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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • Hi,

    I have an 01 Elantra and I am thinking of replacing the wheels with alloy ones. I was thinking of going stock by looking for the GT ones but those are too expensive. So I looking at aftermarket and have found some I like. Has anyone ungraded there wheels for aftermarket ones? If so, what size are your rims and what tires are you using? Does it ride more stiff and did it affect mileage? I am thinking of 15 x 6 (if I can find) or maybe 16 x 6.5 (if I can find).

    Also, I have just turned a tad over 20500 miles on my Elantra. NOT A SINGLE PROBLEM. Haven't even ever brought the car to be serviced by anyone. I do all the oil and lubes myself. Its about time though to get a tire rotation.

  • dmarzo1dmarzo1 Posts: 37

    I bought a 2001 Elantra GT and had a good experience with the dealer, Farrish of Manassas, VA. Salesman was Trey Minto.

    I got a great deal on the car. They did not screw around with me on the price. In fact, I probably low-balled them a bit and they accepted and did not try any tricks with me--I was quite pleased. Trey answered all my questions, was straight about everything and treated me well.

    Good experience overall!

  • Glad to hear of your good experience with the dealer. Don't forget to update us on the Elantra GT thread under Hatchbacks! We're looking to replace a Sephia this year. I like the Elantra. We want this car to last about 10 years, and my wife is afraid the Hyundai won't make it. I think it will, so I enjoy reading owner updates from time to time. Enjoy!
  • acelinkacelink Posts: 106
  • I am in the insurance business (Allstate) and the reason why your insurance costs so much is the turbo motor, that immediately puts your jetta in the sports car class and that combined with your age. Did you check what the insurance cost would be with the wimpy 2 liter motor, just for a comparison. Actually the V6 motor would probably have resulted in lower insurance costs and is actually faster than turbo (no lag). I test drove 2 elantra's the GT and the GLS back to back and also a Lancer (dealer had both makes). Lancer sucked , very tinny and seats were not comfortable. GT was the better drive all around. Steering felt tighter (it is according to Hyundai manual) and ride was just like GLS, the only differences are the roll bars are slightly larger in the GT(front and rear). The GT is a better car (4 wheel disk brakes) than the sedan and the interior is much nicer. My question is has any of you bought the Hyundai extended warranty and if so how much did it cost? By the way 02 has trip computer which I don't thing the 01 GT has. The brochure the dealer gave me also had a pic of the new ferrari knockoff the tiburon, v6 (181 hp) and 6 speed, big duals out the back, very sharp. I am serioulsy considering buying the GT, but have never bought Korean before, this car would be in addition to my 1992 nissan sentra, 161,000 trouble free miles, never burned a drop of oil, and still cruises at 80-90 easily, just replaced clutch at 150K. Your advice/opinions would be appreciated.

  • acelinkacelink Posts: 106
    I had an Allstate insurance on my 240sx. Anyway, don't worry about Elantra breaking down on you. Hyundai has made great strides in improving the quality of its products and they are as good as Japanese vehicles. Unless you plan to carry people in back seats often, I would say 2003 Tiburon (AKA Tuscani in Korea) is more fun car to drive than Elantra. Tuscani is based on Elantra platform and it is available in a v6 engine and a 6 speed manual. Heard it is going to debut soon.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    ..quoted me $318 a month for the same coverage State Farm charges me $236 a month for. I pay enough already, thank you. :) Also, I had a comprehensive claim last year on my policy, and SF did not raise my rates. I was shocked.
  • beeryr4beeryr4 Posts: 19
    The web link changed a little. Try this one:

    Or go to the main Long Term Road Test page and follow the links to the Elantra. That's how I found it.

    Another nice "easy" review as I recall.

  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    Okay, it is time. My mothers Grand Am now has 200k miles on it. It has not ONCE given her a problem, but she is officially "freaking"...;)

    She actually really likes the new Elantras. And obviously, the warranty is right up her alley. My question is:

    Do you all find that ABS equipped automatic Elantras are out there, WITHOUT sunroofs? Is that a lot to ask? I called a couple local dealers, and it seems like to find an automatic, ABS, NO SUNROOF, is an issue. Are they full of it, or is that the case?

