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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • pal37apal37a Posts: 3
    With my Y2K Elantra, I have 20K and no problem as of yet. The car is still very tight and well built. The road noise to me is very acceptable, what there is seems to be coming from the tires. Am so pleased I am think about a second to replace my old '92 Escort with 182,000 miles on it.
  • I'd love to see some pics. The blue foglights were just an idea; I'm really open to any modifications that make my car look 'cool.' :-)
  • aboss16aboss16 Posts: 7
    Sorry - I meant Package 6 With ABS - Bc pkg 6 Includes Everything except Abs - (WHY DID THEY DO SUCH A DUMB THING) But they can probably add it - So ill try - To get the end year clearence
  • heckel2heckel2 Posts: 19
    Hi me and my wife are looking for cheap 2nd car. We once owned a used 91 excell and was the biggest piece of crap I've ever had next to a 95 ford contour. We live about 60 miles away from the nearest dealer and was wondering would they tow it that far for free. Some people were telling me that kia has the same warranty but it only covers 75.00 for mileage and then your on your own. Anyway for the price of the car with package 6 you can get it loaded for like 13,500. So needless to say nothing else comes with that much equipment for that price. I was just wanting in put before I buy a nightmare of a car. I know you can't go wrong with a warranty like they offer but I also didn't want to be inconvienenced every other week getting it fixed. I know everyone sells a lemon but I was just wanting to know in general about the car. Thanks for your time.
  • george00george00 Posts: 81
    If you haven't already, check the Civic vs Elantra forum where quality issues are being discussed - and everyone seems to agree that their Elantras are trouble-free. My 2000 Elantra GLS 5-speed is now 8½ months and 6600 miles old and has had no problems at all. I paid $11,500 + tax and title, which includes cruise control, power windows, mirrors and door locks, spoiler, and Clifford security lock. I get 28 mpg on mixed suburban/highway driving with a fairly light foot. Also, I found the dealer (Jim Click Hyundai in Tucson, Arizona), the salesman (Raymond Ringer) and the dealer's repair shop (for an oil change) all excellent. If you're comfortable in the car - check out the driver's seat, it's very hard and, to me, the seat-back is uncomfortably shaped - then it's really a much better deal, with much more equipment and a larger engine than its competitors, than anything else out there.
  • wystwyst Posts: 9
    Hey people long time no post.

    Our car just went in for service ( that pesky mass-flow sensor thingie, and a few other minor items) they would not give us a loaner, I thought the basic warranty provided for a loaner car, were we mistaken?? They told us you only get a loaner if you purchased the extended warranty.

    Thanks in advance
  • drimpledrimple Posts: 47
    The warranty does not state that a loaner car has to be given. It is the dealership's decision as to whether or not you receive a loaner car. I know that my Hyundai dealership will give you a loaner if the car is going to be in all day or longer. Otherwise they will provide a one-way taxi trip.
  • richsaprichsap Posts: 93
    Just echoing what drimple has said... it is at the dealer's discretion. My Daewoo dealer told me (verbally) that if the car is rendered undrivable, they would "do their best" to loan me a car. But that was when they were a part of a Toyota dealership and had rental/loaner vehicles coming out their ears. Now they are an independant dealership, selling only Daewoos. So who knows.

    In a related story, I took my Elantra in 'cause the driver's door lock stopped working. I couldn't lock the car, even with the key. I had to argue with the service manager and get a special appointment date just to guarantee that I could get a ride to work while they tried to fix it (I work 15 miles away). Considering that they have ample salespeople wandering around aimlessly at 8 o'clock in the morning, I think this is ridiculous. Not at all like the contortionist act I got when buying the car... they bent over backwards to pick me up so I could pick the car up.

    Hopefully other Hyundai dealerships are more professional and think long-term repeat sales than mine. As for the car... they had to order a door lock actuator, so I didn't have to wait long (an hour) but I will have to go in for another appointment when the part arrives.

