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Hyundai Elantra Touring, Interior, Hatchback, Sedan
#5 of 34 Lesson learned
Jul 29, 2010 (3:32 pm)
Well, lesson learned. Yes, the dealer might be willing to move me into something else, but that essentially means trading in the car as used. Lots of money lost. I think instead of dealing with another Hyundai, I will somehow improvise and manage for a year and then trade in on a new Focus Hatchback or C-Max.
I have owned many cars in the past (Fords and imports), never had an experience like this even though I have always bought standard seats. Like I said, lesson learned. Too bad on Hyundai. You know what they say, once bitten twice shy.
#6 of 34 Suspension (was: Lesson learned)
Jul 30, 2010 (8:57 am)
Just to add to the last post, I am beginning to believe that the bouncy suspension may be adding to it. It is not really harsh, just bouncy, springy. Does not want to swallow even the slightest unevenness in the road.
#7 of 34 Re: Suspension (was: Lesson learned) [hwyhobo]
Jul 30, 2010 (4:59 pm)
yep, the seats are odd. I don't like the feeling of sliding forward when the brakes are applied. I don't drive it normally, so I can't complain too much.
#8 of 34 Seat Issue Fix
Jul 31, 2010 (11:55 am)
I am 5'10" with long legs and I have a 2010 GLS manual trans which does not have the telescoping wheel. When I adjust the seat for the proper distance from the wheel, the seat bottom is too close so my thighs to not come in contact with the seat bottom hense, there is no thigh support, which is very uncomfortable after just a short drive. What I did was remove the two front seat bolts and placed a shime under the seat frame which, when longer bolts a reinstalled, lifts the front of the seat up about 1.5 inches. This perfect for me because my thighs are supported by the seat all the way to the end of the cushion. THIS GREATLY IMPROVES THE COMFORT OF THE SEAT!!! This should work well for anyone who has no thigh support
#9 of 34 What is stranger...
Jul 31, 2010 (12:11 pm)
What is even stranger is that I drove a Kia for 10 years prior, and it had wonderful suspension and seats. Suspension was firm, but swallowed easily minor imperfections in the road and was a delight to drive on mountain twisties and side roads. Since Hyundai owns Kia, what did they do to that technology? Throw it away? Why would they put such an unrefined suspension in the Elantra Touring? Why the punishing seats?
Why don't the reviews mention the "three-bounces-on-a-pebble" suspension? Do all reviewers only drive on perfect freeways?
#10 of 34 Re: What is stranger... [hwyhobo]
Jul 31, 2010 (12:48 pm)
I drive my SE in Austin, Texas, where rough irregular pavement is the norm, not the exception. I have not notice any issues with harshness in the ride on anything but the stuff that is just crazy rough. The tires are a bit stiffer than the GLS, but not at all what I would call harsh.
#11 of 34 Re: What is stranger... [jlflemmons]
Jul 31, 2010 (1:04 pm)
Perhaps the adjustable seats in the SE help? Alas, GLS Manual cannot be so equipped.
Hm, I am thinking... I'm 6'3", 185 lbs (that's 190 cm, 84 kg for the metric-inclined). Perhaps if I threw four 50 lb sacks in the back that would help settle the suspension?
It wouldn't do wonders for the cargo space, though.
#12 of 34 Tested with extra weight
Aug 01, 2010 (2:47 pm)
Just for kicks, I took some friends today for a ride around the neighborhood, and to see if extra weight would help. After 20 minutes I felt nauseated. My friends commented that the car seems to vibrate on all imperfections, like a resonance box. One commented that an hour of drive like this, and you would begin to feel your kidneys. I have lived here for a long time, and never had that problem with previous cars. It looks like I won't be able to trade it in on a new Focus in a year from now but will have to dump it long before then (the sooner the better).
Now I will have to wait for an hour to settle my stomach.
#13 of 34 You must have missed my reviews
Aug 19, 2010 (8:17 pm)
#213 of 343 stiff ride, tight seats, high RPM, by strei007 in the 2010 Forum.
In the reviews of the 2010 touring I wrote
Makes me car sick
Written by: Car sick on 05/09/2010
The good news is. The stiffness in the supension gets much better after a few thousand miles and a few heavy loads. My buddy who has a Versa, thinks my Touring is a much better car. I like the car now except I keep killing the engine when trying to engage 1st gear. The ride is real jerky in 1st gear when trying to maintain 10 mph. This happens when stuck in freeway traffic.
#14 of 34 Re: You must have missed my reviews [strei007]
Aug 19, 2010 (9:50 pm)
For whatever reason Hyundai has, the 2.0L engine when coupled with the 5spd has no throttle action between idle and 2K rpm. I have investigated this, had the dealer and zone rep check it, and it is normal. I even went out on international Hyundai boards and found that the same thing occurs on all flavors of Elantra with this engine and transmission combo, here in the U.S., in Australia, Europe, etc.The only reason I could come up with is if the 2.0L just doesn't develop enough torque just off idle to not stall, so the computer sets the minimum throttle at 2K.