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Hyundai Elantra 2001-2006



  • tonykrapiltonykrapil Posts: 211
    When you see oil seeping out from them. They should be dry and clean.
  • stevesailstevesail Posts: 15
    I had been having a periodic problem (like others on this board) with very high revving (3000 rpm) for about 15 seconds on startup. Someone on the board mentioned the Throttle Position Sensor. The service shop had tried a couple of other things, but the problem would eventually return. I suggested the TPS to them earlier this week. Turned out they found it to be faulty ("dead spots?"), so replaced and reprogrammed. No problem since then, but time will tell.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Not a good idea to run the tank down. Makes it easier to suck up sediment from the tank floor and clog the injectors, IMHO.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    I recently stumbled onto this site, and it has been so helpful. My 2001 Elantra GLS (pkg. 3, stick) was purchased last July, and I am very happy with it. We are approaching 9000 miles with no mechanical problems. Minor interior noises have been addressed by other members (thanks!) and the dealer service department is excellent (Fox Hyundai, Grand Rapids, MI). My license plate this year says "HOORAY" because I am delighted with Betsy 3.

    So who was Betsy 2, you might ask. My only other new car (1987 Mercury Lynx GS 5-speed) was sold, not junked, with over 227,000 miles and 10 years of good service. Had a GM product in between (no comment). If a low-tech Escort clone of that vintage turned out to be such a peach, my Elantra should be too. Betsy 2 is dead (maybe), long live Betsy 3!
  • dbwellsdbwells Posts: 44
    How weird to see a fellow Grand Rapidian here on Edmunds! Unfortunately, I cannot share your enthusiasm for the service dept. at Fox Hyundai. While they are generally kind and helpful, I have found them overall to be incompetant. I own an Accent, and every repair has required multiple visits to fix. For instance, I had one very annoying rattle coming from my instrument panel, which they tried to fix on FIVE different occasions (luckily, I only had them look at it when it was in for other reasons). I was wary to tear apart the dash, but when I finally broke down and did so, it only took me about an hour to isolate and fix the rattle. Sheesh. Too bad they caused at least two other intermittant rattles over the course of trying to fix the first one.

    Anyway, I am also looking to buy an Elantra soon, do you have a salesperson to recommend? What kind of deal did you get?

    Thanks, DW
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    How weird to be called a Grand Rapidian (just passing through). :) Noises are just the worst for trying to get dealer help, aren't they? Because they NEVER seem able to replicate. Fox Hyundai has only had to repair an interior part one time on my car, so my experience is admittedly not as extensive as yours, and duly noted (the distribution folks, on the other hand sent an incorrect replacement part). My salesman has left Fox, I'm sorry to report, as he was far from the typical schmoozy and annoying sales type. But the Elantra deal he gave me was within dollars of the Consumer Reports Wholesale Price (far below invoice and sticker, of course). You will really enjoy the Elantra.
  • atblisatblis Posts: 2
    I was very pleased that Hyundai seems to be making
    good progress. They have improved their vehicles tremendously to the extent that they now sell a decent vehicle at a good price. The other automakers have not done the consumer any favors. They insist on producing overpriced vehicles that people don't need (they just think they need). 25,000 dollars for an American piece of crap (or Japanese) is outrageous. To the point. I think it is a huge mistake for Hyundai to come out with a 30,000 dollar V8 powered sedan. At this point in time who would by a 30,0000 dollar Hyundai even if it is a good car. They need to continue improving their current selection of vehicles. It is to early for them to try and move into another market area.
  • gt_fangt_fan Posts: 159
    Hyundai USA didn't particularly want the XG300/350 for the same reasons you stated, (who would pay $25,000 for ANY Hyundai) but the Korean suits talked them into it. As it turns out, it's sold twice as many units as even the factory guys hoped it would.

    IMHO, a $30,000 V8 Hyundai would sell well as long as it offered the same formula as the rest of the line up; more features, less money, nice styling and killer warranty. People with more money to spend don't like to waste it any more than the rest of us.
  • lw12lw12 Posts: 5
    hi everybody. i have a dilema and need advice. I have been considering an accent gs 5 speed for about one year. I am ready to make a purchase in 3 weeks. I have been quoted prices of about 10 thousand. the last few weeks, i have seen elantra ads at 3 dealerships offering a gls for the same amount of money, 5 speed. should i get the elantra?
    i have 3 reservations about the elantra, even though it is more car for the money.
    1. less storage space than the hatchback accent because of the trunk frame. the elantra does not fold down all the way.
    2. less gas mileage than the accent.
    3. parking is tougher because it is a longer car.
    having said that...if i can get the elantra for the same price as the accent...10 thousand dollars..should i buy it? thanks for the advice
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    Without question, the Elantra is the better car.
  • jyk1981jyk1981 Posts: 37
    If you can get Elantra GT for just little bit more money, then get the GT.
    it will solve your problem #1 the storage space and #3 parking.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    but the Elantra is a far more competant car IMHO. How would you get them at the same price?
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    The Elantra, even in basic form, is much more car for the dollar. Check out the standard content for yourself. The Accent is a terrific buy as a stripped 5 speed. When you start adding options, it gets into Elantra territory. For that matter, a basic 5 speed, 4 cylinder Sonata might be the best buy of them all.
  • davidb72davidb72 Posts: 174
    Hello all, I just test drove an Elantra back to back with a Protege this past weekend and while I felt everything was comparable (except for the sticker on the Hyundai, $2000.00 less!) I was a little put off by how soft the Elantra is sprung. The dealer didn't have a GT for me to test drive, but he said it was a little stiffer. Two questions...

