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Hyundai Elantra Owners: Meet the Members

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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,026

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  • renfrow1renfrow1 Posts: 7
    Hey all, I'm Dan...Just found this board today, and I'm so glad I did, I'm excited to be amongst such avid Hyundai fans...All three of my cars I've owned were Hyundai's...I started out with a 1988 Excel that ran like a caged animal at times, but got me from point A to B...I got rid of it after it blew a cylinder, but hey we all start somewhere right???

    Got a 1994 Excel Hatchback semi-new...It was in late 1994 that I bought it, and was a dealership demo car...A base model 5 speed that never gave me a single problem...I truly loved that car, and I regret trading it in two months ago, it still ran perfectly!!!

    I currently own a Carbon Blue Elantra GT with all the goodies...I'm having some early problems with it...Mostly the narl and rubber feeling when shifting into 2nd and 3rd gear, and the high rpm's...Other than that and the fact that a dark blue car is impossible to keep clean, I love the overall drive of it...I want to upgrade to a Tiburon really quick though, I love the new body on the 03's :)

    HAPPY DRIVING!!!

    DAN
  • mpg has declined steadly from initial 24 overall
     to 17-18 overall.
     no inner city or heavy stop and go driving.
     mostly errands in suburban malls or occasional
     trips to visit friends-mostly using highways.
     service manager claims "nothing shows up on the
     OBD scans to indicate any engine diagnostic
     problem".In other words,this is the way it is
     and the Hyundai manufacturer is under no
     warranty obligation to go any further in terms
     of addressing poor gas mileage problems with
     the GT 2002.!Does any one have this problem too!
  • nfv343nfv343 Posts: 3
    Well, no one has posted here in awhile: I WANTED (and tried to bring home) a 2002 Elantra GT last year...my wife wouldn't have it (it was the Rally Red: she said it looked like a "midlife crisis car" [okay ~ I'm 45] and she called it "The Mistress"!). So I took it back and got an '01 Sonata GLS V-6...and it was a great car, one of the best I've ever driven...

    But every time I'd see an Elantra GT (which wasn't very often; they're still rare), my heart would skip a beat! So, after we refinanced our home, and my wife got her 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE, I came home with a much more "SENSIBLE" pewter/silver 2003 Elantra GT 5-speed/no options. At first I wanted the Cobalt Blue or Chianti Red, but the Silver has really grown on me; I've decided it's the most "traditionally sporty" color for this model (and who wants to try to keep those darker colors clean?!)

     Now I'm the one turning heads...

    I've put 1,700 miles on it, and so far not one single problem other than an occasional "quiet rattle" somewhere in back (hatchbacks, right?). Meanwhile, our $33,000 Sienna with 3,500 miles on it has had what Consumer Reports would call "6 sample defects, all minor," but all very irritating from a company that's supposed to be so great! One of those defects ~ a horn that wasn't working (fuse wasn't installed by dealer) could've been very dangerous. We had it in the dealership for it's first oil change this week, and they've started to address those problems, but one that they "fixed" (a rubbing/rattling sliding door) starting doing the same thing the next day...

    Hyundai is coming up in the world, and I'm glad to be part of "the flock."
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,758
    Congratulations on your "sensible" GT purchase! Your story proves again the risks of buying one of the first units of a brand-new design to roll off the assembly line, even if it is a Toyota. I took that risk with my '01 Elantra GLS, buying one of the first 1000 units in the U.S., but I think they were being sold overseas before that. I've had very little trouble with my Elantra in almost 3 years (knock knock)--less trouble than I had with my previous car, a '97 Sentra. I went the sensible route too, a 5-speed with package 2, champagne, and I'm glad I got a lighter color as it hides dirt well. Pewter was my first choice, but they didn't have any pewter 5-speeds with package 2 back when I was shopping.
  • tmanttmant Posts: 70
    Good thing you got you GT. I've been wanting this car since last year and I knew I would not be happy if I did not get it. Wife looked at the GT sedan and I had to convince her the utility of the hatch was so much better!!!

    I have the carbon blue and boy its gonna be tough to keep it looking good. Good luck to me on that!

