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  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    Maybe you should check with other insurance companies regarding your auto insurance and the availability of GAP insurance. Check coverage by coverage and the GAP price, then like buying a car, compare the bottom line.

    If you have an independent agent call him, he can probably help. It's those one company agents or direct sellers that often work strictly on price, often without telling the customer that they are getting less coverage.
  • nkmonty1nkmonty1 Posts: 33
    I have already checked with my car insurance and they dont do that.I have checked so many companies but you really dont know who to trust. Being a woman and buying these types of insurances you have to be careful that they are not ripping you off. I have come to find that if you make sure that you know what you are talking about when trying to find out about insurancies you are more likely to find someone who tries just a little bit harder to help you.
    As far as my car goes. It is one of the best vehicles I brought. The engine purrs and it is so quiet.
    I really didnt like buying an Hyundai was good. But let me tell you, if you want a great car that is great on gas even in the city look at the Hyundai.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You can get lots of information in this discussion: Gap Insurance. It's not Elantra specific, but that doesn't matter, neither is the insurance. :)
  • I got a black SE and put in a sunroof aftermarket since I could not find an SE with one.
    I am getting some good comments about the look of the car. The Euro-flange alloy wheels, 4-disc brakes shining from behind the Euro spokes and muscular stance is quite impressive looking especially from the rear 3/4 view. The black is sexy (when it's clean).

    My first impressions is that the cabin feels spacious, comfortable, and also mildly sporty and elegant. You FEEL like you are in a nicer car. Ergonomics are pretty intuitive. Climate control knobs are big and easy to get to, though how to adjust the fan speed was not the same as my old car, so it took a while. The cloth seats in light colors attract dirt fast; I only had the car 3 weeks and I have spot from semi dirty hands. I am considering seat covers seriously.

    I like the stereo, it comes with 3 months of XM. Have not tried the MP3 jack. Rear speakers are in the doors, so when you open the doors you can hear the music very well. Bass could be deeper a tad.

    Trying to get used to the light accelerator and elecrtronic steering. I like a little more feedback from previous car is a 93 Geo Prizm so I am new to electronic steering. When taking quick turns I am concerned about oversteer. It does have decent pep, but sometimes I think it shifts too early when accelerating from a dead stop.

    Suspension is soft and you will be startled by some potholes and train tracks. But that is not because of super harshness...more so because at other times the car is so smooth and quiet.

    Gas mileage is not quite to spec yet, but I see it creeping up as I drive more. I have 500 miles on it now. I will be dissappointed if I don't average at least 30 mpg overall by 1500 miles. My first tank of gas I avg under 24mph and I drive pretty easy-going. This is based on not just the gauge but how much gas I refilled into the tank.

    Lots of new features to get used to. To access fold down seats you need to push a button in the trunk first. At first I thought it was so valets can't get in the trunk, but there is an electronic trunk release in the front seat and there is NO valet key. So maybe it is a secondary escape route in case you get locked in your trunk by your bookie's muscle. The primary escape method is glow in the dark handle which opens the trunk from the inside.

    Will submit a real review after 1500 more miles.
  • Wanted to add to my previous post that the high trunk doesn't fit my bike rack very well. Also the rear window is kind of small and high so visibility is not as good as older boxier compacts. The three rear headrests don't help matters. You really have to be a little more careful and turn your head more to drive safe in this car. Let's see how long it takes me to get good at this.
  • Bought a Limited in July. I really like the styling and the interior - especially at night when the dash lights are on. It seems like in a much more expensive car. It's spacious, comfortable and plenty of gadgets. Stereo is OK - midrange gets lost in rock songs. The guitars get a little lost in the mix, but Techno and Hip- Hop sound pretty good. Like the XM except for the signal compression. Sometimes it sounds like a bad mp3 rip, but there's tons of stuff to listen to. I'm going to buy it next month.

    Just 2 problems:

    The rear suspension transfers sound through the car. When I go over a bump, it sounds like a timpani drum in the back seat and on bumpy roads it drives me CRAZY!! It's so loud that when the stereo is on, the tone of the car clashes with the bass in the music. I would really love it someone knew how to reduce it somehow.

    Gas milage is not as good as was stated. At best I get about 30 - 31 and I drive like grandma. My first few tanks I did get 36 or so, but for some reason it has fallen off.

    Over all I am very happy with the car. I was looking at a Mazda 3 and the Nisan Sentra, but 'm glad I got the Hyundai!

    Oh Yeah - This car has more airbags than any car I've seen. My mother is very happy!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    If you are driving on the highway with no stops and at a moderate speed (say under 70), and with a light touch on the throttle as you implied, you should get more than 30-31 mpg. But in mixed city/highway, 30-31 is very good for a car that size. Also the Beta II engine is well known for improving in fuel economy as you add miles.
  • I have had my Elantra for 4 weeks and average 30-31 in mixed driving and I got 38 on a 275 mile road trip doing 70-75.
  • Thanks for the responses.