    1. Is the GT much stiffer and better handling than a regular Elantra?

    2. Has anyone experimented with stiffer springs or shocks to help their Elantra be a little less mushy?

    Overall I was impressed, it's amazing the amount of content they squeeze into these cars at such a reasonable price! Plus the warranty! All in all it seems like a pretty good deal.
  • fsohrabifsohrabi Posts: 2
    I recently bought a 2002 Elantra GLS automatic and am happy with it overall, but the steering wheel locks only if the wheel is turned all the way clockwise or counterclockwise. As far as I know, once the key is turned to the lock position, the wheel should lock easily. I don't know what's causing the problem and whether it's serious or not.
  • browneybrowney Posts: 104
    I had the Shift Flare from 2nd-3rd TSB fix done on my 01 Elantra (now at 12,000mi)this weekend.
    It seems to have helped with the Flare problem but since it has only been 2 days I will wait to say for sure.
    I saw the new 02 Sonata on the showroom floor and was impressed by it's new styling. Front grill, headlights, and taillights are much more up to date with the current market.
    If I was in the market for a new car I think that would be my first pick.
    The Slate Gray was nice but I would like to see it in the Pine Green. They had an 02 Santa Fe in the Pine Green and it was sharp.
    They also had some 02 Tiburons. IMHO they are much better looking than the older tiburons and the dashboard is less Star Trekkish. ;-)
  • jarviskejarviske Posts: 2
    Can anybody recommend a good Hyundai dealer in the Bay Area? I live in the East Bay (Pleasanton) so the closer to there the better. Thanks!!
  • rsinger2rsinger2 Posts: 19
    Check out Dublin Hyundai, on 580 near 680. They had a good selection, certainly of Elantras. Sales guy there Zac Rose was pretty eassy to talk to. Gave me the keys and sent me off on the test drive. Disclaimer: I've done no real business with them.
  • fsohrabifsohrabi Posts: 2
    Does anyone know what might cause the steering wheel to lock only with great difficulty? I have a new Hyundai Elantra GLS and this is my only problem. I'm concerned it might be a prelude to something more serious. Is it normal to have to turn the wheel all the way clockwise or counterclockwise in order to lock the wheel in place? Any suggestions from budding mechanics out there would be great.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 251
    This is normal. Almost all cars made in the last 5 to 10 years only lock the steering wheel in one or two places. I have a 2001 Elantra GLS, a 1997 Ply Voyager, and a 1995 Buick Regal, and the steering locks the same on all three. I guess the manufactures feel that if someone steals your car, by hot-wiring it, that the wheel will lock up the first time they try to make a turn.
  • Hi all,

    I have an 01 Elantra GLS and it is approaching its 30K mile service. I was wondering if I should have the fuel filter replaced?


  • What does the owner's manual say?
  • ludoludo Posts: 1
    Does the GLS comes with four discs if I go for the ABS (option 5, I believe) or just ventilated front disc / rear drum brakes ?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Yes, it would come with 4 discs, as well as traction control, if you get package 5.
  • printzprintz Posts: 70
    At about 5-10mph over bumpy roads I hear a rattle(not sure if it's coming from the dash or not, it's hard to tell where it's coming from), anyone else have this problem & any idea where it's coming from???...Also, small speaker in left door is no good....The car has 500 miles, everything else is ok so far....
  • lokannalokanna Posts: 22
    I just got back from taking a 350 mile drive and have some questions. At around 90-100mph (no one else near me, don't worry) the car started to make a dull screach sound. At the time, I thought it might be the TCS I had, however, it wasn't engaged. I then hit the button and it still made that noise.

    Could anyone have a possible reason why it would make that noise? If it's normal, that's one thing, but now I'm paranoid =) Thanks.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    spent several hours one day driving around trying to figure out a rattle in the dash. Turns out I had disengaged one of the visors from the clip. I guess if I'd tilted my head so one ear was up I would have figured it out earlier.
  • jyk1981jyk1981 Posts: 37
    check between front bumper and tire, the back of front bumper might be worned off.

    My car made similar scratch noise above 60 miles, so I went to dealer and I found out that one of screw fall off from front bumper.
    Since there's one screw missing, when I make hard turns or speeding, the bumper and tire stuck together and scratch each other.
    I didn't know that so, when I found out the back part of the bumper was already gone. $90 to replace that part(I think that part is called as front fender(?) or something like that).
  • My wife and I love are Elantras. Wife has a 2001 Elantra GLS auto with option package 5. I have a 2002 Elantra GT 5spd. We love both of these cars, and they fit are life-style wonderfully. The GLS is a great commuter car with great options the wife wanted ABS and traction control. The GLS has close to 13,000 miles on it with no problems so far. The GLS is a great cruiser, with lots of room in back and in the trunk. Of course I love my GT, I wanted sport ride with the flexibilty of a hatch. I would have to say that I drove an Accent for about a day or so as a loaner and I was miserable, since one it was automatic and two it didnt have half the options my Elantra has, I guess I became spoiled, after drinving the Elantras. I am very pleased with are purches and saved a bundle of cash, from the other cars I looked at. I saved about 11,000 dollars from the car I was going to purchase, the 2002 Acura RSX type S. Well happy motoring everyone.
  • tlindemantlindeman Posts: 16
    I'm wondering if any drivers have racked up some serious miles on their 2001 Elantra and how the cars are performing over the long haul. Any owners out there with over 60,000 miles on their cars? Many like me are impressed with this car (and Hyundai's warranties) but are witholding consideration until they show their mettle....
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