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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Comparing what one person paid for a vehicle and what another person paid for a different make and model is not an apples to apples comparison about price. The difference in price could be due to haggling ability of the person and the willingness to haggle of the dealer.

    Price comparison needs to be done on an MSRP to MSRP basis.
  • majorthomechomajorthomecho Posts: 1,331
    Hyundai's longer warranty in the US has not been adopted by all the Korean car makers. Daewoo is also a Korean car maker and their warranty is still the "normal" length. Kia adopted the warranty because it is now owned by Hyundai and not necessarily because it had any choice in the matter.
  • browneybrowney Posts: 104
    Your right that link is now inactive. Apparantly the posting was from a student (~simon) at the University of Pennsylvania and it looks like his data folder is now empty.

    Here is another link I didn't post before about dirt getting by the filter.

  • zcmanzcman Posts: 17
    The point is without the long warranty most people would not even consider a Hyundai. By the way the 10/100 warranty only applies to the original purchaser of the car. The warranty reverts to a 5/60 as a used car. Since the majority of new car buyers keep a car for 3 -4 years on average this longer warranty actually costs Hyundai very little. It is a good markerting ploy.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    ....but I'm here to announce the new Hyundai Elantra Owners club now available on Owner's Club board. Please stop by and introduce yourself in Meet the Members and let me know how I can help build your club.

    I have linked this discussion into that folder, but it will always reside here in Sedans.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email,, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • hbund216hbund216 Posts: 162
    As a person who has had experience with all three manufacturers I would say stick with Elantra. with the Sunfire you get a fully loaded car because the car is cheap. Most GMs are. With the Sunfire you'll will most probably have a lot of problems. Ford has some quality issues but it's better than the Sunfire. We still have our abused 89 hyundai with minimal problems. I tried killing it for 2 years and gave up. The thing just keeps going.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    As I stated earlier, my Cavalier experience has not been bad, if you have GM points and can get the Sunfire under invoice you might consider it. Maintenance costs are low and parts should be readily available and cheap. It is very old technology, however.

    Haven't priced a Tiburon, but with the present car being phased out that might be an option if you want a coupe plus a good warranty. The powertrain of the Tibby is essentially that of the Elantra. I've read some comments that the styling of the present Tibby is more daring than the new one.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    I have compared both vehicles myself. I would take the Elantra over the civic anyday. The baseline Civic DX MSRP is STILL more then the Elantra's base price. The Elantra is 12,400 while the Civic DX is a bit more then that just at 12,960. Now, for 500 dollars less with the Elantra, you get side airbags, twin vs. single cam engine with 20 or so hp more, power windows, locks, mirrors. lumbar support in the seats, 15" wheels, air conditioning, longer warranty=cheaper if anything breaks in years to come....all for $500 less. Hyundai has proven itself reliable, especially with the Elantra. I have spoken to early model Elantra owners who like their cars. So why do people buy the Civic? If they prefer the looks of over the Elantra, completely understandable....Go ahead and pay 5 grand or so more for an equally equipped Civic. But if they say that the civic is much more refined then the Elantra, that is ignorance. The new civic is just as buzzy or noisy as the Elantra, if you say that the Elantra is buzzy....I have driven both and they are of the same as in engine noise and ride feel...Elantra is actually quieter IMO. People thing anything with the "H" emblem on the front means they drive a great car....Well, lets all remember that Hyundai has the "H" emblem on the front too! You pay more for the Honda, you get that back in resale...That is true. You pay less for the Hyundai in the begining, you dont get as much back at the end as the honda....So its an equal tradeoff. But as Hyundai continues to prove itself, that will soon change. So anyone who brings up resale...Think it through! All I know is that if someone trys to sell me a 97 civic DX with 50,000 miles for 10,000 dollars, I will tell them to bite me
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Might be too late, but...have you looked at the ZX3 (Focus 2dr)? It's a new design, vs. the old Escort-based ZX2. It would provide that tight handling feel you like. Crash tests are very good (except side rear impact). And price, if you watch options, should be in your budget.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Re comparing MSRP to MSRP: this is only a valid comparison if one plans to pay MSRP. Most buyers are savy enough to wrangle some type of discount off MSRP. In fact, some models like the Elantra GLS offer discounts without any negotiation, in the form of rebates. The rebates or other incentives available to everyone should be included in price comparisons. But it is true that prices vary by time and geography, so it is more valid to compare actual sale prices only within a given time frame and locale.

    Re the Hyundai warranty, it is sometimes overlooked that the 10 year powertrain warranty not only applies to the original buyer, but to members of his/her immediate family. I plan to take advantage of this clause in a few years when I turn my Elantra over to my oldest son for his college wheels.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    I didn't even think of rebates!. I forgot Hyundai offers some kind of rebate for purchasing their cars. Also, thats true about the warranty. Actually, keeping the elantra in your family, you should still remain under the factory 10 yr warranty because you wouldnt technically sell your son the car and switch over the title and whatnot. If you have it for lets say 3 years and give it to him, then he should still be covered for another 7 years. But when you do sell it to someone else, they get a 5 yr/60,000 mile warranty.

    On top of Post #1288, 2 more reasons to buy an Elantra or any other car in Hyundai's line-up! :)
  • jxs81jxs81 Posts: 26
    Today, the "check engin" light of my two-week old elantra lighted up suddently when I just got off freeway. Although I am a new manual shift driver, I've been driving it very carefully. I never drove it over 55mph even on freeway. And it just had a little less than 300 miles on it.

    Is it a serious problem? Could it be that I did something wrong? I just began to worry how much trouble it going to bring me in the years to come. Somebody help me please!
  • hbund216hbund216 Posts: 162
    It could be that you did not screw the gas gap on tight and that set a warning off on the emission sensor which cases the engine light to come on. A "rule" to go by is 3 clicks when tightening up the gas cap.
  • jxs81jxs81 Posts: 26
    I just tighten the gas gap twice, the chech engin light is still on. Also, I noticed that the steering wheel vibrates a little bit. Could they be related?
  • jxs81jxs81 Posts: 26
    My elantra is a 5sp. The manual said that it will not start if I don't fully depress cluth. However, yesterday I forgot to depress the cluth when starting the car, it started. Then 10 minutes later, the check engin light went on. Is this a problem? I don't think starting with cluth undepressed will hurt the car because it's in neutral. Should I tell this to the service person if I have the car checked out?
  • jxs81jxs81 Posts: 26
    I just tighten the gas gap twice, the chech engin light is still on. Also, I noticed that the steering wheel vibrates a little bit. Could they be related?
  • fangio2fangio2 Posts: 214
  • presario1presario1 Posts: 15
    Could you please describe the vibration, when it happens and how bad does the steering wheel shake?
  • We just went out and bought a new Hyundai Elantra for my wife as we traded in her 97 Nissan Sentra.
    What a great car,I just love the cruise control on it and it has a nice smooth ride.
    Their is so many gadgets on it for the price.
    We have just one problem with it, When you open the driver's door with the key instead of using the key less entry system the alarm goes off.
    So far we have 400 miles on it in 3 days , just hope it gives good service far into the future.
  • craynericrayneri Posts: 15
    I just wanted position 1300! Congrats to me!

    Still haven't decided what to do about getting that Elantra GT.
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