    Any reason here why someone would NOT recommend their Elantra to their Mother? They seem safe, and have a nice selection of airbags.
  • Justin, If you want abs you have to get the sunroof . there is no way around it . If you could have that is what i would have done . i don't really like sunroofs:(.

    Frank, I can only speak from past exp , but i also have a 95 accent and it has 158k on it . It was very trouble free. Even after crashing it 2 months after buying it , I still had no real problems with it . I didn't buy the extended warranty when i got mine for the reason that my accent never gave me any major problems . But you can add it later if you like ( least thats what the dealer told me ) if you would like . with 158k on my accent and never haveing any problems with it i didn't see why i should pay the extra k for the coverage . Hope this helps and good luck .
  • I'm probably wrong here, but...I thought package 4 was the package that had the sunroof--keyless, cruise, cd player and sunroof. Package 5 was the package with ABS. Keyless, cruise, cd, ABS and TCS--no sunroof. I thought that was what the web site said, but I guess things could have changed in real life. I was at a Hyundai dealer a couple of weeks ago and the only package 5 (ABS/TCS) Elantra they had did not have the sunroof.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    According to, the sunroof does not come in conjunction with ABS on the GLS sedan. It does on the GT, but not the GLS.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    I priced the Hyundai extended warranty (the one that extends the bumper-to-bumper to 10 years and makes it transferrable) late last year for my almost-year-old '01 Elantra GLS; you have to get it before the one-year/12,000 mile mark. Anyway, I checked three dealers in the Twin Cities and got quotes ranging from $995 to $1195. I passed. I don't know if the price is lower if you buy the warranty when you buy the car, but from my experience it pays to shop around for the warranty.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    I parked beside a new Elantra today. I know that the cars are pretty cheap, but man....was it ugly. Is it due for a redesign anytime soon? The Sonata is not so bad. In fact, I like the rear end of the Sonata; the front doesn't seem to match. But this Elantra definitely got hit by the ugly truck.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Styling is subjective, isn't it? I happen to think the GLS is the best-looking low-end sedan out there today. But then I own one. I especially like the rear end. It's not the same bland styling of all the Japanese compacts, and it's not too far the other way, such as the Focus is.

    I saw an ad for the new Infiniti G35 today and something caught my eye. The picture was an offset frontal view of the passenger side. If I lopped off the front of the car forward of the middle of the front wheel wells, it was a dead ringer for the GLS (except for the black rocker panels). I think the G35 has a more handsome grill, but it has equally large headlights and I like the styling of the GLS' headlamps better. But I guess $30,000 cars can be ugly too.

    To answer your question, don't expect any major changes to the Elantra until at least the 2004 model year, if Hyundai maintains the usual schedule of styling tweaks in the 4th year, as it did with the '02 Sonata, the '99 Elantra, and the '98 Accent. But if you are that turned off by the Elantra's looks, I doubt if a a minor facelift will help your opinion. The next generation won't be out until probably the fall of 2005. If you want style, check out the '03 Tiburon, based on the Elantra platform but a real slick piece (has been compared to a Ferrari by some auto mags). Also, it will be available with a V6.
  • buoyantbuoyant Posts: 128
    Styling: I totally agree with backy. I bought my Elantra BECAUSE OF the styling rather than despite it. The reaction I've gotten from people who look at the exterior has been very positive. Personally, the profile and front-end remind me of the 84-91 BMW 3 Series (a car I thought was beautiful).

    The interior, well that's another matter (hey, what do you expect from a $13K car? Genuine walnut inlays?). And if you really wanted to see some cheesy interior plastics, check out the new Nissan Altima (and that baby retails for up to $27K).

    It continually surprises me that there are people out there who actually find the Focus and Corolla visually appealing, but to each his own. I know people who actually have the 1970's-style Home Interiors wall sconces and starburst clocks in their living rooms and the last time I was in a furniture store, I noticed they still stocked table lamps and were actually selling couches that reclined (ah, can we say "tawdry?"). Like backy said, style is a subjective thing.

    Elantra GT: personally, I didn't need to look at one twice. Were the only Elantra model a GT, I would've bought something other than a Hyundai. Why the GLS (the non-sporty model) has a monochrome color treatment and the GT has contrasting black moldings makes no sense to me whatsoever. I know Hyundai had to separate it from the GLS, but they went the wrong way IMO.

