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2007 Elantra First Impressions



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Sorry if you were offended. My comment about the pink paint was meant all in fun... did you notice the wink at the end?
  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Yes, I just now see the wink..thanks Backy. No offense taken.
  • and taken things too serious from time to time, eh?

    The '07 Elantra is a good car nonetheless.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Well, so far, after a full tank of gas and 5 days of driving
    my new 2007 Elantra SE, I have seen NO improvement in the
    MPG from my 2005 Elantra GLS. I think Hyundai's claim of
    28/36P MPG is wishful thinking! This is with very conservative
    driving in the suburbs of Central NJ
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Keep in mind a couple of things. First, it's not Hyundai's claim about fuel efficiency, it comes from the EPA. It's pretty widely accepted that, since they test under very unrealistic conditions, expecting to achieve what's on the sticker is usually going to disappoint.

    The other thing is that with most vehicles fuel efficiency will improve as they get broken in.

    So don't give up yet! :)
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "The other thing is that with most vehicles fuel efficiency will improve as they get broken in. "

    Nodule - hang in our host points out, this happens a lot. I have a previous generation Elantra with the same engine, and mine cranks out 30mpg consistently in mixed daily driving, with 37-39 being the norm on interstate trips. I am approaching 90K miles, and mine is an automatic.
  • From my experience, it's easy to get 36 on highway. But not so easy to get 28 on local. I have been getting 26-27.5 on local raod with speed limits of 25-50.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    so what are you getting for mpgs? i'm getting 26-27 for with only city driving (no highways). My 07 LTD has about 2300 miles on it, but the mileage has been the same since the day i drove it home.
  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Currently on my 2007 SE with just 500 miles, im only getting
    about 25MPG in suburbs...pretty disappointing so far,I guess.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Not necessarily. If the Beta engine in your Elantra acts anything like mine did, you'll see a significant improvement in fuel economy over the next few thousand miles, and continuing improvement (but less) as the car gets older. I saw about a 15% improvement overall after the first couple thousand miles. Add that onto your 25 mpg and it's up around 29 mpg. Also, what are the temperatures where you live right now? Cars get lower fuel economy in cold weather for a number of reasons. So you are driving the car under the worst possible conditions for FE right now--brand new engine, cold weather, and suburban (vs. highway) driving. Don't give up yet.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 245
    I can tell you that my 07 SE auto with 1500 miles is getting better mileage than my 01 GLS 5-speed with 72000 miles. I use to fill up at about 300 miles and now I fill up at about 350 miles.
  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Thats good to know mike91326. What color and seat fabric
    do you have with your SE? I decided to go with the safe color
    or silver, hides dust and light scratches nicely, I think.
    Im very impressed with how the SE handles. It truely does
    feel like a mid size sedan ride. Its just a very comfortable
    feeling ride.
    When I first pulled out of the dealer with the car last Friday, I noticed the ride was a bit soft. I checked the
    tire pressure and they were all at around 28PSI. I than
    inflated them all to 33PSI and the ride is perfect! Now I
    will order my ungraded berber car mats from Quality Car
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    If you drove around much with the tires at 28 vs. 33 psi, that will have a significant impact on FE also--you should pick up 1-2 mpg at the higher pressures.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 245
    I got the SE in Seattle blue with black interior. This is my fourth Hyundai. When I got my 01 GLS I needed an inexpensive car that was good on gas. I was so impressed with the car that I bought a 03 Sonata LX for my wife. We are now shipping the Sonata to Orlando Florida for my daughter so my wife got a 07 Azera Limited with the ultimate package.

    In my opinion, the only thing the 07 and 01 have in common (other than the engine and trans) is the name. I test drove the Corolla (did not like the seating position) and the Civic (was not happy with the dash). After the test drives I came back to the Elantra.

    I have owned a lot of cars over the years and the Hyundai’s have been the most trouble free that I have ever had.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    You sound a lot like me! I got a '01 Elantra also, no so much because it was inexpensive (although it was) but because I liked it better than any other small car available at the time, plus it was about $6000 less than my 2nd choice, the Civic EX. I liked it so much I got a '04 GT 5-door for my wife. But she wanted a minivan again, so now I'm driving the GT. And my oldest sister is driving my '01 GLS. I'm quite impressed by the '07 Elantra, and if it scores well in the IIHS side crash test it will be at or near the top of my list for my next new car.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    when the car is rated at 28, you get just 3 less (on an engine with less than 1000 miles) and that disappoints you?
  • nodulenodule Posts: 118
    Yeah, im disappointed, but its not the end of the world...
    life goes on.
  • slip7slip7 Posts: 7
    I have a little over 1100 miles on my 5 speed manual 07 SE. I have one in the beautiful black pearl color with tan interior. Looks very sharp. I have a 76 mile round trip commute to work with half of it on the interstate. My last fill up yielded about 29 miles to the gallon. The trip computer seems to be very accurate. On this recent tank so far, about 100 miles, I am averaging 30 miles to the gallon. The only problem so far is the Aux jack for an MP3 player. The left channel cuts out. This weekend I am putting on some side molding on the doors to prevent dings. I am also am going to order the bra just as soon as they are available.
  • nthenthe Posts: 414
    i was having a problem with my aux jack (alot of static with a normal aux cable). a couple weeks ago, hyundai sent me a aux cable with a shield on it to prevent this. i had not called hyundai, or taken the car to service about it. it must be something that they have been seeing, or getting calls about. you might try calling hyundai customer service about it.
  • ginns5ginns5 Posts: 16
    It took ten minutes for my mechanic to program the automatic door locks.They lock at about 12 mp h.When the car is in park, and engine off, key out of ignition, the locks pop open nice as you please.The key fob has 4 buttons on it.Door lock and unlock, trunk unlock which has to be held a second or so to work on the bottom (on the front)and PANIC on the back.My alarm is not activated and my mechanic was going to school today!and will find out why it is not working.
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