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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006

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  • rab613rab613 Posts: 8
    i have been reading some nice things about the 2001 elantra, but when i read the posted comments on this site, there seem to be problems which i would not like to experience firsthand. i am wondering whether comparitively, the elantra is having too many problems, or is this to be expected of any car?

    further, i would appreciate hearing from owners of the 2001 to hear their feedback.

    thanks to all
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Is the 2001 Elantra having "too many" problems? That's a tough question to answer. Some vehicles have proven over time to have fewer problems than others. A good way to find out about the most reliable cars over time is to check out the aforementioned Consumer Reports April '01 issue, which has reliability rankings on practically every car going back to 1993. Unfortunately, the sample size from CR readers was not large enough for CR to rate the 1993-98 Elantra in that issue. (Probably because until this year, CR has said negative things about Hyundais, steering CR readers away from them.)

    Another consideration is that brand-new designs, like the '01 Elantra and '01 Civic, tend to have more problems in their first year than usual. To get a sense for these problems, you can check out the forums like this one, the Honda Civic forum, etc., where posters are not bashful about talking about even the smallest glitches in their brand-new babies (e.g., plastic screw-hole plugs that fall off, sticky fuel-filler doors, and--my personal favorite--truck lids that can be depressed a millimeter after they are closed). They also report more serious problems. But the question is, are the serious problems common or only present in the occasional "lemon"? Personally I've had no serious problems with my Elantra over its first six months and 3200 miles and am very happy with it. The car mags and CR have given the Elantra generally positive, even glowing reviews. So it's clear the serious problems noted by some posters do not occur on every Elantra.

    If you really want the most reliable small car, your best bet is to buy a car that has a proven track record. Examples are the '96-'00 Civic (avoid the '01 since it is a brand-new model), the Sentra (new design in '00, so the bugs should be shaken out by now), the Corolla and its twin the Prizm (last redesign in '98), the Protege (last major redesign in '99), the Impreza (but not the brand-new '02 models), and the Saturn SL (not a great car, but a time-tested design). Steer clear of cars with a poorer-than average reliability record, like the Golf/Jetta, New Beetle, Focus, Cavalier/Sunfire, Neon, and the Elantra. You will have taken several fine cars off your list--including the VWs, Focus, and Elantra--but have a much better chance of getting a reliable car, which seems to be your major buying criterion.

    You are definitely taking a risk buying a '01 Elantra, given it's a new design and given Hyundai's reliability history. I decided that the car was worth the risk, especially with the great warranty to back it up. And all evidence points to Hyundai's reliability record improving in the past few years. Still, it's not for everyone. If you really want an Elantra, you'd be better off waiting for the '02 model. Then most bugs should be taken care of and we'll know more about its reliability. You'll also be able to choose from the 4dr or the new 5dr GT, due out in limited numbers in a few weeks. Good luck on your car hunt!
  • jsapiejsapie Posts: 28
    Purchsaed my Elantra in December and it now reads 6,000 miles on it. Still has that new car smell and no problems. Gets 24 MPG in the city. Not bad for the HP this engine has. It is quiet and rides great for that size of car.
  • ebekinsebekins Posts: 21
    Last weekend we took our new Elantra from San Diego to Salt Lake City and back, and were very pleased with the car. I probably averaged about 95 mph on those long streches of I-15, and the car felt solid. Not a lot of wind noise. We are very satisfied with the car.

    The only problem now is trying to get all those bug marks off the front of the car! But that's why I also lurk over on the Maintenence and Repair forum here in the Townhall.
  • I just test drove an Elantra and am fairly certain I will buy one. I was really aware of the "funky smell" as noted in the Edmunds.com review. It seemed more pronounced when I was braking at intersections and smelled somewhat like hot rubber. Any current owner experience this? Does the smell go away?
  • sjslosjslo Posts: 16
    The smell goes away. It is a coating that is under the car to protect it from corrosion on its trip over from Korea. The smell fades after the first couple hundred miles, then it is standard new car smell. Oh yea, 2000 miles on my new Elantra and no complaints. I'm only getting about 30 MPG on the highway though...
  • orangelebaronorangelebaron Posts: 435
    Does not necessarily mean bugs will be worked out.
    Look how long Chrysler has taken to fix their 4 speed transmissions which first came out in 1990! How about alternators that don't last on GM products, year after year of new cars or Ford with Heater cores that don't last or ...... But I guess those aren't bugs, just bad designs that don't last long enough. Is there a difference?

