Last post on May 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Car Buying,, Sedan
#1 of 20 Elantra or Corolla?
Jan 21, 2012 (11:07 pm)
I'm trying to decide between an Elantra or Corolla '11/'12/'13, I like the style/features of each one, so as far as this goes I have all the info I need.
What I would like to ask is, maintenance cost to each, Pro's and cons between maintenance, and how easy is it to change breaks on each one etc? Do either have a Drum rear break or disc breaks? The reason I would like to know these is easier for me to maintain myself with my little knowledge in Cars (:
Tires, I've read elantra tires go out easy? This is no problem but wondering, transmission, etc etc...
Also finally, reliability and length, how long do you think each car is a keeper for? 5 years? 10 years?
Thanks a lot!
#2 of 20 Re: Elantra or Corolla? [somi]
Jan 22, 2012 (7:44 am)
One thing you didn't mention: how do the cars DRIVE. Have you taken each car on a long test drive yet? Better yet, you can find these cars as rentals, and since you plan on keeping it for a long time, why not rent each one for a few days, drive it as you normally drive a car, so you can be sure you'll be able to live with the car for many years.
I say this because IMO there's a huge difference in how these two cars drive. Also in aspects like interior room and quality... but you said you were OK with the style of both cars.
The other thing you can test on a rental is fuel economy. The EPA numbers are one thing, but real-world FE for YOU could be much different.
So if you haven't driven these cars yet... do yourself a big favor and do that.
P.S. Elantra has all disc brakes, Corolla has rear drums. As for 10-year reliability, I own an 8-year-old Elantra that's been very reliable, no issues and the only major maintenance outside the factory schedule was new rear brake rotors/pads at about 45k. Fronts are original. Have about 70k on the car now. Also my sister bought my 2001 Elantra (purchased 10/00) from me six years ago and still owns it. Car has over 100k on it now and has needed a few parts, but brakes (rear drums) held up well, still original shocks/struts/exhaust, never has broken down.
#3 of 20 Oil sludge in corolla 1998, automatic
Jan 22, 2012 (11:40 am)
I am new so i dont know how to post a question. I have the above car and always did timely oil change. Recently I picked it up from a shop where the bumper was being repainted. Upon leaving the shop i drove quarter mile and the oil light came up, and the temp gauge went up to about 40% (normally it is at 25%). I drove home about 6 miles slowly. Next day towed it to the dealer who said there may be too much sludge so it would be too expensive to repair.
1)My question is how could the sludge build if I did regular oil change.
2) If I have them take off the oil pan and clean the screen would this help?
They charge about $110 per hour (los angeles CA) and it is a 2 hour work. Might be worth it than to junk the car because opening the engine to clean out the sludge would be more than the car's value.
thanks in advance
#4 of 20 Oil sludge in corolla 1998, automatic II
Jan 22, 2012 (11:57 am)
Hi I forgot to add an important detail in post below.
As i said the car was being repainted in the shop. I had a dispute over the quality of work ( the color did not match the rest of the car) and so the guy had to paint it over and was unhappy. Could he sabotage the car?
Jan 22, 2012 (12:27 pm)
hand down the Elantra. Toyota is working on a new Corolla to compete in this segment. The present Corolla is miles behind in this class of car. Also, you can buy an Elantra assembled here in the U.S. If you end up wanting an Elantra, try to buy one assembled here at least.
#7 of 20 Re: Oil sludge in corolla 1998, automatic [parthanon1]
Jan 22, 2012 (12:36 pm)
If you drove 6 miles with the oil light on your engine is likely finished sludge or no sludge.
#8 of 20 Re: Elantra or Corolla? [somi]
Jan 29, 2012 (3:47 pm)
Another important factor...............
Which car has a spare tire and jack and which does not!
#9 of 20 Re: Elantra or Corolla? [lostwrench1]
Jan 30, 2012 (12:57 pm)
Get real. Lets look at it a different way. Which one has a better warranty, and offers more options. I remember years ago, when you bought a new pick-up, the spare was an option. Gee, lets see, that leaves out Chevy Cruise an Elantra, and just wait, you''ll see more manufacters doing that.
#10 of 20 NO SPARE TIRE?
Jan 30, 2012 (1:39 pm)
Guys and Gals,
Let's talk about the non-existent spare tire (Hyundai not the only culprit). Most of us on this forum complain about not getting the advertised mileage. So how many of you are comfortable taking a trip with the contraption provided by Hyundai for the Elantra? My dealer recently had a sale on spare tires for $200 each and I bought one. Better to be safe than have another complaint about this little car which, apart from its stop and go horrible mpg, is actually quite nice. Rather be safe than sorry and rely on the little contraption which I can't imagine trying to use in snow and sleet nevermind nice weather.