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Hyundai Elantra Touring 2009 -



  • Did you try turning off the ESC?
  • I wasn't driving the car when the tires were spinning (it was the salesman moving it from a snowy spot on the lot), but I'm sure you're right that turning off ESC will help under those circumstances. I just know from experience that winter tires (even good studless ones) do make a big difference around here (especially considering all the comments on about how bad the Kumho Solus tires do in the snow). We have a lot of snowy and icy road conditions in a typical winter, and while the City of Montpelier does a fairly good job clearing the streets, ours is one of the last to get plowed.
  • You gotta do what you gotta do.I just thought I would mention that alternative to snow tires.I haven't used snow tires since Illinois made studs illegal.Of course,maybe you have a lot more snow than we get in my state.Good luck.
  • Dear newbie40,

    I just bought a 2010 Elantra SE and I have the same problem. After much research this is what I know...

    - The little antenna on the roof or shark fin as it is nicknamed is for the satellite
    - The actual AM/FM antenna is embedded in the rear window.
    - If the rear window is tinted and that tint has metal fiber in it (which is pretty common) that will cause week reception on both AM and FM.
    - I spoke with SunTek Window Films and they have confirmed this to be the case.
    - To eliminate the problem you need a carbon based window film/tint.

    I'll report back in a few days after my tint has been changed out to the carbon based product. Hopefully I'll have good news. :)

  • Is it worth buying the cargo net? Seems like it could be handy to avoid stuff falling out when you open the trunk.
  • eba55eba55 Posts: 20
    Mine came with one and I haven't used it once!! I mostly haul tons of groceries and all my kids backpacks and instruments after school. Haven't had anything fall out yet:o) I love hatchbacks! :)
  • I love hatchbacks too, although this is more of a wagon the way it opens. Anyway, I asked the salesman if he thought it was worth getting, and he told me that he'd get me one as a gift. Given the price I got it for (below's great price) I was very impressed. It might come in handy when we have to pack up my son for college and we really have to cram the car full. I hope we can fit as much stuff as I did in my recently departed Mazda6 hatchback. The specs seem to say that the ET has more cargo room.
  • >:The little antenna on the roof or shark fin as it is nicknamed is for the satellite
    > radio. The actual AM/FM antenna is embedded in the rear window.

    Are you sure about this? I've got an actual antenna coming out of my shark fin (3-4" long).
  • We have always used a cargo net in all of our vehicles. Great for groceries or cans of paint - etc. Saw one for the 2010 E/T for $12.00 after the dealer already gauged me for $50 (sigh). Live & Learn.
  • Wow, $12 is a great price, where was that? I found it for $23.75 here:

    You can get 11% off by signing up for their mailing list, but shipping was $11 to NY (and they are in MA, so I can't imagine it will be cheaper than that for anyone). I was going to wait to order it before posting because they are claiming the regular price is $25, which I think is a mistake, but now I don't need to buy one. There is someone on ebay selling them for ~$50 plus shipping from Canada, and another ebay seller of Hyundai parts said he could not match the price on that site (which once again makes me think they have it priced wrong).
  • It came up easily on my first search - not so easily on second (laughing).
    See below.

    I did not go there to verfiy it was for the touring - I think the touring one and the sedan one MAY be different - don't know yet. Good luck! :)
  • They do not have one - not sure why it came up on search but that's often the case when you do searches these days. They just want you to go to their site I guess.
    Sorry - best price is the $23.75 then at the site you mentioned, which I did visit before for actualy Hyundai parts.

    Anyone get a good price on the Cargo Tray? I'm seeing $50.40 as best price currently.

    Is the 2009 the same dimentions as the 2010?

    Also, has anyone purchased an EOM for bluetooth and self-installed? Is this fairly simple for owner to do? Our 2010 ET did not come with one installed.
  • The part # for the ET cargo net appears to be unique to this model. You can get the PN by going to the site I linked to and putting it in your cart, it will then show it to you.
  • > Anyone get a good price on the Cargo Tray? I'm seeing $50.40 as best
    > price currently.

