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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,629 rates the Elantra GLS 2nd, less than one point behind the Civic EX in their latest economy car comparo. Not too shabby for the Elantra, given the Civic is more than $4k more as tested than the Elantra (and with buyers reporting purchases of Elantras with the same equipment for $10.5K, it's a steal over the $18.5K Civic even if you get a good deal on the Civic).
  • ramblin_moramblin_mo Posts: 29
    Traded off an 3 month old Pearl white 03 Suzuki automatic FWD Aerio SX for a Champagne Hyundai 03 GLS automatic, package 2, with cargo net & carpets.

    Zuki may have been a fine car for an 18 year old. It probably would have been a long lasting reliable car. You would think that would be good to have a long lasting reliable car. It would be if the annoyances weren't piling up.

    What did I lose other than money for the trade in vs loan balance?
    ($10,750 trade in on a car listing for $16,000)
    SX Had in dash 6 CD Clarion stereo
    SX had timing chain vs timing belt
    SX looked kind of cool
    SX had more cargo capacity
    SX had more horsepower
    SX powertrain warranty fully transferable
    SX Outside temperature gauge
    SX High seating position, easy entry/exit

    Lost, but not missed
    SX shocking experience in exiting vehicle - ZAP ZAP
    SX Bug gut billboard front bumper
    SX Snow plow front bumper that would be expensive to replace
    SX Bug gut display on mirrors
    SX BLACK! dirt and cat hair magnet upholstery
    SX upholstery that was wearing on window sill from resting my arm
    SX ride from hell on rough pavement (BTW - Number one reason for getting rid of car)
    SX that is tossed around in high wind
    SX perpetually dirty back hatch window
    SX Sticky/static charged, hard, OPTIONAL installed center armrest
    SX Front cup holders that were out of easy reach

    GLS - 5 year 60K warranty vs 3 year 36K
    GLS - Front side air bags
    GLS - quiet ride, stable ride
    GLS - 400 tread wear Michelins vs 200 wear somethings??
    GLS - somewhat better sun visors. (Aren't stuck against your head if used on side window like Aerio)
    GLS - Two rear cup holders
    GLS - Better arranged center storage, lined coin box, storage under stereo, storage under center stack, cubby for front passenger
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Wow, you traded your 03 Aerio in on a Hyundai too?? Now I don't feel so stupid! Are you planning on posting your list of disappointments on the Aerio board? By the way, I was just as annoyed by the constant zaps everytime I got out of the car, the tendency to attract every hair it could find, and the constantly dirty back window. In fact, I agree with your entire list of cons. Did you notice how horribly inadequate the coverage of the sunvisors were? I'm short and I always ended up getting blinded by all the light blaring through the huge side windows! They really need to put larger visors on that car and allow them to move further away from your head. I have been much happier with the quality and design of my Tiburon. I hope your Elantra pleases you just as much.
  • ramblin_moramblin_mo Posts: 29
    The Aerio was fun to drive. Then I realized that I would be getting my kidneys jolted day in and day out on my 50 mile daily drive for 46 more car payments.
    The ride was so harsh it makes me wonder how modifiers can lower their Aerio even more. They must have perfect roads where they live.

    Re:Sun visors were pretty bad. I had considered looking for after market replacement that had an extender to cover more area.

    Hopefully I got rid of the water from the drivers window that ended up dripping on the window switches in the Aerio. It looks like the Elantra has this solved.

    I'm not a speed demon and I realized what I'm looking for in a commuter car is to get from A to B in reasonable comfort and economy. (30mpg on first tank of gas :^)

    Only problem with the Elantra so far is the turn signal doesn't turn off when finishing a turn. It worked initially. At least I can hear the turn signal is on in the Elantra. I hope it isn't an ordeal to fix.

    I'll be getting service at a dealer that I didn't buy the car from. The dealer I bought the car from is too far away. I've never had to do this, I guess they don't care as long as they get reimbursed for warranty work from Hyundai. I just hope their service techs are superior to their salesmen.
  • ramblin_moramblin_mo Posts: 29
    People thought I was nuts when I bought the Aerio. They're getting the white restraining jacket ready when they hear I traded it for a Hyundai.

    Hope they won't need it.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,913
    What kind of hit did you take on the Suzuki? How much did you originally pay for it and what was the trade-in. Did you really pay $16K for the Elantra? My son bought his equipped the same as yours only he got the 5-speed for $10K.
  • ramblin_moramblin_mo Posts: 29
    You know you're asking me to tell you how stupid I was to buy the Aerio don't you? Plus the embarrassment of being upside down on a loan?

    03 Aerio SX new was $16,000 minus February's $1,000 cash back and 1.9% financing. (Current Aerio rebate is $2000 cash back & maybe 0% financing)

    Kelly blue book (excellent condition) is $11,300 trade in for Aerio. Real life trade in from several dealers is $8,500 to $9,000.

    Invoice on Elantra was $13,577 List was $14,755.
    Trade in + 1500 cash back to dealer = $12,550
    So I got $11,050 for trade in. (Optimistic view)

    Out the door cost was $14,490 - realistic price for Elantra would have been $13,712 (Invoice +1%)
    $13,712 - $1500 rebate = $12,212

    $14,490 - $12,212 = $2278 Worth of stupidity

    You don't know how bad I wanted out of the Aerio.
    Being upside down on the loan cuts you off at the knees in trying to make a deal. Ended up buying gap insurance to cover difference between payoff and real world insurance reimbursements.

    I'm much happier with the car. I had better be happy because the trade in for the Elantra is maybe $9,000 if you're lucky.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,913
    no judgements here. I was just curious because you were going from one brand of '03 car to another.

