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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006

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  • I used to work for a place that did body work many years ago. We haven't done any in about 5 years but I haven't heard of any changes. If memory serves me, it's a violation of federal regulations to repair a bumper with any significant damage (significant being a tear or corruption of the plastic surface).

    What many people don't realize is that the 5 mph bumper is nothing more than a plastic core covered by more plastic. Doing a cosmetic coverup may just hide the fact that the bumper is no longer viable protection against any impact. Be sure the damage is merely cosmetic and not structural.

    Also, be sure the body shop is not going to do one of those cheap vinyl patch coverups you see on tv. Not only do they look cheap, the patch has a tendency to fade differently than the rest of the bumper and, in some cases, come off after a short period of time.
  • richsaprichsap Posts: 93
    A more logical method...

    Assuming you will own the car for a few years, and assuming that you will scratch/dent your bumper a couple more times during those years...

    Why not buy a nose protector (bra) and cover the bumper up for a couple of years (or until you decide to sell the car). Then have the work on the bumper done. If you have indeed dented/scratched it a few more times, you'll only have to replace it once instead of each time it gets damaged.

    My front bumper on my 2k Elantra was struck by a 2x4 on the highway four weeks after I bought it. The paint was scraped off the bumper, but because you can't see it through the bra, I'm not going to worry about it for a few years.

    Note that this applies to the bumper only, as it is plastic and will not rust over time.

    Also, the $80 bra will serve to protect the paint from rock chips on the front edge of the hood.
  • shakthishakthi Posts: 1
    Hi All

    Am planning to buy a new Elantra 2000. All Elantra holders please advice me whether its a worth buying vehicle and also let me know howz the resale. What is the best deal i can strike with stick shift, moonroof and ABS.
    Please advice
    Thanks for your time
  • I never heard of anyone with ABS on their Elantra, though it is of course an option. I would think it'd be very hard to find one with it...
  • My mother had abs on a previous Buick she owned. Brakes wore out at less than 25,000 miles and it cost her $600 to have them fixed due to the complexity of the system.

    One reason I chose the Elantra over cars like the Cavalier was because it didn't have abs. Besides, it's an outrageously expensive option and not worth the 5% discount you get from insurance, especially when you factor in repair costs.
  • bshadowbshadow Posts: 2
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  • bshadowbshadow Posts: 2
    I am in the market for a car and I have been
    checking out the Elantra because it
    really sounds like the best deal out there for what I want.

    Problem: I live 150 miles from the nearest
    dealership and I was wondering about problems, if
    any, that people have had using the roadside
    assistance. Being so far from the dealership has
    been the only draw back I can find so far.

