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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006

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  • The window sticker on the 2001 Elantra says to expect 24 to 33 mpg. I do suburban driving, including lots on the parkway, and have been unable to break above 21 mpg. I just had my 7500 mile check up and the dealer says everything checks out. Do I have a lemon, or is everyone with a 2001 Elantra getting this unexpectedly poor gas mileage? Either way, what do I/we do about it? On my previous car, a 1993 Mazda 626, I was getting 25!
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    I have an automatic 2001.5 GT. I get between 33 and 36 on the highway at steady speeds with a light foot, and about 27-28 in mostly suburban type driving. I've never done pure city, and the worst I've gotten is 24 this winter. I have 20,000 miles on the car. I know that a lot of people claim that mpgs get better with more miles, but I have never witnessed this phenomenom. My mpgs have been the same since day one. Winter blending can cost you 2-4 mpgs, but your mpgs sound a bit low. Do you accelerate hard? Did you follow the break-in instructions?
  • Our '01 GLS package 5 just hit the 12,000 mile mark. We bought it in December '00 and use it mostly in-city. Little problems here and there, nothing major – the driver’s side door light wouldn’t work and the electrical harness had to be replaced, and the fading yellow clock was replaced with a BRIGHT green one. And the stereo system is a little lacking. But, along with truth2, my only real complaint is the mpg which hasn’t improved since the beginning – while I’m reading about everyone else’s outstanding performance, I’m getting the low end of the spectrum, about 23 city and 26 highway, the lowest of any vehicle I’ve owned. I’ve just changed the air filter and switched to synthetic oil, and filled my tires to the max…we’ll see if this changes anything.

    BTW, for the first three months we heard in intermittant buzz coming from the headliner, and depending on where you were sitting in the car, it seemed to be coming from opposite corners of the dash. Imagine our chagrin when we finally discovered it was just my suglasses rattling up in the holder. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    As I noted on an earlier post, I'm consistently getting in the high 20s with my '01 GLS 5-speed this winter, and close to 30 last summer. This is in almost all in-town driving, about half of it on freeways (which are frequently bumper-to-bumper). I do try to drive economically, that is, upshift as soon as possible, keep cruising revs around 2000 (except on the freeway of course), and try to drive close to the posted speeds (which means not over 65 in my area). I usually use a light foot on the accelerator, except once and awhile when I have the urge to feel all 140 horses and gun it. I also try to anticipate stoplights so I can drive through them rather than stop, then start off again. I put the tire pressure up to 35 psi this fall when it was about 30 degrees, and since it hasn't been that cold this winter the pressure has been within a couple psi of that all winter. That's higher than the recommended pressure, but I've noticed better handling and mpg and only a slightly firmer ride.

    I've noticed when my wife drives the GLS, which is not often, the gas gauge goes down a lot faster than when I drive it. She doesn't drive a stick often and I don't think she knows all the tricks, e.g. she probably is in too high a gear. She also likes to run the A/C almost all the time, even in cool weather.
  • I have a 2001 Automatic GLS with 44,000 miles. I drive 124 miles to and from work. Half the trip is Highway and half is bumper to bumper. I am 25 and tend to gun the throttle ALOT. At first I was averaging 25mpg weekly until I bought a K&N air filter (lifetime-reusable) I now average 29mpg. The filter is only about $45 which is well worth the mpg savings for me. I also noticed an increase in power when accelerating from a stop.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 245
    I am planing to install fog or driving lights on my 01 Elantra GLS. I would like to install a switch in one of the three knockouts next to the dash light dimmer. Do any of you know if Hyundai or a third party makes a switch that would give me a factory, or near factory look?
  • I just installed fog light for my 01 Elantra GLS.
    I paid about $130 including install fee.
    I think usually the after-market fog light is smaller then the factory one. The switch is located at near(behind) the steering wheel. I think the dealer or other shop will cost more if you try to install the switch next to the dash light dimmer. It took me about 4 hours to install.
  • gt_fangt_fan Posts: 159
    In my first 2301 miles, I've burned 76.24 gallons of gas, giving me 30.2 mpg. My commute is 50/50 city and highway with about 20% of that in bumper to bumper traffic. I use all the tricks (short shifting, coasting down hills in neutral, etc.). On one 120 mile trip on the interstate, the computer showed a 44 mpg average. I have noticed, though, that when I drive like I did when I was a teen (I'm not admitting how long ago that was!) the mileage drops to the low to mid twenties. IMHO, this car really rewards a light foot.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    That's been about average for me, although the engine is continuing to loosen up and things might get better when winter blends are discontinued and it's still cool enough not to run the A/C. I'm satisfied, although others report doing better. If I was still in the low 20's I'd take it back to the dealer.
  • rs18rs18 Posts: 4
    Sorry for the double post but the GT and Sedan shares the same engine so I thought I'd post this here as well.

