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Hyundai Elantra Touring 2009 -



  • petulopetulo Posts: 3
    I bought mine at Town Hyundai in Denville. I live 40 min south of there but it was worth it. No hassle and a decent price. Potholes can do it to any car and at least Hyundais parts are not as expensive as some of other cars' parts. I have Acura TL and that one has a firmer ride than ET SE and to be honest, I enjoy the ET better overall: it's utility, driving position, gas mileage, etc. I'll give it to my son soon...
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    There are 4 Hyundai dealers within a 30 mile radius here in Oklahoma City metro, 3 of which are owned by Automax. Drive a little further and there's a 5th Hyundai dealer in Stillwater, Oklahoma owned by ex-football star Barry Sanders.
  • Help, I own and 2009 SE touring with 17" with 6k miles and when I looked at my front tires the other day, the inside tread is very low, more on the drivers side. About 1/32 at the very edge, and then gradually more tread toward the outside edge. I know front tires wear faster then the rear, but it seems especially fast. I took the car to the dealership and they said a tire rotation is due and did a alignment and said it checks out fine. I'm worried that even with rotating tires, the next time around, those same tires come back up front and within another 5-8k, they are going to be shot.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Sorry for your troubles. I'm considering buying the GLS model in order to get steel wheels. What type of tires are used on the 17 inch SE?
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    There are a few things you can check (feel) as to the alignment. Does the car pull to one side on the highway? Does it go straight while you applied brakes at speed? Front wheel drive cars do make the front tires wear faster as front tires bear all the weight while also do the steering while making turns. Tire rotation is a must for such cars. If the dealer checked the alignment and considered it within specification, you may not have to worry about it. Just for you to know, the tires on the touring are just mid-quality, so you may want to replace them after a while. Replace them with better tires will vastly improve its handling.
    Hyundai designed the touring in Europe, thus with emphasis on handling, not living room type of comfort as most cars in its class.
  • I got an envelope in the mail today from Hyundai and was pleasantly surprised to find a $50 Visa Debit card inside as thanks for my recent purchase. Have others received this? I bought my car in January.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Now that's a nice surprise! Do you have to spend it on Hyundai accessories or is it for anything?
  • Nope, it's a normal Visa Debit card that can be used on anything! It's only good for 90 days, however.
  • Hey all, just curious when those of you with an automatic transmission are getting your shifts. In other words, watching the tachometer, where are your RPM's when your car shifts into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gear.
    I'm getting some pretty bad mileage. Mine wont shift before 3K Rpms no matter how I drive. Its translating to 17 mpg city, even worse sometime in my 09' ET with 4K miles on her.
    I am very anxious to here where others are getting there shift's.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I never got good city mileage in either my Hyundai or my KIA.Actually 17 would have been pretty good,but on the highway they were as good as the EPA or better.
  • strei007strei007 Posts: 16
    This car is not for everybody. After 1 month driving 5sp my opinions are; The combination of 5sp and stiff supension gives you too rough a ride. My wife got car sick in the passenger seat and I feel light headed after driving on rough road. Can't recommend it as family car if you have to have passengers in back seat. They surely will get car sick. I still like it though. Fun to drive. Corners great and good acceleration.
    My other complaints. No Cruise on 5sp. I ended up buying an aftermarket one from Rostra. It will cost you $400 to get installed. It does work perfectly though. I might get the heated seats too for $200 each. They told me no problem with those seats.
    Expensive to put roof rack on. Body metal dents easily. Whinny sound when going over 65 mph due to high RPMs. RPMs 3300 at 70m\hr. Speedometer is high by 2 m\h at 60. These last two issues might not be a problem if you got the 17 inch wheels. My wheels our 16 inch. Seat back a little too tight for me. I'm 6ft 200lbs. If you are bigger across the back watch out. Tinny sounding radio and horn.
    Things I like. Almost everything else. Cargo space and trunk organization. Head lights. Head room, I pod connection. Well built car. Good finish. Very safe. Hopeful as reliable as my last 2000 Elantra wagon. Hopefully MPG. 1st tank 29, 2nd tank 31. Back and forth to work on freeway 15 miles each way. Wish we could get the diesel engine here. Power everything. AC. Sits higher which makes it easier to get out from than my old Elantra Wagon. Easy to install 4 bolts pre drilled tow hitch. $95 from Drawtite.
    I did get JD powers evaluation survey to fill out. They gave me a dollar. It was 7 pages long and took an hour to fill out. It was nice skipping the 2 pages of what has gone wrong so far. I like JD powers so I did it. Got another too long 10 page survey from someone else but threw it out.
    I did get the $50 gift card from Hyundai too. I purchased my car in Dec with loan.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited April 2010
    Thanks for the write up. Can you tell us exactly what kind of car you are talking about??? I just bought the ET GLS model with power package. I did not want 17 inch alloy wheels for many of the reasons you eluded to. Also note: all these cars (maybe all cars for that matter) come with 60 psi in the tires. It is insane when a dealer lets you take a car out for a test drive and does not lower the psi to 32 or so; made all the difference in the world. My ET will be in my driveway on Saturday. I tried everything I could to knock it out of our first choice by test driving/sitting in over 10 competing models to include the H Tucsan. The Tucsan was nice, but the back seat was not, nor was the line of sight nor amenaties that it offers compared to the H ET. Again, please let us know what model and tire size you are speaking of.
  • strei007strei007 Posts: 16
    edited April 2010
    2010 Elantra Touring. GSL 5sp.
    Tires are 16 inch Kumho tires on steel rims with unfortunately 32 psi
    At 70 mph my RPMs are 3100 instead of 3300.
    Until the ride softens the nick name for my car will be my "Covered Pickup Truck" Let me know if you think this is an accurate name.