    Also, I noticed that the black paint on my power window switches was starting to wear through on the corners already (the car is only 5 months in service). The service manager said his Hyundai was doing the same thing, and ordered new switches under warranty. Heads up, folks... looks like this could be a problem on all the 2k Elantras/Hyundai products.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    i have only one complaint about my elantra. and that is the paint. it is kind of cheap and scratches easily. my car is black and i expect to see more, but it seems to scratch when i wash it cause i see new ones. it looks good from a distance, but when you get close enough, you can see a lot of marks. anyone else notice this who have black elantras? or notice anyway with a different color? thanks
  • I've seen many an Elantra with crummy paint. It's seems to chip off of the rear bumper a lot from what I've noticed... looks terrible on white cars when you see the black coming through from underneath.
  • I've now put on 6,200 miles in just 1 1/2 mos of owning a Y2k, 5-speed Elantra. Returned this weekend from a 3,000 mile trip to the Midwest. Car continues to function marvelously -- as tight, powerful, and responsive as anyone could hope for in this class. Mileage on the trip was consistently 33-36 mpg in turnpike and highway driving, even w/ AC on fairly often. My one concern is that I didn't get a chance to get an oil change before I left at 3,000 miles. While I was on my trip I got one at a quick lube place (at ~5000 mi). Even though the manual says you only need to change oil at 3000 mi if your driving has been heavy or severe (--mine has not been severe, mostly on the highway), I'm a little concerned that the dealer might still hold that against me when something does go wrong. Since my first oil change was just a few days ago, I'm wondering should I go to the dealership and have another one right away now that I'm over 6,000 (--primarily just to cover myself), or should I wait? Any advice?
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    i wouldn't worry about it. the engine didnt seize up, did it? of course not. the engine oil light didnt come on. it also says in the manual that the oil doesnt need to be changed until 7500 miles under normal conditions. you were on the highway, not severe city driving, constant stop/go. so you are safe. you kind of changed it in the middle at 6000. you can argue that point if the dealer is an [non-permissible content removed] about it, if you should need to use your warranty sometime in the life of the car. the only thing they can argue is that if your engine seizes up sometime while you are driving, then they can say. "because you didnt change the oil at this time" but if the transmission blows up, or engine stalls or something crazy like that, they cant blame it on not changing the oil.

    For example. A stupid kid i know didnt change his oil for 17,000 miles on his 96 honda accord. car was fine, engine light didnt even come on. still runs strong at 50k+ miles. point is, you didnt do any engine damage, and if the dealer was to ever blame you for not changeing your oil at 3k miles, say to him about 7500 mile change under normal conditions all highway. that should work, but they shouldnt bother arguing that point
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    Isellhondas.....If you believe that the civic is such a great deal, and believe it to be a fact, then why are you fighting so damn hard! Myself along with many others in this forum know hyundai has a bad reputation and are showing others that its come a long way since the excel, is a quality built car and a great deal. You are insecure about the civic being better then the elantra, so you are fighting to defend it, but deep down inside your mind, you know the elantra is a better deal. If you didnt, you wouldnt be arguing so hard. You would be like "whatever, you guys are stupid if you think that. im not even going to waste my time here" you would just laugh and go on. but no, you fight and fight proving my point above.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    sorry guys, i thought i was in the "hyundai elantra vs. honda civic" that was suppose to be in there. i invite you all to come in there. its funny. there is a honda salesman in there who wont admit the elantra is a better deal then the civic and we are all making fun of him. he just won't give up! come join
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    On the 2000 model Elantra sedan the interior is this greyish-purple color. Is that fabric pretty sturdy? It appears kind of thin. Will my 150 pound rear end wear out the seat cushions within a year? I have heard some things about hyundais wearing out that true?

    I LOVE the fact that the car has some chrome around the windows....makes it look more upscale on the outside. The inside could use a little work though....
  • md_techmd_tech Posts: 84
    Almost at 7,500 and are Elantra is running well. I had a problem with surging and could't figure out why... I asked my husband what type of gas he had been putting in the vehicle??? Of course the lowest gas he could find... Well to cut the story short we changed the grade of gas and the Elantra is back to normal. I can run low grade gas in my Corrola,but higher grade gas is a must for are 5 speed Elantra....