    Thanx in advance for all responses.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Schreck1, you mom was screwed big time. If you mean that the pads or rotors wore out, than ABS does not cause it to be more expensive. ABS does not add any complexity to the braking system when it comes to changing pads and rotors. Only if you run into an ABS warning light and malfunction does it get more complicated and expensive to fix. My Dad has changed the pads on my Mom's 92 Accord with ABS in less than a half hour and only cost him $20. The Accord now has 181,000 miles on it with no repairs ever needed to the ABS system. So, your Mom was gouged big time if she only needed a routine brake job.
    Elantra00, do you honestly think downshifting your manual tranny will do any good if your brakes have locked in a panic stop?? I don't think so! The whole point to ABS is to keep your brakes from locking so you retain steering control and to shorten stopping distances in both wet and dry conditions. Some cars benefit less from ABS than others, but my 2000 Accent is one that definitely would benefit from that option. My front brakes lock way too easily, making the steering useless. They have already locked 3 times in the past 3 months, one of which I only asked the car to stop moderately fast when someone pulled out in front of me on a moist road when I was going 40 mph. The right front brake locked immediately and I lost complete steering control as the car skidded and screeched to a stop, thankfully before hitting the jerk who pulled out. If my car had ABS, I could have steered away from him into a side street if I did not have enough space to stop, or it would have helped me stop way shorter so it wouldn't have even been a near miss. It also would increase the confidence I have in how my car reacts in emergency situations. My car is a manual so I am well aware how engine braking helps slow the car quicker than does an automatic, but it doesn't help if your front brakes are locked. In other words, I think ABS is far from a waste of money! I highly suggest it to anyone who can afford it and can wait to find one equipped with that rare option.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    thats not what i meant. my opinion is that i would take that money and put it towards options such as rims, moonroof and so forth. ive had my car for about 3 months so far and the brakes never locked on me. so, ive driven my mothers saab 9-3 w/ 5 spd and with antilock brakes. the braking was better, but thats because it has rear disc brakes vs the elantra with rear drum brakes. however, the saab stopped slightly better then the elantra. another example would be my old car....a 1986 toyota corolla. never once did the brakes lock up or fail. never a problem with them whatsoever. This is strictly my opinion. i just rather put my money for other options rather then that.
  • jlim1jlim1 Posts: 50
    I have found out that my 2000 Elantra has plenty of tire, engine, and wind noise felt and heard in the cabin. Reviewers on MSN seem to agree with my findings. I wonder if the tires (Michelin XGT) are the cause of the excessive noise. I used to test drive a 99 Corolla and it was heavenly quiet in the cabin. I guess that's one of my disappointing driving moments in an Elantra apart from the so-so AC and the driver-side blind spot not cleared out by the windshield wipers.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Michelin XGT tires are known for being noisy tires, as is the MXV4. My brother has an Integra GSR which came with XGT-V4 tires that were ridiculously loud at highway speeds. He switched to Dunlop SPsport 9000 and the car was noticeably quieter (not to mention grippier in the wet and dry). My sister's Honda Accord had tire noise problems with the XGT4 tires and my Mom's Honda Accord with MXV4 tires was loud as well. It seems to be a chronic problem with Michelin tires. They may be high quality and long lasting, but boy are they noisy! I would imagine those tires are partially to blame for the road noise you are hearing. I suggest switching to either Bridgestone or Dunlop. My experiences with them have been very good, as well as noticeably quieter at highway speeds.
  • jxcarjxcar Posts: 8
    Many thanks to Liufei, richsap and schreck1 for advices. I've decided to leave the bumper alone and fix it after the next mishap. :) It's not obvious at all when I look at it now, anyway.
    However, I do think about covering the scratches around it with touchup paint. There's also a small scratch on the passanger door (door-ding?). Do you know any good choice for touchup paints? Any specification on Elantra paint? How good would this thing work?
  • jxcarjxcar Posts: 8
    Richsap: Last weekend, I just got a CD changer for my Elantra like the one you described for me. Thank you so much!
    It's a JVC 12-CD changer. Cost only $270 including installation. It has one year factory warranty for the CD changer and lifetime labor warranty from the store. It's installed at the upper edge of the trunk. They said it's the only place they'd put it with warranty since it's the only spot in the trunk that would avoid bumping and hitting from things in there. It has two controls (one cordless), both can be easily hidden.
    I think it's a great deal. Highly recommand anyone who doesn't have a CD player to get one like this. It's great fun and costs no more than just a CD player. Plus, you get to keep the original radio and cassette!
  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    Since your Elantra is new, best bet is your dealership to get matching color. It probably cost around $3-$5 per can. Auto shop like Autozone may have them for less, but dont know if they carry one for Elantra.
  • jxcarjxcar Posts: 8
    Shakthi: I got my 2000 Elantra for more than 2 months now. I'm very happy for my choice. To me, it's the best value out there for the class. I'll keep the car for at least 10 year, as the warranty lasts, so the resale is no big deal.
    I agree with Elantra00, you should look for around $11500 or even less (before tax) at this time of the year. I got mine more than 2 months ago for $10K (5-speed, base model).

    bshadow: I don't think how far away you live from the dealership matters when it comes to roadside assistance. The roadside assistance services are provided through "Cross Country Motor Club" and have nothing to do with dealerships, I assume. And it claims to cover "anywhere in US and Canada". However, I'm not sure how well it covers some remote areas. Maybe you should call Hyundai or the motor club to check it out. I've never used the service yet, so can't comment on their quality.
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    Backed my 99 Accent into a metal guy wire about 3 months after I bought it. It really scratched up the rear bumper. I bought a little jar of touch up paint from my Hyundai dealer for 5 bucks. It had a little brush on it. I was able to touch up the scratches pretty well. This paint matches perfectly. Get the touchup paint at the dealer.