    I wouldn't worry about this with Civic, Impreza or Elantra. I have more confidence that they got it right the first time.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I agree, longevity alone is no guarantee of reliability--although Chrysler did eventually fix their 4-speed automatics, it just took them way too long. That's why you need to look at the reliability records, such as you will find in Consumer Reports. For the more reliable makes, like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Subaru, almost any model is a safer bet than most other cars. But even the most reliable makes suffer first-year pains--check out the Honda Civic forum to see what I mean. Until recently, North Americans did not suffer the bugs of first-year Japanese models because the Japanese automakers introduced new models in Japan at least a year before shipping them overseas. Now new models are often introduced almost simultaneously in Japan and the U.S.

    So you are welcome to have all the confidence in the world that Honda, Subaru, and Hyundai "got it right the first time" with their new models, but for buyers who are extremely cautious about reliability, it's a risker proposition than buying a proven model. Honda and Subaru et. al. have at least proven over the years that they have an excellent reliability track record. We cannot say the same yet for Hyundai, although indicators are looking up--enough at least for me to buy one of the first '01 Elantras shipped to the U.S. Besides, a little risk-taking makes life more interesting, to go along with the 140 horses.
  • jkempskiejkempskie Posts: 49
    Hyundai did introduce the "2001" Elantra in Korea in Spring 2000. I remember because there were some pictures of one taken on the street, posted on some random Korean website in late April or early May. This may have given Hyundai the chance to watch out for bugs, minor design flaws, etc. Still, I would think they'd be extremely cautious when introducing their cars into the U.S. market these days.

    By the way, I'm still loving my 2001 Elantra. I've had it for about a month now and have averaged about 28-29 mpg on 80% suburban driving.

    JEFF
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    After 25 years of car ownership, my luck ran out yesterday and I watched a hailstorm pummel my '01 Elantra while it was sitting in a parking lot (no cover in sight). Not too bad--the hood and roof collected 5-6 small dents. I drove it to my local Abra body shop today, which I have used for other work (my Grand Caravan, which attracts damage like a dog attracts fleas). The manager told me that it was definitely a PDR job (paintless dent removal). I have read about the problems with PDR on other forums (like the defunct "Hail Damage Repair"). Most problems seemed to be due to the use of extreme cold to pop out the dents. Abra uses "specially designed tools" to tap out the dents from the inside, and they guarantee their work for the lifetime of the car. Does anyone have any experience with this type of repair, from Abra or elsewhere? If it works as advertised, I'd rather not mess with the factory finish.
  • truckdude1truckdude1 Posts: 88
    we bought a new 00 elantra 11 months ago, put almost 41,632 miles (mostly freeway) on it, get excellent mpg almost 33 and it has not let us down, i mean its not a lexus but its affordable and has made us happy so far.plus we drive alot, which makes us feel good that in 41000 its done us right, we bought the auto tranny which is barely adequate as we acclerate hard, but i tend to drive my elantra around 80-86 mph on the freeway and it does us fine, only some slight wind noise.we have accent' too but its not as good, well its a 96 with 88552 miles, we had to put a new tranny in it and struts..inform me on ur cars when you get time,thanks
  • moledad125moledad125 Posts: 14
    My 01 Elantra has 5200 miles on it and I just love this car! Took a 310 mile highway trip yesterday with the A/C on. Average speed 65-70mph. I got 36.5 mpg. With the price of gas heading where it's heading I'm loving it even more. Those big SUV's are nice to look at, but if gas prices continue rising you're not going to be able to give those things away.
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Can anyone verify that Hyundai has chosen to eliminate the $500 rebate on new Elantras? I can no longer find information about it. The Elantra is on our short list of new cars, along with the Sonata.

