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Hyundai Elantra Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
edited March 2014 in Hyundai
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Elantra!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET


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(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

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  • First, I'd like to thank Karen for setting this up for us.

    Hey everyone. I'm ElantraGTGuy, if you haven't noticed already. I own a brand new, Pewter (silver) Elantra GT. If your shopping for a car in the $15,000 range, this is *the* car to get. For exactly $15,000 including dealer fees (Orlando,Fl area), I purchased this car with automatic transmission and moonroof. I'm hoping to upload some pictures over the weekend. I hope to see everyone around in the future. Good luck!


    [email protected]

  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Karen,, many thanks for setting up these folders for us. I hope everyone takes advantage of our own little corner of cyberspace.

    My wife and I purchased our pewter Elantra GT (base, automatic) four weeks ago and we love it. It is our primary use vehicle, meaning I drive it to work every day and we use it for trips and errands on the weekends. We just got through our 1200 mile break-in period so now we're ready to rock and roll! We get a lot of compliments on the car, especially since no one else seems to have one where we live.

    Looking forward to posts from other Elantra owners, especially any owners in North Jersey or NYC area.

  • ebekinsebekins Posts: 21
    Hey! We have our own club now! I own an Elantra GLS with just about 7500 miles on it. Bought it at the end of March. Pewter, automatic, and we love it. I really like having more horsepower for this class of car. And it's nice to see more and more Elantras on the road here in San Diego county.

    The more I read the press reviews of the car, the happier I am that I bought one, over the Civic which was our second choice. Great car!
  • beachlovbeachlov Posts: 2
    Elantragtguy-- I also live in Florida but in St Pete. Did you pay 15,000 out the door including all taxes etc? I was thinking bout getting the St with automatic and air. No moon roof. Know how much extra the moon roof costs? Wondering what kind of price I should be paying with air and automatic only out the door all included. Thanks Beach [email protected]
  • jcaccjcacc Posts: 10
    Great to have our own club! I'm Jim, live in NE Ohio and have a 2001 GLS, automatic, in champagne, package 4 (love the moonroof). I have about 5500 on mine, am getting about 28 mpg in city driving, and having a great time driving around and having people say "that's a Hyundai?"
  • Sorry for the late reply beachloy,

    I paid $15,000 out the door W/O taxes. So with the 6% sales tax here in Florida, I ended up paying exactly $15,900 w/taxes. Again mine was an automatic w/moonroof, non-abs model. The moonroof will cost your around $650 MSRP, but don't pay that much. Look here at Edmunds at what price you should be paying.
  • griffey2griffey2 Posts: 6
    Hello all. I bought an Elantra, Package 2, ocean blue, last month. I now wish I'd bought a Package 4, but I guess we can't have everything.

    I've been very happy with the car so far except for occasional squeaks coming from both left and right sides of the dashboard, and a slightly squeaky clutch. I will have them check it out at my 1500 mile oil change, but I doubt they are going to be able to duplicate the squeak noise unless they take it out for several test drives.

    Two weeks after I bought the car, at only 150 miles on the odometer, an idiot in a Ford Explorer rear-ended the car. It is now in the shop with around $2000 damage, but all damaged parts will be completely replaced with Hyundai parts so should look good as new when finished (new bumper and trunk lid).

    Anyway, here's to happy motoring.
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    griffey2: tough break with your new car. But least you got your first dent out of the way early! I'm still so paranoid about door dings that I park across the street every time I drive to the supermarket.

    Good luck with the repairs.
  • pigbagpigbag Posts: 3
    Thank you Karen for getting this up and running.
    I got my GAS,5speed & option package #4, in April and it now has 4500 miles on it. I live in the Raleigh, NC area and it took my dealer 4 days to locate one with 5 speed and option #4. They finally found one in Columbia, SC.
    So far this car has been very good. I am averaging around 30mpg between going to work on the interstate and cruising around town. This is also with the a/I on, when needed. I took a trip to Richmond several weeks ago and the ride was very smooth and comfortable. I was surprised when I looked at the speedometer several times and I was at 80-85. Didn't feel like it. The comfort ability of the seats is excellent on a trip. The only problem I've had is the plastic clip on the drivers side which holds the floor mat in place keeps popping out. The drivers floor mat has worn through to the rubber where my foot rests. I took it to the dealer for fixing and replacement of mat & oil change. Dealer initially said he wasn't sure about replacing the floor mat. I told him that since this car was covered bumper to bumper for 60/5000 then that should include the mats. When I picked the car up, the dealer said they had to order another plastic clip and also they would replace the mat.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    I've added a few more discussions to Elantra Owners folder. Let me know if there is something else you want added.

