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2009 Hyundai Elantra

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    How long did you let the car warm up after sitting for 2 days in that cold weather? Automatics are hydraulic, so it could be it's just a matter of the fluid taking a little time to warm up. Keep an eye on it, but if it doesn't happen under more normal circumstances I wouldn't worry about it.
  • beckpeabeckpea Posts: 2
    thanks for your reply! i actually didn't let it warm up for very long. how long should i let it sit for before i start to drive away?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    At least 30 seconds in cold weather, but with a car that has sat for 2 days in real cold weather, I would probably let it warm up a little longer than that. Also, when I first shift into D or R I would pause a couple of seconds before actually moving off. Think how you would feel if someone wanted you to "get going" after sitting in -35 to -40 for a couple of days! ;)
  • cerkel1cerkel1 Posts: 7
    Please help!! I am getting an Elantra GLS with just the basics ( I am that kind of car owner!). There are a few 2008's available and of course the 2009's are abit more expensive. Is there any reason why I should get one year versus the other esp. if I want the best deal possible. Both my sons own Elantra's, a 2004 and 2006 and I am sure that is the car I want. Also, if I decide to get the 2009 is there a way to get a better deal by telling the dealer I'll judt get the 2008 cause it's cheaper! Thanks so much
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    At this point, no advantage for the 2009 vs. 2008, assuming you are willing to accept the steeper short-term depreciation for a 2008 vs. a 2009 (over the long run, it won't matter much). There are a few small changes for 2009 on the GLS, but they are "late availability" so it's unlikely they are on cars on lots now.

    Be sure to check the build date and miles on the 2008s--some may have been used extensively as demos, or have been sitting on the lot awhile. You can use that in your negotiating.

    Advice: don't tell a dealer you'll go for the 2008 unless you are willing to do that.
  • cerkel1cerkel1 Posts: 7
    Thanks for answering my question, I appreciate it. I do have a question regarding purchasing the 2008 Elantra. Even if I agree that the price they are offering is a fair priced, based on what Edmunds says the TMV is for that vehicle how can I negotiate for a better deal even when, so far, that is the lowest I have gotten, AND the dealer might know he is offering the best deal? And are you saying that if the car was built earlier I could negotiate, but who's to tell me the truth on that or can I check myself?Thanks in advance if you can help)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    "How to negotiate for a better deal" is a long discussion, but there's some discussions in Town Hall on that subject. The general principle is, the dealer determines what they will sell the car for. You have to decide if you want to buy the car at that price. The idea is to see how low the dealer is willing to go. It might be TMV, it might be less, it might be more. You won't know unless you compare prices at multiple dealers. Also, you can use tactics such as telling the dealer you are ready to buy the car RIGHT NOW for $X, where $X is significantly lower than their offer. If they say "no", you can shake hands and walk out the door. If they don't go after you, you have gone below their lowest price. Of course, if they say "yes" then you have bought yourself a car!

    It might be best to have someone with you whom you trust and who is experienced at negotiating for cars. Otherwise the dealers will have a big advantage.