    Is anyone getting the noise in the back when you go over bumps? It's a mid-bass tone at about 250Hz or so. Sounds like some one hitting a drum. When I get time, I'm going to take it to the dealer to see if they have a solution.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Also getting around 30-31 mpg's around town so your Hyundai is very comparable to it's competition. Have seen more and more of them down here in South Florida and will definitely start my girls at the local Hyundai shop when they start their search for their first car. $ wise and content wise, these cars seem to have a lot of the competition beat. Even the smaller Accent is an excellent value for a low priced first car.
    With all the air bags and the small size makes for a great starter car. And let's be honest, the kids are going to be lookin' to Mom & Dad to help them with their purchase, as it should be. Eventhough I prefer Honda for me, I have the income to afford it. Kids just starting out with their first job need to be a bit more frugal in buying the new car. And if they're not living at home, makes it even more crucial to look for the most reliable lower priced new cars that can be had. Seems like Korea has this market covered now.

    The Sandman :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    If possible, ask to test drive another new Elantra when you visit the dealer and see if it sounds the same over bumps as yours (drive yours over some bumps near the dealership, then drive the other Elantra over the same bumps at the same speed). Have the service tech go with you on both drives. That will give you an idea if the noise is a problem with your car or just the way the Elantra sounds. Of course, it's possible both cars have the exact same problem, but the odds are against it.

    I've driven several 2007 Elantras and didn't notice any peculiar noise from the back. It's possible it's a noise that you are particularly attuned to. Some people are more sensitive to certain frequencies than others.

    Also... did you check the spare tire to see if it's loose, or if anything (like the toolkit) is loose in the trunk?
  • My wife uses are new 07 SE (July 07) most of the time and loves it. I was very careful about how I broke it in and it sure seems to pay divides!! Right now we have about 3800 miles on it and I've gotten over 42 mpg on the open road while my wife averages about 30 - 38 around town. I also use synthetic motor oil exclusively. I never dreamed it would make so much of a difference in both engine noise (runs very smooth and quiet) AND mileage.

    Wife took it back to the dealer for some minor (trim) warranty work. I've owned a number of four cylinder cars in my lifetime but never one that has such a powerful A/C that exerts so little drain on the engine.
  • Hi

    I wish you lots of luck with your new car. I just got mine but unfortunately it is a 2005. It really runs well. My first real full up I got 25.25miles per gallon on it.
    Now I have to wait until we finish this tank to compare it. I really dont go far with the car because of my disability but I really love it.
    Enjoy your car
    Nan :)
  • just purchased the 07 elantra gl with sport package 2 weeks ago... It has been running like a beauty. I love the dash how its nicely displayed and easy access. I especially love the handling and how you get the feel of the road really nicely. Like I said up to now everthing is perfect. The dealership even gave me a bunch of stuff for free when i bought the car...because they didn't have the color I wanted!:P Anyways I took her on the highway the other day and i couldn't believe how smooth she drove. I'll let you guys know if anything bad happens in the near futur...hopefully not. As an ex Honda, ford, pontiac and nissan driver... the hyundai Elantra is the winner! (Quite impressive for a Hyundai!) :)
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    That's very true, and very sensible, Mr. Sandman. It drives me crazy to see teenagers driving expensive cars to HIGH SCHOOL just so they can impress somebody. You should start them out in manuals (4-5 speed), too. Unless they have bluetooth phones, they'll be less inclined to do all their driving with one hand, or try to text people in traffic!

    And when they're ready to move up to the Honda, yours will probably still be running!

    I'm seeing Hyundais less than a year old with very low miles skirting the $10K mark. My first car was $1700, half of which was paid by my savings. Can't find ANYTHING decent for that money nowadays.

    Sorry to chime in on that, guess it just struck a chord with me! :blush:
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I'm talking about first cars for my college graduates. The Accent and Elantra are the perfect starter cars, as they will have to afford cars based on their pay checks. I'm sure the wife and I will have to help with down payments and such. Also depending on our investments, we may be able to swing a large part of their purchase price. Time will tell.
    I know that the "coolness" factor is way low on any Hyundai model, but when just starting out in a new job, any new car will do and an affordable one will be even better. Hyundai fits the bill nicely.

    The Sandman :)
  • Hey! Hey! I know its a hyundai but they came a loooooong way since their older models! I have the 07 elantra, black, rims, spoiler, tinted windows.... I think she's darn pretty! :D I think for a starter car they are good looking, reliable and affordable! I just love my elantra! I think your kids might be pleased once they try one out! And I agree with throwing them in a 5 speed! I saved 1300$ by buying one! And they'll look cooler driving stick :P
  • Hi
    I know about 1st cars. It is certainly different from when I got mine. I just got the 2005 Elantra because my son just got his permit and my other car (chevy Cavalier) died. I think this was the best idea ever. The car drives so fantastic and is very quiet. I dont understand parents who buy their children expensive 1st cars. They are looking for trouble.
    If parents were more responsible instead of giving in to their childrens wims I think the kids will take better care of the vehicles and make sure they have it for awhile. My son wanted a nice sporty looking car and I said absouletly not.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Personally I think my '04 Elantra GT hatchback in bright red with the alloys, rear lip spoiler, moonroof, perforated leather, purple gauges etc. is plenty sporty looking. It will go to my 2nd son next year for jr/sr years in high school and college--he'll use up the powertrain warranty. :)
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