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  • griffey2griffey2 Posts: 6
    cjaccetta: I think door dings are the worst! Worse than a rear-ender because the trunk & bumper will be replaced by an insurance co, but door dings seem to look rotten forever.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Is there a Dent Doctor franchise in your area? I've heard they do a pretty good job of removing door dings.

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  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    I finally got the salesperson to make a reasonable quote and now am proud owner of a 2001 Elantra GT, 5-speed, Pewter, with moonroof. I bought it yesterday around noon with 40 miles on the odometer. Now it has 180 miles!!!

    I love the car! So far, not a single problem with squeaks, rattles, or shimmy/vibration. And the tires were inflated to spec!! (some have had problems with overinflation).

    I can't wait to get through the break-in period!!!!
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Pewter GT automatic with the ABS/traction/roof package...mud flaps and cargo net for $16k. 2800 miles....with a long weekend drive coming up. Light foot delivering 33-37 on the highway and mid to high 20s around town. Coldest A/C ever experienced...cools it down in seconds. Only buying gripe is dealer left tire psi at 50 all the way around. So much for dealer prep! As to the car, fuel gauge won't read full and button to collapse one of the rear seat backs is stuck. Gray dash fades in sunlight making it hard to read the trip computer. Otherwise, this is a superb piece of equipment for the money.
  • 2001 GLS white automatic with package 2...paid about $12.5k out the door. Having some initial problems like check engine light(canister valve), steering wheel shimmy(even after 2 balancings and rotations), Bad compressor(weak a/c and a noise), pull to the left at highway speeds and pull to the right at lower getting leary about owning this car. All this after 1000 miles, its the most problems i ever had on a car! and this one is BRAND NEW.
  • After the test drive of the Sonata 4cy... I loved the car and after he gave the price for the 4 cy
    I said MAN with that price I could get a Malibu v6 with a cd player...
    I said maybe i should go to chevrolet and try the car again ... anyway it was and on going battle with the salesman.. but I got the

    V6 Gls for the price of 15,600
    poor guy ....he could not get me to pay more?
    do you thing a got a good deal?
  • tb88tb88 Posts: 242
    > > do you thing I got a good deal? > >

    It all depends on the sticker price!

  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Take a look at one of the models that was chosen by editors as Top 5 for September!

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  • Details of my purchase on "What did you pay" thread.I feel I got a great deal with no hassles!I commute 150 miles roundtrip 4 times a week.In no time I'll rack up the miles...that's why I extended the warrenty to 10 yr/100,000 all around.I'll keep ya all informed as I drive,drive,drive.I LUV this car! Oh yeah,in Cardinal Red!
  • My wife and I just bought a Elantra Gls with option package 5 with mudguards also. The car is midnight grey and both of us love it. My wife if the primary driver of the vehicle and she loves it perfect commuter car. She drives it around 88 miles a day, from work and back. Already have 3100 hundred miles on the car and have had no problems. Will be takeing it in for oil change Monday. When we were looking for a new car to replace the previous car she was driving, we looked at the Honda Civic&Nissan Sentra, and Altima. Let me tell you those cars dont come close to the Elantra. The Elantra has more standard options and a better warranty then all three. I would like to get a power sunroof, but decided to get the ABS and traction control instead since it was more important to my wife. I will be planning on looking at a new car to replace the car I am driving since it is going on 174,000 miles and it is about time to send it to the pasture. I am looking at getting either a Toyota Solara, Honda Accord, or The 2002 Sonata, but I have had my eye on the Elantra GT also. Cant really decide right now, but I am really impressed with Hyundai, so its a good chance we will be a two Hyundai family. My friends all drive Toyota's or Honda's. I like Toyota and Honda, but they have lost there way when it comes to price and standard features. My friend who has a 2000 Solara SE said why did you get a Hyundai, I kind of snikered and said, why would I get anything else, its the perfect car for what I bought it for. His jaw dropped when I told him all the standard features it had in it and the price I paid for it. Hyundai may still have an image problem with some folks, but I did my homework when buying this car and it won hands down. When I see other Hyundai drivers I just smile and know they did there homework to. As they say image isnt everything. I can see Hyundai severly cutting into Toyota and Honda sales in the next few years, I believe Honda and Toyota are already fealing the pain. The Civic engine was just to enemic for me and the Corolla what a ripoff, they wanted 4-5k more for less car. Its the company who treats the customer right and pays attention to details that count and Hyundai is that company right now. They just need to stick with that recipe and all will be well.
  • I'm not an ownwer yet but would like to be.