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  • Has anybody an idea when the first oil is due. I heard everthing from 800 miles, 1000 miles, 3000 miles.
  • elantra00elantra00 Posts: 225
    its good to change your oil after the first 1000 miles cause as the engine is wearing in, debris may wear off and other crap and make its way into the oil pan. however, i didnt and i have no problems. 3000 is when i would change it although they say 7500 under normal driving conditons
  • richsaprichsap Posts: 93
    The dealer will "pressure" you to change it every 3,000 miles, but unless you're racing it around a circle track or drive in dirty, dusty conditions (out in the country, downtown L.A., etc.) every 6,000 miles is OK and will keep you safe under the warranty provisions. You can get the oil changed anywhere or do it yourself, but keep the receipts and I highly recommend keeping a maintenance log book as well. Let the dealer do the other maintenance checks at the right intervals to keep your warranty intact.
  • In case anyone cares, I heard the 2001 Elantras are coming out in October.

  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    I just bought a 2000 model and the dealer said the new ones would be in around Oct-Nov. They also have one new SUV - the Santa Fe. Much much much nicer than the CRV or RAV4!! Looks nicer and feels much bigger too....

    Liking the Elantra so far. Only a week old..
  • Hi there.
    I'm considering buying an elantra with option package 5a (ABS, CD, crz) but not quite sure.
    Resale value anyone??
    But then you do get a big bang for the buck.
    Also, it is better to buy in late September where dealers will be looking to gwt rid of their old elantras?
    Would the focus or saturn sl1 be a better deal?
    Help please...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Well, the Saturn will give you better resale. Hyundai, being a Korean maker, doesn't have good resale value. The Focus isn't as reliable though. There have been a lot of recalls on it already. I would try the Elantra, because it provides the best combination of power, features, warranty (great!), and dollar value.
  • forget saturn. They have that "haggle-free" price, where you pay the sticker price. you cant bargain with the salesman whereas hyundai you can...all too well. if you have pacience, like i did, you can get the salesman to come a few thousand off the sticker price.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    Take the Elantra over the Saturn, and count your blessings! There is not a Saturn out there that is worth the price they ask for it. Good luck finding an Elantra with ABS.
  • i saw picts of the new 2001. It looks pretty sharp. here is the link. i am not sure whether these features will be on the american models though since this is Huyndai's Korean site.

    I am curious to find out why we don't have the option of the 10 year powertrain warrenty hear in Canada? Any thoughts? Any Canadian owners out there?
  • In my opinion 2001 Elantra's fit&finish is great.
    (many people believe that it's quality is better than Sonata's)
    I think there is no major difference in power train but interior, exterior design and handling is changed and improved.

    I drove Avante 1.8dohc(135HP)which is called Elantra in U.s. It's acceleration is great.

    You guys who drive Elantra 2.0 DOHC in U.S are lucky in the world. Everywhere in the world you can't find that kind of car which has a lot of convinient equipment, remakable warranty and inexpensive price.
    (Maybe you can find some cars which are cheaper than Hyundais in Europian and Asian market. You could see some cars from India, Malaysia and Thailand but they don't export their's to U.S market yet. They have same problems that Hyundai had in early of 1980's)

    The other tip(?) is that next generation Kia Sephia will share platform with Elantra as same as Kia Optima,which will be imported to U.S soon,shares platform with Sonata.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    My new C&D issue stated that for 2001 the wagon is dropped but it will be replaced with a 5 door hatchback. Anyone else heard about this? I haven't even seen any pics of an Elantra 5 door hatch. This would be an interesting option for sure. Much sportier than the wagon, yet still offer more cargo space than the sedan.
  • Yeah I saw picts of the hatch back. Not sure if I like it as much as the new sedan.... Must say that the new dash board look quite cool.
  • I invite you all into the "2000 hyundai elantra vs. ford focus zx3 forum". I created it and you can argue which is better because they are both the best deals out there now.
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