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Hyundai Elantra 5-door



  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Back on the road again. Dealer replaced a left front axle seal (I mentioned some driveway spotting), resurfaced the rotors (brakes were pulsing when stopping at higher speeds), installed a new fuel sending unit (gauge now reads full), and even filled the tank up with gas for me for free (told me to come in empty). They needed to keep it overnight and paid for a 2 day rental. Got the servicing for free as part of the deal...the rest was covered by the warranty. Can't complain with this type of service.
  • th003gth003g Posts: 149
    I had to spend about $250 though. Got an Aiwa CDC-mp3 player whose face illumunation matches the color of the instrument panel... does not really fit right thought due to the curvature of the console trim panel. About the wheels, my father has a 96 accent and he might want them since he just got past 100k and is only on his second set of tires since new.
  • I am getting an elantra gt in mid-december, and will drive it around until dec. 26, when i go out of town. I get back on jan.2, and will then have to drive back up to school in the car. the distance is about 400 miles, and it will be all highway. i am concerned, because i will not be able to get through the break in period before i have to drive up to school. do any of you think this will be a problem, and if so, what can i do to avoid hurting the engine
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Not a problem. Vary your speed when on the highway and make sure you do not use cruise.
  • Abeaugh -- I bought my GT in Ohio and had to drive it back to Massachusetts immediately. Basically, I put over 900 miles on it, at highway speeds (65+ mph) within 48 hours of picking it up from the dealer. It ran great the entire trip -- no problems whatsoever. I didn't use the cruise control. Don't worry about your trip.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Do you know why there is a break in procedure?
    It is to allow rings to seat properly and prevent oil consumption later in the life of the motor. The generally accepted procedure is to vary speed, do not over rev or lug the engine, and do not exceed 75-85% of maximum rpm of engine. Sustained hiway speeds during the first 500-1000 miles will give you the greatest probability of having an oil burner.
  • edovidedovid Posts: 22
    I may be missing something here. I looked at the NHTSA site and the 2001 Elantra got 4 and 5 stars;the Toyota Corolla, for instance, got 3 and 4.Probably every agency's crash tests will provide different results. Some of us are old enough to remember when our fathers went out to get seatbelts installed in cars they'd been driving for years. There is no such thing as perfect safety. Otherwise, people would never go in their bathrooms or kitchens.
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    Actually in general the Elantra seems to be a safe car, unfortunately when offset crash tests were performed, the airbag sensor took too long to deploy the airbag increasing the risk of injury. On the other hand the safety cage of the car did a very good job of maintaining integrity
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    While it is a good idea to vary engine speed, it is more important not to stress the engine too much in the first 1000 miles. In my current car, a VW Jetta, almost all the initial miles were Highway miles, but I took it easy. Now 60,000 miles later the engine still is performing well, no sign of burning oil.
  • The video of the elantra iihs crash result is here: the iihs press release outlining the testing is here: I also enjoyed this data: though it's not for the 2001/2 model.
  • Well, today I've had the car for about 1 month, just hit 1300 miles. I started my morning drive to work and noticed as I pulled out of the driveway that the speedometer needle was stuck @ 38 mph. It stayed there for 27 miles (although my actual speed varied greatly) when, at a complete stop it all the sudden jumped around and rested on 20 mph (still at a complete stop). So for the next 2 miles to work, it read around 60 mph, when I was riding with traffic in a 30 mph zone. Finally, when I reached my parking lot at work it dropped down to normal and rested on 0 at a complete stop. It has worked for the rest of today, but it seems to be "ticking" to the appropriate speed, instead of the normal smooth glide a needle normally does.'s going to the dealership on Monday morning to be looked at. Any one else experience anything like this?

  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    Motorweek just did a review of the Elantra GT. They were very impressed. It may still be airing in some markets or on Speedvision.
  • I currently have 6200 miles on my 2001 GT and have had the purge valve replaced twice already... Well again last night the check engine light came on. Can anyone explain to me what exactly the purge valve does and what some possible causes for it. I've only had the car two months, granted they're always great about it... but that's not the point... I'm tired of seeing my dealership.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Sorry to hear about your vehicle problem. You may want to also copy/paste your message into our Elantra Owners: Problems & Solutions discussion.

    "Can anyone explain to me what exactly the purge valve does..."

    Also, here is another discussion where you might get some answers: Auto101: How To and How it Works! Good luck.

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  • All the media seems to love the Elantra GT. Road & Track gave it a great review.
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    I really like the car but am having trouble getting past the '88 Excel my parents had. My rule then used to be never drive behind a Hyundai, as they had no pickup.

    I know companies change but a guy at work bought a XG300 and two weeks after purchase he was stranded when something or other failed. Not the vote of confidence I was looking for. BTW he also bought a Santa Fe so apparently he likes the brand.

    I have yet to see a GT on the road here (pretty major metro area). I'm sure they're out there, got to keep looking.
  • If it's any help to you, I've put about 10,500 miles on my GT in just over five months without a single problem. About 80% of those miles were spent in commuter traffic. The GT has met or exceeded our expectations in every respect. My wife and I love the car.