    If it cost $2278 for you to be happy with your purchase, then so be it. IF you learned anything from the experience, then the $2K+ was the price you paid for the lesson.

    I've made some stupid auto purchases along the way, too.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Like tall cross-over design and digital dash didn't bother me as much as I thought. Much cruder fit and finish than the Elantra though. Felt like a totally different class of car. Much cruder than my friend's 3-door Focus too.

    I paid $11.2 for a group II 5-speed in July 01. First problem at 40K was a neutral safety switch that misfired sporadically. Dealer bypassed and will install new one on Tuesday. Other than that it's been a totally reliable 40,000 miles.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Just from sitting in the 2 cars, I would not buy the Aerio. It feels cheap compared to the Elantra.

    I lost my car to a vandalism/interior fire (02 Jetta 1.8T), and might be in the market (waiting for the insurance to see what the damage is). I will definitely check out the Elantra GT. I saw one on the lot today and really liked it. One of the best values out there right now.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It kinda looks like the Sonata now, with that new grille. It would grow on me, it's not too bad.
  • mrvanmrvan Posts: 17
    Well, I just got a look at the comparison, and I must say that it is no real surprise for those of us reading this board. What is most surprising is that Edmunds chose to compare a bare-bones Elantra GLS with a Civic that cost 30% more.

    If one were to add 30% to the cost of the Civic, you would be comparing it to cars in the $24,000 range... How does a Civic compare to a Passat, Jetta, Camary, Altima, Mazda6 or even an Accord?

    I'm just saying that I think they could have kept the economy sedan class more on the "economy" side and at least compared an Elantra GT to the Civic.

  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 120
    My mother has the '01 Elantra GLS, my partner just bought a Protege5 in January. Both are pleased with their purchases, but both would probably enjoy each other's car less due to the character differences of the vehicles.

    Having driven both, I much prefer the crisp handling and sporty demeanor of the Pro5. The Pro5 makes me want to run out and get a Mazda myself. The Elantra is competent and pleasant, but doesn't inspire the same kind of enthusiasm. However, it's probably easier to live with on a day-to-day basis in real world traffic and with our bad roads here in the Northeast.

    At any rate, it was gratifying to see both the Protege and Elantra near the top of the pack. I guess my family isn't entirely foolhardy!
  • A friend of mine recently made the jump from a Jetta to a GT hatch, and he seems quite happy with the Elantra. On the other hand, he didn't have a nice 1.8T; he had a last-gen Jetta...
  • Over the last couple of weeks, the base 2003 Elantra GLS (with auto) has been advertised here in Southern California at $9,999. Not "one only", but "all in stock".

    I paid $10,988 for my daughter's Elantra (same configuration) in 2001 and I thought I got a great buy. But to get the 2003 @ 9% less is almost unbelievable. What a bargain!
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    The Michelin Energies were down to the wear bars at 40K and too expensive for a replacement tire. Replaced with Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring H's at Wal-Mart. Four ran about $240 with lifetime protection and balancing. Both tires were 400 A A. The Tiger Paws seem slightly noisier on black top but much better on concrete, no more annoying whine. Better handling all around, especially in wet-- but you'd expect that with new tires. Very slight shake at 70 mph, much like Michelins when I got the car, before Wal-Mart balanced them. I think this will be correctable. Mileage seems slightly down, but that might be expected with the newer, more agressive tread. I wonder how much improvement in mileage as a car ages is because of the tires wearing down a bit.

    All in all, I'm very happy. These tires are easily the equal of the Michelins at less than half the price. I've always thought some of these expensive OEM tires were a scam anyway. Hyundai pays Michelin $5 and gets to tout that they have the same tires as an Accord. If you rip one up, you have to pay $150. A high percentage of buyers will replace with the same tire and there's another $600. I'm very happy (at least at this point) that I spent $240 instead. Plus 40,000 miles on an expensive tire with moderate driving habits was a big disappointment. BFG Radial T/A's on a 97 Cavalier did at least 60,000 miles before two needed replacing and the remaining tires were still doing service on the back when I got rid of the car at 90,000 miles. Does anyone know if the BFG/Uniroyal and Michelin product lines are assembled at different points? (or Goodyear/Kelly for that matter?) or are they interchangable plants cranking out different brands?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I really did like the GT, but I don't know if I could live without the turbo I have grown used to. Besides, the insurance company is taking the car apart piece by piece now and trying to fix it. We shall see what they come up with...
  • iml8iml8 Posts: 10
    Anyone installed a header on their 03 GT? Was it worth the money? ($430)
    Does it affect the warranty?

    Where can I get the rear sway bar kit for better handling?

    Anyone install the strut tower brace on the front and/or rear. Was this worth the money? ($85 each)

    Just bought '03' GT with moon roof option only. No ABS, for $13995.00 out the door. (that's what I wrote the check for. Is that good?)

    Happy motorin'
  • Hey guys, I'm having serious problems with the clutch on my 5spd 2001 Elantra GLS. Last week I just had a third clutch installed on my car. My first clutch went at 18,000 miles. The second one went 16,000 miles after that at 34,000. The dealer insists that it is my fault, that I am wearing out the clutch by riding it. I am not riding my clutch, or using it to hold a hill, or anything of that nature. In both cases the clutch went in just over a year so I had to pay out of pocket both times. I want to somehow prove to Hyundai that it is not my fault so I can get my money back. Has anyone had a similar problem? Or know of any issue with this car that might 'cause my clutch to wear out in 18,000 miles or less?
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