    I see a lot of reviews don't like the headlights. I think they are great. The low beams are bright with good spread and don't shine too high. They also use a very energy efficient xenon bulb. Xenon bulbs use about 1/2 the electricity and last twice as long as a Halogen.

    The high beams use a standard halogen bulb and work with the low beams. _i30_wins_car_of_the_year

    Google this "Hyundia i30 wins car of the year" to make you feel good about your purchase. The i30 is the Elantra Touring in Europe and Austraila. The car in the comparision had a diesel engine. I wish we could get that engine.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Thanks strei, but I think you meant 15 inch tires since the Elantra Touring only comes with 15 (GLS) or 17 (ES) wheels.
  • strei007strei007 Posts: 16
    Opps. You are right. Stamped on my tires, in big letters is "Kohmo HK16" but the size is R15. Weird.
    I just installed a drawtite hitch yesterday. Four holes are predrilled it takes 15 min. However, you must remove a large plastic piece of fascia. This was held on by 10 screws and 3 nuts. It takes 15 min to remove. The directions say to leave it off after but I reinstalled it. It took me an hour to trim it to fit but it looks great.
    You should be enjoying your new car today. Drive carefull.
    Oh I just learned that there is a lever to adjust your steering column. It is located under the steering column.
  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    Wondering about the towing ability of this critter. Not thinking of a 10,000 lb trailer, but a light weight unit, for utility jobs, and possibly a small travel unit. Any info ? Hints, whatever.

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Can anyone tell me what it means to have Bluetooth on this car? My one dealer said that it is in the same spot as where the sunglasses holder normally is, just forward of the map lights.
    If this is true, are the map lights affected, or are they still there regardless?

    If Bluetooth only means losing the sunglasses holder, then I would consider getting it.
    Does Bluetooth mean that you answer your phone through the integrated system and speak through microphones embedded in the car, and then listen through the car's audio speakers?
  • eba55eba55 Posts: 20
    I briefly looked into it, since mine didn't come with it. You can buy it after. It fits into the sunglass holder and you will still have map lights. I believe you talk into the speaker near the map lights and then hear everything through the radio speakers. and of course your cellphone has to be bluetooth enabled. I would've gotten it with the car, but it seems way overpriced if you just buy it by itself after the fact.
  • I have the Bluetooth feature and love it. In fact, this morning I was stuck in traffic and listened to a conference call using it, and last night two calls came in while I was driving home and I was immediately notified that there was an incoming call.

    The unit has its own speakers -- it does not use the radio. And because it's not hooked into the radio, it doesn't mute automatically (and there is no mute button on the steering wheel control, a major omission on Hyundai's part). That's really my only complained about how the unit works.

    BTW I think these Ford "swap your ride" commercials are ridiculous because for the most part the people are saying that they love the extra features on their loaded loaner cars -- which they could have ordered on their current cars! Stuff like Bluetooth, built-in navigation. How ridiculous!
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    thanks eba55 and misterbill. I am still working to obtain my car from "behind the scenes." It should make an interesting made for tv movie. I'll share more when news warrants. :shades:
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