  • I've had my 5-speed Elantra for little over a month now. I've got slightly more than 3,000 miles on it already and I'm about to make a 2,500 mile roadtrip to the Midwest from my home on the East Coast. The car has been great so far, not a blip, rattle, squeak, or flaw. Most of my driving has been highway miles and I've been very pleased by the mileage I'm starting to see (33-36 mpg recently).
  • Hi

    I've posted here before concerning the brake sound problem with my 2000 Elantra. The brakes make a knocking sound when I come to a slow stop. I brought it in to the dealer, and they "machined" the drums (no idea what that means). The noise actually went away for about 2 weeks, now the noise is back. :( I am not sure if I should bring it in (to the same dealer) again, or what...

    Has anyone experienced a similar problem? I'd be grateful for any comments.

  • richsaprichsap Posts: 93

    On drum type brakes, the brake pads are curved on the outside edge and have to be the same diameter as the inside of the brake drum. If the brake drum somehow gets out of round, it will decrease your braking power and cause the car to shudder when coming to a stop.

    What the dealership did was put the drum on a machine that spins it around as if it were on the car. They then place a cutting tool onto the inner surface of the rotating drum and remove just enough metal to insure that the surface is exactly round and smooth.

    If your brakes are making a knocking sound, there is something else wrong. I'm not a Hyundai mechanic, but work on cars often. The description sounds like a bad wheel bearing, which you may associate with the brakes because you only hear it at low speeds when you are slowing down. The brake drums had to be removed to be machined, and the wheel bearings come out also. They should have put new grease in the wheel bearings, which could have quieted them down temporarily.

    Can you feel anything in the brake pedal as you slow down? Does it pulsate as you come to a stop? Does the car itself vibrate at all?

    Sounds like another trip to the dealer. Sorry to hear you are having a problem. Definitely have the dealer's best suspension/drivability mechanic take a ride in the car. Good luck!
  • Thank you for your response.

    I tested it again, and the knocking sound only happens if I use the brakes (handbrake or regular). It's a very hollow sound, so I first thought it was something in the trunk.

    I cannot feel any pulsating if I come to a stop, and the car itself does not vibrate.

    Thanks again.

  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    Is it making a knocking sound, or more like a thumping sound? I heard a knocking sound too in my Elantra, but it turn out to be just the toolkit box is knocking on to the spare tire.
    I dont think using the handbrake should cause any sound at all though.
  • Jens:

    I, too, have a 00 Elantra. First 2 weeks I had it, the rear brakes made a thumping noise during a slow stop. Never made any noise if I pushed the brake pedal harder, only during a slow stop.

    Took it to the dealer and he found nothing wrong. Took it to an acquaintance who is a BMW tech, and he couldn't find anything wrong other than questionable Michelin tires that are known for higher than average road noise. He stated that while the tires may last longer than other brands, they are very rough riding and noisy.

    To make a long story short, the thumping noise disappeared and I haven't heard it in over a month. I have no clue where or what it came from, but I did find it odd that the noise stopped around the same time I made sure both rear tires were properly inflated to 30 psi (the dealer gave them to me at 25 psi, probably to smooth the ride some).