    The manufacture date (month/year) is on a sticker on the driver's side of the car. I forget its exact location on the 2008 Elantra, but look inside the driver's door, on the door itself or on the B pillar.
  • cerkel1cerkel1 Posts: 7
    Thank-you so much, you really have been so kind and a great help..
  • bricknordbricknord Posts: 85
    Considering an Elantra SE ( 2009 ). I've seen somewhere on the web that the radio lighting does not dim with the rest of the dash. Is this the case? I like to dim my dash lights down when traveling highways at night, and one of my pet peeves is when you are on a remote stretch of road at night and the car's dash lights are turned up real high and glaring. If anyone can, no pun intended, shed some light on this issue as it relates to the Elantra, I'd appreciate it.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    I have driven the 2007-8 Elantras at night, on dark roads, and didn't notice any issue with the lighting from the radio, so I think it must have dimmed. It's possible the 2009 radio is different, but it would be very, very odd for the radio display not to dim. That can be one thing you can check when you take the car for a test drive. Many dealers are open until 9 pm or so, so stop by one night after dark and check out the dash lighting.
  • bricknordbricknord Posts: 85
    Thanks, I'll probably do that. Thought there might be enough people with significant seat time in an Elantra who may have insight on this here.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hi folks,iam interested in a 09 elantra and after doing some reasearch on the 06-08 model years elantra i have noticed from the owners reviews that some of the speedometers on these cars are off by as much as 10 mph.i would find this to be real annoying and this would definitly hamper my decision as to whether to purchase a elantra or not.anyone care to shed some light on this subject?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    I recently drove a 2009 Elantra GLS on a round trip from Seattle to Vancouver, with a little driving around Vancouver. It had about 34k miles on it and had the automatic with preferred package and moonroof. It was a good companion for the trip: generally comfortable, smooth, and quiet, with the only problem being considerable tire noise on rough (worn) asphalt highways. Other than some spots on the driver's seat and a big scratch on the rear bumper, the car looked remarkably good for a rental with 34k miles on it. No rattles/squeaks either. It handled and tracked well and had plenty of power for the mostly flat terrain, with a few hills. However, I noticed the front tires were quite worn--to the point of needing replacement very soon I think. The rears were better off. Maybe they were not rotated on a regular basis. I got 36 mpg (measured at the pump and assumes the tank was full when I left the airport) on the trip, which exceeds the EPA highway number even though the trip included a day of driving around Vancouver and a lot of idling at the border crossings. I stuck pretty close to the posted speeds on the trip on I-5/Hwy 99, as I heard that the Washington State troopers are quite the vigilant bunch.
  • jwo122jwo122 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2009 elantra se about six months ago and i'm getting 13.2 mpg, or at least that's what the gauge reads. Right away the car seemed to be using a lot of fuel so after a full tank fill-up i set the trip meter. Currently the gas tank is a half a notch above empty and there is only 156.1 miles on the trip meter. The car is used mostly for city driving, mostly to and from work and around town. The car currently has about 330 miles on it (5 miles at time of purchase) and has already gone through about two full tanks, i've checked the tire pressure and they're normal, 32 psi. Has anyone else had the same problem? i've read that earlier models have this issue just not as bad. This car should be getting 25 mpg in city and 33 mpg highway. Could this be covered under the lemon car law?
  • justloujustlou Posts: 24
    In the 6 months you've owned the car, have you taken it in for service on the issue? You should be getting twice the MPG you're getting. I can't imagine the car is running very well if it's using as much gas as it seems. My wife's Elantra gets over 25MPG on almost all city driving.
  • hstepienhstepien Posts: 6
    I just got a new Elantra Touring 2 weeks ago and I know that you have to be careful breaking in the engine. Could poor gas mileage be one of the results of not doing it properly? :) My dealer told me that I shouldn't use cruise control until after 1500 km; rather keep the higher speeds fluctuating between 80 to 110 km/hr ( In Canada we are metric: 50 - 70 mph). :)
  • brian105brian105 Posts: 2
    I have a 2007 elantra with 23,800 miles, and when I first got my oil changed at the dealer, they had a recall to recalibrate the speedometer. Please go to your dealer to have them recalibrate it.
  • jwo122jwo122 Posts: 2
    i made a little mistake while posting this message, i had the car for six weeks and not six months, i would appreciate any input or advise. the empty tank light came on today and the trip meter was at around 160 miles since the last fill up. WTF! is the car just too new? my last car was a 2001 mazda 626 that only got 19mpg but a full tank lasted a week to 2 weeks longer, the tank size was only 2 gallons more then the elantra.
  • brian105brian105 Posts: 2
    I would seriously take the car to the dealer and have it looked at, Because I have 2007 elantra and now have 23850 miles, but from day one I was getting 25-27 mpg in city and 33-36 on the hwy. In fact I just went on a small trip of 180 miles and using the a/c in 100+ temps and still got 36 mpg because it was mostly hwy. Getting 160 for just one tank is utterly rediculous and should be looked at. You should be getting around 24 mpg city and 32-33 hwy.
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    That almost sounds like the fuel pump problem that some of the 08 models had though by now that should have been corrected in the 09 model. I'd definitely take it to the dealer as something isn't right.
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