    Thanks.
  • kugnkugn Posts: 1
    No, there is a $500 rebate valid until 5/31/2001 for Elantra, on their web site. I can't see it anywhere else, but it is on Hyndai USA site.
  • rab613rab613 Posts: 8
    would the addition of the abs option be a wise choice being that the price differential is quite large? i believt that previous posters have stressed their satisfaction with the standard brakes on the elantra even in snowy weather.
  • jc58jc58 Posts: 48
    I am leaning towards purchasing an Elantra and would appreciate to know the following from anyone who has a 2001 model. This would be car number 4 in our family, as now my son will be driving and I plan on letting him use my Ranger. We helped our daughter purchase a 2000 Accent and have had no problems to date, other than some rattles.

    How much vibration is there when stopped at a stop light and the car is in gear. One thing about most 4 bangers is that they seem to vibrate excessively at this time.

    How is acceleration with the automatic?

    Are their many rattle and noises?

    Is the car smooth when accelerating, how is it in the 65-80 range.

    How does it handle in the snow, without traction control?

    I received an offer of $13,700 ( not including tax, destination, license)for a pewter-2001 Elantra, mud guards, floor mats, option package #3. They then applied the $500 rebate. I was hoping more of getting it for invoice, then take off rebate, so I am wondering if maybe I am being overly optimistic. I have not countered yet, but may see if they will knock another $100 or $200 off the price.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  • I have a '97 Elantra with about 85k miles that I purchased used about a year and a half ago. Recently the check engine light came on and I have no idea what is wrong. When I come to a stop, the car jerks awfully. I was told that it may just need a tune-up. After replacing the spark plugs and wires the light went off for maybe a day and has been on ever since. Now the car is doing the same thing as before the tune-up. Has anyone else had this problem? Could somebody please let me know what could be causing these problems and how can it be fixed. Other than this the car has performed well despite an awful smell from the a/c.

    Somebody... Anybody... PLEASE HELP!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Vibration while stopped in gear: can't help you there, I have a 5spd so it's in neutral at a light; in neutral there is a barely imperceptible vibration that I can sometimes feel through the steering wheel.

    Rattles and noises: virtually none. My car has some sort of little rattle that seems to come from the passenger side, front, that appears maybe once a week or so. Hasn't bothered me enough to do anything about it. Car is so quiet the main rattle I notice is my sunglasses (wire rims) rattling sometimes in their overhead holder.

    Smooth while accelerating 65-80: yes, plenty of pep but mine's a 5spd. It really takes off at over 4000 rpms. Some engine growl at full throttle; I think it's sporty but not everyone may like it--test drive to be sure.

    Handling in snow w/o traction control: no complaints this past (really nasty) winter in Minnesota, but all my driving is in an urban area so I didn't cope with deep snow. I really liked the braking, it didn't lock up easily even on ice.

    Pricing: I agree with your strategy, starting at invoice and deducting the rebate. But it depends on how long it's been sitting around, since the holdback disappears over time. A lot depends also on how competitive the dealers are in your area. You are buying the more desirable automatic vs. 5spd, so the dealer may not give as much. But it can't hurt to try your strategy, with multiple dealers if necessary. Good luck! And be sure to drive the exact car you will be buying before signing the papers, to make sure there aren't some serious sample defects.
  • lyndon5lyndon5 Posts: 20
    I have noticed previous comments concerning the unavailability of a K&N filter for the 2001 Elantra. I was looking at my wife's car today and wondering about the possibility of removing the air filter box and adapting a K&N cone filter to the flex hose with a section of pipe. I did this to my 91 Mercury work car and noticed an immediate improvement. I don't see any sensor connections on the airbox that would be a problem. Not sure if this would impact the warranty. Just wondering, any thoughts out there?
    One other issue, our only problem in 6,000 miles is a low tone squeak coming from the area of the clutch slave cylinder when the clutch is depressed. No fluid leaks or loss of pressure, but we can feel the drag in the clutch pedal. Have not had a chance to take the car in for a check, just wondered if anyone else had experienced this squeak.
  • tonykrapiltonykrapil Posts: 211
    Here is a reply I did get from an AMSOIL technician.

    Maybe this will help

    The 2001 Elantra uses the S1919 AMSOIL air filter. It is a special order filter so it doesn’t show up to buy. We do not have a foam air filter for the 2000 Sonata, but we do offer the AF1070 Hastings filter, however, it is a paper filter. For pricing and/or ordering information, please call 800-956-5695.

    Tony
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