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Hyundai Elantra 5-door

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  • Thanks to all for the info on this board--just noticed that HDKautosport.com has a wood dash, $150, and a small pic of it in a GT. Anybody know about this product, regarding quality/material and fit?
    Also, anybody know about when/if Thule will be coming out with a roof rack fit... just given the run-around again by those folks... but still have all the accessories from my Saabing days so Yakima isn't an option.
    PS--6000 miles in a bit more than four months, and no problems, don't miss the 900 at all! (except when I want to put my canoe on the roof)
  • wmoseswmoses Posts: 212
    Well after 1 month and 1200+ miles, my new GT has its first problem -- thankfully it is a minor one.

    It seems that there is a water leak into the right rear of the trunk. Water pools in the plastic bin it the right side not far from the right tail-light assembly.

    Given the excellent weatherstripping around the hatch opening, and the fact that small drips were observed on the inside of the RS tail-light assembly, I can only conclude that water is running down the gutter (on the outside of the weatherstripping) and in behind the tail-light assembly. This problem was not obvious on the left side.

    Anyone else have this problem?
  • My mom needed a car and we looked to compare the Corolla and the Elantra. We test-drove the Corolla and despite all the great things I have seen about the Elantra, I begrudgingly pushed her towards the Corolla (I would have felt sick if the Elantra went belly-up in 3 years and I knew that while the Corolla was mediocre in styling and comfort it does have the reliability reputation).

    We made a so-so deal on the Toyota, but they would have to custom-order it for us (wanted ABS and side airbags). 5 days later the sales guy calls up and tells us no more custom-orders for the year -- have to upgrade to get full package or downgrade. Bye bye.

    Finally went to Hyundai to see what they had (Northeast Hyundai in Philadelphia). Selection was adequate but colors on Elantra were very "blah." My mom hasnt had a new car since her '66 VW bug, so she was looking for something a little jazzy. All the Elantra colors were very muted and boring. Until we saw the Cardinal Red GT in the showroom. We told the salesperson we wanted ABS and traction control and they only had one red GT with those options (and everything else too). SO we took it for a spin.

    She drove for a while and it seemed adequate -- more room up front than the Corolla and the leather was pretty nice. Then I got in the seat. Immediately noticed all the little do-dads -- power mirrors, cool cockpit lights, sunroof, etc . . . . I took to the road and decided to give it some gas -- WOW! Very impressive oomph for such a small engine. It only struck me days later that it could pull that off with two other adults in the car -- very impressive.

    We did the haggling, dickering thing and the lowest we could get was $16700 out the door. After a brief trip to the library and Edmunds.com we saw that was under the TMV, so thought "Why not?" We went back and bought the car.

    They also had a sweet deal on financing (5.9%) -- and while it isn't 0% like so many others, the package was pretty phenomenal. I decided to go one step further and see what we could do for the extended warranty. I know most of you probably groan at that, but I wanted to know that my mom was completely covered for 10 years (she averages about 4-5000 miles a year so it isn't going to go over mile-wise). We managed to pick that up for $1050 from $1295 -- probably could have done better since the guy agreed so readily, but ah well.

    Never had a new car myself but something like this tempts me. I am very impressed with it so far and can't wait to take her out for her birthday -- I'll insist I drive her in the GT!
  • Yet another example of getting over your reservations and just driving one.
  • Hi everyone! I just picked up my new Elantra GT last nite, and so far it's love at first sight. Not to mention that I think I got a great deal. $13,800 for a 2002 automatic, plus the sunroof! I called the dealer a few days ago, and he called me back on Nov. 30 to offer the car at that price if I came in before 7 pm. I was a little worried that the price was so low, but a few friends told me that dealers will drop prices at the end of the month so they can make a quota? Is that true?

    As for the scarcity of the GT, I was told by the salesperson that they probably won't start mass production of the GT for another 5 years. I'm in New Jersey, and he said that they'll probably release between 4,000-5,000 on the east cost per year until mass production starts. I do know that I haven't seen any GTs on the road at all here in North Jersey.