    I'm in Toronto, Canada and have to wait 6-12
    weeks for a new Hyundai...Looks well worth the wait from what (little) I've seen or read. My other car is the XG300 and its really great-so far. We only get a 5 year warranty in Canada, but this is comparable to all other domestic manufacturers. If anyone has explored the Focus/Hyundai comparison issue - I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  • bfh1bfh1 Posts: 14
    We bought our 2002 Elantra GT @ sticker price-boo.
    But $0 down & 60 days no pmts. & they paid my trade in. Creative financing. Cobalt Blue, moonroof,auto, abs/tcs. Beautiful car. no rebates on 2002, $750 rebate on 2001- didn't want that one it was cranberry. Very happy w/ this car!
    Happy driving!
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    What are the most important factors in your car-buying decisions? The Chicago Tribune is looking for a ranking of concerns such as safety, price, monthly payment, styling, quality, etc.

    Please send your response to [email protected], or post in Talk to the Press.


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  • I bought a 2002 gls option 3 package 11/21/01. My daughter has it away at college. I haven't driven it more than 50 miles myself. Seems like a nice car so far.
  • Just purchased my '02 Pewter (seems popular) GLS. I was torn between the GLS and the GT, was the extra few thousand worth it to me. My friend
    Bradley has a Black '01 GT, which I
    really like. Ultimately, I decided to go with the GLS and just add to it.
    So far, one month in:
    1 Fog/driving lights
    2 Black leather seat pads
    removeable in summer
    3 Black grippy steering
    wheel cover
    4 JVC CD player
    5 Ungo alarm system
    Total cost...approxiately $500
    I may have the glass tinted at Kalifornia Customs in the Spring...
    $180. I have a 5 spd, never really
    cared about the cruise-control...abs
    would have been nice, but apparently hard to find. The brakes seem fine though, more than adequate.
  • Hello Hyndai

    My wife and I own a 01 Elantra with 15.3K and we love it! We were especially impressed with the dealership, they treated us with respect and integrity. Before we purchased the Elantra we took a look at the Focus and were not impressed with either the dealer or the vehicle. We found the interior to be very cheap and the styling uncomfortable and awkward. I don't know what Ford was going for with the Focus' design, it seems unfinished. What confirmed our decision on the Elantra was the exterior look and interior quality (no gaps), the price, the warranty and the power-140hp. Additionally, we have yet to hear of an Elantra recall, whereas the Focus has had numerous recalls!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    I have a '01 GLS with about 8300 miles now and love it also. I looked at Focus and liked the ride and handling but did not like the things you mentioned, plus the driver's seat was uncomfortable for me. BTW, there was one recall on the '01 GLS right after it was introduced in the U.S., October 2000, on about 900 cars to replace sensors/wiring on the side airbags. No recalls since then.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 251

    Where did you get your driving lights? Where did you place the on-off switch? What brand of fog/driving lights did you get?
  • We bought our Elantra GT about a week ago and just love it so far. We got a black 5 speed manual with abs, traction control, moonroof, mudguards and floor came to 14990, with much good-natured haggling with both salesman and manager. Ended up splitting the difference for advertising with them. But we actually enjoyed the experience, they were good guys. The whole car thing was quite an ordeal....really committed to buying an economy car (we already have 2 camrys and one car payment still to pay) and couldn't decide between the safety and reliability of the civic vs. the awfully nice looking GT. We just couldn't resist it.......I think the seats are so comfortable and supportive, even tho the older camry is much roomier. I have one concern and was wondering if anyone else can give me any info or might understand what I'm talking about. the trunk. I do love it. But, the floor board thing in there seems so flimsy, like it really couldn't take any weight. And the seat backs in the trunk don't look quite "finished." The felt-type material bunches and kind of just flaps around. In my camrys, this material is bolted down and much more taut. It actually looks as tho the material was cut wrong where it hangs loose on the sides. Is this a common thing, or should I go complain?
  • desgdesg Posts: 52
    Hi I'm Des from Sydney, Australia (go to California make a left then keep going for about another 14,000 miles :) )

    I've order a GLS Hatch, arrives in a couple of weeks, so I'll be joining you happy Hyundai Elantra hatch owners
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