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Hyundai Elantra 5-door



  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Each of the poor ratings was due to the malfunctioning sensors combined with the seat track. Structure rated good, like the Civic.

    The leg injuries were something else again and would have occured even if the sensors worked adequately. Because of this, the Civic would have out pointed the Elantra (except for bumper damage), but not by much. Hopefully Hyundai will do a voluntary recall on the sensors and seat track.

    This was a voluntary retest, and the cars actually performed worse than the first go around, again because of the sensors, the head hit THEN the bags went off. Fix that and Hyundai will be in the top half of the ratings, altho. not up with the Civic.
  • craynericrayneri Posts: 15
    Although I will probably still buy a GT, the results have made me decide to wait a year. The test results to me indicate more than just replacing sensors, and seat tracks. I can assure you that even replacing those, the Elantra would remain below par.

    Unfortunately, the safety results arent really a competiition between the cars. It is an independent evaluation of each individual car. They ALL could have rated excellent. The fact that the civic has such good scores, indicates that the Hyundai can be much closer to those results regardless of vehicle size.

    There is some engineering that needs to be done, and hopefully soon. I wouldn't mind paying $1000 more for the same car, but with much better results.
  • therhinotherhino Posts: 21
    cjaccetta: as you probably know, you put one lugnut on each wheel, they are chrome so they match the existing lugnuts, but they protude just a little bit farther, although I don't think it's noticeable. I feel better knowing that my rims won't get taken...just don't lose the 'key'tool.

    triumphtriple: actually I bought both my Elantra's at Fort Myers Hyundai ( I live in Cape Coral ). I wanted the Pewter too, but I didn't want to wait for it, I like the cranberry now that I've gotten used to it. Let us know if you get the car you want...
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    the Hyundai Elantra got a 'poor' safety rating from the IIHS?!?! Geez, I never knew that! Were those results just released?

    Well, that settles it. I'm going to rush right out and sell my Elantra GT to some poor sucker, take the money and go straight down to the Honda lot and plunk down $16,000 for a Civic. Then I won't ever have to worry about ever being harmed in any kind of accident. Yeah, I might pay close to MSRP for the car, but I sure wouldn't want to have anyone second-guessing my purchase for me.

    What the heck was I thinking when I bought that deathtrap Elantra?!? I must have been looking for a value-laden car with more features and perfomance for the dollar than almost any other compact Asian import. Well, no more well-built highly practical Korean cars for me! I've sure learned my lesson!

    Thanks again to all the posters who keep chiming in with 10-day-old safety stories in this thread. You've finally shown me the error of my ways. Hyundai stinks! Look for me in my new car....

    I'll be the one driving the Civic.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    There's another solution! Do what I did, and attach a heavily padded cover to your steering wheel. Sure it's hard to grip the wheel and it's really hard to see out the windshield, let alone see the gauges, but at least if your driver's airbag inflates late your head will hit something soft.

    I am considering going into business to sell these padded covers. They will be black to match the Elantra's steering wheel, and will be filled with energy (and heat) absorbing gel. I don't have a price yet, but given all the ranting and raving on this forum about the airbag problem, I can probably get a lot for it--at least until Hyundai fixes the airbag problem. Well, I'd better get going and line up my venture capital.

    Just to be sure: :)
  • mattwamattwa Posts: 16
    Well, I pushed the rear seat release too far and now it won't reset. I looked up above for the fix but couldn't find it. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Did the same. My fix is to just let the dealer take care of it when I take it back for one of the 10 free oil changes they gave me as part of the deal.

