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Hyundai Elantra Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Ouch!! Why'd you pay that much? You could have picked up a Sonata or Tibby for what you paid for your elantra! Research next time, my man...they took you to town, thats for sure. I paid about $5k less than you did for my '02 Elantra GLS!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Chalk it up to one of those valuable "life lessons." Next time, you can use the tips from, Consumer Reports etc. to negotiate a better deal, or if you don't think that's your game, bring someone along who can do it for you (or use a buying service, which may not get you the absolute best deal but will still save you a lot).
  • Hi guys!
    Just purchased 2002 Elantra GT/hatchback
    5-spd trans, ABS/TCS, Pewter. Car pretty much maxed out. Package 11.
    Sticker price was $16,200 here in VA.
    I paid $14,500.

    I think I made out fairly decent. They gave me just a tad under the KBB value on my trade in, which was a pleasant surprise!


    Any feedback re: price?

    Happy Driving to ya'
  • kentavoskentavos Posts: 34
    My advice is to sell it yourself. A dealer is always going to rob you on the trade in. It's a hassle (the dealer will emphasize this to get you to trade) but you'll come out a couple thousand ahead. Use Edmunds to judge a fair value for your car. Print it out and hand each potential buyer a copy. Advertise the car in Auto trader. I'm in Souther Cal too. The Auto Trader has a 'run till it sells' deal. I did this about two months ago and got exactly what I asked for. It was a little more leg work, but worth the money.
  • mmppttmmpptt Posts: 7
    2002 GLS..... 13,800...out the door....including tax, tags, option package. # 4 (automatic transmission, electric sunroof with wind deflector, 100 watt stereo with c.d. and 6 speakers, cruise, keyless entry, mudguards, floor mats, alarm)

    The past reliability.....scares me. (nearest dealer is 60 miles away......if it need's a lot of service.)

    Have it in writing.....should i go for it?
  • Has anyone had any positive/negative experiences with Denver area Hyundai dealers? I'm ready to hit the bricks and I'd rather just bypass the problems.

  • I'm happy to report that over the weekend I have joined Driving Is Believing group and picked up a new, pewter Elantra GT w/auto over the weekend. I paid $13,725.00 plus tax and title at Amato Hyundai and can say that I was fairly please with the experience. They were fair on my trade (1998 Cav sedan) and I was treated well by my salesperson, Chad Larson. The only problem was they had to locate the car in Chicago and when I picked it up the previous dealer lost one of the keys and key fobs and the cigarette lighter was missing but both are being replaced this week.

    So far the car has been great, especially compared to my previous conveyance! : ) I'm looking to many years of smooth cruising.

    Happy motoring!

  • 2002 ELANTRA GLS Automatic, Floor mats, mud guards, California emission, trunk cargo net

    $11,600 on road ($10,500 for car +$1100 for tax,dmv,fee etc.)

  • Pewter Elantra GT / manual / sunroof / ABS and Traction Control / mud guards / cargo net / floormats for 14,175. Opinions?
  • kentavoskentavos Posts: 34
    sounds like a really good deal. I'm assuming that doesn't include taxes and trip charge. probably best to do a tmv value on Edwards. also is this in california? I'm looking for a good dealer in southern california
  • bought one last night...fully loaded 5-speed in pewter.. abs, moonroof, plus cargo net and mats

    $14435 in chicago..

  • th003gth003g Posts: 149
    stupid question but did any of you consider the cavalier?
    im on the C&D boards debating the value of the elantra over the cavalier, any competitor and some guys just dont seem to get my point so im gonn ask you...try and be unbiased... its gonna be hard...the only comeback they can muster... : but hyundai reliability and resale value sucks...
  • spamletspamlet Posts: 22
    The Elantra blows the Cavalier out of the water. I don't know anyone that has one now, but a couple of years ago I knew a bunch of people that had them. They were POS.

    I bought an Elantra after considering the Focus and the Sentra. I never considered the Cavalier knowing it's reliability record.

    I would definitely choose the Elantra over the Cavalier due to the warranty, the standard equipment, and the lower price.
  • th003g -

    I can relate from past experience that the Elantra is a much more refined car than the current Cavalier. I have just recently switched from a 1998 Cav sedan to an Elantra GT and the differnce is very noticeable. The Elantra seems to be tighter and more responsive than the Cav and the interior design and materials are much better as well. Even comparing between my sister's 2002 Cav and the Elantra there is still a big gap.

    On the other hand I must say that my Cav was completely reliable and didn't have any major problems with it. I'm expecting my Elantra GT to be even better. I think that the Cav's main problem is that it's such an old design compared to other cars in it's class.

    As far as resale, I really got hurt on my trade by all the incentives that are currently being offered by GM. Why would someone want to by a 4-yr old car when you can by new with 0% financing or big cash incentives?

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Let's see... Elantra has more comfortable seats, more interior room, much quieter, more standard power, more standard features, lower price (when comparably equipped), better warranty, smoother ride, choice of sedan or hatchback, smoother-shifting stick shift, more ergonomic and smoother switchgear, better crash-test scores, standard side air bags.

    Cavalier has standard ABS, choice of 2 or 4 doors, much larger dealer network, available 150 hp.
  • It's a wonder that so many people are still buying that car, and it's twin the sunfire. The technology in those cars is ancient compared to the rest of the compact car segment, and they offer very little true value for the dollar. The Elantra beats the cavalier/sunfire hands down in every department. Now maybe when GM puts out the next model version of these two there can be a true comparison, I think that's slated for 2004 if I'm not mistaken. Until then I don't even think there's any point discussing comparison's between the two cars.
  • andil1andil1 Posts: 97
    Rally Red. Paid $15305 for Auto, Pkg 11 plus mud guards and floor mats (Edmunds invoice price $15,227). Traded in a pearl white 1999 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 18,250 miles. Got $8,054 for it, after an original offer of $7,770. Blue Book was $8,250, but dealer does not use Blue Book--rather, a wholesaler's program of some type--based on the price at which they can actually expect to resell the car. Out the door--$7,802.44 w/taxes & license transfer. There was nothing wrong with my old car--I had been eyeing the rally red hatch and reading the Edmunds boards for the past year, plus I turned 50 this year, so I decided to go for it! I continue to be a Hyundai Believer.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    This discussion is for new Elantra owners to post about their purchase experience. Comparison discussions belong on the Sedans vs. Sedans board.

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  • mljoha2mljoha2 Posts: 2
    After two weeks of searching for the right price, I am happy to say that as of last Saturday, I am a proud owner of a black 5 speed Elantra GT w/moonroof!! It has other options, such as a rear spoiler, mudguards, wind deflector, and cargo net that were not necessarily on my list of essentials, but since they were already added to the car I thought what the hell... The final price came to 14,200! If the car lives up to the warranty I will definitely stay a happy Hyundai customer.
  • How are some people getting their GT's for soooo far below invoice?? I got my GT, obsidian black for $15,000+8%tax+$83 for plates and reg. That includes auto, sunroof, ABS and all the little things except sunroof defector. Sticker Price was 16,745. That is already 300 below invoice. Some people seem to be reporting getting cars for thousands below invoice, are you guys paying 13% interest on a 5 year loan or something?? I am very curious, thanx for any help you can give.
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