    One question. When I got the car home last nite, and again when I got to work this morning, I noticed a strange smell when I got out of the car. Almost a burning oil smell. But everything appears to be ok. Is this normal. I'll be calling the dealer a little later, but just wanted to see if anyone else had this problem?

    --Amy
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    I particularly liked the part where they said that not one thing has gone wrong with the Elantra and then felt the need to repeat it : )
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    I think you would do well to not pay too much attention to what the salesperson says about the GT. 4-5000 on the east coast is mass producing it. Trust me, if demand for the GT is there, Hyundai will ramp up production. 5 years from now we will most likely be dealing with an entirely new generation of Elantra (at least We better be if Hyundai wants to stay in the US market) and whether the GT will even be around or not certainly will not have been decided.

    As for the price... well that is possible. In most dealerships the salesmen with the most sales or who make some particular quota will get a bonus so many of them might eat the profit to make sales in the last couple of days in the month with the hope of getting a larger bonus.
  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    My Santa Fe had the same thing when it was new. I test drove a different car, so when I bought it it had something like 7 miles on the odo. I've been told it's some sort of protectant burning off. If it lasts more than a couple of days I'd have it checked out, otherwise don't worry about it.
    -Jason
  • A couple of co-workers have said the same thing about the smell, so I'll give it a few days before I start freaking out :-)

    Amy
  • Welcome to the club. I'm sure you'll love your new GT. I've put 11,000 miles on mine in about six months and I have had no problems at all. I also live in Northern NJ (Montclair) and I have seen only two GTs on the road since I bought mine. As far as I know, I drive the only one in Montclair!

    If you don't mind me asking, from what dealer did you buy your car? You got a pretty good price. When I bought mine last June I had to call four dealers in three counties just to find the one I wanted. At that time the car was hard to find. One dealer in Jersey City was charging $2000 over MSRP! I paid $14,500 for a base model with automatic. I bought from Ciasulli Hyundai in Little Falls. No complaints about them - good buying experience.

    Good luck with your new ride. Nice to see more Jersey people represented in the Town Hall. The Garden State Rocks!!
  • shado4shado4 Posts: 287
    I've had the GT since Thursday night. Passed the 100 miles mark yesterday and am having a most pleasant driving experience.

    Regarding the water leak in the right rear trunk...after driving through a particularly heavy rainstorm on Friday, I made a point of inspecting areas where water could come in (sunroof, hatch, doors). So far my GT is keeping dry.

    I also have the burning smell, but it is slowly going away. I test drove a blue GT (bought pewter) last week that REALLY reeked of the burning smell...so much so I was expecting smoke to come pouring from underneath the hood!

    The only minor complaint I have so far are occasional rattles coming from the passenger side front seat area and from somewhere in the hatch area. The rattle for the passenger seat area I have fixed somewhat by moving the passenger seat forward a little bit (maybe it was the seatbelt buckle banging against the seat?). It's nowhere near as loud now. The rattle coming from the hatch area will take a little more time to track down.

    Also, I need to check the tire pressure. I think the tires are way over-inflated, seeing as the ride seems to be a bit TOO harsh. Overinflation of the tires could also be helping to contribute to the rattles.

    Other than the unwanted noises, everything on the car works as advertised. The leather seats are very comfortable and I really appreciate the lumbar support.

    For the money, the Elantra GT can't be beat!
  • wmoseswmoses Posts: 212
    shado4 said --
    "Regarding the water leak in the right rear trunk...after driving through a particularly heavy rainstorm on Friday, I made a point of inspecting areas where water could come in (sunroof, hatch, doors). So far my GT is keeping dry."

    Glad to hear. I have done some checking and am convinced that the water runs down the rain gutter and behind the RR lamp assembly. Took the backplate off both rear assys and true enough, there was water on the RHS and it was bone dry on the LHS. It is going in to the dealer tomorrow for them to sort it out. At least I will tell them what the problem is.