    As to the Civic....considering that side air bags and ABS are standard only on the EX, and that you can't even get traction control.....I am not so sure I would think I was so safe. I really wanted to buy a Honda, but the Civic's interior was one hellacious disappointment to me in terms of driver comfort and amenities.
  • I thought you might be near Ft. Myers....I had called them to find out what they had in stock down there and a previous post of yours sounded familiar (cranberry, and two black ones, or vice versa).
    Well, I came home with my new GT on Saturday. Got the exact car I wanted (pewter, 5spd., moonroof), although without ABS. Ended up finding it in Orlando (I'm in Lakeland), having just come off a truck on Thursday night. It still had all the plastic on the seats, etc. from transport, and I was the first to drive it (it had 9 miles on the odometer...). So far, so good -- although I asked for a cargo net as part of the deal and they looked at me like I was nuts. They ended up throwing a cargo net in, but I'm not sure it's a Hyundai net -- it might be from a Jeep. Anyway, I have no way to anchor it into the car --- any suggestions? Or, should I go to my local dealer and pick up the anchor mounts? Didn't realize they were missing until I got home....
    Paid invoice for the car, so I feel like I got a good deal. Now to sell off my other two cars... Anyone interested in an 87 Saab Turbo 3dr, or a 74 Porsche 911?
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    1974 911? What version, and what kind of condition is it in?
  • Silver bullet -- it's a white coupe (not an "S", or a targa) with a Carrera tail. I had the car disassembled, stripped to bare metal and repainted about 5 years ago. I'll be happy to discuss with you if you like -- my email is
  • I don't feel so l337 anymore. I saw another pewter last Tuesday driving home from work, and then I saw 2 (cranberry,black) on Saturday.

    I did feel special for a little while. We were all honking at each other cause we had that car, so that was cool. I'm going to take some pics along with my new CD player and I'll try to post them in the Picture Section by the weekend.
  • williadaywilliaday Posts: 10
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration give both Civic (4-Dr) and Elantra (4-Dr) similar (Civic got one star more in the front drivers while the Elantra got the extra nudge in front side impact) ratings.

    I guess it all depends on who is running the tests.

  • You are incorrect when you say "I guess it all depends on who is running the tests." The tests by the NHTSA are full frontal at 35 mph, whereas the one by the IIHS is an offset test at 40 mph. Not at all the same thing.

    I think the ball really is in Hyundai's court to fix these problems and move on with it. I know that I'm more than willing to wait a few months to see how things turn out.

    If you look at the real alternatives to the Elantra GT (performance and equipment) you are talking about shelling out several thousands of dollars (Canadian!) more. A couple of examples I'm considering are the VW Golf GLS and the Subaru Outback Sport. These are great cars, but saving those extra $$$ would mean alot to me.

    If Hyundai would only get its act together, I think a safer Elantra GT would certainly be worth waiting for.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Just got a letter from Hyundai apologizing that some GT Monroney stickers incorrectly listed a remote hatch release as standard equipment. Not even asking if mine was one of them, they are sending a check for $100 for the inconvenience. Give them a chance to make a decision regarding the crash testing. So far I am impressed.
  • cyanogelcyanogel Posts: 11
    What's the difference between full frontal and offset tests?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    In a full frontal test, the car hits the barrier head-on (i.e. at a right angle). In an offset test, the car hits the barrier at a non-right angle, so one corner takes more of the impact.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Just slam the seat back into position and PRESTO! the button pops back up!
  • I picked up my new GT today (ABS/TC, automatic) and managed to jam the button all the way in during the pickup checkout. He had to drive it back into service to get them to fix it. What a pain it is -- first of all the button should never go down that far, second it should be easier to open the stupid seats without having to push so hard! But that, and maybe the fact that there does not seem to be a way to unlock the driver's door and not all of the others (has Hyundai never heard of the problem a while back where thieves would hide on the passenger side and climb in when the doors were unlocked?) I really like the car (not to mention that I paid $15,300 for the car, which was invoice).

  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    The button only needs to be depressed a little to release the seat back. It only jams when you are too aggressive with pressure. If you push it too far down and it sticks, just slam the seat back into place and it will pop back up. Works every time for me. As to the power doors, will the key just open the driver's side or does it act the same way as the remote? Haven't tried it yet. As to the carjacking, just walk around your car and look inside before getting in.
  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    Good advice about the seatback release buttons and door unlocking.

    By the way, knowing you drive a lot of miles (surprised to find someone who puts more miles on a car than I do), how many miles do you have on your GT now? Any new problems yet?
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