telescopic steering wheel)
Jul 15, 2010 (10:38 pm)
Anyone knows what the deal is with the Popular Package on GLS with manual? Why is it not available? I am about to buy the ET, but I would love to have the telescopic steering wheel (6'3", long legs). I was not impressed by the AT, so want to buy manual, but it seems the only way to buy the telescopic wheel is to spend extra $3K on the SE. That is bizarre to me. In fact, I preferred both the seats and the less harsh ride in the GLS. Why is Hyundai treating telescoping steering wheel as such an exotic option?
For those who are tall with long legs, if you bought the GLS manual, how do you find the driving position after a while? Are you comfortable?
#103 of 169 Re: Popular Package with GLS manual (or at least telescopic steering wheel) [hwyhobo]
Jul 16, 2010 (12:05 pm)
While I acknowledge it is a persons inseam, not their overall height that matters, I cannot fathom how a 6'3'' person can fit in an ET. I'm 6'1'' and have an awful time. In fact I won't drive it at all; it goes to my wife. I have a 36' inseam. Yes, the telescoping steering provides me a good arm position, but the foot on the gas is not pleasant after about 10 miles.
If you think Hyundai is being stingy, try Subaru. Telescoping steering STILL is not standard on their Forrester. You have to get the deluxe model to get T.S. For $27,000, I'll pass thank you very much.
#104 of 169 Re: Popular Package with GLS manual (or at least telescopic steering wheel) [maxx4me]
Jul 16, 2010 (1:41 pm)
If you went by my inseam, it would be even worse than 6'3" would imply. I guess I am somewhat resigned to the fact that short of a rear-wheel drive (Genesis Coupe fits me like a glove, but it is incredibly impractical for a family vehicle), I will never find a car that fits me (VW Jetta is a little better, but I am afraid to touch them because of their legendary reliability (sarcasm mode fully engaged)). What annoys me in particular in many cars is the "dead pedal", which robs me of whatever minimum rest area there is for my left leg - this is especially egregious on automatics.
What do you drive, and what would you recommend for a tall guy? Perhaps I have overlooked something.
#105 of 169 Re: Popular Package with GLS manual (or at least telescopic steering wheel) [hwyhobo]
Jul 16, 2010 (4:29 pm)
I'm not a fan of SUV's, so it is hard to recommend any. However, when I was shopping the ET, the Hyundai Tucsan had a LOT more travel on the driver's seat than the ET. It gets one mile per gallon better gas mileage too due to the 6 speed automatic transmission. The down side of the Tucsan is that visibility is much worse than the ET, and the rear seating is awful as the C pilar makes it hard to get in and out of it. The storage compartments are actually better on the ET as well. Nonetheless, if you are mainly concerned about driver comfort, the Tucsan is a winner. The highly proclaimed Sonata may also work, I can't remember. Again, I was turned off by the awful rear head room on the vehicle. I pay for 4 seats, I'd like to get 4 adults in any vehicle I buy. That is why the ET was so appealing. Incredible room and features for very little money. I did not get as great a deal as everyone else $18,200 out the door for a GLS with PP #2, Bluetooth, floor mats and rear cargo liner.
#106 of 169 Re: Popular Package with GLS manual (or at least telescopic steering wheel) [maxx4me]
Jul 17, 2010 (11:10 am)
Another thing to keep in mind is that the MPG figures are EPA estimates, and these come not from driving the car but from simply measuring how much fuel is burned with the engines running at different paces on a stationary testbed. MPGs for SUVs usually end up worse than estimated (because the EPA is not figuring for wind resistance enough or at all?). This is borne out by real-world values where the Touring consistently beats the EPA numbers but the Tucson does not. There are articles on the web on the Equinox being an especially poor performer relative to EPA numbers.