    Need some help guys. New Elantra GT. Engine pings when accelerating or climbing hills. It's not the gas, I've tried several brands and even premium gas. You won't hear the ping if your window is down or radio is on.

    Also noticed that when the engine is idling and you open the hood, a loud hissing sound can be heard on the driver's side of the engine. Is this normal? Can you guys open your hoods (engine idling) and just do a 10 second check for the hissing sound.
  • Hello everybody,

    I have a 5-speed 01 Elantra GLS. It just passed the 10k miles mark.

    I have noticed lately that the clutch makes noise when is either depressed or pressed and when the car is warm, say, after 10 min of driving.

    I took it to the dealer to have the clutch checked.

    They found the clutch release fork noisy. They lubed it but never fixed it.

    I have been driving 400 miles like this. I do not see any change. I'd take it back to the dealer but I want to have some input. How bad could it be?

    Of course I do not want to be an idiot and get stuck on the highway.

    Thanks

    cioran
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    What kind of noise is it? Where is it coming from (i.e., internally from the clutch, or from the pedal)?
  • Thanks for the feedback. It's good to know that I'm not the only one experiencing this odd problem with pinging or knocking upon cold-acceleration.

    If there are any solutions or similar experiences, please post and let me know. I will take everything I can find on the issue to my dealer and report back for the benefit of all concerned.

    I'd also like to thank the person who said that an aligment corrected their crooked stearing wheel. I had my right strut replaced and the left lubricated during which time they probably had an opportunity to realign it but it came back in the same condition. So I'll see about that too and keep folks here posted.
  • printzprintz Posts: 70
    Just picked it up(auto, pack 5).....Solid, peppy little car....In reference to the person with the mileage problem, it states on the window sticker(city, anywhere between 20-28mpg, 28-38highway)..So any particular car can fall anywhere in that range.....Will keep any new possible Elantra buyers up to date on my car...
  • Hello,

    It is a low pitch noise. It starts when the pedal is almost fully pressed, say the last quarter of the run. So I think it comes from the pedal. When the pedal is released the noise will be not always present. Sorry the dumb question but how do you know it is internal?

    BTW the shifting has been normal. I do not feel the stick stuck o something like that. This is why I haven't been so pressed to go to to the dealer.

    Thanks
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Thanks for the clarification. I asked for a description because I've recently noticed a low-pitched squeak when I press and release the clutch pedal on my '01 GLS, but the noise occurs at about 1/2 way down (and up), not near the end like yours does. It is not that loud, but I do notice it, and it is accompanied by some friction--almost like a hinge is wearing. I'll have the dealer check it out at the next oil change in a few weeks (11,250 mi). I don't know enough about clutch assemblies to diagnose it.
  • My friend just crashed her 86 Nissan Sentra and her parents are looking for a new car for her. Her parents are very conservative and want a car with good reliability and cheap price while my friend wants a car that is not too dumpy for the price range. When first asked I thought Kia Rio or Accent but then i looked at the prices for the Elantra and was very surprised at how cheap it was. So how do you guys like your cars and have they been reliable? Also how does the 5-speed drive? Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Sam
  • go test drive the elantra and i am sure u will be very happy with it . I have a gt myself and for what u get and what they cost tyou can't beat them .
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Defintely check out the Elantra, it's a lot more car than the Accent or Rio for not much more money. I like the 5-speed, it has strong performance for its class and the shifter is quite smooth (after loosening up in the first few weeks). Check out the long-term Edmunds.com review of the GLS--they bought a 5-speed and have made several comments about the smoothness of the powertrain.

    But if good reliability is the #1 requirement, you may want to steer towards the Toyota ECHO or the new Corolla, or perhaps the Sentra or Protege. They have better reliability records than the Elantra, although the Elantra has been improving and costs less, comparably equipped. It has a superior warranty also. My Elantra has been reliable, with only a couple of minor squeaks/rattles in 16 months of ownership.
  • mauvasmauvas Posts: 18
    I would suggest that you should go for the Elantra. Your friend wont be wrong. Instead of buying an Echo or Rio or Accent (though they are fine cars) for almost the same money she will have a bigger car with the most powerfull engine in its category, the best equipped car for the price and the best warranty. I owned a Elantra 1997 GLS which I sold after about three years with more than 30K miles on it. Not a single problem. It was sold only because I moved to this country. I presently own an Elantra 2001 VE (GLS in U.S.), which I bought in july last year. I am very happy with the performance, the accesories, the smoothness, the style and after 6,000 km I only can praise it. If you want some information about the reliability check Carpoint.com. There they have reliability history for the elantra 1992 and newer models. Actually the Elantra outperforms a lot of other brands and models. I know already that some members don't believe in those reports, but I give them some credit.
    If your friend likes performance go for the stick and even better go and try the Elantra GT. I did last month and for me is the best way to use your money. After trying the GT you can go and give a test to the Corolla or the Civic. Ask for the price for the same Elantra configuration and for sure you will go back rushing to the Hyundai dealer to buy it.
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