    I found a cargo tray for $67 on ebay (with free shipping) but it claims to be for a 2009. I'd be surprised if it is not compatible with the 2010 model (you should be able to tell from the hyundaiaccessories site). You can get 8% back from your ebay purchases by using Bing Cashback, using Buy it Now and paying with Paypal. Not sure how much shipping is on your $50.40 price. BY-S-W_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem58858174e0QQitemZ380196975840QQptZMotorsQ5fCar- Q5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
  • So I got updated email from ebay seller hyundaiheaven saying that he had made a mistake, and he can beat that other site's price on the cargo net. He offered to sell it to me for $19.99 and $9.99 shipping. I don't need one (have not heard from the dealer but I have no reason to believe he won't come through), but if anyone wants it, feel free to contact him.
  • I got the iPod cable in the mail today from the ebay seller and tried it out. It's very cool the way it works.
  • So I've had the car for about a month now and I really like it. I'm getting around 28 MPG with the automatic which isn't that bad. I got the Bluetooth feature and it's really handy to have since I tend to keep my phone in a pocket and sometimes miss calls. Much more useful than the spoiler which was on a different car that the dealer had. It drives pretty nicely unless I'm on a very bumpy road, in which case I definitely feel the bumps. There are some reviews which describe it as jarring and I wouldn't disagree.

    The one feature they really forgot to include was a mute button for the radio on the steering wheel. It's a real pain having to turn down the radio when a call comes in (or when I try to make a call) since the Bluetooth is voice activated (and it gets really ugly when my GPS decides to speak). My Mazda6 had this. I also miss the climate control on that car so I don't have cold air blowing on me until the engine warms up, but I understand that's generally reserved for more expensive cars. I'm enjoying the XM a lot more than I thought, I may even renew it if I can get a good deal. Leather seats might have been nice but given that I'm not impressed with the quality of the leather on the steering wheel, it's just as well that they didn't use it on the seats. I've been able to fit a bunch of stuff in the trunk, it's probably smaller than my Mazda6 hatchback but it will be fine for most things.

    What really surprises me is that I have yet to see another of these on the road. I see plenty of Matrix's and Fits so it's not like people don't like the form factor. I feel like when I got my Elantra GT back in 2001, and it had just come out and were hard to get. But this car has been out for a while so I'm really surprised I'm not seeing them. I guess it's Hyundai's best kept secret.