    The only thing bothering me a little is the shifting that occurs in 3rd and 4th like there is another half gear in between them.
  • Hi guys I just bought my new Elantra GLS last week, 0.9% interest@ 60mo and $1500 for my trade, and this is my first Hyundai I have owned. My last car that I just traded in was a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant with 104,000 (with a broken A/C which makes that three since I owned the car LOL) that was a absolute nightmare. I am excited about my car but am getting kinda worried since I have only had it for a week and already had to take it to the dealer for them to order the "new" updated weatherstripping to fix the noise between 65mph and 80mph problem. Now the engine seems to be making little noises here and there they just seem to make me a little unsettled. Maybe Im being paranoid since this is my first "brand new" car in like 10 years. Hopefully you guys can give me some good advice.
  • bester1bester1 Posts: 22
    I felt the same way after buying a Korean car - Nervous. Anyway, 10 months and 9,000 miles later, I must say that it is a joy to dry and other than a few small annoying issues, it has been a pleasure.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    I will second the prior comments, as I was nervous and skeptical about buying Korean until I did alot of research. The Elantra sedan threads have lots of posts from folks (including me) who are very satisfied. I've passed two years and 35K and still love this car. Enjoy!
  • Well I appreciate the reassurance :) Anyone have any tips for me and my new car? Is it ok to go and get oil changes at Wal-mart? Thx
  • Also is using the stp octane boosters and stuff worth using also? I generally use the 87octane just to save money
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,758
    If you want to throw money away, go right ahead and buy octane boosters. The Elantra runs fine on 87 octane without any boosters.
  • How about Wal-mart oil chnages?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,758
    My Hyundai dealer charges a maximum of $25 for an oil/filter change, which includes a series of checks. Often I get coupons in the mail for 40-50% off. My Elantra gets 2 oil changes a year (about 8000 mi/year). On one of those oil changes each year, I have other service done, at minimum a tire rotation. I know they use the genuine Hyundai filter that meets warranty requirements.

    How much does Wal-mart charge for an oil change? Are you sure the filters they use meet Hyundai's warranty requirements? What if they don't, and you have an engine warranty claim down the road, and Hyundai doesn't honor it because you didn't use Hyundai-spec filters (worst case, yes, but it can happen)? What if someone at Wal-mart strips the oil pan threads (easy to do on the Elantra) so you need a new oil pan--but they don't tell you and you find out about it later? Will Wal-mart buy you a new oil pan?

    Personally, I'm a believer in minimizing risk and hassle if it is easy and cheap to do so. So that's why I always have a Hyundai dealer, the same dealer whenever possible, do oil changes and other mechanical service on my Elantra. I know then that there will never be any problem with Hyundai honoring its warranty, and if there is a problem like stripped threads, I know--and Hyundai knows--who is at fault. I pay a few bucks more per year, but I see it as a kind of insurance policy. IMHO.
  • Guys how good are the tires that came with my car? Are they any good?
  • themanxthemanx Posts: 110
    I find the Michelin's that are on my new 03 GLS are fine. They are no race car tires, but for normal driving of a 4 banger, they handle ok and seem to be pretty quiet on the road.

    ElantraStan
    http://www.stanarseneaux.com/elantra/
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    I liked the performance of the original equipment Michelins, however I was only able to get about 35K miles out of them. Perhaps I could have squeezed out a little more, but they were not holding well in the rain. I now have Dunlop.
  • tmanttmant Posts: 70
    I would be wary of Walmart doing the oil changes (or anyone for that matter) since most if not all manuals indicate the incorrect amount of oil to fill. My one experience with Walmart shows that they overfill. I had them do my windstar which takes 5 qts, they put 6.

    Stripping the oil pan might still be a problem as I have read before hear. I bought the Fumuto oil drain valve which makes it easy to drain the oil without worrying about stripped threads.

    Aside, from that, I don't think there is anything wrong with having someone other than the dealer do oil changes. The filters used and oil (hopefully both brand names) should not be an issue. Of course there are brands better than others. Even dealership folks can mess up your car.

