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Hyundai Elantra 5-door



  • gtovritgtovrit Posts: 53
    How would one go about searching for a technical service bulletin? I'd be glad to look for the one concerning pillar tape repair if I knew where to start.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You can search for NHTSA Technical Service Bulletins in Edmunds' Maintenance Guide; this is only an abbreviated version of the TSB. For information on how to get the complete Technical Service Bulletin, check out this article from Edmunds: You, Your Vehicle and the Technical Service Bulletin (TSB).

    On a couple of occasions, I've given my dealer service the TSB number/summary and they've been able to access the complete manufacturer tsb... and follow up. Good luck.

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  • kaniskanis Posts: 1
    After a ton of research, I've decided on the Elantra GT. Tomorrow I plan on going to the dealership to negotiate a price. I am horrible at haggling, any advice? Any tricks to get the most for your dollar?
  • scottdudescottdude Posts: 177
    I'm also thinking about buying a GT and after reading some of the posts here I see that the 04 version will have some new features. But after searching the posts, I could not find a good description of what the features are (a link to a UK press release was broken). Can anyone describe how the 04 will be different? Thanks!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Kanis - Have you had a chance to read some of the Buying articles in Edmunds' Tips/Advice section? I highly recommend reading "10 steps to buying a New Car." Also, in Step 7 you'll find direct links to some other good articles on negotiating. Others here may have more to add.... Good luck.

    Scottdude - Here's the Hyundai UK website. Look for the press release to the New Elantra on the left side of the page.

    Also, for those that missed my previous post: You'll find photos of the new (5 door) Avante DX New (5 door) Avante DX at Hyundai Motor's Korean website. I've read there will be some small changes for the US (Elantra GT) version. I'll keep my eyes open for other news.

    Happy motoring!

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    Great post! Very informative article on the UK site. I just wonder which features will be coming to the U.S., for example, will we get the rain-sensing wipers, anti-icing elements in the windshield, brake-assist system (with the optional ABS), and trip computer as standard on the GLS? Also, the front-end styling is much sharper IMO in the photo with the UK press release than previous photos I've seen. I hope that's the look we get here. If we get the Elantra as described in that article, it will raise the bar another notch for the competition--especially if HMA can hold the line on prices. Now, if they would just give us the nav system option...
  • aznmontyaznmonty Posts: 66
    I suggest going to there is no haggling to be expected at all. Do all your negotiations online and it will just take an hour to sign and evaluate your new car. As for deciding on the 04 and teh 03 GT, i would definitely wait for the 04. It is totally hot, but i do not think it is available in the lovely cobalt blue. Use online email negotiation to get the lowest price. But usually, carsdirect is the best spot. Rock bottom price and teh dealers it works with are required to have excellent customer service. If you are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend Terry's Hyundai and their internet dept. They were wonderful at answering my questions. Great experience!

    I got my car for $500 under Edmunds price.
  • gtovritgtovrit Posts: 53
    I've looked on the Edmunds' site for TSBs, and found 13 listed, but none regarding paint or trim. 5port, any chance you can find that TSB regarding the vinyl door pillar tape for us?
  • 5port5port Posts: 395
    I did the same thing. I went to and it was not listed. I was *told* there is a TSB. It might have been misinformation. Sorry.

      Interesting that some dealers are removing the tape and painting the pillars black. Other dealers are just replacing the tape. I heard on the mailing list that there is a 36K limit on trim items.
  • gpagpagpagpa Posts: 55
    When I brought my 02 GT to the dealer and mentioned the peeling tape, the manager knew exactly what the problem was and how to correct it. He knows a lot about Hyundai cars and I don't know if it was his knowledge of the cars or a TSB that was floating around in the shop. When I looked at the passenger side and other doors, I could notice where two pieces of tape overlap, but I don't know how else they could place tape without overlapping, but it seems to the untrained eye that this method can't last a long time. I will check my invoice from the dealer and see what are the details.
  • Hi Gang,

    Thanks for all the great info. I picked up my 03 Chianti Red GT hatch last night. I think I got a good deal. Options included are Automatic transmission,Sunroof,ABS&traction control,mud flaps,sunroof wind deflector and the cargo tray. I traded in a 2000 subaru outback sport. My out the door cost, including all fees+ 481.36 to payoff the subaru(I still got 800.00 more for that than I thought I'd get). So the bottom line cost to me was 15,294.30 I put 2000 down and finaced 13,294.30. I did not get a real good rate 6.7, but I am refinancing it next month through a credit union. So far I love the car. I bought it at Lia Hyundai in Hartford, CT. The whole thing was done with no hassles at all.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Thanks for sharing the details. We look forward to hearing more about your 03 Elantra GT experience! ;-)

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  • 5port5port Posts: 395

       Congrats on the new GT. Let us know how it compares to the outback. Lia Hyundai is a cool dealership. They sell modified Hyundais along with the stock cars. Someday I've gotta stop by that place. Enjoy.


       Thanks for posting the TSB for peeling tape.
  • Courtesy Hyundai in Tampa states that Edmunds doesn't sell cars so they don't really know how much the car costs. They were $400 above Edmunds on the MSRP and want to sell the Elantra GT4dr Sedan automatic for $16549. This seem rather high. Again, they state that they are giving a good deal and the the internet pricings are not "real"!
    Any assistance would be appreciated.
  • ramblin_moramblin_mo Posts: 29
    Assistance? Don't buy a car there.
  • aznmontyaznmonty Posts: 66
    stevelbert Welcome to the CLub! I certainly want to be kept updated to how you feel about the new car. Let the good times roll in! You sure got alot more dealer installed items than me.