    The GT definitely has a nicer interior aesthetically speaking, but it only comes in leather. It's leather (GT) or funky cloth (GLS) only. I've had my experience with leather, and did not plan on re-living it anytime soon.

    The sunroof and ABS: Personally, I won't drive a car without a factory-installed power sunroof. I use it more often than the AC (just open the sunroof, crack the back windows an inch and all the hot air is expunged from the car while you tan). I've never had problems with factory installed sunroofs (caveat emptor the aftermarket Milwaukee Sawzall jobs - 90% of dealers will tell you that's "it's just as good as the one they put in at the factory"...BS).

    I thought about getting the ABS for a bit, but since it ISN'T available with a factory installed sunroof on the GLS, I quickly put the kibosh on that idea.

    The extended warranty: Metro Hyundai in Bloomington, MN quoted me a payment $20/mo. higher on a 60 mo. loan if I got it (an interesting technique). They never quoted me an actual price, but it was somewhere between $1,100 and $1,200 dollars (my interest rate was 6.9%, if you want to do the exact math).

    It didn't seem worth it to me either. When a car comes with the longest warranty in the industry to begin with, buying an extension seems a bit excessive.

    The Jetta: you may save insurance money by sticking with the standard 2.0, but at what cost? When I drove an 02 Jetta with the base engine I was blown away by how unpleasant it was - pressing the accelator only seemed to amplify the tractor noises and resulted in very little added forward momentum. It was even slower than the Focus I tested. When I popped open the hood, I was expecting to see "Briggs and Stratton" tattoed across the engine block.

    The 1.8T was the exact opposite: unbelievably quiet in operation and very fast. Verdict: if you're getting a Jetta, the turbo or V6 are must-haves.

    Interestingly, my insurance co. (Illinois Farmers Ins. Group) quoted me identical rates for a non-turbo and turbo VW. So let that be a lesson: don't insure your turbo VW with Allstate.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    My dealer in north Fl had 2 Elantras with auto and ABS a few months ago. You cannot get a sunroof with ABS on the GLS model. Finding a manual with ABS is almost impossible, but getting an auto with ABS isn't quite as hard.
  • desgdesg Posts: 52
    FWIW here with get a GL and a GLS in both sedan and hatch but no GT, from the pictures I've seen we get a different interior. Basic black cloth in the GLS with while fleck through it. Unlike the US the only additions we can make are ABS and passenger airbag. We cannot get cruise, trip computer, sunroof, leather etc. What our GLS does get though is alloys, power aerial, CD player. The hatch and sedan are identically priced, but the hatch gets rear discs.

    It's interesting to see the different choices in various markets. Now if I could just pick and choose the options from each market I want :)

    Personally I don't like the look of the sedan, however I do like the hatch, I think it has much nicer lines and that is what I have on order.

    Each to his own, if we all liked the same thing we would not have the choices we do
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Ok, so tastes can differ. I should have specified that the "ugly" elantra I saw was a sedan. I can't remember seeing a hatchback recently.

    I've never been a fan of the Hyundai...had a bad taste of them when my uncle bought an Elantra a few years ago. I would step on the accelerator and wait for the thing to slowly come to life. But at least it didn't scream "ugly", just looked it's price.

    Backy, at least we agree it isn't bland! (very few mutants could described that way!) By the way, I do like the looks of the Focus hatchback and wagon for economy cars. If I had to go economy, they are probably what I'd pick.

    Bouyant...isnt'that 1.8T a kick?!
  • We bought our GLS in mid-July specifically because of the good looks (especially the front end), the price, the recent reviews, and the warranty. We definitely didn't want a car that looked exactly like everyone else's. There have been a number of times that I've seen people kind of scoping the car out as they walk buy or pass by on the road.