    Check your tire pressure and make sure it's to proper psi levels. Never can tell if it'll help.
  • aboss16aboss16 Posts: 7
    Hi - I read ALL of the Message Boards Of Elantra - Im 16 Now - My parents will buy me a car - After I saw the New Elantra - I LOVED IT! - I Already DID SO MUCH research.. - Consumer Tests, Road Tests - Everything. But TheN my Mom Said what if ill change my mind and get something like a civic, So I Saw A Civic - I Loved the modification On it - Blue Lights (NOISE)..
    But , I read everything about it -Even the responces - And Im Back To HUYNDAI ELANTRA - It is 3rd in its class - And I LOVE the Shape - Price.. (One Thing - I Want Package 6 With Anti-Lock-Brakes--- Can They Add THat???)
    What Would THe FULL PRICE - Of FULL POWER - (rear Spolier - Automatic - In New York (8.25% Tax)Be - Full Out The DOOR Price - Thanks For All your Help - (SORRY for MISTAKES - This is My FIrst Board Writing Too...))
  • aboss16aboss16 Posts: 7
    I read That Comment - Thanks A lot - Im In Staten Island Though - But it is still helpfull - BUt i was thinking I can Get Pckg 5 With ANTI Lock Brakes - UNDER 13k With what people said - But ill look again - Do you Like the Car Though - and Thanks A LOT
  • liufeiliufei Posts: 201
    An Elantra with auto + package 5 invoice is listed at $13,232. Minus the $750 rebate will makes it cost $ 12,482 invoice. Plus a 8.5% sales tax it will be over 13.5K
    I think it will be hard to get it ttl below 13K (since the it will cut into the dealer holdback). But not impossible.

    Good luck with your car shopping.
    p.s: package 5 already includes abs isn't it?
  • chulwoochulwoo Posts: 11
    I just found out that the elantra ("Avante") sold in korea looked quite different, at least from
    the rear.

    I think personally it looks much better. Does anyone know if this is going to be 2001 elantra ?
    Any info will be appreciated.
  • coolmecoolme Posts: 2
    I was looking at buying Elantra online at They also have a free delivery option. Can anybody tell me how good is this?? They offer pretty good rates and also manufacturer discounts(If any).

  • Hey guys,

    I'm thinking of getting fog lights for my Elantra, but I want blue lenses. Anybody know where I can go to get them?


  • I bought my 2000 Elantra in October of '99,
    after hearing my friend rave about how great
    hers is (Sonota), even after owning it for
    seven years. "Hyundai is the way to go" she
    says. I purchased mine w/package 6, wheel
    upgrade, cd upgrade, all that good stuff. The
    warranty is what sold my hubby too. Our 20
    yr old daughter loved it from day one. Kept
    asking, "daddy, can I have mom's new car?"
    Mind you, she is a only child, goes to college,
    and working....and I admit, a bit spoiled.
    July rolls around and hubby says "how bout us
    looking at new cars, just to kill a saturday?" drives home in a new car (cool!)
    and Lola (our nickname for our child) gets the
    Elantra. She is thrilled!! On July 28, she
    and a friend are hit head on by a drunk driver,
    who is traveling at 70mph, against Lola's 50.
    Thanks to ALL the safety features of the Elantra
    she walked away w/only cuts and bruises. Lola
    is very, very good about wearing seat belts.
    The drunk flew out of her camaro's back
    windshield and is still in a coma. Honestly,
    when the salesman talks about airbags, and about
    how the seat belts lock against sudden movements,
    even talking about "break away" steering columns,
    I just yawn....but I thank God and Hyundai for
    taking care of my child. We are car shopping
    today for Lola, and after seeing the pictures
    of the her totaled Elantra, she says "daddy,
    can I get another Elantra, just a different

    We are SOLD!
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    Hyundai has factory foglights for the car, but there is not mounting bracket to mount the lights to, so you have to get part of the inside the bumper replaced. not worth it. you ll have to ask richsap about it, whether he put his in yet cause he ordered them. You should look at PIAA lights. I have PIAA 1100x series superwhite lights. They are not your average cheap K-mart lights.....$250 installed in NJ area. I highly recommend them though. Very high quality. I think i spoke to you once before through instant messanger when you first came into this forum. i have some pictures, if you would like to see. No offense, but blue lights dont look to good. I was thinking of getting them myself, butthey kind of make the car look ghetto when i saw them on cars around here. dont help visibility one bit, just are for looks. the superwhites i have help in fog, night driving and look cool when they are turned on. well worth the money i payed. here is a link of what the lights look like.
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