    I just got mud guards, no wind deflect, no cargo tray, not cargo net. Tell me if those are worthwhile things to add.

    Any come up with a solution to the dark trunk and rear seats? Just install TAP lights?
  • tmanttmant Posts: 70
    I've almost forgotten to read up here on edmunds!

    mileage readout:
    I think the miles to empty is fairly accurate. It turns on under 30 miles to empty. I drove until I knew I was under the 10 mile mark (using the odometer + 30 miles to know when I would be in trouble) and filled up 14.3 gallons.

    black tape:
    The black tape on my 03 GT is slightly wrinkled on front driver and passenger door. I just hope it doesn't get nasty on me.

    internet pricing:
    Don't accept anything as high as MSRP. I have received quotes for UNDER invoice (and getting the rebate too), however that dealership did not have any GT hatchbacks when I was ready. Most delears have internet departments that will sell no haggle right around invoice. My target was invoice +2% for a little room and I bought mine just a tad over invoice. Watch out for add-ons you may not want in the F&I department or any additional costs that aren't part of the Hyundai window sticker.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    If it's based on the rule of 78's (unlike a credit union), you're going to take a real bath if you quickly re-fi. Check your own costs for that money. You might be unpleasantly surprised.
  • gaelsguygaelsguy Posts: 17
    Way to go. I have the Chianti GT Hatch also. Bought it Feb. 28. 4700 miles and not a hint of a hint of anything wrong. No m-flaps or ABS but all the rest. Had a hard time here in Cent. Fla finding one and the only one they had was my preferred color. Only shortcoming was the lack of ABS. I think a neighbor got the GT sedan. I'll have to drop by and swap notes. Best of luck with your new baby. It only gets better.
  • jeffhall76jeffhall76 Posts: 52

    Don't buy a car from them. They are a bunch of crooks along with Brandon Hyundai. I had a great experience at Fitzgerald Hyundai on US 19 in Clearwater. Trust me, it is worth the drive. I bought my 2002 GT there and paid $200 above Edmunds TMV but that was because the car had ABS which was impossible to find.

  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    I am now looking forward to seeing the 2004 models after having seen the pictures with a nice black grille, rather than the awful toothy chrome grille in other pics. GT taillights look like they have been revised as well. Sharp!
  • pineda1pineda1 Posts: 2
    TO BUY, OR NOT TO BUY. i am seriously thinking of buying a used 5speed 2001 GT from a private owner. he's selling it for $9,000 with 37,000 miles. it has moonroof but no ABS. i'm sure i can bargain with him, but what about the warranty. i will be the third owner. is it still transferable. if not, should i have faith in hyundai engineering to go ahead and buy it without a warranty? please advice. thanks.
  • aznmontyaznmonty Posts: 66
    Sadly, the warranty does not transfer. THe warranty is only good with the first owner. The fact that the second owner is selling it is suspicious to me in the first place. A new GT is not that expensive. Only around $14,000 with the rebates these days. Therefore, I would suggest getting that price much lower. Make sure that the owner has kept up with maintenance. If he cannot provide proof of maintenance, be concerned. I have had worry free driving with my 2003 GT now at 7100 miles. But its because of the warranty and the roadside assistance that makes me feel worry free. Cars are mechanical objects and will eventually fail you. The lack of warranty is not necessarily fatal, but must consider your circumstance. How long do you intend to drive it? 2001 is still pretty new, but if you intend to drive for long time, the lack of warranty is not so good. Resale value is definitely going to be little. If I were you, consider getting a new one. Nothin like having the assurance of the best warranty in the freeland. The GT without the abs is costed about $13,000. Do your research and ask questions as to how the car was used. And evaluate the car quality.
  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    Yes, be wary.

    I own a 2001 5-speed GT with 47,000 miles on it and, outside of the front bumper paint issue, it has been trouble-free.

    HOWEVER, there is always a lemon to be found across every make and model of car, even Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes, etc.

    The fact that a 2001 car has already had two owners is highly suspect.

    Ask lots of questions about (1) why the current owner wants to sell such a new car and (2) where the current owner bought it (dealer or private owner). If the current owner bought it from a private owner, ask the current ower why the previous owner wanted to sell the car.

    Also, $9000 is a fair (but not great) market price, but this seller will likely not be able to get more than $7200 as a trade-in, so you can definitely barter.

    See if you can take it to a reputable mechanic and pay a little to have it thoroughly inspected, IF the answers to the questions above seem reasonable.

    Good luck!
  • aznmontyaznmonty Posts: 66
    Does GT come without leather? I have a coworker that has a great apathy towards animals and would like a GT but because of leather, it is repulsing to her. Her alternative is a Protege 5 which would be a terrible thing to have happen given that the GT is a superior vehicle but because the P5 comes with a leather shifter, she is adversed to that as well. Anyone know if you can get regular cloth on GT?
  • 5port5port Posts: 395
    AFAIK you cannot get the GT without leather. However at a local custom apolstry shop you can have anything you want done for $$$. There are people who bought a car without leather and had the dealer or a custom shop install it. Of course this would add to the price of the GT. BTW shift knobs simply screw on and off so even she could change that. Another idea is find a person that owns a GLS and swap the cloth skins for the leather skins but be careful of the side airbags (they need a special stiching so they can blow out).
  • The pictures I've seen of Korea's Avante DX (Elantra GT here in the States) look like cloth and vinyl seats, so maybe the '04s will come with more upholstery options... if your friend can wait.
  • The GT in Canada does not come with standard Leather. It is purley optional.
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    Leather is so nice to have in a car, especially in this price range. Besides, I think Hyundai has a policy of only installing leather from cows that died accidentally or from natural causes. ;)
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