    On another topic - we just had the car in for it's 7500 mile checkup (oil, tire rotation). They told us they had the service bulletin for engine idle issues and did the re-programming of the on-board processor. I can't put my finger on it, but the car seems to run more smoothly, though I didn't think it ever ran roughly before. I had been having the intermittent issue with the engine revving up to 3000-3500rpm for up to 10 seconds when first turning on the engine (didn't seem to matter whether it was cold or not). That didn't happen for a week after the re-programming, but unfortunately happened twice again yesterday. It's no big deal, but somewhat annoying when it does happen.
  • I took a look at your Dodge Caravan and I can say:
    man! this is also a big ugly elephant, and the bigger the worst!!
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    Be careful what you say about this can squash your rat.

    Ok, my 2000 Grand Caravan is a bit bland. You've always sacrificed looks a bit for the space.

    I'm getting a 2002 next month, and you must admit, the looks are much improved.

    The biggest reason the Elanta sedan looked bad to me was that is was parked beside my 2002 Alero sedan. Especially, since with the alero rebate and my GM card points, I paid less for the Alero than I would have for a Hyundai.

    Why do these Edmunds profiles only list one vehicle, since most have 2 or 3?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    because it's designed to maximize interior room. This means it is a bit tall-- like the Focus. Other than trunk, the Elantra is much roomier in every dimension than the Alero.

    I love my Elantra, but think it has a bit too much Malibu in profile and Impala in front. The GT is better looking IMHO, except for the rear which is busy, busy, busy.

    I formerly drove a Cavalier-- still in my family. The Cav. is actually one of the best GM cars in my opinion, if you're restricting yourself to styling. Compared to the Elantra, it is however, rude crude and cramped. As more and more small cars pick up space by adding height, the eye will adjust and low cars will look strange.
  • jpelder-You think the Focus is better looking than the Elantra! Wow-I was in the market for a Focus last year and decided not to buy the vehicle because of it's looks. I love my Elantra and have received numerous compliments on it's looks.
  • hyundaimahyundaima Posts: 197
    Have a dealer replace the TPS.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    I think it looks quite tidy for such an inexpensive car. It appears clean and graceful - even a little classy. The Focus is totally different. But, that look appeals to some too - the Focus is like a 4 door Celica.

    So, I guess from the lack of feedback, no one here would NOT recommend the new Elantra to their mother???? Or to a friend? Everyone has had fairly decent experiences?
  • Elantra may have a better warantee, but is it really worth an inferrior car? I'm not saying it's a bad car (certainly a lot better than it used to be!), but both the Focus and similiar Mazda Protege have better steering response and handling. You probably won't notice just driving around the block, but take these cars on a spirted drive on a curvy road and there is a big difference. The Focus or Protege is clearly the drivers enthusiasts choice. Looks? This is purly personal perference, but can't imagine anyone getting too excited about the Elantra (kind of reminds me of a Toyota Echo). Power train warantees only cover major mechnical failure, not the components that are most likly to fail. Major mechnical failure on any car before 100K miles is very rare, and is also very difficult on collect on. If they determine that the failure is a result of lack of service or abuse (and they usually do), they will not pay. Check your owners manual, how may people change the automatic transmission fluid every 30K miles and do all that other stuff your supposed to do? Most of the manafactures will give you the 5-60K bumper to bumper or better. Was the Chrysler K-Car better because it had the best warantee at the time, absolutely not! If you are thinking about this car, give Focus or Protege a drive. If you got to have the warantee, make the dealer throw it in!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The Protege and Focus may have sportier handling (I am not sure, because I have never driven a 2001 Elantra), but the Elantra is more about value than driving performance. The car does have the most powerful engine in the class though. And also the longest warranty, most equipment, and lowest price. I guess that's one of the decision factors (driving enjoyment) on which car to buy.
  • jpelderjpelder Posts: 235
    I respect your difference of opinion regarding looks. However, MUCH roomier than than Alero? Not even close. Maybe a half inch more hip room, etc, but Much roomier? I would think the Elantra would be better for tall people. The Alero trunk is MUCH bigger however.

    Sorry, but you lose credibility when you say the Cavalier is one the GM's best products. In a sea of car enthusiasts, I think you are alone there.

    The posts here seem to follow 2 patterns. Those who dislike the Elantra (or Hyundai) and Elantra owners who come here for reassurement (I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it people like me).

    By the way, I took another look at the Elantra online, and the front did not look as offensive as the rear of the sedan. At 13K, perhaps I expect too much.

    I would happily recommend this car to my
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