    Tires have been good. I hear they don't last long and are very expensive to replace. I'm considering Falken Ziex for replacements, which is at least 30,000 miles away for me.
  • ok guys anyone who has replaced their factory tires which brand did you choose, how are they working out and roughly how much did they cost?
  • gerlisgerlis Posts: 1
    Hello,
    just wanted to give a report, I purchased my 02 Gt in February from corp. Hyundai direct. Man I got a killer deal on a vehicle with 5k on it. I won't mention the price, I don't want to upset anyone. I was so worried about buying Korean, but did the research on groups like this and felt pretty good. Well better part of 8 months has gone by and I still love my car!! I definately will look at Hyundai before others now. I grew up in a Ford family, but will never won one again!
    anybody know what kind of light modifications that you can do that will not effect the warranty??
    thanks

    G
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    Like tmant, I looked for the Falken (highly rated in CR), but the only dealer in my area according to the Falken website is Sears -- and Sears did not have the same model nor the same size. I decided on the Dunlops because they are rated comparably to the Michelin Energy tires, and far less expensive. I have had one warning about short Dunlop life, so I can't tell you for another 30K or 35K miles. The ride and handling are fine.
  • We just purchased our GLS exactly a month ago. We love it! Never thought I'd do it, but for the first time ever got one in black. It just looked more impressive than the other colors the dealer had on the lot.
      Any idea if either of the four cylinder engines is rated better than the other?
      Also, what car wax do any of you recommend? I'm thinking on using just plain old super hard Turtle Wax.
      Let me know your thoughts.
  • I used NuFinish (solid orange bottle) it works well and doesnt allow bugs etc to stick so they eaily wipe off.

    I used to have a 95 Galant with a 2.4L engine before and wondered myself if I took a step down performance wise wince the 2003 GLS I have has a 2.0L from what the manual says.
  • We just purchased our GLS exactly a month ago. We love it! Never thought I'd do it, but for the first time ever got one in black. It just looked more impressive than the other colors the dealer had on the lot.
      Any idea if either of the four cylinder engines is rated better than the other?
      Also, what car wax do any of you recommend? I'm thinking on using just plain old super hard Turtle Wax.
      Let me know your thoughts.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    There is only one engine in this car. The '04s offer ULEV and SULEV variants.

    I use Zymol cleaner wax (available at Target, $12.99) on my '01 GLS, Champagne. I get very good results -- it even removed some light scratches resulting from a leaping dog. It is a light blue liquid. I extend the life of my wax between waxings by rinsing off dirt (no soap) at the local $2 manual spray wash.

    I envy you -- I miss having a black car. I chose Champagne because I wanted the lighter interior color. For '04 the grey is lighter.
  • Thanks for the info. Saw that wax @ Advance Auto Parts. Won't the cleaner in it sort of scratch the surface? It's why I chose the Turtle Wax. Maybe I'm wrong about the scratching, or too paranoid!
      Thought I saw in the owners manual something about two different engines in the '03's. I'll have to double check.
       So far, we love it! First "foreign" car we've owned, other than the beat up '88 Honda Accord I had a few years ago as a work car. It finally gave up the ghost after I sold it to my son's girlfriend. Think it had 230,000 miles on by then! Alot of car for not too much money!!
  • go to walmart and get the NuFinish I mentioned, its a white liquid like suntan lotion, no scratching and is supposed to work for a year, cheap also.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,758
    I used to use NuFinish, and it probably lasted longer than any other wax (although it's not really wax) I've used, but it doesn't last a year--six months tops for me. Also I found it doesn't shine as well as some other waxes, which is why I stopped using it. Currently I am using Meguiar's Gold Class liquid, which gives a deep shine even on light colored paint (champagne) and lasts 3-4 months.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    The Zymol does a good job without scratching, which is why I like it so well. I have also used NuFinish and it works pretty well. I couldn't tell you how long the waxes remain effective because a) I will spend the winter without a carport for the first time in nine years, and b) I am one of those nuts who waxes a car several times in a year, whenever the desire strikes me.
  • Guys tell me about the 03 Elantra GLS engine. I know its 2.0L right? my 95 Galant had a 2.4L 4 cyl but it sounded nothing like the Elantras engine. Having to get used to the very pronounced sound it makes.(I know I only have 1000+ miles on it so far so I guess I will get used to it. any comments?
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