    As for the burning smell -- I had it too and it went away after a day or two. Don't worry about it. It is all of the protectant on the engine etc. burning off.

    No real rattles other than some leather rubbing against itself somewhere on the passenger side sometime. This could be because I had the dealer install window tinting on my car, and they may have had to remove the door panels.

    Got the car with 35 psi in the tires. Door jamb says 30 so I deflated to 30 and the ride does get a bit more pliant. However, I liked the 35 psi so I will be putting it back there.
  • th003gth003g Posts: 149
    I drove my blue GT into the city today with six people on board, yet it still had enough get up and go to spare. total weight of all six people was about 900lbs. hehe. when I went to fill up the car at a gas station, I checked how low the back was and it was still ok. By that I mean there was still wheel travel left to spare. I guess having six people aboard is a cheap way to visually 'lower' the gt.
  • So you're in Montclair? I'm in Wayne! We're practically neighbors :-) I bought my GT at Global Auto Mall in N. Plainfield. A bit of a hike, I know, but they were the first to get back to me and offered me the best price. I figure I can get my service done at either Ciasulli or Towne Hyundai in Denville.

    I'm now up to 125 miles, and the burning smell does seem to be lessening each time I drive.

    Amy
  • I am considering buying a 2002 GT, and I have two questions:

    1) The crash results for the 2001-2 Elantra got a "poor" rating overall, and a "poor" rating for head/neck injuries. This is my first new car purchase, and I don't know how much stock to put in this test. Any thoughts by anyone on the topic?

    2) Can anyone recommend a Hyundai dealer in the Chicago area with whom they have had honest/pleasant dealings in the past?

    Thanks!
  • ChicagoJeff,
    I live up in the Gurnee area and bought my GT from Liberty Hyundai in Libertyville in October. If you're willing to make the 45 minute drive north, it was by far the best buying experience I've ever had. I personally recommend Elmer Hansen, the salesperson I dealt with. I had to bring the car in because the speedomoter needle is sticking (they're replacing the whole instrument cluster tomorrow), and was just as pleased with the service department. Just hit the 3000 mile mark and I am still loving this car! The only disappointment thusfar is the insurance rate (about 15-20% higher than my 98 Grand Am V6 was...), but with the gas I save, financially it's pretty much a wash. Good Luck!
    Jill
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    In addition to jillymarie's suggestion, you may also want to check out Edmunds' New Vehicle Power Shopper. Good luck. ;-)

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    There was a lot of discussion on this back a few months ago, but it's hard to look through 1100 posts so at the risk of boring long-timers...

    Read the IIHS test report carefully and it will explain the reasons the '01 Elantra GLS (GT and '02s not tested yet) did so poorly on the head and leg injuries. They ran 3 tests, and on some of them the driver's front air bag was slow to deploy, so the driver dummy's head his the steering wheel. Also the driver's seat moved forward on its track a few inches, causing the leg "injury".

    Some good things about the test was that the car's structural integrity scored Good (highest) and there were positive comments about how the side air bag prevented the driver dummy's head from hitting the B pillar.

    Hyundai has stated that the IIHS tests do not match Hyundai's own test results and that there is no defect in the car that can explain the IIHS results. So who knows whether the test cars had bad airbag sensors, or defective seat tracks (or maybe they weren't latched fully), or if there was some other problem. We may not know until IIHS conducts tests on the GT (if they do).

    You may have noticed that the GLS did very well in the NHTSA crash tests. But the IIHS test is considered tougher because of the speed and angle of impact (the impact can't be spread across the entire front end structure like it is on the head-on NHTSA test).
  • Hyundai did in fact find a problem with the airbag sensors after the crash tests were done and recalled the '01 Elantras to replace the sensors. As for the seat I dont know if that was a fluke or what, but Hyundai did not recall for the seat but hopefully fixed it for model year 2002
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