    I've recently discovered something about the GT that I really like: the little power boost you get when you wind the engine over 4,000 RPM. That muffler bypass valve opens up and results in a little extra punch. Very handy when passing on congested NJ roads.

    By the way, my sister-in-law owns a base 1991 Excel and she has well over 100,000 miles on it. Other than a clutch cable replacement a few months ago she's had no trouble with it. I guess even the older Hyundais turned out to be reliable every now and then.

    I've also begun to see a few more GTs on the roads here in the Garden State. My feelings of exclusivity have been diminished. Rats.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, GT owners!
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    Actually Motorweek posts alot of their reviews online. I did a search and sure enough here it is : ) (text based of course).

  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    There is no doubt about it, the problems that Hyundai had in the 1980s and early 90s are still something they are working to over come. That being said, looking at the different forums these days, I think it would not be a stretch to say that Hundai makes a car as good as any of the domestics.

    I am sure if we looked hard enough we could find someone who was stranded by their Camry after just a few weeks of ownerships as well. No car maker is going to get it right every time, the question is, do they get it right often enough so that the car can be considered reliable.
  • Drive it and see what you think. I don't think I've ever seen one on the road, either--but I know they are selling. Exclusivity is a good thing--keep 'em guessing! If this and the Elantra sedan threads are any indication, you should not have anything to worry about. I don't know how old you are, but do you remember the Civic CVCC of the 70's? I'm sure there were a ton of people then saying "Never, ever buy any of that Honda crap" who are now driving Hondas themselves. Hyundai has changed, drive it and see.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    and I must say I prefer the lowly cloth seats in my GLS. Wish they offered both trim levels in both body styles. Also, still don't like the rear end light treatment of the GT, GLS is much cleaner IMHO. Do like the Saabesque shape of the GT better, however.
  • This afternoon I am going to stuff three passengers in the GT as we drive to watch our beloved Steelers play the Titans.

    Normally, three passengers wouldn't be a problem but these guys are: 6'3"/240 lbs, 6'4"/235 lbs and 5'10"/228 lbs.

    That's a lot of beef! It'll be interesting to see how we all fit. Is this the kind of scenario auto journalists dream up to test the size of rear accomodations? We'll see...
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You said: "It'll be interesting to see how we all fit."

    Yes, please let us know how that works out...! Good luck, and have a great time at the game. ;-)

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    I'm also interested in how the suspension will handle all that weight--it must be close to or over the car's load limit.

    Hope the Steelers have a great game--THIS week. Next week, I hope they have a down week (Vikings come to Pittsburgh).
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Well they had a good game this week, so even if you were stuffed in the car it must have been a happy drive home.....bring on the Vikes, I'll be in my seat ready to rumble next Sunday!!
  • ...and the GT came through with flying colors. The total weight of the four passengers was 870 lbs., or 20 lbs. OVER the vehicle's load limit. I had the two six-plus footers in the back seat and the 5'10" guys up front. No one complained about the space, which was suprising. The over-loaded GT actually drove well over the broken pavement of Hoboken, NJ. I did not bottom out at all. The car seemed to accelerate normally.

    Though I wouldn't advise anyone to carry that much "beef" around in his or her Elantra GT, at least you now know it can be done. And fairly comfortably, to boot.

  • th003gth003g Posts: 149
    I need your advice, I already own a 2001.5 blue elantra GT auto. Love it, my dad wants to get my mom a hatchback type car to replace her 96 Accent hatch that has over 100k miles on it. We are about to pick up a 2002 Spectra GSX hatch (new look outside). I am having second thoughts about the Kia, and plain dislike the interior. it is too spartan and 80's style for me. Should I advise my father to go with ANOTHER GT auto, this time in RED or CRANBERRY (if the dealer can find one). Or go ahead with the Spectra.
    The hangup i'm having is that it would be a little weird to have 2 GT's in the family garage but the Spectra is just not a looker or a performer on the same level as the GT. I think the GT has spoiled me. ( My father can get both cars at almost the same price maybe 300-500 diffrerential , If that).
    YOur opinion please?
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    Just a thought, but I would suspect that the Load Limit of the Elantra, and indeed all cars, is rated a little bit on the conservative side. The Auto Companies know that people are going to try to stuff as much as possible into a car and they want to leave a wide enough margin of safety that a person has to be well over the limit before the car becomes unsafe; that will protect them from liability in an accident involving an overloaded car.
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    Personally I don't see why it would be a problem to have two cars of the same type sitting in your driveway. I would think the wise move would be the one your Mom would be happy with.
  • I looked at the Spectra (but didn't drive it) when I was car shopping last spring. I thought the GT was a much nicer car overall. The differences in interior materials and fit & finish were readily apparent. If the oddity of having identical cars in your garage can be overcome then by all means choose the Elantra. You'll get more for your money.

    On the other hand I don't think the Spectra isn't a bad car, it just doesn't compare well with the Elantra GT. However, if the price was right I would consider the Spectra if I needed a second car (along with the Rio wagon and the Echo). Have you looked at a Rio wagon? It will certainly be less expensive than the Spectra or the GT and is roughly the same size as the Accent. Personally, I think it would be cool if Toyota developed a 5-door or wagon version of the Echo. That car would rock!

    Good luck.
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