    I guess I should post this in the reviews section :-).
  • petulopetulo Posts: 3
    I bought a new black/black ET SE 2 weeks ago and I'm delighted with the car. For the money you can't beat the value. I'm getting about 25 MPG general driving at 28 MPH to work, etc. and on the hwy i did 29 MPG averaging about 65 MPH. Ride is firm and a bit bouncy, specially with a lot of pot holes in NJ after many snowstorms, but overall I prefer a firmer ride to a soft cushy ride.
    I have one issue I wanted to get a feedback on and that is heated seats. Mine work great with 2 lights on - the max. setting, but with one light on the lower setting I can hardly feel any heat. I made sure that I do not have a coat on, but still no warmth at all. I'm thinking of mentioning it it to the dealer during my 1,000 mile check up.
    My dealer was great to deal with. Very straight forward and helpful, without the usual BS that car sales people are deservedly known for.
    I highly recommend the car: GLS for softer ride and SE for a firmer ride lovers.
    You cannot beat the warranty and road side assistance, especially now with all these recalls.
  • petulopetulo Posts: 3
    I had Nokian on my Saab 9000 CS several years ago and they were excellent. The car drove poorly in snow with regular all season tires, but with Nokians it was a world of difference. This fact is true with all cars: snows are much better than all season and even better than summer tires.
    $100 per pressure sensor is too much money. I would rather drive w/o them during the winter on new rims with dedicated snows.
  • I have a 2009 black ET and I like it except that the ride is much bouncier than my 2008 Elantra SE. I'm also in NJ and the potholes here are awful. How does the 2010 differ from the 2009? I don't have heated seats or a roof rack. Would love to know where you bought it. We got both our Elantra's from Brad Benson's and theu were awful to work with. I did get a great price at the time on the Touring. It had just been out two weeks, and I got it for essentially $16,000 OTD ($13,000 trade on my 2004 Toyota Sienna Ltd and $3,000). I probably cound have gotten $1,000 or $2,000 more selling the Sienna privately, but I didn't want to go through the hassle of a private sale. I walked into the dealer, expecting just to test drive it, and 8 hours later (yes, 8 hours because of all their haggling and making me wait in between price changes) I emptied out my Sienna and left with my touring.
    If I had to choose between my 2008 Elantra SE (which is now in the body shop because my dear twenty year old daughter hit a pole at college during a snow storm and did $3,500 worth of damage to the car) and the Touring, I would pick the Elantra SE. I guess I'm more of a cushy, quiet ride driver. My rental car now is a 2010 Toyota Corolla and I can't say I feel totally safe driving it. Before purchasing my Hyundais, we were always a Toyota only family.
  • petulopetulo Posts: 3
    I bought mine at Town Hyundai in Denville. I live 40 min south of there but it was worth it. No hassle and a decent price. Potholes can do it to any car and at least Hyundais parts are not as expensive as some of other cars' parts. I have Acura TL and that one has a firmer ride than ET SE and to be honest, I enjoy the ET better overall: it's utility, driving position, gas mileage, etc. I'll give it to my son soon...
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    There are 4 Hyundai dealers within a 30 mile radius here in Oklahoma City metro, 3 of which are owned by Automax. Drive a little further and there's a 5th Hyundai dealer in Stillwater, Oklahoma owned by ex-football star Barry Sanders.
  • Help, I own and 2009 SE touring with 17" with 6k miles and when I looked at my front tires the other day, the inside tread is very low, more on the drivers side. About 1/32 at the very edge, and then gradually more tread toward the outside edge. I know front tires wear faster then the rear, but it seems especially fast. I took the car to the dealership and they said a tire rotation is due and did a alignment and said it checks out fine. I'm worried that even with rotating tires, the next time around, those same tires come back up front and within another 5-8k, they are going to be shot.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Sorry for your troubles. I'm considering buying the GLS model in order to get steel wheels. What type of tires are used on the 17 inch SE?
  • rhmassrhmass Posts: 263
    There are a few things you can check (feel) as to the alignment. Does the car pull to one side on the highway? Does it go straight while you applied brakes at speed? Front wheel drive cars do make the front tires wear faster as front tires bear all the weight while also do the steering while making turns. Tire rotation is a must for such cars. If the dealer checked the alignment and considered it within specification, you may not have to worry about it. Just for you to know, the tires on the touring are just mid-quality, so you may want to replace them after a while. Replace them with better tires will vastly improve its handling.
    Hyundai designed the touring in Europe, thus with emphasis on handling, not living room type of comfort as most cars in its class.
  • I got an envelope in the mail today from Hyundai and was pleasantly surprised to find a $50 Visa Debit card inside as thanks for my recent purchase. Have others received this? I bought my car in January.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Now that's a nice surprise! Do you have to spend it on Hyundai accessories or is it for anything?
  • Nope, it's a normal Visa Debit card that can be used on anything! It's only good for 90 days, however.
  • Hey all, just curious when those of you with an automatic transmission are getting your shifts. In other words, watching the tachometer, where are your RPM's when your car shifts into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gear.
    I'm getting some pretty bad mileage. Mine wont shift before 3K Rpms no matter how I drive. Its translating to 17 mpg city, even worse sometime in my 09' ET with 4K miles on her.
    I am very anxious to here where others are getting there shift's.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I never got good city mileage in either my Hyundai or my KIA.Actually 17 would have been pretty good,but on the highway they were as good as the EPA or better.
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